Live sport is a big business. Of all the industry innovations in recent years, OTT streaming has undoubtedly had the most significant impact on its status quo and put the greatest number of cats amongst the pigeons in terms of how much time and mind space (not to mention column inches) has been dedicated to addressing it. More consumers are now sports streaming than ever before. And with the rise of online-only providers like DAZN bringing new competition for existing market players, this has ushered in new expectations among sports fans about when, where, and how to watch their favorite teams play.The transformational impact of OTT is set to forever change the sports landscape in years to come, and the next three-to-six years will be critical from an Operational and Marketing point of view as global media rights for the world’s most viewed sporting events become available to bid on. Getting the foundations right before then is therefore essential. Not only to maintain and ideally grow audience volume and engagement, and secure a bigger slice of the consumer spending pie, but also to take advantage of streaming technology to uncover new ways of monetizing fans through targeted marketing and engagement.With this tipping point on the horizon, Deltatre and Massive Interactive recently commissioned a global analysis into the economics of the market – ‘Where the Money is Going: The Future of Sports Entertainment’. The report uncovers how fans prefer to watch sports content, how much they’re willing to pay for it, and where sports operators prepare to invest to meet those expectations.Read More: Why Sellers.json is a Major Leap Forward in Transparent Programmatic AdvertisingFor sports operators and their marketing teams, four key factors stood out that will impact how they foster loyalty, drive engagement, and grow their bottom line going forward.How Have Consumer Expectations Changed?Contrary to a commonly held view in the industry, the number of millennials and generation Z watching sport hasn’t fallen off a cliff. It’s the ways they consume it and the total time spent that has fundamentally changed. Almost as many consume sports media as any other age group, but the mechanisms through which they engage with that content, and how much they’ll accept paying for it, have changed. So, while there’s been a 53% year-on-year increase in sports media streaming online, 80% of under 24-year-olds will not pay more than $39 per month to access it. A similar percentage say that they consider flexibility in canceling any subscription at any time to be a pre-requisite.The competition for their attention during every minute of every day is unprecedented. And their sports media diets are so much more varied than any generation preceding them that sports content owners and rights holders have to work so much harder than before to create a portfolio of media assets that meet those varied tastes and retains their engagement.At the same time, with wage growth in real terms in many markets relatively stagnant, employment growth within these demographics is also relatively weak. Combined with ever more competition for ways to spend the disposable income they do have, it should come as little surprise that younger demographics are demanding more flexibility from the services they subscribe to.The flexibility of purchasing options, and the ability to cancel those subscriptions at any time, are cited as key requirements for this group, no doubt also influenced by the benchmarks in expectations set by the likes of Amazon (who have made online purchasing and exchanges/refunds completely frictionless).But OTT is more than just another delivery mechanism for putting the live sport in front of paying subscribers. By reacting to this change in Consumer Expectation and putting digital platforms and innovation at the heart of their offerings, sports media operators can set the foundations to monetize consumers beyond simply providing access to watch their favorite teams play. $39 per month may be a limit consumers cite today, but by leveraging the opportunities to change the way sport is consumed (and the enjoyment and engagement it provides), OTT operators have it in their power to change the value perception in consumers mind and earn a larger share of people’s limited time and money.Read More: What to Expect When You’re Launching a Customer Data Platform in 2019Hitting a Home Run with Fan-Level PersonalisationInvestment in OTT technology is steadily increasing. Sports media operators are expected to spend $6.8 billion (an average of approximately 15% of their total budgets) on the OTT tech stack by 2021, and for good reason. When it comes to sport, digital platforms are a powerful way to drive loyalty.A sizeable chunk of this investment is going into new ways to take advantage of data insights, by having a much better understanding of each user and implementing UX platforms that can bring the right experience to the right fan at the right time. Whether that means offering a range of different viewing angles, integrating gaming and social features, enabling fans to ‘choose their own adventure’ in how they watch different sports at different times or showing on-screen overlays specific to that subscriber’s team, this depends on being able to adjust the user experience on the fly. The latest Digital Streaming platforms can deliver this, taking advantage of the action as it unfolds.Personalization also has a role to play in tackling account sharing. By offering tiered ‘family packages’ akin to those marketed by Netflix and Spotify, where multiple device access is capped by the account type, it’s possible for sports operators and rights holders to monetize otherwise non-paying subscribers through user data and personalization. The flexibility of OTT payment models, content offerings, and platform access, as well as the ability to push marketing promotions or advertising to otherwise unmonetized users, is key to making this a reality.The Added Value of DigitalDigital platforms present an avenue for sports media operators to better cater to die-hard fans in a way that can grow the bottom line. Our research found operators who build out their streaming platforms beyond simple video hosting and categorization, by introducing new features like picture-in-picture of simultaneous matches/events, interactive timelines to review key moments, or live catch-up highlights when entering the live stream, see a 24% uplift in subscriber acquisition. Rolling out functionality typically not seen in linear TV creates a new up-sell and marketing opportunity to fans who want a hyper-engaged experience where they can feel more connected to the game.Digital platforms also give sports fans greater control over how they watch their favorite team. By providing a seamless experience across multiple devices and personalizing the offering to each subscriber, digital platforms make it easier for fans to follow their chosen sport in the way they want to, creating a deeper emotional connection that stands to reduce churn in the long term.Capitalizing on OTT 2.0Perhaps most important of all, investment into the OTT tech stack being made by sports media operators today is ushering in the arrival of OTT 2.0. This is the future of sports entertainment, where one platform can offer fans access to a suite of related services such as in-game betting, fantasy sports, live chat, and more, on top of the Personalised Content offering.Each service represents another revenue stream for sports media operators and is a key factor in how they’ll overcome the $39 limit imposed by consumers today. This OTT evolution holds several other benefits too. The added data created by connected services are of value to marketing teams, offering a rich pool of insights to guide future decision making. By providing everything a sports fan could need in one place, this also stands to significantly increase the time they spend engaged in that ecosystem, providing a further vehicle through which to drive the emotional engagement that proves to create a loyal fanbase, as well as a way to bring new fans into the funnel and keep them there.The Future