Monday Tech Tip Using mind mapping apps for project management

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ATFAQ028 – Q1 Should I remove Apples QuickTime from my Windows PC

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ037 – Q1. Live Captioning Options Q2. Vocalize free cell pone equipment? Q3.Voicmail Transcriptions? Q4. Graphing calculator solutions for folks with dexterity and fine motor control issues? Q5. Hooking up iPad to a large 32” touch screen? Q6. Wildcard Question: How reliant are you on Internet connectivity?September 12, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ055 – Q1 How subscribe via RSS Q2 Phone plans for emergency communication Q3 Reading building directories with an app Q4 Dragon “move to body” email question Q5 What AT to use in a presentation for educators Q6 What tech do you take on vacationJune 12, 2017In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ047 – Q1 Seeking an iPad app to read text and complete forms. Q2 Making movies with limited fine motor skills. Q3 Earphones for individuals with vision and hearing limitations Q4 Pillboxie with VoiceOver Q6 What will drones mean for people with disabilities?February 13, 2017In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast” Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadATFAQ028-4-25-16Show notes:Panel: Brian Norton, Mark Stewart, Belva Smith, Armando Rodriguez, and Wade WinglerQ1. Should I remove Apple’s QuickTime from my Windows PC for security? Q2. How do I know if my smartphone is encrypted? Q3. What is a good general speech-to-text system? Q4. What should parents know about AT in Higher Ed? Q5. Are there accessible MUD clients for Android? Q6. What do services like Uber and AirBnB mean for people with disabilities?——-transcript follows ——WADE WINGLER: Welcome to ATFAQ, Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions with your host Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads. This is a show in which we address your questions about assistive technology, the hardware, software, tools and gadgets that help people with disabilities lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Have a question that you’d like answered on our show? Send a tweet with the hashtag #ATFAQ, call our listener line at 317-721-7124, or send us an email at The world of assistive technology has questions, and we have answers. And now here’s your host, Brian Norton.BRIAN NORTON: Hello and welcome to ATFAQ episode 28. I’m really glad that you guys are here today. We have Belva Smith, our local guru of all things blind, low vision. Want to say hey?BELVA SMITH: Hey everybody.BRIAN NORTON: Also have Mark Stewart, the guru of mobility, cognition stuff. Mark?MARK STEWART: Hey everybody. We also have Wade in the room, the popular host of AT update.WADE WINGLER: Good morning everybody. Good morning, good afternoon, whenever you’re listening. It’s morning for us.BRIAN NORTON: We also have Armando the IT guy here.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: Hey. How are you?BRIAN NORTON: Armando is here to help us answer a couple very specific questions. Before we do that —WADE WINGLER: Armando, do you really have a last name or is your name the IT guy?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: It really is the IT guy. That’s how it is. It was actually just Armando. I tacked on the IT guys before.WADE WINGLER: So like Sher, Prince. There you go.BELVA SMITH: Prince!WADE WINGLER: Right. So we are recording the day after we learned that Prince died. The show will come out slightly after that.BRIAN NORTON: And Wade is the only one that wore purple today.WADE WINGLER: That’s true.MARK STEWART: It was raining and a Minnesota Twins game yesterday and the colored the field purple.WADE WINGLER: That’s pretty cool.BRIAN NORTON: Just want to quickly and show some things for you guys. If you’re a new listening to our show, this is a question and answer show so we ask our listening community to send this question and you can do that in a variety of different ways. We have a listener line that you can call and give us a voicemail at 317-721-7124. You can email us at Or you can send us a tweet with the hashtag #ATFAQ. We collect lots of AT related questions, assisted technology related questions. As a panel we try to answer those questions as best we can. We also want folks who are listening to also chime in. If you guys have answers that we might not get to or maybe other suggestions that we might not mention on the show, send us to those as well. We like to play those as well on the show so that if there is something you thought of or some experience as you guys have had, it would be helpful for folks to know about. We definitely want to share those.WADE WINGLER: We love when that happens. We love the feedback. We are getting more of it these days.BRIAN NORTON: Great. If you want to tell people how to find our show, you find it in a variety different ways. You can find it on iTunes. You can go to our website, Or you can find us on stitcher. Just a wide variety of places to find us. I think we can also find us on Google Play Store.WADE WINGLER: The Google Play Store just this last week