The Nokia brand is set to return to smartphones, two years after the Finnish company sold its flagship handset business and walked away defeated by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.Nokia Oyj said Wednesday it will license its brand to a Helsinki-based company run by former Nokia managers, HMD Global Oy, which plans investments topping $500 million to bring mobile phones and tablets to the market.FIH Mobile Ltd., part of Foxconn Technology Group, will help to build the devices.HMD will be in charge of designing, making and selling the devices, said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia s IP-licensing business.If things don t live up to expectations, the company isn t saddled with enormous inventory and expense still on the books, said Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC.Nokia and HMD will be trying to crack a tough market with Samsung, Apple and Huawei Technologies Co. dominating smartphone sales with about half of the total 334 million high-end phones shipped in the first quarter, according to data from researcher IDC.Royal Philips Electronics NV sold its television business to TPV Technology, which kept the Dutch company s name on its sets.For Finns, the deal may restore some national pride in the country s best-known company.The sale of the business, less than three years after then-Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop joined Nokia from Microsoft, prompted Ilta-Sanomat, Finland s biggest tabloid, to called him a Trojan Horse who assisted Microsoft all along.HMD is now acquiring the rights for the next decade.Nokia more recently has been getting most of its revenue from wireless network equipment and related software and services.
It s a voice-activated device that looks like a small bookshelf speaker and acts as a voice-recognizing, intelligent front end to music and other entertainment, everyday tasks like calendar appointments, Google s search engine and home automation systems like Google s own Nest.But while Amazon can offer the world s largest retail store and content inventory, Google has search and its immense knowledge and product ecosystem.Users access the always-listening device, according to a video shown during the I/O keynote address, by saying Okay, Google.The video, which showed a typical family employing the device in the morning rush to work and school, indicated that Google Home is designed to work with devices throughout a house, including speakers, TVs and lights via home automation.Google Home, which will only support one account initially, is intended for release this year at an as-yet-undisclosed price.More than a dozen services are already integrated, including Uber, Pandora, OpenTable, Spotify, WhatsApp and Ticketmaster.
The median price of a single-family home in Santa Clara County hit seven figures for the first time last month: $1 million on the button."And even at $700,000, you're going to be in second-tier schools.AdvertisementThe numbers reflect a crisis that is squeezing low-income earners and the middle class.Even in desirable Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and Walnut Creek, she said, "We do have a little more inventory, but then you have to weed through that and find the few that are ready to go."Last month, they also bought their new place in Orinda: four bedrooms, four baths and 3,700 square feet on a hillside with 100-year-old oak trees and "tons of wildlife."Contact Richard Scheinin at 408-920-5069, read his stories at www.mercurynews.com/richard-scheinin and follow him at Twitter.com/RealEstateRag.
Australian retailer Myer has partnered with eBay to launch a virtual reality store, where shoppers can browse and purchase items using a VR headset.The companies are calling labelling it "the world's first virtual reality department store".The eBay VR Department Store app contains over 12,500 products that visitors can view as 3D models, and add to their basket using a system developed by eBay called Sight Search.Owners of virtual reality headsets can get onto the store by downloading the eBay VR Department Store app on their smartphone and then loading their device into their VR viewer.The app provides additional suggestions as they progress through the store.You can add items to your basket by looking at themShop 'til your battery dropsRather than just taking eBay and adding virtual reality elements to it, eBay and Myer want the app to serve as a virtual reality replica of the physical shopping experience, with the added benefits offered by shopping online.
As an experienced programmatic and performance company, Matomy understands that one size SDK does not fit all , said Sagi Niri, Mataomy s chief operating officer, in a statement.Our mobile initiative is focused on eliminating the stress faced by mobile publishers by offering easy-to-use smart monetization solutions to help grow their mobile advertising business whilst alleviating time spent on menial tasks.MobFox s superior technology is able to accommodate the requests of publishers connecting them to the largest advertisers in the world competing for the best inventory.The company offers demand- and supply-side-platforms DSP and SSP and a single gateway for mobile, video, and native ad inventory management via a real-time bidding RTB marketplace.MobFox also offers easy integration to open-source SDK s for iOS and Android and provides a rich creative service.Matomy Media Group was founded in 2007 and creates customized performance and programmatic ad solutions.It is listed on the London and Tel Aviv stock exchanges.