of Sports StreamingIt’s clear that the consumption of sports content around the world is changing. Today’s viewers demand more for less, and the flexibility to cut products that don’t suit them at a moment’s notice. In an environment like this, it’s become increasingly important to use technology to deliver target, one-to-one experiences as a means to capture audience share, drive monetization, and reduce churn.By marrying together the best of broadcast with the best in digital, and innovating on those, sports media operators can recapture and retain audience attention that has fragmented dramatically over the last 20 years. Maximising ways to consume live sports content, ways for users to control their experiences as they like, ways to access that content, the variety of content formats, and the breadth of purchasing options and/or monetization is how sports media operators have begun to tackle the challenges that digital proliferation and fragmentation has presented the industry.As sports media operators continue to see the growing demand for OTT, they’re investing in new ways to take advantage of changing Consumer Expectation. And for their marketing teams, that investment opens up a host of opportunities to stand out from the crowd, draw new customers into the funnel, and retain them for years to come with highly engaged, personalized offerings.Read More: 3 Simple Steps to Meet Current GDPR Compliance DeltatreFuture SuccessGeneration ZOTT streamingSports Streaming Previous ArticleBeeswax Appoints Matt Clark as its First Vice President of PartnershipsNext ArticleKsquare’s Google Analytics Connector 2.0 for Mulesoft 4.X Provides an Out-Of-The-Box Solution to Integrate Your Google Analytics Data With Your Other Business Applications The Sports Streaming Tipping Point: Four Lessons for Future Success Andy WasefJune 14, 2019, 6:00 pmJune 13, 2019
Xpressdocs Acquires Amazing Mail, Expands Direct Mail API Capabilities PRNewswireJune 12, 2019, 6:42 pmJune 12, 2019 Xpressdocs Partners, Ltd, a Texas based provider of tech-enabled direct marketing and brand management solutions announced the acquisition of Amazingmail, an Arizona based provider of direct mail solutions.This acquisition, under which Amazingmail will operate as a 100% owned subsidiary of Xpressdocs, brings together two industry leaders specializing in high quality product offerings and cutting-edge marketing solutions. The complementary nature of the companies’ service offerings creates numerous opportunities for mutual business growth and an expansion of direct mail API capabilities for Xpressdocs.Marketing Technology News: Crimson Agility Receives Two Nominations from Magento“We are very excited to be joining forces with Amazingmail. When you look at their portfolio of great products and how their focus on innovative technology and marketing automation has led to them creating a world class experience for their customers, it just made them an ideal fit for Xpressdocs,” said Jim Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Xpressdocs.Danielle Stiehl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amazingmail, also commented, “This acquisition provides Amazingmail with the opportunity to offer an expanded set of products, services, and support to our customers by leveraging Xpressdocs’ expertise in enterprise marketing solutions. We look forward to the future and what we can produce as members of the Xpressdocs’ family.”Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency IconAmazingmail will continue to operate in Phoenix, AZ under the Amazingmail brand with the current management team remaining in place and continuing to run daily operations.Xpressdocs is a Falcata Capital portfolio company. Woodbridge International served as exclusive financial advisor to Amazingmail.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series D Amazing MailDirect Mail APIdirect marketingNewsXpressdocs Previous ArticleAppSheet Expands Management Team, Adds Veteran Tableau ExecsNext ArticleCopper Partners with DocuSign to Enable Small Businesses to Accelerate Business Decisions
Topgolf drives fun & engaging experiences to a global community of over 13 million consumers & 15,000 employees; expects to continue its innovation of world-class in-person and digital experiences via InMoment’s feedback approach Topgolf has selected InMoment, the leading cloud-based experience intelligence platform, to provide the rapidly growing company with the ability to better understand its unique and multifaceted human experience from both a customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX) perspective.Topgolf pioneered a technology to make golf more fun and engaging, and has since emerged as a global sports and entertainment community focused on connecting people in meaningful ways. The company entertains more than 13 million guests annually across the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, with locations soon opening in Canada, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.euTopgolf is implementing InMoment’s Customer Experience (CX) and Employee Experience (EX) clouds to ensure the company’s strong growth is informed by deep intelligence from these critical stakeholders. In addition to important CX functions like resolving cases, analyzing and exploring unstructured data, generating key metrics, and surfacing systemic issues and opportunities, Topgolf will leverage the InMoment platform to test the success of new products and services, detect high- and lower-value experiences by customer segment, spot both risks and new business opportunities, and more. The company will also track and analyze employee experience, empowering Topgolf associates to become more engaged and effective ambassadors of the brand.“As we continue to expand our offering into a dynamic, entertainment ecosystem, having the right strategy depends on a real-time understanding of the guest and associate experience, and how they affect each other,” said Topgolf CEO Dolf Berle. “We made the decision to move to InMoment because we want both a partner and a platform that can support our evolving, multifaceted business. The more intelligence we can unlock behind our guest and associate perceptions, what they value, and why, the more successful we’ll be in driving the right kind of growth.”Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content Online“Topgolf is brilliantly blending physical and digital moments across channels and over time, creating the kind of memorable experiences that provide huge value to customers, employees and the business,” said InMoment CEO Andrew Joiner. “Understanding the perceptions of these audiences and how they affect each other is both difficult and essential. Through our data science-powered platform, InMoment is uniquely able to deliver the level of detail, actionability and velocity to support Topgolf as the company scales. We are both honored and confident that we’re the right partner for this exciting challenge.”Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace Global Sports Entertainment Leader Topgolf Selects InMoment to Tap into Next Level of Customer & Employee Experience Intelligence MTS Staff WriterJune 19, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 19, 2019 cloud-based experienceEmployee Experience IntelligenceInMomentMarketing TechnologyNewsTopgolf Previous ArticleTechTarget Priority Engine Named Best Account Based Marketing and Sales & Marketing Intelligence Solution by SIIANext ArticleSingapore’s Conversant Leverages Verimatrix Secure Cloud for Multi-DRM Security