added podcast to their offering. So if you go to your android app for Google play or you go to the Google play on the website, it’s under music. There is now a button for podcast. We’ve actually been working with Google behind the scene for a few months now so that on the day that that launched, all three of the show that we produced out of here, Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions, Assistive Technology Update, and Accessibility Minute are all in the Google Play Store and getting some more listens for us. So welcome to our Google Play audience.BRIAN NORTON: Excellent. Check us out. We would love to have you listen. To begin our show today, I wanted to jump into some of that listener feedback that we talked about, the things we love to hear. This is Mary. We will play your voicemail.SPEAKER: This is Mary Farber calling with a comment about ATFAQ podcast 26. I’m an assistive technology consultant in Kentucky. During that podcast, you all did a great job of addressing android text to speech, apps, and features that are already included on android. That was extremely helpful to me and I’ll believe that a lot of my students. You also talked during that the many great uses of screen readers for people who have good vision but difficult reading. I was so glad that you mentioned that because that has become really important to many of the students in our district. It’s because the voiceover screen reader on iOS are primarily what we have and can be used by them to read anything that doesn’t need OCR technology. So they don’t have to use a lot of different apps. I only have to teach them the one. But because they are sighted, we use a few of the gestures. If I teach them to first navigate to what they want to read so that they don’t have the frustration of gesture changes up to that point, then they use the accessibility shortcut to triple click the home button and turn voiceover on, and then they tapped the starting point and it will read that. But they can do a two fingers up from the top of the screen to get it to read all of what is there and then a two finger single tap to pause and resume. I’m certain that you all are fully aware of that and use that to make technique all the time. But for people like me who are generalists, they may not be aware that you can take a very powerful tool and make it a tool for people who are sighted by teaching them a few gestures that help them to control it instead of it controlling them. I just want to share those tips to maybe encourage people to use that with their students and to decrease frustration by teaching them those control tools. Thank you so very much. You all help me every week when I listen to your program. Thanks a lot.BRIAN NORTON: Thank you Mary for giving us a call and let us know that. With built-in screen reading technology like voiceover at some of the other ones, you do get a pretty powerful text to speech program for use with really just about anybody. Thanks for sharing that. I’m sure other folks would love the information and would like to know that it is applicable in the school districts that you work in. Hopefully they tried out as well.BELVA SMITH: I want to add a little bit to what she said if it’s okay. In case folks are wondering about speak screen that she was speaking about, to turn that on you do need to go – because it won’t happen by default — but you do need to go to your settings and then general and accessibility and then speech and turn on. Just above the speak screen you will also find speech selection. That feature will speak any highlighted text.BRIAN NORTON: I use the speak screen all the time to be able to read through my emails very quickly when I’m trying to multitask. It’s a great opportunity to see that. It does a really good job of highlighting as it goes as well. I know that is a really useful tool for folks to be able to see the work highlighted as it reads it. It’s that multimodal approach to reading. It works out really well. Mark?MARK STEWART: As she was emphasizing, so someone with a print-based disability or physical access type challenges can have a little bit better access or comfort level or focus more on positioning and things like that while they are learning. Or she could probably speak to this as well or better than me, but she made me think of school and actually studying a little bit more. If you’re getting the auditory feedback, now maybe they can turn and attend to some other things. Those are really good points.***BRIAN NORTON: We had a couple of questions this week that focus a little bit more on IT, maybe more than AT. I’ve invited Armando, and we are going to call in the IT guy today.WADE WINGLER: Armando the IT guy.BRIAN NORTON: Armando the IT guy is here with us today. I thought we could talk about these. A couple of questions –WADE WINGLER: By the way, I just had to interrupt. Armando is sitting here in our studio and it is Friday. We do casual here on Fridays. What is that on your shirt?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: PunishPool. So you’ve got Punisher and Deadpool taking it over.BELVA SMITH: Now my three-year-old grandson would call it skull and bones.