Homefront: The Revolution launched this week and has been plagued with a number of performance issues.We're also aware that performance - particularly frame rate - is not currently where we want it to be, and we are working on additional patches to help address these issues and more.Patch notes per platform will be available on the community forums and on Steam when they go live.In the meantime, the first free content in our post-launch Resistance Mode road map has been unlocked for all players today.All 8 individual pieces of the two new Punk and Anarchist outfits, plus the Punk and Anarchist full body clothing, can be found in your character's Gear and Clothing menu for players to customize their Fighters with.On top of that, two bonus Hail Mary boosters in your Consumables inventory offer a free instant revive to help you on your way to completing Missions on the hardest difficulty.
The point-and-click adventure was brutally hard, and it would take me years of on-and-off play to figure the entire mansion out.Successfully Kickstarted in 2014, Thimbleweed Park is a classic-style point-and-click adventure from Maniac Mansion creators and industry vets Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick.Gilbert and Winnick recently showed off their new creation publicly and spoke to us a bit about the reaction so far.Thimbleweed Park lets you step into the pixelated shoes of five characters, though you don t get to choose your own team at the outset, like in Maniac Mansion or Gilbert s more recent The Cave.Despite the difference in tone and setting, Thimbleweed Park still shares similarities with Maniac Mansion: multiple playable characters, the use of selectable verbs and inventory items to solve the tasks at hand, and plenty of humor.For instance, you can walk using analog thumbsticks instead of clicking around, and the pixel-heavy art style takes advantage of modern graphical techniques to prevent colors from blurring into each other.
Yes, you might be investing in a fraction of your own and your neighbors mortgages!As a point of reference, the global fixed income market is about 100 trillion dollars, of which the United States comprises one-third.Investors ranging from common retirees, high net worth individuals and family offices to pension and endowment funds are all receptive of investment products that offer a high and steady payout, low volatility, low correlation to equities and limited sensitivity to interest rate movements i.e.At LendIt, Prosper s president Ron Suber voiced that Citigroup over-estimated the risk of the loans and hence demanded a higher interest rate spread.And if the securitization model stops working, the origination platforms need to broaden their lender base in order to distribute the loan inventory that they warehouse on borrowed capital.With securitization, investors have little idea if the underlying pool can support all the AA bonds issued.
To attract capital, stated that Nordic Bike finances were solid and pointed to a successful company history spanning decades. Today, Monday, is expected representatives of Nordic bike show up in the Solna District Court, for a so-called edgångssammanträde. It is quite a long way to go, said the bankruptcy trustee Ulf Blommé recently Breakit. Bankruptcy estate inventory as Breakit now have read show very large debts, and close on no assets. That means in all probability Toborrows lenders, which in some cases has lent SEK 100,000 each, can forget their money. Toborrow is a marketplace where lenders are given the opportunity to lend money to by themselves choose the amount they want to lend, and what interest rate they will accept based on the risk they consider that the loan entails.
Samsung, amusingly, decided to take that literally.In Sokot, Moscow, at the side of the road that leads to the Sheremetyevo International Airport, the around 800,000 people that pass there daily will be able to gawk at a gigantic Galaxy S7 edge.Of course, it's just a signage, but it is definitely one of Samsung's most ambitious, if not obnoxious, marketing stunt to remind people that it has a smaller version of that same curved edge monstrosity.Last year's Galaxy S6 edge caught Samsung off guard, leading to supply and inventory problems.There is still some question on whether Samsung will follow through with a Galaxy S7 edge like last year's generation.There is talk that the Galaxy Note 6 might combine both designs, though there is still some uncertainty about that.
Cloetta has taken major and important step towards the cloud. The investment has slowed down for no one can really give a complete picture of how to move the major business systems to the cloud, according to IT manager Magnus Nilsson. In close interaction with the strategy you need to make an application inventory. Cloud Security does not dissolve by itself. It also needed an operational plan; it is easier and cheaper to build solutions available in the cloud, but nothing is automatic. Read also: Data Analysis godfather is not ready for retirement - now he launches SAS's new cloud platform Analysts often say that this year is the year in which IT customers choose a cloud partner.
Cloetta has taken major and important step towards the cloud. The investment has slowed down for no one can really give a complete picture of how to move the major business systems to the cloud, according to IT manager Magnus Nilsson. In close interaction with the strategy you need to make an application inventory. Cloud Security does not dissolve by itself. It also needed an operational plan; it is easier and cheaper to build solutions available in the cloud, but nothing is automatic. Read also: Data Analysis godfather is not ready for retirement - now he launches SAS's new cloud platform Analysts often say that this year is the year in which IT customers choose a cloud partner.