Time doesn’t do refunds. It’s a pithy statement made famous by David Hieatt, creator of the DO Lectures. In his talks to entrepreneurs, he says, “The Time Bank won’t tell you how to spend it. Time poorly spent will not be replaced with more time.” Put that into perspective. A typical workweek has 120 hours. Given a 40-hour workweek, you spend one-third of that time interacting with colleagues. I’d argue it’s probably more time than you spend with your family or loved ones. This reality makes having positive relationships at work extremely important. This could be acheived by peer-to-peer recognition and rewards.Mental Health America says when employers prioritize positive relationships at work, they promote a creative, collaborative, and supportive workplace culture. On the other hand, if employers allow toxic relationships to manifest, it can increase stress levels and feelings of isolation. The result, Mental Health America asserts, is a negative impact on employee mental and physical health, which lowers morale and motivation. When peer-to-peer recognition is frequent, visible, and meaningful, it becomes part of an employee’s everyday habits. Imagine sending a colleague a “job well done!” for their latest project, welcoming a new team member aboard their first day, or showcasing a peer who went above and beyond – recognition has value at every step of the employee experience.Here Are Four Reasons Why Continuous Recognition Should Be the New Normal:Technology makes it easier: Reward Gateway research found that 82% of HR professionals in the U.S. believe employee engagement would improve if their people had the technology to recognize their peers for good behavior. An employee engagement app, for example, can integrate into your existing HR technology and mimic the type of digital experience employees get on personal social sharing platforms. Technology enables access and frequency, so peer-to-peer recognition can be done in real time. Recognition and rewards technology also keeps your employees connected to each other, whether they are on the train headed home or at the watercooler catching up with a co-worker.Real-time feels more organic: Employees attach different expectations when recognition is given in a timely manner. Why make employees wait until the employee-of-the-month happy hour to give them kudos? With the right recognition and rewards technology, employees can send, comment, and react to recognition moments in real time (before it’s old news). And they can put the spotlight on these moments, even in between meetings, using e-cards, blog posts, or instant awards.Promotes “team” performance for organizational success: Programs that allow peer-to-peer recognition and rewards to thrive help to foster trust among teams. According to author Stephen M. R. Covey, trust is essential for unparalleled success and prosperity within a business organization. Giving an “attaboy” to a colleague encourages more collaboration that builds stronger team dynamics over time. And it simply creates the space for more recognizable opportunities to occur and to be acted upon by people who work alongside the employee.Managers are busy, give them the tools. The demand for a manager’s time is usually high, and keeping tabs on every employee’s shining moment can be challenging. In fact, 60% of workers feel that their colleagues could be thanked and praised more regularly by managers and leaders. Our 2017 study found that 54% of employees would rather work for a company with a culture where they receive recognition over a higher-salary job where they don’t get any recognition. Managers being available to react and respond when these moments occur is critical because recognition is one of the key drivers needed for employees to become ingrained in a company’s values and corporate mission. When you give managers the tools they need to overcome the barriers, they, too, can be active participants in continuous recognition.ConclusionPeer-to-peer employee recognition and rewards have the power to foster the type of positive workplace relationships that lead employees to have better job satisfaction and increased productivity. It is also the foundation for creating a culture of continuous recognition.We can’t get time back, but we can give employees a reason to feel like each workday is time well spent. By giving employees and managers the tools to more easily give recognition and rewards, we can also actively include employees in building positive workplace relationships and more meaningful employee experiences 4 Reasons Peer-To-Peer Recognition and Rewards Should Be the New Normal Will TraczJuly 11, 2019, 9:00 amJuly 8, 2019 Employee RecognitionJob Satisfactionpeer-to-peerRecognitionRewardsWorkplace Relationship Previous ArticleLonely Planet Partners with Acquia to develop the Most Consumer-Centric Platform in TravelNext ArticleContentful Unveils Headless CMS Ecommerce Solution for Faster Content Delivery and Improved Sales
The White House has not invited Facebook and Twitter for its Social Media Summit slated to be organized on Tuesday, the media reported, saying this might be because President Donald Trump believes both the platforms censor conservative or Republican views. The summit is likely to address issues relevant to social media, The Hill reported on Sunday, quoting CNN. The White House has refused to comment.A Social Media Summit without representation from the giants like Facebook and Twitter cannot be thought of but Trump has frequently blasted them for not respecting Republicans views on their platforms. In his last meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Trump reportedly questioned the former specifically on why he was losing followers the microblogging platform. The White House recently launched a new tool for people to report if they have been wrongly censored, banned or suspended on Facebook and Twitter. The tool comes in the wake of several Republicans slamming Facebook and Twitter for censoring conservative speech on both the platforms. A Twitter spokesperson responded to the tool: “We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts.”Led by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s panel that ripped apart Facebook and Twitter over concerns of bias against conservatives in April this year. Cruz has often alleged that Silicon Valley giants were biased against conservatives and routinely censor right-wing voices. Trump in a March tweet accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being “on the side of the Radical Left Democrats”.”Social media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen,” Trump said last year. “They are closing down the opinions of many people on the right, while at the same time doing nothing to others,” he added. donald trumpfacebookfacebook and twitterfacebook vs twitter First Published: July 8, 2019, 8:37 PM IST | Edited by: —
Serena had co-hosted Meghan’s New York baby shower in February 2019, and shared a selfie from her hotel during the two-day event. Talking about the event, she’d said, “Planning something like that takes a lot of effort,” adding that she’s a bit of a “perfectionist.”Meghan, 38, and Prince Harry, 34, have been inundated with visitors at Frogmore Cottage over the past seven days as they attempt to decide who Archie’s godparents will be. Canadian fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney, 39, is reportedly one of the top contenders.The royal baby will soon be making a visit to America as well. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has already left England for her home in LA. A source has said Meghan is keen on taking her baby to visit the United States as soon as she can.Follow @News18Movies for more alexis ohanianArchie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsorbritish royal familyDoria Ragland First Published: May 27, 2019, 11:16 AM IST Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is only a few weeks old, but the newest member of the British royal family is already attracting some very famous vistors, getting clicked with the Queen and planning a trip to his mother’s home country, America. Tennis star Serena Williams is reportedly one of the earliest visitors who got to meet the royal baby, thanks to her close friendship with Meghan Markle. Serena apparently visited baby Archie with her husband, Alexis Ohanian, and their one-year-old daughter, Olympia, reported Daily Mail. The visit has sparked rumours that she is in the running to be Archie’s grandmother, what with her being an old friend of the Duchess of Sussex, having attended both her her wedding and at her baby shower in New York. Serena posted a picture of herself in a regal state room on Instagram during her visit.