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: I’m a big comic book nerd.WADE WINGLER: Thank you for bringing us our cool factor up a little bit here by doing the comic book stuff. I don’t know, I’m counting two polo shirts in this audience so you are helping out our cool factor.BRIAN NORTON: I’m going to wear my skull shirt next week.WADE WINGLER: You don’t have a skull shirt. You are not that cool.BRIAN NORTON: You’re right.MARK STEWART: Brian walks around next week with his skull shirt and the tag is out.WADE WINGLER: I have this for a while.MARK STEWART: Let’s both get skull shirts and wear them together.BRIAN NORTON: So the first question I had that came to us was, I heard Apple’s QuickTime is no longer secured and you should get it off your computer. Should I do that?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: Yes, immediately.WADE WINGLER: Stop recording and do that?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: Let’s anyone go do that right now. Apparently — and there hasn’t been an official release of this — but they did stop supporting the temple Windows. They’ve only told Trend Micro. Apple still is allowing this for download on the website, so don’t do that either. It’s dead for Windows completely. By not uninstalling this, it opens up exports on your computer that will allow — if you go to a certain page to turn something and you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, there are plug-ins that will allow attackers to manipulate code to get into your computer. So you definitely want to uninstall that. It’s always good to update your software and check to see what’s going on, but since Apple hasn’t released anything saying they are not going to support it, you don’t know, so yes I’ll get rid of it.WADE WINGLER: So this is for windows only?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: To suggest for Windows.WADE WINGLER: What are you going to do if you’re using QuickTime for some meaningful content? Are people doing that? What are your options? Are there alternative players or are you pretty much stuck at this point?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: There are alternative players that you can use that are constantly updated.WADE WINGLER: Like VLC?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: VLC is definitely one I use quite often because it can play a multitude of media formats. Not only can it display JPEG’s and some movies, but it can also play .WAV’s, any type of audio format. You could actually rip and burn CDs and compress from this as well, just like you could with QuickTime. VLC is just constantly updated. There is a new version out.BELVA SMITH: And it is a secure?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: It is. It’s very secure. I’ve not —BELVA SMITH: Because it’s free, right?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: It is free but I’ve not heard anyone that has used VLC as an expert to attack your PC.WADE WINGLER: So that is clearly a better choice than Apple which is then we are not supporting it nor are we going to fix these vulnerabilities that we are aware of.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: From what I can see, I guess they’re just any support —WADE WINGLER: Because it’s Windows.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: I guess, yeah. They just don’t want to support the Windows version anymore.BRIAN NORTON: But this is only on your Windows computer. If you have it on an Apple computer, it is okay?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: Yes. It’s part of the OS of Mac products and Apple products, so they are going to continue supporting it but just not for Windows.BRIAN NORTON: Interesting.BELVA SMITH: So what if I’m using Parallels on my Mac and I got Windows? Is it still going to be vulnerable for me to use it?BRIAN NORTON: Parallels is a remote desktop – what is it? Is it a virtual machine?WADE WINGLER: Is a virtual machine.BRIAN NORTON: It’s a virtual machine on your Mac that lets you run Windows. For those that don’t know that.WADE WINGLER: I think it’s a risk because if you are vulnerable within QuickTime, within Windows, within parallels, on your Mac, there’s about three layers within there that you could have trouble and you could be vulnerable. Once you are within Windows and the Mac, I don’t know how the security works on that, but I’m going to guess they can still get to all of your other stuff. I would be getting rid of QuickTime within Parallels.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: That’s kind of inception because you’re inside a virtual machine inside of your machine. If it has networking properties, I would say you might still be vulnerable. It’s almost the same thing with Virtual Box. If you’re running that, you are learning something that has network capabilities outside of that, then there is a way back in as well.BELVA SMITH: Okay.WADE WINGLER: I would be safe and get rid of it, especially when there are other alternatives like VLC that you can use for free that seem to be more secure.BRIAN NORTON: That would probably run with parallels, if you’re using Boot Camp on Windows to boot into Windows, anything, that’s interesting.MARK STEWART: Inception is a reference to a movie. I got that.