For advertisers running text-based mobile ads, character limits will increase from two 35-character lines to one 80-character line; headlines will expand from one with a 25-character limit to two with 30-character limits.Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, Jerry Dischler, vice president of product management for AdWords, said that even with the rise of ecommerce, 90 percent of global sales happen in stores and that Google maps have the opportunity to be the bridge where mobile and local meet.The example below shows new, branded pins within the map and more robust business pages, which — in addition to providing information like location and hours — can show custom, in-store promotions and could also include a link to store inventory levels.This would be helpful in the case of someone seeking a specific tv model from a retailer like Best Buy.Google Maps : promoted pins top and business page bottom Dischler said that the efficacy of mobile ads for local businesses began to be understood two years ago with the introduction of a metric called store visits.Since then, Google advertisers have measured over 1 billion store visits, globally.In fact, Nissan claimed a 25 to 1 return on investment ROI for the mobile ad campaign.Last year, Google s search and advertising tools generated $165 billion for companies in the U.S, as mobile devices become increasingly indispensable to consumers.
ouh desire / Shutterstock.comWith the news that over half of the trillions of Google searches happen on mobile, Google announced Tuesday that it will soon change the way advertisers set bids for targeting ads by device type in AdWords.The main goal was to push advertisers to take mobile search usage trends seriously Google saw it growing and start bidding running ads on mobile search even if advertisers couldn t yet tie mobile ad clicks to ROI .This will be a welcome change for many advertisers — particularly for those who ve seen declining performance on tablets.With mobile growing so rapidly over the past few years, the idea of having bids predicated on desktop has increasingly felt awkward, even for advertisers who continue to see the bulk of ROI come from desktop.To help advertisers measure beyond last-click attribution, in which mobile tends to reflect poorly, Google recently announced advertisers will soon be able to assign any attribution model, not just last click, to conversion types in AdWords.Whereas those sites may have been relying on another network for native ad serving, Google is saying it can now fill that inventory demand, too.
Cloetta has taken major and important step towards the cloud. The investment has slowed down for no one can really give a complete picture of how to move the major business systems to the cloud, according to IT manager Magnus Nilsson. In close interaction with the strategy you need to make an application inventory. Cloud Security does not dissolve by itself. It also needed an operational plan; it is easier and cheaper to build solutions available in the cloud, but nothing is automatic. Read also: Data Analysis godfather is not ready for retirement - now he launches SAS's new cloud platform Analysts often say that this year is the year in which IT customers choose a cloud partner.
Cloetta has taken major and important step towards the cloud. The investment has slowed down for no one can really give a complete picture of how to move the major business systems to the cloud, according to IT manager Magnus Nilsson. In close interaction with the strategy you need to make an application inventory. Cloud Security does not dissolve by itself. It also needed an operational plan; it is easier and cheaper to build solutions available in the cloud, but nothing is automatic. Read also: Data Analysis godfather is not ready for retirement - now he launches SAS's new cloud platform Analysts often say that this year is the year in which IT customers choose a cloud partner.
Previously, MobileFuse co-founder and CEO Ken Harlan pointed out, his company allowed advertisers to buy space programmatically through its own platform, but it employed manually administered orders for selling inventory from its selected group of about 2,000 publishers, which include texting/calling app textPlus and media hosting site Photobucket.By moving its operations to the AppNexus platform, he said, his premium supply network can now expose ad supply on a programmatic basis.The only part of MobileFuse that is not moving to AppNexus, he said, is his company s Moments condition-based targeting.The new setup, he said, also offers the ability for advertisers to more readily layer data sources for targeting, like Oracle s BlueKai.He noted that the new arrangement also provides more mobile ad exposure for the AppNexus platform, whose strength has traditionally been in desktop.MobileFuse says it serves about 100 million unique users monthly, with about 80 percent in-app and the rest on mobile web.