BJPDelhi assembly pollsdelhi bjpshivraj singh chouhan First Published: June 22, 2019, 8:32 PM IST Lucknow: After its thumping victory in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the BJP said on Saturday that it will now concentrate on strengthening the organisation in states where it is not in power.”We have to strengthen the BJP in those states where the party is not in power,” BJP national vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan said at a press conference here. Chouhan, who is also the chief of the party’s membership drive, said, “We will organise the drive from July 6 to August 11 all over the country to expand the base of the party.”The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister was flanked by UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, who has become the Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship after his re-election to the Lok Sabha last month.Both the senior leaders earlier addressed a membership workshop at the state party headquarters here.The Delhi BJP on Saturday appointed district-level conveners and co-conveners for a month-long drive to enlist 10 lakh new members in the party.The membership campaign will be launched on July 6, the birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, and will conclude on August 11.Delhi BJP general secretary and head of the campaign Kuljeet Chahal said the conveners and co-conveners of all the 14 BJP district units have been appointed and the block-level conveners and co-conveners will be appointed in the coming week.The campaign assumes significance since it is being launched ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls scheduled early next year, he said, adding new members will be enrolled both online and offline.In 2015, such a campaign was initiated in which old members were re-enrolled as primary members.”We have the target of enrolling 10 lakh new members in Delhi who will work to strengthen the organization,” Chahal said.Emphasis will be laid on enrolling new members on the booths where party is in a weak position, he added.
bengaluruBharatiya Janata PartyBJPBJP Maharashtra First Published: July 7, 2019, 1:34 PM IST Mumbai: The Maharashtra BJP claimed on Sunday that it was not aware of the presence any of the 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) combine from Karnataka in Mumbai. The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the speaker.After submitting the resignations, 10 MLAs flew by a chartered flight and arrived at a hotel in Mumbai late Saturday night, sources close to them said. When contacted, Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhayay said, “We are not aware of the presence of any MLA from Karnataka in Mumbai. We have nothing to do with the developments.” Rebel JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath told reporters on Saturday that “14 MLAs from Congress and JD(S) have resigned”, but Karnataka Assembly secretariat sources said 13 legislators have put in their papers, including Vijayanagara MLA Anand Singh, who had submitted his resignation to the speaker’s office earlier in the week.The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength, including those who have put in their papers, is 118 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the speaker. The BJP has 105 MLAs in the Karnataka House.
A URL shortener, of course, is a service that takes a page’s address and shortens it to a smaller URL, in this case one that features “goo.gl” in it. Because mobile devices, apps, and web apps are now the most common way to access data, Google is shifting focus away from goo.gl and to Firebase Dynamic Links — smart URLs that take users to any given region within a mobile app.That’s for developers and serves as a way to get more people away from a website or mobile website and to a mobile app. For ordinary consumers, anyone who hasn’t used Google’s URL shortening service and for anonymous users, the goo.gl console will no longer be accessible starting on April 13, 2018.However, existing users who have previously created short links will be able to use the service until March 30, 2019, after which point it will be officially discontinued. Users can still manage short links through the console until that time, Google says. The good news is that existing goo.gl links will continue to work after the service is discontinued.SOURCE: Google Blog Google has announced plans to shutter its goo.gl URL shortener starting in April for most people and in early 2019 for everyone else. The service launched back in 2009, but the way users share content has changed substantially in the years since, Google says. Mobile devices are the primary way most people get content, and the need for a URL shortener has gone down as a result.