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: I use that a lot in IT just because —BELVA SMITH: It sounds good.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: You are in the matrix. It’s not inception.WADE WINGLER: If you’re going to have Armando on the show regularly, we are going to have to bone up on our comic book stuff and pop-culture stuff because — I don’t know what that means that our IT guy is cooler than our AT folks here.BRIAN NORTON: I’m working on it. I’m getting a skull shirt next week.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: It would look awesome. I can’t wait for that.WADE WINGLER: Make sure it matches your Dockers.MARK STEWART: When are you going to get it?WADE WINGLER: Field trip.BRIAN NORTON: This afternoon.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: As soon as we are done here, he’s going to hot topic.BRIAN NORTON: Target is just down the street.***BRIAN NORTON: Our next question is how do I know if my smartphone is encrypted or not? I’ll throw that out to you.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: Starting with android OS 2.35 which is gingerbread, they allowed you to encrypt your phone. It wasn’t set by default. I think starting with lollipop witches – if you don’t know, all android OS versions are named after some food item. 2.35 with gingerbread, then honeycomb, asking sandwich, now we are at marshmallow. It will most likely make you hungry. They actually introduced Kit-Kats with the android logo.BRIAN NORTON: It’s making me hungry over here by the way.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: It’s kind of fun to play with those operating system names. You can, by default, from lollipop up it’s already encrypted. If you set a pin or a Swipe code, it becomes encrypted automatically. Before those, you had to enable it. It’s not set by default. It’s there but it’s not active. So you would have to check your operating system. To do that you have to go to your settings and scroll to “about phone” and look at “phone identity”, it should tell you what operant system you’re using. It may not be labeled by the food name. It should be — for instance, gingerbread was 2.35, the marshmallow is 6. And it should be in the information. If it is not there, it may be in another setting on your phone depending on the web version of android you’re running. You can check to see which one you have and from there you’ll know. If you want to encrypt your thought at that point, set a passcode or a thumb scan or a swipe code and your phone will become encrypted. If not, you’ll have to go back into the settings and enable it for older versions.WADE WINGLER: What about iOS?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: IOS is encrypted want to set a passcode as well. Apple phones are really good on security.WADE WINGLER: Says the FBI.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: If you have an Apple device, I really wouldn’t be too concerned. Even to get their updates, it’s pretty encrypted.WADE WINGLER: Just make sure you have a passcode set.BRIAN NORTON: Didn’t they just introduce a six — it used to be four only and now there is a six digit passcode.BELVA SMITH: That’s true on all the iOS devices because I just set up an iPad yesterday. It’s six digits.BRIAN NORTON: I heard that’s a pretty big upgrade. Wasn’t there some sort of, how long does it take you to crack a code, four versus six?WADE WINGLER: I heard a security show recently. If your iPhone or iOS device still has a four digit code on it, you will have to change eventually. In fact, if you have upgraded your OS, the next time you go to change your code, it will force you into a six digit code. But I heard that the strong brute force attacks right now on a four digit code when you hook it up to a computer and tell the computer to try try try try many different combinations, it takes about 24 hours to brute force a four digit passcode on an iPhone. By moving to six, it’s something like a year or two years of brute force attacks before you will be able to get a cracked in. Just going from a four digit code to a six digit code, you are exponentially increasing your security from those kinds of attacks. I didn’t like it. I have my four digit code that I’ve been using that my fingers were programmed to tap in, but I want to six and its not a big deal. You get a lot more security for that.BELVA SMITH: I watched a show last week and or the one before that made me go, wow, because I didn’t realize how easy — they were saying with a person’s phone number, you can learn everything about them. Of course that is their cell phone number, not landline. And then your iPhone is tracking everything you do. They can do things like turn your camera on — that may be kind of nervous. At that point, I said maybe I want to take my phone and set it in the other room just to make sure that nobody is watching me.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: I think I had seen that. I think it was on 60 Minutes.BELVA SMITH: It was 60 Minutes.