Google to expand Store Visits online-to-offline foot traffic measurementMay 24, 2016 by Greg SterlingWhen offline visits are factored in mobile search, ROI goes way up.Google announces significant changes to AdWords bidding and text adsMay 24, 2016 by Ginny MarvinNew responsive display ads shows Google s focus on fulfilling native mobile inventory.WP Engine launches first page-level performance tool intended for WordPress sitesMay 24, 2016 by Barry LevineA one-second page load delay leads to 11 percent fewer page views, so this new dashboard tool is intended to deliver a WordPress-specific tuneup.Making Father s Day count: How-to tips for email marketersMay 24, 2016 by Jason WarnockWith Father s Day fast approaching, are you ready to deliver an effective email campaign?Study shows mobile users ad ambivalence, resistance to push notificationsMay 23, 2016 by Greg SterlingRoughly 62 percent of survey respondents never want push notifications or want them less than once per month, even from their favorite brands.Get the Results., blog.adstage.ioHow Fashion Retailers Can Bounce Back With Digital Marketing and Technology, www.searchenginejournal.comMost Ad Tech And Mar Tech Companies Should Stick To Data Processing, adexchanger.comMobile/Local Marketing12 examples of persuasive mobile UX from ecommerce app Wish, econsultancy.comAs Google Doubles Down on Mobile, How Can SMBs Keep Pace?, streetfightmag.comSocial MediaA Brief History Of Twitter s 140-Character Limit, www.fastcompany.comAchieve Stellar Results From Facebook And Instagram Remarketing, www.ppchero.comBoost B2B Sales with LinkedIn Social Selling, blog.marketo.comFacebook apologizes for deleting picture of plus-size model, digiday.comFacebook ditches Bing, 800M users now see its own AI text translations, techcrunch.comFacebook says an investigation of its trending topics finds no evidence of systematic political bias , qz.comHigh-Performing Facebook Ads: It s a Numbers Game, www.razorsocial.comHow Snapchat s millennial-friendly content complements mobile ticketing, www.mobilecommercedaily.comHow to Fine-Tune Your Father s Day Social Marketing Strategy, simplymeasured.comHow To Hijack Hashtags, www.koozai.comInstagram Partners: Helping Businesses Grow, blog.business.instagram.comPinterest Tools For Marketers And Social Media Managers, www.searchenginepeople.comShould Each Franchise Location Have a Separate Facebook Page?, www.searchinfluence.comSnapchat Reportedly in the Midst of Raising $200 Million, Raising Valuation to More Than $20 Billion, www.martechadvisor.comSnapchat Stickers Are Here, www.adweek.comThe Biggest Facebook Publishers of April 2016, www.newswhip.comThe Facebookization Of Instagram Continues – And Everything Else Is Next, adexchanger.comThirty-six percent of consumers are ready to shame you on social, digiday.comTrend report: What s popular on Pinterest this month, blog.pinterest.comWhat Twitter s New Changes Mean for Social Media Marketers, www.toprankblog.comWhy buy buttons on Pinterest and Instagram haven t taken off for retailers, digiday.comVideo6 brands that are getting Instagram video ads right, digiday.comABC News Embraces 360 Video Storytelling, media.fb.comFacebook enables Continuous Live Video to power puppycams and more, techcrunch.comFacebook to Highlight Moments in Archived Facebook Live Videos With Most Engagement, www.adweek.comThink Virtual Reality Doesn t Make Sense For Your Brand?
Expanded text ads for a mobile-first worldIn February, Google removed right-hand side ads on desktop to improve consistency across devices.In line with that move, Google has optimized its offerings around the screen sizes of the most popular smartphones.Google says these upgrades will be especially relevant for advertisers wanting to reach the on-the-go mobile consumer who wants to know exactly what products and services are available before tapping into a website.Google s new tool – responsive ads for display – are designed to help advertisers develop ads to counter the diverse content, shapes, and sizes across the more than two million publisher sites and apps on the Google Display Network GDN .Bidding for a mobile-first worldAdWords will soon allow advertisers to set individual bid adjustments for each device type mobile, desktop and tablet .For example, when using location extensions, advertisers will be able to prominently showcase their business locations when consumers search for things like shoe store or car repair near me.
You plug your destination into Google Maps and start cruising down your route when a purple pin appears, showing you the location of the nearest McDonald's and offering a few dollars off on a combo meal if you stop.This is the new ad experience that Google is testing out in its Maps app to help businesses entice you into visiting their coffee shop, gas station, pharmacy, whatever.The company has had some form of advertising in Maps since 2010 but it's now building out its Promoted Pins to be much more prominent, and adding new features for advertisers, like letting them list special offers or a local product inventory search bar so you can check if the Walgreens down the street has the right kind of contact solution before you actually go there .Google's big pitch to advertisers is that it's the best partner for the "mobile-first" world because its combination of search and maps data can show when its ads actually drive people into stores.That's actually been Google's pitch for a while, but now it's showing off proof of success: Since it introduced its "store visits" metric two years ago, advertisers have measured over 1 billion visits.NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
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