Story TimelineFacebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chattingFacebook Messenger Kids for Kindle Fire brings safe chatting to Amazon tabletsAdvocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fearsMessenger Kids arrives on Android as latest Facebook controversy The new Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode allows parents to set designated off times each day. After that point – which could be dinner time, while they’re meant to be doing homework, or when they should be in bed – the service shuts off completely. It then reactivates a preset number of hours later. As you might hope, the settings aren’t available within the kids’ version of the app. Instead, parents establish their preferred scheduling within the Parent Control center, accessible in their own Facebook account. Different times can be set for weekdays versus weekends. To set it up, go to the Messenger Kids controls section in the main Facebook app. Pick the particular child’s name you want to adjust the settings for, and then choose “Sleep Mode” from the list of options. Then, choose the times you want it to activate and deactivate. If the child tries to access the app while sleep mode is active, they’ll get a message notifying them of that fact. During that period, they won’t be able to send or receive messages or video calls, use the creative camera, or even get notifications. If parents need to temporarily override the settings, such as to communicate with their child themselves, they can turn sleep mode off within their own Facebook app. Family-friendly features like sleep modes are increasingly becoming a part of modern electronics. Routers like Google Wifi, for example, have begun offering ways to shut off WiFi access during set periods or on an ad-hoc basis, to avoid people playing with phones and tablets while at dinner. Nonetheless, as Facebook suggests, it’s probably best to have a conversation with your family as you configure the new mode, just to avoid any unpleasant surprises when they find themselves cut off. Facebook is adding a sleep mode for Facebook Messenger Kids, allowing parents to control when young users get access to the app. The new feature follows the launch of the child-friendly version of the instant messaging app last December, intended to quiet concerns that younger users of the social network could be talking with predators. To do that, it avoids a dedicated Facebook account – and the ensuing public profile – for the child altogether. Instead, it’s the parent of the child who creates a specific Messenger Kids account, to be loaded on whatever phone, tablet, or other device the young person uses. Any contacts have to be approved by the parent first, before they’re available to chat with, and message history can’t be deleted. Factor in the lack of advertising anywhere in the app, and the ability for the parent to block troublesome contacts if needed, and Messenger Kids was off to a good start. One of the most frequent complaints about the app, however, was its absence of granular control over when, exactly, it could be used. That’s something Facebook is addressing now. AdChoices广告
Mesh WiFi systems promise to spread wireless internet access to every dead-zone in your house or office, but now the Wi-Fi Alliance wants to make them play nicely together, too. Systems like Google Wifi, eero, and Linksys Velop are all designed to support multiple units – or mesh nodes – to which your phones, laptops, consoles, and IoT gadgets connect to for ubiquitous coverage, but so far you’ve had to commit to one brand. Now, there’s the possibility of that lock-in being lifted. The Wi-Fi Alliance – which controls the WiFi specifications – has announced a new standard, Wi-Fi EasyMesh. If supported by mesh router manufacturers, it would mean routers from different companies all being able to intercommunicate. Right now, if you buy a Google Wifi system, you can only expand it with other Google Wifi nodes. If Google was to add Wi-Fi EasyMesh compatibility, however, then your existing Google Wifi setup could work with any other EasyMesh-compliant node. Obviously that’s a little more complicated than single-router WiFi has been so far, and so there are plenty of configurations supported. Wi-Fi EasyMesh assigns one device as the controller, and every other node as an EasyMesh agent. The controller is responsible for managing and coordinating agent activity throughout the overall network. For clients – that is, your laptop, phone, tablet, or any other device – the link to the nearest, fastest agent is handled automatically and invisibly to the user. AdChoices广告The link, or backhaul, between the controller and the agents can be wired or wireless, and the latter supports sharing a WiFi channel for the backhaul or having a dedicated one for performance reasons. It’ll have self-organization and self-optimization, too, automatically adjusting the configuration to take into account changing network circumstances to always provide maximum speed and range. Load balancing will be automatic, too. It’s a double-edged sword for mesh networking device makers, of course. On the one hand, adopting Wi-Fi EasyMesh will be optional: they’ll be able to stick to their closed ecosystems if they prefer, and make sure users can only upgrade by adding another router from the same range. However that runs the risk of turning off new mesh adoptees, who will likely be more tempted by rival platforms that are more agnostic about expansion. The Wi-Fi Alliance maintains that there’ll still be room for individual vendors to differentiate their products with their own features, much as single-unit routers today can add tech atop the underlying WiFi compatibility. Wi-Fi EasyMesh is software based and so, in theory at least, existing mesh router systems could be upgraded to support it. Which manufacturer will be the first to actually do that remains to be seen, however. Story TimelineWhat is mesh networking and can it fix my WiFi?Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolutionAirPort alternatives: Our top 4 Mesh WiFi systems
To recap, the HP Chromebook x2 runs on an Intel Core m3 with a minimum of 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The 12.3-inch Chromebook, with a display resolution of 2400×1600, is touted as the first 2-in-1 detachable in the Chrome OS family. It also has a $600 price tag, which is clearly higher than the Surface Go.In comparison, Microsoft’s newest addition to its Surface family has a 10-inch 1800×1200 screen and starts at 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The $400 price tag is almost tempting until you consider the $99 Surface Pen and $99 Surface Type Cover you probably want to buy with it. The real novelty here though, other than the price, is the Intel Pentium “Gold” 4415Y that, until yesterday, was thought to be exclusive to the Surface Go.Apparently not quite. The HP document provided by Tabletmonkeys details two unannounced variants of the HP Chromebook x2. One will have a higher Intel Core i5-7Y54 and the other will get an Intel Pentium 4415Y, same as the Surface Go. Curiously, the document lists a lot more RAM than what any Chromebook x2 has, most likely just the max possible configuration.This lower end HP Chromebook x2 could take on the Surface Go, though that depends on how much it will cost. But considering the $600 Chromebook x2 already comes with the keyboard and pen, anything lower than $550 is going to cut into the Surface Go’s price range. You’ll have to deal with the much larger screen size though. Microsoft launched the Surface Go clearly as a response to Apple’s and Google’s stronger push into the education market. Specifically, it’s meant to battle the 2018 iPad and Acer Chromebook Tab 10 head-on. There might, however, be something brewing in the Chrome OS camp that could undo the Surface Go’s advantage. According to a leaked HP technical document, there will be variants of the Chromebook x2, the first detachable Chromebook, on the way, and one of them runs on the same processor as the Surface Go.