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: They were talking about the Code 7. I wouldn’t worry too much about that, simply because, one, software has to be installed on your phone in order for them to do those things. The companies may be able to enable those, and even some of the government may be able to do that. But, Belva, I don’t think you’re on a watch list, so I think you’re okay.BELVA SMITH: Now you sound just like my son who is also an IT guy. Mom, trust me, nobody is interested in your bank account.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: That’s completely true. I don’t like it when they start stories like that and say your phone is vulnerable.BELVA SMITH: And make me paranoid when I don’t need to be?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: Because there really is no reason to be paranoid. You’re not doing anything illegal. I wouldn’t be too concerned about it.BRIAN NORTON: It’s a little bit of shock value on their part to get people to watch the shows. Security is — I’ve seen shows where they are talking about people hacking into your baby monitor and talking to your kids at night when you’re not there. Wow, they can do that? Who really has the time to sit around making my life that horrible?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: There are different levels to that. The baby monitor thing is always interesting because some of those go off of radio frequencies. Yes, those are easily hacked, but you shouldn’t be watching your kid over Wi-Fi anyway.BRIAN NORTON: You have a point there. It’s almost too convenient these days. We’ve made everything wireless.WADE WINGLER: Armando, I think you need to go, right?ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: Yes, I have to dive back into the matrix and fix things and look at code. That’s what I do here.WADE WINGLER: Because you’re a ninja.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: That’s right. I’m a matrix ninja.BELVA SMITH: Awesome.MARK STEWART: There was a movie reference in there.WADE WINGLER: Good job, Mark. Your cofactor is catching up.BRIAN NORTON: Thank you for joining us, Armando. We really appreciate it.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: My pleasure, thank you.***BRIAN NORTON: So our next question is from Lindsay. Lindsay’s question is, I have a general question that I was hoping you could help me with. I have an employee in a professional environment that needs a talk to text software option, an example like Dragon NaturallySpeaking for their laptop which is a PC. Their primary goals are to use it for emails, Word, and presentations. Do you have a recommendation on one or a version that is compatible with Explorer 10 or 11? Any advice you could provide is much appreciated. So looking for basically a speech to text option for Windows computer and looking for one that will work with Explorer 10 and 11. I’m assuming they probably have some work related applications that require Internet access. I’ll throw that out to the group. Looking over there at Mark. He probably has some good things to say.WADE WINGLER: Mark is generally out go-to speech guy.MARK STEWART: She’s on the right track. To get right to it, Dragon NaturallySpeaking sounds like probably version Premium. Thirteen is the current one as we are doing this show. There is Windows speech, but when she is talking about professional environment, the add-on features with Dragon at the price that Dragon is, is I think a really good bet. I think Dragon. Good quality USB headset, get into that as needed. We’ve done that in different shows.BELVA SMITH: So not that I’m going to get when I buy the dragon?MARK STEWART: Correct.BRIAN NORTON: In fact, Dragon doesn’t come with a headset now.MARK STEWART: Is that right?BRIAN NORTON: Most of the dragon that I get is just the software now. They don’t seemingly come with a headset unless you get a very specific version like the wireless version of it. Then you will get a wireless headset with it. But I believe the basic version, just your Dragon premium software which is that middle-of-the-road software, I don’t believe it comes with a headset anymore.MARK STEWART: Middle of the road, pricewise, but just to put people at ease, with regard to the speech engines, the software that drives the ability of it to be accurate is the same in premium that it is in professional or medical or legal or anything.WADE WINGLER: So it’s just bells and whistles. The main core of the software is the same, right?MARK STEWART: Right. Bells and whistles that may or may not be applicable become important bells and whistles if you have a particular application.BRIAN NORTON: You mentioned the professional environment which is interesting because, yeah, Dragon is a more robust system. It has a lot of flexibility, gives you a lot more commands, especially with applications that aren’t standard types of applications. It’s just a really good program. There are a couple of different options that you can choose from based on what your needs are. I think and often misconception with speech to text software is a lot of folks, at least in our industry, look at it as it’s the hands-free access to the computer for folks who can’t get access