Join us for this live webinar on Web Personalization Thursday, October 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.A few years ago, if the theme of “personalization” had emerged in your marketing circles, most industry people would have referred to Amazon as the gold standard.Amazon still is the Prime, free-shipping standard when it comes to knowing what products I want and when I want them.By way of personalization, Amazon transformed online shopping into a web experience (and we know how many times “customer experience” comes up in marketing meetings).Companies of all sizes are following Amazon’s lead and many have been seeing huge results.In fact, according to VB Insight analyst Andrew Jones, in his latest report on website personalization, 87 percent of those companies have seen a lift of at least 5 percent in their most important metrics.
An exhaustive analysis of pixels and resolutions has found some bizarre inconsistencies with the 1080p browser output of streaming kingpin Netflix, with stats suggesting its 1080p output isn't actually 1080p when using some underground niche browsers like, er, Chrome and Firefox.The official stats are buried within a Netflix support page, which says that Chrome, Firefox and Opera can only support HD video up to 720p via HTML5 -- while Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge can push out 1080p resolution should your internet be fast enough.It's almost as is Microsoft has bunged an enormous amount of money at Netflix to buy some tech superiority to boast about, eh?Although perhaps it's not all an enormous conspiracy, as users of Safari through Mac OS X 10.10.3 or higher should also get full 1080p video as long as their roadside BT cabinet isn't too congested on the evening in question.That said, if you're broadcasting browser tabs to a TV, you're not really doing streaming right.A Roku or Chromecast or [Chinese clone of choice] ought to be able to handle 1080p streams if your internet pipe's fat enough, so it's only going to inconvenience pixel counters hooking up PCs and laptops through cables and full-screening the web player.
Functionality will at first be limited to a little over 600 ATMs in San Francisco and the Bay Area, but Bank of America hopes to expand that number to 2,400 machines by the end of May and 5,000 by 2017.Bhat demonstrated during the session with Walgreens loyalty program, Balance Rewards.Users with an existing account can simply tap a button from an SMS message, email, or push notification, or if need be, get one relatively simply — Android Pay auto-populates the name, address, phone number, and email fields of a program s sign-up page.It s, in a nutshell, a collection of simple tools to help retailers and developers create a standardized payments experience across browsers and platforms, which according to Bhan is key to customer retention — Android Pay merchants that have added features like auto-filled checkout fields have seen up to a 25 percent increase in conversions.The Payment Request API dovetails with Google s Android Instant Apps project, a streaming system that allows mobile users to interact with apps without installing them.Finally, Google s added support within Android Pay for third-party payment processors including Stripe, Vantiv, and Braintree that only require developers to write a few lines of code to integrate, according to Bhan.
Android Auto may be all about burying the car company's infotainment system under a familiar Android UI from your phone, but Hyundai is showing off a new, more seamless integration.In the vehicles with Android Auto that Hyundai has on the market, the only mention of the automaker you'll find is the "Return to Hyundai" button which takes you back to the native UI.That shows your most recent driving score, a figure calculated based on how economical you are, whether you slam on the brakes or slow smoothly, how aggressively you accelerate, and how long you leave the car running idle.That creates a geofenced zone outside of which, if the car is taken, you'll get a push-notification warning on your phone.First of all you need to have a newer version of Android Auto than is currently on the market; that's because the APIs Hyundai is relying upon aren't supported in the existing version.Though the car is connected - it has a built-in LTE modem - and can communicate things like your driving score and maintenance issues with the cloud, the custom menus won't show up in the Android Auto interface unless your phone is plugged in too.
Android Pay is also making its first big international push, with the payments platform launching in the UK Wednesday and coming to Singapore and Australia "soon."The mobile payment system, which Google first unveiled a year ago, is also getting support for contactless payments on public transit, with support for Transport London, which includes busses and trains.Android Pay's biggest competitor, Apple Pay, has been rapidly expanding across banks and the globe, coming to Singapore, Australia and China since the beginning of the year.But with Google's latest announcement, it looks like Android Pay isn't far behind.At launch, Android Pay was supported by more than 700,000 stores in the U.S. Now, it will also be compatible with all electronic, contactless payment systems in the UK including in Starbucks, Waitrose and public transportation stations, provided you have a card from one of the supported banks.Android Pay in the UK is now supported by Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society and Google says more banks will add support soon.
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The Queen enters the House of Lords ahead of her speech Image: AP Every year, the Queen gives a speech about what the UK government will focus its attentions on over the coming twelve months.Today, she explained that, among other things, she wants the country to focus on autonomous cars and drones.During her speech, which takes place at the House of Lords in central London, she explained: My ministers will ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of technology for new forms of transport, including autonomous and electric vehicles.The Guardian points out that the bill is expected to bring about new legislation for self-driving cars and drones, as well as ushering in the possibility for the UK s first commercial spaceport.Elsewhere in her speech, Bloomberg notes that the Queen promised that measures will be brought forward to create the right for every household to access high-speed broadband to help make the United Kingdom a world leader in the digital economy.Of course, these ideas aren t dreamt up by the Queen but senior policy makers.