Weighing only 160 g and with dimensions of 118 mm x 82 mm x 19 mm, the Canon Zoemini is shorter than the smartphone you’ll be pairing with it. It’s thicker and heavier, though, but still small enough to quickly throw in a bag or even in your larger than necessary pocket.Of course, you won’t have to worry about ink spills because there is no ink. At least not in the printer. Utilizing ZINK technology, the ink is actually in the pack of “peel-and-stick back, smudge-free, water and tear resistant” ZINK photo papers you use with the printer. If you aren’t yet familiar with printers like this, you should know that you are forever tied to that 2” x 3” photo paper size.That said, you could actually go larger if you don’t mind sticking photos together. Thanks to the Canon Mini Print app, you can create a large poster or image made up of four or nine prints. The app also provides filters and stickers to spruce up your photos before printing them out. The Canon Zoemini Photo Printer will launch on September 5, along with the mobile app for Android and iOS. The price tag will be 139.99 EUR (around $162) and the printer will be available in color options of Rose Gold, White, and Black. Everything old is new again. Despite the popularity of digital photos posted on social media, printed photos are still a thing. In fact, they’ve become an even bigger thing for a younger generation that didn’t grow up with traditional photos. This has caused an explosion of portable printers whose sole purpose is to print such photos, sometimes in old Polaroid style even, and the Canon Zoemini is easily the smallest of them yet.
A warning was sent to some Apple device users this week about an “Apple” spoofer. The malicious party’s been out in the wild for a while, now, but it’s only just recently that they’ve become so prevalent, they’ve caught the attention of Apple itself. It all begins with a phone call to your iPhone. Before you read too far, know that I known someone to have fallen for this exact scam – and a couple people who’ve fallen for tricks of a similar nature. They’re harsh. They’re unforgiving. They’re exploitative of vulnerable members of our community. If at all possible, I’d like to end their reign of terror with a future full of people who know immediately who is on the other end of the line. Here’s the scamIn the scam, an automated call will be sent to the user, posing as Apple. The “Apple” representative will tell the caller one of several lines of nonsense. The automated recording inevitably asks the user to call a 1-866 number, and eventually provide information the malicious party could use to steal money, etcetera, from the user.The NEW thing about this scam has to do with how Apple’s built-in caller ID handles the calls. On the left, per KrebsOnSecurity, we see the first call in the string of calls. It’s not from Apple, but it sure LOOKS like it’s from Apple.AdChoices广告On the right, above, you’ll see a second caller ID, also from Apple. The second call was made from a real Apple representative requested by the user via the official Apple Support page online. Notice the difference?There is no difference. All of the calls are logged in the caller ID system as the same official Apple. As such – and from here – there’s no real difference between the two. Not for the end user, anyway.It’s the content on the call that’ll let the user know the legitimacy of the call. The user should be SURE to note the following about all Apple calls.Apple will never:• Cold call you about anything• Really, never, ever call you without you requesting they call you first.• Tell you on the phone to call a secondary number, especially not a number that starts with 1-866.• Request your personal information or password over the phone.• Call you. Seriously, never, ever will Apple ever call you without your expressed request beforehand.Apple will ONLY call your telephone if you go to Apple Support online at https://support.apple.com – and even then, they won’t ever ask for any of your passwords. Don’t even THINK about giving them any of your banking information.The people behind these malicious calls are VERY good at making it seem like there’s an emergency. They’re VERY good at taking advantage of trusting individuals. They prey on people who are used to being able to work with people who won’t take anything more than their time.If you know anyone who might be at risk of falling for some business like this, let them know! Apple will never call them unless they ask them to, and anyone pretending to be Apple is a real-life actual fraudster. Story TimelineWhich Android apps will stop working in 2019? [UPDATE]Security report: These antivirus scanner apps work in 2019Maybe reconsider deleting that old battery-hog app
Volkswagen will keep its ID. branding for its all-electric cars, as the automaker settles on a naming scheme ahead of the first MEB-based vehicles arriving at dealerships. The sub-brand was first used back in 2017 when Volkswagen first showed off the original VW I.D. concept, the electric city car that spawned a series of EVs. After the I.D. came the I.D. Buzz, a modern version of the original Volkswagen Microbus. After that came the CROZZ and the VIZZION, an electric crossover and an electric luxury sedan respectively. However VW was cagey on what its production vehicles would actually be called when they reached the road. The “I.D.” branding has gone through a few changes, too. In fact, with the arrival of the new electric dune buggy at the Geneva Motor Show 2019, it’s now “ID. BUGGY” with just the one period. That, according to Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for Sales, Marketing & After Sales, is the finalized name and the branding all of the VW EVs will use. “They will all carry the same name,” he said during an interview at the auto show. The juggling of periods, he suggested, came down to general feedback on the various iterations of name and the desires of the design department. AdChoices广告The first ID. handovers in Europe will come in the summer of 2020, with the electric hatchback the first to go on sale. China will be a parallel move. The US, meanwhile, will see the first ID. cars in 2021: it’ll miss out on the original ID. city car, which Volkswagen of America doesn’t believe would be a hit in the country, and go straight to the production version of the CROZZ. There’s more than just EVs needed in order for VW to make a splash in the segment, mind. There’s also the need for charging solutions, somewhere the automaker is also pushing ahead in Europe first. It established a power supplier brand earlier this year, Elli, which will offer home EV charger installation among other things. How that will extend to the US remains to be seen, though. “We do need a solution, and we will provide a solution, but Elli is a young company,” Stackmann said. “Elli’s focus today is Europe – which seems easy, but isn’t when you look closely – but the core is the same.” “Our customers shouldn’t worry about charging, they shouldn’t worry about installation,” Stackmann suggests. “It should be one-click … and then things should work, very simple.”The US, of course, has Electrify America for public charging. Although that began as part of VW’s mea-culpa for “dieselgate,” it has turned out to be a growing advantage as VW Group’s electric cars approach – and for other automakers looking for the necessary infrastructure for their own EVs. “We’ve always looked at that with a huge potential upside,” Stackmann said of Electrify America. “Creating Electrify America gives a huge opportunity for those who need charging networks outside of Tesla – and obviously everybody needs a charging network.”