MOUNTAIN VIEW — Google has decided to echo Amazon.The search giant is developing an in-home voice-activated Internet device that will be able to answer users queries, play music and control smart home devices, the company announced at its I/O developer conference Wednesday.Dubbed Google Home, the device, which will be out later this year, looks like it s targeted straight at Amazon s Echo.Home will serve as a showcase for Google s new intelligent assistant technology, prosaically named the Google assistant.Google representatives at the conference indicated that consumers will be able to use the device to make or cancel dinner reservations, check flight information, look up sports scores and turn on lights in their home.The device will have a built-in speaker, and owners will be able to use it in coordination with Google s Chromecast Audio product to play music throughout their house.Google didn t say what Home will cost or when exactly it will be available.Amazon s Echo, which the company debuted in late 2014, costs $180.Photo: Google s Home product viewed on a screen above the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View during the keynote presentation at Google s I/O developer on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.Troy Wolverton, Mercury News.Tags: amazon, amazon echo, chromecast audio, Google, google assistant, google home, intelligent assistants, smart home
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Google is getting in on the bots game, joining Facebook and Microsoft.This summer, the search giant plans to launch a new messaging app called Allo, Google representatives announced at the company s I/O developer conference on Wednesday.The app incorporates Google s intelligent assistant technology and is to allow users to accomplish more things without having to launch other apps.By simply typing questions or commands within Allo, users will be able to make dinner reservations, check sports scores, find photos or check their flight reservations.So it can understand the context questions are asked in.So, in one demonstration, Google representatives showed how users could use Allo to find information about soccer star Cristano Ronaldo and then get Allo to find videos of him by just typing best tricks.The Google assistant was able to glean that the user was interested in seeing videos of Ronaldo from the context of the conversation.Google s move into text bots follows Facebook and Microsoft.Meanwhile, Facebook at its F8 conference last month unveiled similar features that are coming to its popular Messenger app.Bots have the potential to make it less important which operating system users have on their smartphones.Troy Wolverton/Mercury News Tags: allo, bots, chatbots, facebook, Google, intelligent assistants, Messenger, Microsoft, Skype, the google assistant
Combining sensors and tags that provide data about the dimensions of different cargo and containers with systems that provide real-time data about empty space in a trucking fleet can help operators fill that empty space and recover much that revenue leakage.Healthcare: Using asset tracking with traditional systems for keeping medical records can improve patient care at healthcare facilities.For instance, collecting data from barcodes assigned to individual patients along with software systems for tracking medical records can reduce errors like giving patients the wrong medication or wrong doses by 42%.Zebra Technologies already provides the asset tracking, bar code scanning, and enterprise mobile devices for collecting and sharing real time data for these use cases.It s so big that it could mean new revenue streams for your company and new opportunities for you.Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions because they will use IoT to 1 lower operating costs; 2 increase productivity; and 3 expand to new markets or develop new product offerings.networks The important role analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, will play in making the most of IoT investments The sizable security challenges presented by the IoT and how they can be overcome The four powerful forces driving IoT innovation, plus the four difficult market barriers to IoT adoption Complete analysis of the likely future investment in the critical IoT infrastructure: connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development In-depth analysis of how the IoT ecosystem will change and disrupt 16 different industries 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.
Image Source: The VoidGoogle s new Android-based virtual reality platform Daydream is likely a step in the right direction, as it ll help the VR ecosystem grow in the coming years.However, there s a company out there that s building the first ever 5D amusement park that ll deliver a virtual experience ready to take over all your senses.DON T MISS: How I added microSD support to my iPhone 6sAbout a year ago, we talked about The Void, the innovative amusement park in question that s opening in Utah next year, and new videos reveal that the project is coming along quite nicely.Gamers would have virtual reality helmets covering their eyes, but they ll move inside a man-made maze that s digitally recreated inside the VR app.They ll have laser tags guns in their hands and wear vests that ll offer force feedback.Here s one video the company posted on YouTube recently with reactions from early visitors:Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is equally impressed and pretty much speechless:The first Void Experience Center opens up in Utah next year, and we can only hope it ll be one of many virtual reality amusements parks that will open soon.