Google has taken the wraps off Google Home, its push to bring the Google Assistant into the heart of the family, and push back at Amazon's Alexa in the process.The same is true for video, with the ability to request clips and movies to stream via a Chromecast plugged into a TV.Text messages can be sent by voice, restaurant bookings made or adjusted,However, there'll be support for various smart home products, including Nest and a variety of the "most popular" lights and more.In the future, Google says, it expects Google Home to support things like ordering a car, sending flowers, making purchases, and more by voice.As for the services Google Home offers, it sounds a lot like what we saw Viv demonstrate earlier this month.That, developed by the team responsible for the original Siri, does a similar sort of contextual linking of services.
This STACK article touches on the finer points of good push-up form as does this one and also dives into some easier variations that can help you work up to a full push-up.Then when you re ready, these harder push-up variations will show you how to breathe life into your push-ups and strength progress again.Spiderman Push-UpOnce you get a hang of the single-leg push-up, the next sequence of the progression is the Spiderman push-up shown in the second half of the video .You re going to work your obliques and hip flexors.Grasp the handles and angle your body at approximately 45-degrees.There are tons and tons of push-up variations, but rather than do them all at once, figure out which ones would challenge you and help you get stronger with just a slight change to keep progressing over the long run.
However, this didn t happen overnight; here s where many marketers have gone wrong:You followed the wrong metricsAs marketers, when we sit in meetings with executives, they say the same thing over and over: Show me the data.We know the best marketing efforts are tracked, analyzed, tweaked or even tossed out based on the results that they show.However, the data that we have been leaning on is frequently from discrete campaign results that miss the true impact of a campaign s broader implications.You didn t treat your users like individualsA recent study we conducted found that users hate it when they are delivered the same generic experience as the next person.It s up to us to break out of the bad habits that I listed above and enter a new age of mobile engagement where we bring better, more personalized and more thoughtful mobile engagement to our users.He oversees global marketing, branding and advertising.
They re startups hoping to win investments from HPE s venture capital arm.Putting money into startups is a way for the company to contend with new technologies from rivals like Amazon.com Inc. and Google.Every quarter she hosts Coffee With Meg gatherings, listens to presentations from startups, asks pointed questions, and helps decide who will get the company s money.Whitman s VC push comes after witnessing huge writedowns that cost the company more than $15 billion early in her tenure.Also in 2012, it said it would write down about $8 billion after purchasing Electronic Data Systems four years earlier.In November, HP underwent a massive corporate split from what s now called HP Inc., which sells computers and printers.The purpose of this is for us to actually be in the market all the time, understanding the emerging technologies, he said.Corporate venture capital is nothing new; Google and Intel Corp. both have investment arms.Ananth said the group is also looking at possibly expanding internationally and getting into new fields such as artificial intelligence.Already, HPE is seeing gains from its investments.
Photo: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters Microsoft begins to push extra hard applications for Windows 10 users as part of the summer Anniversary Update. Microsoft has already extensively told, all of which is changing in Windows 10: Anniversary free update to appear in the summer time. But still heruu more information. Among other things, The Vergen, Microsoft told to increase its number of advertised applications in Windows 10's Start menu. Some of the advertised applications are pre-installed on computers, but they can be removed at any time. Microsoft has not yet clarified the matter.
Doom is a brilliant homage to a classic, but falls short of achieving something new.Between the guns and the mods, which can be switched on the fly, there s enough variation to ensure that shooting things never stops being fun.Every encounter will push you past your comfort zone for just long enough that you breath a heavy sigh of relief when you ve cleared it.Coming at a battle from the wrong angle can feel like slamming your head against wall.As we discussed in our hands-on with April s multiplayer beta, the gameplay is more frantic than your standard Call of Duty-inspired FPS.While team deathmatch rounds tend to drag on in Doom — many of the levels are a little too large for 6-on-6 — these modes offer a single point of focus, and encourage players to think of new, strategic ways, that keep the gameplay fresh, without slowing things down.
At its I/O 2016 developer conference today, Google rolled out new Google Play store features for developers.Ellie Powers, Google Play s lead product manager, showed off improvements to how beta programs work, benchmarks, a new pre-launch report, and a slew of minor improvements.Google Play has over 1 billion monthly active users, which the company argues makes it the world s largest app distribution platform.But Google also shared a new number today: Last year, Google Play users installed apps 65 billion times.That number is up from 50 billion in 2014, or a 30 percent increase.Google wants to keep that figure rising, so it implemented the following list of features to help developers grow their apps and games:Speaking of apps, Google Play has gained two of its own.The Play Console app lets you access your app s data on the go including installs, uninstalls, crashes, ratings, and reviews , receive push notifications for important news, and reply to reviews.The Playbook app lets you set your objectives and provides a tailored list of the latest articles and videos from Google experts and across the Web.