“It’s now the time to be really pushing toward standardization,” he continued. “We will start with that, but we can’t do it alone. We really hope that other manufacturers will follow.” Indeed, Stackmann holds out hope that Tesla will one day agree to standardizing its Supercharger network with other EV charging facilities. That may be wishful thinking at this stage, but with VW targeting 27 electric models across the Group’s brands by 2022, and 1m EVs sold per year by 2025, you can’t accuse it of being unmotivated. Story TimelineVW I.D. CROZZ previews 2020’s electric crossoverVW I.D. Neo promises big things from small EVVW’s wild I.D. BUGGY could get a US launch – and that’s just the start
First Edition: January 15, 2013 Today’s headlines include the latest on how Medicare and other entitlement programs fit into the looming battle over raising the federal debt limit. Kaiser Health News: Emergency Departments Are On The Frontline Of The FluKaiser Health News staff writer Jenny Gold, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: “Though it is still too soon to say whether this is a historically bad flu season or just a bad flu season, one thing is clear: Emergency rooms around the country are filled with a feverish throng that is much larger than last year. Washington Hospital Center had just 20 patients test positive for flu all of last year’s season. This year, as of last week, there were already 160 cases positive for flu” (Gold, 1/15). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Health Law Offers Dental Coverage Guarantee For Some ChildrenIn her latest Kaiser Health News consumer column, Michelle Andrews writes: “Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires that individual and small-group health plans sold both on the state-based health insurance exchanges and outside them on the private market cover pediatric dental services. However, plans that have grandfathered status under the law are not required to offer this coverage” (Andrews, 1/14). Read the column.Kaiser Health News: Obama: ‘Our Commitment To Medicare… Is Really Important’ (Video)Kaiser Health News offers video of today’s White House news conference in which President Obama discussed how he sees Medicare, Medicaid and other health care spending factoring into the looming conflict over raising the federal debt ceiling (1/14). Watch the video or read the transcript.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Not Too Early To Plan For Health Taxes, H & R Block SaysNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jay Hancock writes: “Even if you owe Affordable Care Act taxes, you probably won’t have to start paying them until next year. But H&R Block wants you to come in and talk about them now” (Hancock, 1/14). Check out what else is on the blog.The Wall Street Journal: Obama Escalates Debt FightMr. Obama said he was willing to work with the GOP on an agreement to cut spending—including “modest adjustments to programs like Medicare”—but not in the context of the debt ceiling. He said agreeing to link the two would be like a “negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people” in which Republicans would threaten to cut safety-net programs under a threat “to wreck the entire economy.” House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) has acknowledged that delaying an increase in the debt limit could cause economic harm, but he said not reining in government spending also carried consequences (Lee and Hook, 1/14).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Americans Like Spending Cuts In Theory, Not In Detail, Complicating Deficit Talks In CapitalMeanwhile, the clock is ticking toward the March 1 start of major, across-the-board spending cuts that both parties call unwise. These are the postponed cuts — or “sequester,” in Congress-speak — lingering from the partial resolution of the “fiscal cliff” on Jan. 1. These cuts would hit military and domestic programs hard. But they would spare “entitlements,” the popular but costly programs that include Medicare and Social Security. Leaders in both parties say lawmakers soon must confront entitlements if they are to stem the nation’s long-term deficit-spending problem (1/15).The New York Times: States Will Be Given Extra Time To Set Up ExchangesThe White House says it will give states more time to comply with the new health care law after finding that many states lag in setting up markets where millions of Americans are expected to buy subsidized private health insurance (Pear, 1/14).The Associated Press/New York Times: Arizona: Governor Relents On MedicaidGov. Jan Brewer says she will expand the state’s Medicaid program to cover citizens who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty line. Ms. Brewer, a Republican, said Monday in her annual State of the State speech that she has fought against the federal health care law known as the Affordable Care Act. But she cited President Obama’s re-election and last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in saying that the law is here to stay (1/14).Arizona Republic/USA Today: Ariz. Governor Opts To Expand MedicaidThe Republican governor’s decision, long awaited by lawmakers and health-care professionals and opposed by many in the GOP, would bring the state an additional $7.9 billion in federal funds over four years to restore and expand the state’s health-care insurance program to an estimated 300,000 low-income residents, according to the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (Sanders and Sanchez/1/14).Politico: Focus On Obamacare Delays Mental Health LawMental health advocates say a landmark 2008 law meant to expand access to millions of Americans has gotten back-burner treatment by the Obama administration because of its relentless focus on the Affordable Care Act. As a result, key details are missing from the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, awaiting a final rule from the administration that supporters say is “imminent” (Cheney, 1/15).The Wall Street Journal: Researchers Mine Data From Clinic, Big InsurerThe new effort, dubbed Optum Labs, will be part of UnitedHealth’s Optum health-services arm. UnitedHealth Group Chief Executive Stephen J. Hemsley said the company viewed it as a “dedicated research unit…not a profit-driven undertaking,” and the goal was to create “a neutral place to conduct research” with partners from around the health industry, with the findings to be made public. He compared it to the historic Bell Labs, where a number of important technology discoveries were made over decades (Mathews, 1/15).Politico: Ilyse Hogue Announced As New NARAL PresidentNARAL Pro-Choice America announced Monday that its new president will be Ilyse Hogue, a longtime advocate for liberal causes who the organization hopes will help pass the torch to a younger generation of abortion-rights leaders (Smith, 1/14).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