Networking routers and switches and services don t play as well in a TV commercial as do iPhones shooting 4K video.You could make an argument that the only time Cisco was really cool was back in 2009, when it paid $590 million for Pure Digital, the maker of the then-popular line of Flip Video digital video cameras.And whether it was because a consumer gadget didn t fit in with its traditional networking gear business, or people just didn t buy enough Flips once they really got into shooting video on their iPhones, Cisco shut down Flip, and stopped making its video cameras in 2011.And on Thursday, Cisco s shares rose 3.2 percent to close at $27.57 after the company reported one of its typically solid business quarters.So, in case you missed it…Late Wednesday, Cisco reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of 57 cents a share on $12 billion in sales, while Wall Street analysts had forecast the company to earn 55 cents a share on $11.97 billion.By contrast, sales of routers were off by 5 percent and switching-gear revenue declined by 3 percent.No, it s not the kind of stuff that will have the cool factor of something like a 50-foot-high green wall and a park where you can wander in and contemplate whether you should get the 64-gigabyte or 128GB iPhone 6 Plus.: If Cisco is boring, yet consistent, anything involving John McAfee is going to be like 17 straight rides on Disneyland s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad without being strapped into your seat.It was barely a week ago, that McAfee, founder of McAfee, one of the first big anti-virus software companies, one-time-kinda-but-not-really fugitive from Belize, and current Libertarian Party presidential candidate, was named Chief Executive to MGT Capital Investments.Actually, it was more like McAfee took over the company, as part of his joining MGT was it acquiring his latest venture, anti-spy technology company D-Vasive, and saying it would rename itself John McAfee Global Technologies.So, it should come as no surprise that investing in a John McAfee company would be as wild an experience as McAfee being McAfee.
Personal data of more than 100 million LinkedIn users may have been stolen, the company has warned.For nearly four years, everything seemed fine.On Wednesday the company began invalidating passwords for all accounts created before the 2012 theft that hadn t been updated since the breach, LinkedIn said.Regularly changing your password is always a good idea and you don t have to wait for the notification, LinkedIn said in the statement, which was on the company blog.In a tilt at the infamous windmill of criminal hacking, LinkedIn added that it had demanded that parties cease making stolen password data available and will evaluate potential legal action if they fail to comply.People can t rely on organizations to keep their personal data safe, but must take as many steps as possible to secure it themselves, Kennerley said.In this case, ensuring that the password used for LinkedIn is different from other accounts is crucial – this will limit the potential impact on other accounts, including email, which can lead to other, more sensitive, information being stolen.Photo: LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File Tags: Dave Kennerley, email, hackers, hacking, linkedin, passwords, personal data, personal information, Russian, Webroot
A launcher application could place your camera app front-and-center when you re outside because it knows you take a lot of nature photos outdoors.And, as an added bonus, when you snap the photo, it tags it with the weather and activity.That could lead to users getting frustrated with the app and possibly even uninstalling it from their phone.While Google s suggested examples sound interesting, some of the real-world use cases implemented by partners who had early access to the API are a bit less inspiring.That is, it will alert you to visit an open house only if you re nearby, walking, and it s nice outside.But people have so far resisted having their phone s user interface overhauled in reaction to their surroundings.