to a traditional keyboard or mouse. But for a lot of folks, it’s just a faster way to do input. You don’t have to – if you have access to a keyboard and mouse, you can still put the cursor into an edit box and just don’t speak what you want to put in there. It just makes it much faster. I work with a lot of people don’t have any real difficulty, maybe a little bit of difficulty but not tremendous difficulty using the keyboard mouse, and I still, for productivity’s sake, get them Dragon because it does speed up and put quite a bit.MARK STEWART: That’s a great point. I’ll expound on that a little bit. Two things for her to run with. One is right of what you’re saying, but you may not be thinking of this, so she goes to Dragon, use of the keyboard and mouse and Dragon at the same time. That’s one of the things about Dragon. They work really well together. That may very well be the most productive thing. Obviously she has some need for it, but if there is some capability with physical access, go ahead and take advantage of it as much as possible. With our transition students as we talk about a lot, we are careful to continue to encourage them to use their physical abilities, for example in college as much as they can, because we don’t want them to lose those abilities.One other thing, and really this is a good one that we’ve found over the years working in the school or work environment, primarily the work environment, where we might be on site or often on-site at workplaces where they have archaic software or — what are the terms? Sometimes it’s old DOS based systems and things like that. Those more archaic ones or really anything that is certified by Dragon that hasn’t gone through the testing at Dragon, will most likely not work that well with Dragon. What can be very confusing to someone who is new to try and Dragon out is that Dragon most often works a little bit or intermittently with those programs. Strange things happen. Some commands work but other commands don’t. The speech accuracy itself falls off in some of those programs. Sometimes it will work with most everything, and that it just doesn’t work the next time. Really what is going on there is just software complex and compatibility issues because it hasn’t gone through all the checks and balances. So there are two things with Dragon. Sooner than later, rather than fighting do that, just understand what is going on there. And Dragon have their own program called Dictation Box which is made to be a workaround for that. Actually when you first get the program, if Dragon recognizes that there is this third-party program that it is working with, it will automatically pull up a dictation box. That is a great try and understanding on their part. I haven’t enjoyed the experience with dictation box. I’ve seen it as really clunky. There is a transfer button. It doesn’t work, doesn’t work by voice. That may change with the next version. It’s one of those types of things, but for right now, my go to him sooner than later, helping somebody on a job site like that, might try it in the third-party program, might try dictation box once, but then I’m not messing around. I actually disabled dictation box. I use Dragon pad, which is Dragon’s own word processing program. Talk about Dragon being certified to work with something. It’s going to work with their program. Then even for just line item self. If there is really that challenge working with a third-party program, like that one line of stuff by voice, use any command you want, accuracy will be as high as possible. Either by hand if they can or by voice, you have one extra step which is copy and paste and drop it into the edit box. If you’re talking about paragraphs, you’re writing case notes or something into a third-party program, now we are talking about just one copy and paste for a whole bunch of lines where he used commands and everything. My go to sooner than later is DragonPad. I see you guys are nodding and I know you work in the same trenches. You agree with that?BRIAN NORTON: Yeah. With the DragonPad, you will get higher recognition accuracy. You are right, it is not nearly as clunky.BELVA SMITH: I have people use that as a training tool just as a practice.BRIAN NORTON: I would go back and say if Lindsay is actually just wondering if this is even an option for the person and you don’t have the resources to go ahead and run out and purchase Dragon, you may just simply use the built-in Windows speech recognition. It is pretty good especially if you’re doing some of those basic things he is asking for, email, Word, presentations.BELVA SMITH: Email is if you because I’m wondering are we using Outlook or are we using — if we are using Outlook, I would definitely suggest that we start out trying the Windows speech recognition with a good headset. You don’t want to use a cheap headset.BRIAN NORTON: What I have found even with Internet-based email, Internet-based email and voice recognition. It just turns out a pain in the butt. It just becomes really challenging, lots of checkboxes, trying to check on the right email. Unless you are using the mouse cursor and maneuver it by voice to get to the right