A selection of health policy stories from North Dakota, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma and North Carolina.The New York Times: North Dakota’s Sole Abortion Clinic Sues To Block New LawThe running battle over the regulation of abortions entered a North Dakota courtroom on Wednesday, as the state’s sole abortion clinic sued to block a new law that it says could force it to shut down. The law, requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, was promoted by anti-abortion legislators, who argued that it would mean better care for women who suffer medical emergencies (Eckholm, 5/15).CT Mirror: Big Health Care Savings Help Counter Shrinking State Budget RevenuesState officials trying to close a last-minute hole in the next budget got some good news Wednesday in the form of major savings in health care costs for retired state employees. The Legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis issued a memo indicating it has reduced its projected cost of providing health care to retired state workers in the fiscal year that begins July 1 by $140.6 million, and in 2014-15 by $166.5 million. The nonpartisan office is boosting the projected health care costs for current employees by $46.7 million in the next budget and by $36.4 million in 2014-15, but the net savings over the next two years still totals $224 million (Phaneuf, 5/15).HealthyCal: Counties Still Not Prepared To Offer Expanded Mental Health CareMore than one million people in California suffer from mental illness — the largest number of any state. When the final phase of the new federal health care law starts in January of next year, more California residents than ever before will be able to seek help for problems ranging from depression, anxiety, and addiction to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But mental health providers in the state’s Central Valley are unprepared for an influx of thousands of patients (5/16).Boston Globe: State Health Insurers Post Mixed Financial ResultsThe state’s biggest health insurers reported mixed first-quarter financial results Wednesday, with two notching income gains, one registering lower earnings, and one posting a loss. While all of the health insurance companies said they were working to hold down premiums as they rolled out new products and shifted doctors and hospitals to risk-sharing payments, each cited unique factors influencing financial performance in the three months ending March 31 (Weisman, 5/15).Los Angeles Times: 13 Health Care Workers Arrested In Protest At UC Regents MeetingThirteen people were arrested Wednesday at the UC regents meeting during a sit-down protest by health care workers threatening to strike at the system’s medical centers. The University of California regents left during the protest while UC police cleared the room, handcuffing the protesters and leading them out of the hall at the Sacramento Convention Center (Gordon, 5/15).The Texas Tribune: Senate Backs Bill On Psychotropic Drugs For Foster KidsLawmakers in both chambers have now endorsed legislation that would require guardians of foster children to take greater caution before giving psychotropic drugs to the children. The Senate on Wednesday approved a version of the “informed consent” measure that is slightly different than the one approved by the House in April (Aaronson, 5/15).Lund Report: Oregon House Passes Assessments For Hospitals And Nursing FacilitiesThe House passed assessment taxes on hospitals and long-term care facilities by a wide 54-5 margin Tuesday, ensuring Oregon’s health and human service budgets will raise over a billion dollars from providers in coming years and leverage $1.4 billion from the federal government next biennium for Medicaid. Hospitals are compensated for their assessments with higher reimbursements for the Oregon Health Plan while nursing homes are paid for the use of their beds by Medicaid patients. … House Bill 2216 extends an expanded hospital assessment of 5.32 percent for two years. A previous bill, House Bill 2056, was attached to that version, which extends the long-term care facility assessment for six years, while expanding it to include all nursing homes except the Oregon Veterans Home (Gray, 5/15).Lund Report: Single-Payer Activists Keep Dream Of Universal Health Care Alive In OregonWes Brain was uninsured last winter when a tonsillectomy showed signs of throat cancer. He qualified for the high-risk Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, which the state has administered through Regence BlueCross BlueShield. But gaining access to that insurance soon proved a big obstacle for the Ashland resident, when Regence erroneously told him he hadn’t submitted his driver’s license. … Eventually, his policy was approved. He paid $2400 — three month’s premium. His doctor ordered a PET scan for March 1. But then Regence came back and told him no, he’d have to wait until March 1 to even begin authorization (Gray, 5/15).Stateline: Oklahoma’s “Life-Preserving” Law Raises Questions For DoctorsUniversity of Tulsa law professor Marguerite Chapman has been studying end-of-life issues in Oklahoma for three decades and has come to a conclusion: “It’s getting almost to the point that you need a government permit in order to die in this state.” Certainly, dying has gotten a lot more complicated here, the result of a unique measure passed by the Oklahoma legislature and signed into law last month by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. Modeled after legislation written by the National Right to Life Committee, the law says that patients who are disabled, elderly or terminally ill cannot be denied life-preserving treatments if they or their health proxies want it (Ollove, 5/16). North Carolina Health News: Bill To Compel Insurers To Cover Autism Treatment AdvancesFor kids with autism in North Carolina, it’s possible to get insurance coverage for the process of diagnosing the developmental disorder. But for the bulk of those kids, getting an insurance company to cover treatment is another matter (Hoban, 5/15).Oregonian: Mental Health Staff In Oregon Prison System Push For Big RaisesA group of unionized mental health workers in the Oregon state prison system wants a pay raise that even they acknowledge is big enough to cause a public relations problem. About 50 mental health specialists who handle inmates with addictions and other mental health problems want to be reclassified because their job descriptions have changed, including a requirement of a master’s degree. Under their current proposal, they’re seeking raises between 25 percent and 26 percent, which would result in a maximum salary of more than $80,000, according to a memo obtained by The Oregonian (Esteve, 5/15). State Roundup: N.D. Abortion Clinic Sues To Stop New Law This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.