Here s our daily recap of what happened in marketing technology, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.Nuzzel launches first network of newsletters May 19, 2016 by Barry LevineSocial news service offers free content curation tool for email newsletters and hopes to leverage not-yet-launched network effects.Taykey unveils a free online trend-watcherMay 19, 2016 by Barry LevineCalled Trend Pulse, it shows trends in four categories, changed daily.Invoca adds missing channel of phone calls to Salesforce s Marketing CloudMay 19, 2016 by Barry LevineIntegration with call intelligence provider means that Salesforce now offers details on calls from emails or websites, including automatic transcriptions of conversations.Bing launches UET Tag Helper, a troubleshooting Chrome extensionMay 19, 2016 by Ginny MarvinNow quickly check if UET tags are set up correctly without having to wait for validation in the UIMove over, text ads: How data feeds are driving new search experiencesMay 19, 2016 by Christi OlsonContributor Christi Olson, Search Evangelist at Bing, takes a deeper look at data feeds and their role in search past, present and future .Just Being Google, www.fastcodesign.comFull Circle Insights Launches Campaign Attribution, www.prnewswire.comAdobe Launches Spark: Visual Storytelling Apps for Everyone, spark.adobe.comCriteo Helps Marketers Boost Incremental Sales with Dynamic Email Retargeting, www.criteo.comSwirl s New Mobile Presence Management and Marketing Platform Helps Brick and Mortar Retailers Better Compete with Amazon, www.swirl.com
Yahoo may sell for less than predicted – but it depends on which parts of the company are sold.A new report suggested that leading suitor Verizon and other bidders are expected to bid $2 billion to $3 billion for Yahoo s core business.But analysts have pegged the troubled firm s value at higher levels, with SunTrust issuing a note last month saying it foresaw bids of $6 billion to $8 billion or more for the core.On Friday, the Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources in reporting that Verizon and additional bidders are expected to offer $2 billion to $3 billion for the core.Some offers could still be above the $2 billion-to-$3 billion range, other people said, and it is generally in the interest of bidders to play down their enthusiasm in an auction, the paper reported.It is also possible that not everyone will bid for all of the core business and that proposals will be structured differently.We think it is unclear as to what is being bid for, and it is important to understand that there are various assets that Yahoo can potentially sell, Peck said in a note issued Friday.Yahoo s patents alone could be worth up to $3 billion, its real estate could be worth $1 billion, and its perpetual royalties – $90 million last year – from its stake in Yahoo Japan could add another $1 billion in value, Peck said.Peck put Yahoo s core advertising business value at $1.53 billion, and its non-advertising core value – including Yahoo Japan royalties, patents and real estate – at $3.76 billion.Add further savings and workforce reductions achievable through strategic synergies between two merging companies, and a buyer could see $8.3 billion of value in Yahoo s core, Peck said.For the next round of bidding, offers are due in the first week of June, but it s not clear whether more rounds will follow, the WSJ reported.The lower-than-expected bids came after weeks of presentations by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and the firm s release of data that revealed weakening prospects, the paper noted.The company s first-quarter report showed revenue down 18 percent to $860 million, marking the first time revenue dropped below $1 billion since Mayer took charge about four years ago.Photo: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer AP/NBC, Peter Kramer, file Tags: bidders, core, marissa mayer, Patents, Real Estate, Robert Peck, sale, sell, value, Yahoo, Yahoo Japan
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Move over, text ads: How data feeds are driving new search experiencesMay 20, 2016 by Christi OlsonContributor Christi Olson, Search Evangelist at Bing, takes a deeper look at data feeds and their role in search past, present and future .Disney-backed VR startup Littlstar can map where VR, 360-degree video viewers are lookingMay 20, 2016 by Tim PetersonLittlstar has developed a way to measure where people are looking in a VR experience or 360-degree video and can map those viewing patterns.What marketers need to know about Google assistant and Google HomeMay 20, 2016 by Joe YoungbloodVoice search is growing, and Google is investing heavily in products that utilize this technology.Google beta testing a real-time indexing APIMay 19, 2016 by Barry SchwartzCan Google find content even faster than it does now?From Around The Web:5 WordPress Plugins Your Are Not Using But Should Be, www.ducttapemarketing.comHiring a MarTech Lead?Not So Fast, www.cmswire.comHow the Convergence of Marketing, Ad Tech Led to Richer Data Insights, www.adweek.comApp Search – Whiteboard Friday, moz.comGoogle shows off its latest Project Tango experiments, venturebeat.comHow VR commerce could transform bricks-and-mortar retail, www.mobilecommercedaily.comAbout The Author