That last bit is particularly important—if virtual worlds don t respond to your rapid head-turning, you won t feel immersed.After consulting with chip manufacturers and various other hardware makers, Google s rolling out a Daydream-ready certification for phones.Numerous Android phone makers—including Samsung—are already lined up to offer Daydream-ready phones when the platform launches this fall.Google Photos will let you explore your photospheres in VR; Google Street View will let you explore the world without actually exploring the world; and Play Movies will come with support for copy-protected high-res videos, complete with a virtual movie theater to rest in.It ll be interesting to see how Daydream headsets and the Daydream platform perform once they finally hit the streets this fall.If it can find a happy price-to-performance medium, Daydream could help push VR into far more hands than PC-based headsets ever could.
Secondly, Assertive Display allows screens to adapt to changes in light, overcoming brightness limitations and reducing power consumption.Finally, Assertive Camera improves the performance of technology, with ARM in a statement citing "high dynamic range, noise reduction and colour management."These solutions rely on the creation of dedicated image computing solutions and Apical's technologies will play a crucial role in their delivery."Michael Tusch, CEO and founder of Apical said that his company's extensive research into human vision and visual processing had led the way with new imaging technologies."The products developed by Apical already enable cameras to understand their environment and to act on the most relevant information by employing intelligent processing," he said."These technologies will advance as part of ARM, driving value for its partners as they push deeper into markets where visual computing will deliver a transformation in device capabilities and the way humans interact with machines."
Entertainment veterans from DreamWorks Animation have started their own virtual reality startup with $3 million in funding.The Santa Monica, California-based Spaces is headed by chief executive Shiraz Akmal and chief technology officer Brad Herman, two veterans who worked on DreamWorks Animation s early VR experiences through 2015.Spaces is already working with such companies as Microsoft, NBCUniversal, Big Blue Bubble and The Hettema Group, among others, to develop and produce a wide range of projects across all VR and mixed reality platforms.Among the target platforms are the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR and Google Cardboard.Virtual reality spaces offer creative challenges we ve never seen before: to build fully dimensional spaces in which viewers can completely interact, Akmal said, in a statement.Herman also said, In every respect, VR is creating new horizons, and we re eager to help companies explore them.Spaces is combining remarkable capabilities, tools and creativity to push the boundaries of the VR frontier.Akmal has been the vice president of operations-product development for the now-defunct video game company THQ, and executive creative director Dean Orion has a career that has included writing for television and creating interactive, location-based attractions for DreamWorks Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering.The Spaces team has the ability and the background to make an enormous impact on VR and MxR, and I am eager to see what they accomplish, said Kai-Fu Lee, founder and CEO of Sinovation Fund, in a statement,The Spaces advisory team includes Dan Offner, attorney, angel investor and former general counsel for Oculus; Keith Boesky, former president of Eidos Interactive and the principal of Boesky & Company; and Indian film actor and entrepreneur Rana Daggubati, star of Baahubali: The Beginning, the highest-grossing film in India s history.
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Every year, the Queen gives a speech about what the government will focus its attentions on over the coming twelve months.Today, she explained that, among other things, she wants the country to focus on autonomous cars and drones.During the Queen's speech, which takes place at the House of Lords, she explained: My ministers will ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of technology for new forms of transport, including autonomous and electric vehicles.The Guardian points out that the bill will bring about new legislation for self-driving cars and drones, as well as ushering in the possibility for the UK s first commercial spaceport.Elsewhere in her speech, Bloomberg notes that the Queen promised that measures will be brought forward to create the right for every household to access high-speed broadband to help make the United Kingdom a world leader in the digital economy .Of course, these ideas aren t dreamt up by the Queen but senior policy makers.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Typically, users pay a lot of attention to apps right after they download them, but that engagement falls off a cliff after the first day.To change this, app marketers need to properly employ push notifications by personalizing them for their customers.In fact, a recent study by Localytics revealed that 52% of users find these messages annoying.Another issue is the sheer volume of apps out there in the app stores.Cutting through the noise of an overcrowded app market is critical for any app developer looking to build a viable user base.US app-install ad revenue will grow to over $7 billion by year-end 2020, according to BI Intelligence estimates.Mobile app install advertisers have traditionally invested heavily in display and interstitial ads, but are moving to mobile video and native install formats.86% of developers currently use in-feed video app-install ads, and video ads are seen as the most effective app-install format.As formats like video rise in popularity, older formats are losing their appeal for install campaigns.New approaches, including deep linking and app streaming, are more contextualized and interactive than older ad formats.In full, the report:Forecasts app-install ad spending in the US through 2020.Explores which app-install ad formats developers believe are most effective.Discusses what the most popular platforms and ad networks are doing to attract ad spending.Investigates new tools for marketing apps, including deep linking and app streaming.To get your copy of this invaluable guide to the IoT universe, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.But however you decide to acquire this report, you ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the fast-moving world of the IoT.
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