U.S. drivers still aren t quite as excited about self-driving vehicles as tech and car companies are, according to a new study released Monday.Nearly half of respondents to an April survey by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said their preferred level of automation was no self-driving.Overall public opinion has been remarkably consistent over the two years that this survey has been conducted, said the study s authors, Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak.The general patterns of responses have not changed over the course of these two surveys, despite the increased media coverage of self-driving vehicles.When asked about riding in vehicles that were either completely self-driving or partially self-driving, 37.2 percent of respondents were very concerned about the completely self-driving cars, compared with 17 percent who were very concerned about the partially self-driving vehicles.In addition, 94.5 percent of respondents would prefer that completely self-driving vehicles still have a steering wheel and gas and brake pedals so human drivers can take over a vehicle if needed.The study, which received 618 surveys completed online using SurveyMonkey, report results that are in line with a study released by AAA in March, which in January found that 3 out of 4 U.S. drivers were afraid to ride in a self-driving car.Speaking of being afraid, a report last month by the Rand Corporation doesn t help: It found that self-driving cars may not be proven safe for decades — because they just haven t been driven enough.On the other side, proponents of self-driving cars argue that they are safer than cars driven by humans.Photo: A Google self-driving car travels eastbound on San Antonio Road Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2015 in Mountain View, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Tags: autonomous, cars, safety, self-driving, survey, vehicles
I ve got to pour this cement before it sets, don t bother me, was the reply.Finally, the reporter interviewed the lowest man on the job totem pole—the hod carrier.But even if you never touch one of them in your current role, it s important to have a basic understanding of these eight concepts: 1 – SEOSEO is rapidly becoming a highly specialized field.That said, there are some old-school basic SEO elements that every piece of content should have:A title tag fewer than 80 characters long, to avoid being shortened in results pagesA meta description that describes the content in 160 characters or fewerHeader text H1 tags for the most relevant textAlt descriptions for images that describe the content of the imageDescriptive text for links not just Click Here or More If you want to dig deeper into SEO basics, Google s SEO starter guide is a great resource.Long paragraphs and lack of navigational elements can send readers back to their search engine results for a more reader-friendly page.Even on LinkedIn, which has yet to embrace the algorithm scourge, you can reach a much broader audience with a little strategic boosting.
A new study of more than 1 million websites found that news sites that rely heavily on online advertising are sprinkling the most digital markers on their visitors.Since the advent of the Web, digital advertisers have been in a cat-and-mouse game with users over tracking their movements, even deliberately circumventing privacy settings.This study, purportedly the largest and most detailed measurement of online tracking to date, offers more detail of which sites are most aggressively targeting users and new methods of tracking users.When it comes to following visitors around the Web, news, arts and sports sites lead the pack, even more than pornography sites, the Princeton researchers found.Sites such as non-profits and universities track visitors much less.The researchers speculate why news sites are tracking more:The top five most common tracking tools are owned by Google, such as Google Analytics and Doubleclick, MIT Technology Review points out.Visitors who don t want to be tracked have two main methods for throwing off their digital scent, the cookie-blocker in one s browser and privacy extensions.But do they work?The researchers found that Firefox s blocking was effective.Add-on extension Ghostery was also effective at limiting cookies.What s trickier are new techniques used by small companies that work on how browsers process audio.Dubbed fingerprinting, the tracker attaches an audio signal that then follows a device around the Web.Since Google and Facebook control most of the common trackers, there may be hope of creating standards and controls in this space.One of the researchers, Arvind Narayanan, told the MIT Technology Review:Photo: The Google logo.AP/Mark Lennihan Tags: cookies, facebook, Google, Google Analytics, news sites, tracking
On Monday, India s space agency announced the successful launch of a prototype of its reusable space shuttle, marking the first time the south Asian nation has gone beyond the stratosphere.The relatively low-cost shuttle could pave the way toward far more inexpensive space travel, but India notes that it s still a ways away from a perfected, final version of the spacecraft.But comparisons aside, this is no small accomplishment for the country — indeed, the proof of concept for the RLV-TD shows that traveling beyond Earth doesn t have to cost an arm and a leg.He added, The dynamism and dedication with which our scientists and ISRO have worked over the years is exceptional and very inspiring.Of course, India is not alone in its mission to make space travel affordable.So don t get too attached to Earth, friends — we may soon be on our way to a new home altogether.
Cray has always been associated with speed and power and its latest computing beast called the Cray Urika-GX system has been designed specifically for big data workloads.It also includes its own graph database engine called the Cray Graph Engine, which the company claims is ten to 100 times faster than current graph solutions running complex analytics operations.While the customer still deals with applications built on top of the platform, Cray will handle all of the big-picture stuff and work with the customer s IT department on the rest.While it s all well and good to say you ll take care of the software maintenance, it gets tricky when the customer is building stuff on top of the software you installed and the vendor is responsible to make sure it all works.Cray s Ryan Waite, senior vice president of products, insists that Cray has a long history of working closely with its customers and can handle whatever grey areas may arise.In other words, they have to compete, so the multi-million dollar price tags of yesteryear are long gone.