one, it’s just better if use a keyboard and mouse to get access to that stuff.MARK STEWART: What are your thoughts on Outlook, Belva? Dragon is certified with Outlook.BELVA SMITH: I’m not talking about Dragon. I’m talking about using the Windows speech recognition. It’s only going to work really smoothly with Outlook because the Windows speech recognition, anytime you get outside of the Microsoft programs, then you’re going to have some issues. That’s where you definitely have to look at Dragon.BRIAN NORTON: It’s kind of like that Microsoft certified, so if Microsoft puts out a product, the speech recognition is probably going to work pretty well with it. The other one I would throw out there, if you’re using a Mac, Mac has pretty good speech recognition as well. It is as good as the built-in Windows speech recognition. I’ve had some pretty good success with that. Also if you’re looking for a chrome extension, I’ve also used a app called voice recognition which works really great with Google Docs. That makes also another good speech to text option for folks.BELVA SMITH: Because she is thing Explorer, I think they are using Windows.MARK STEWART: I think we gave her some good information, but she mentioned Internet Explorer. Is that to get to her email? Is she really trying to navigate around?BELVA SMITH: That’s what I was wondering.BRIAN NORTON: What I am finding is what a lot of third-party software, if you’re using some business software, a lot of things are hybrid IE types of applications. I’m wondering if they are trying to get access to that as well.BELVA SMITH: If so, I am definitely saying Dragon is going to be necessary.***BRIAN NORTON: Our next question is, when it comes to assistive technology and other academic supports in higher education, what should a parent know? This is a pretty broad question.BELVA SMITH: That’s a big question.WADE WINGLER: You should know it all.BRIAN NORTON: A couple of things that pop into my mind — and I will start out our conversation a little bit. In answer to the question, I think the first thing you should understand is it is different. It’s a different atmosphere when you’re in the K-12 environment to when you move into higher Ed. In the K-12 environment, you oftentimes have an individualized education plan and there are supports that are mandated and put around you. Oftentimes there is a team, your IEP team will meet with you and help put certain things in place for you to be able to put those academic supports around you and help you to be successful in the K-12 environment. Although a lot of the things that are available through the K-12 environment are available as you get into higher Ed, it becomes a lot more all about self advocacy. You have to go out and seek it out, they’re not going to be coming to you saying hey let me help you. You are going to have to go and ask for the help and advocate on your own for that.WADE WINGLER: I would suggest that in the K-12 environment and in college or other high education, there is still some advocacy that needs to happen because although some school systems and educators are good about making sure the AT is built in to the IEP, that plan, I think a lot of – anecdotally, I have found that a lot of organizations just skip over that or say assistive technology is not necessary. That turns in it to a lot of angsty, challenging situation where a parent advocate is having to go back to the school and fight for things. To your point, that is a situation where there is a system and there are at least checkboxes that make somebody asked the question. In college, I think it’s harder for some students to disclose especially if you are learning about learning disabilities and other things that aren’t quite so obvious. I think in some colleges, the supports aren’t as clearly identifiable. Maybe there is a DSS office and most syllabi that I have found say something about if you need accommodations then reach out and make that happen. It puts a lot of that back on the students. Furthermore I found that a lot of college instructors don’t know what to do when a student requests an accommodation or shows signs of needing an accommodation. I’ve found that time and time again where advocacy is so important in that situation.MARK STEWART: Broad question. I’m going to take the bullet point approach with this. We all work in these trenches with transition all the time so it didn’t take me long to do these bullet points and I think I am going to die. Of course you guys touched on a number of these things. For example, within your states, there are universities that are more known for working with folks with disabilities. Consider that. There are specialty universities around the country that work with students with learning disabilities, landmark college in Vermont is only for students with learning disabilities that there are upsides and downsides to it. But it is something to consider. Especially some of these universities that are known for working more proactively with students with various learning disabilities. I think we would all agree, they have some really progressive and helpful transition programs. I am a big fan of integration whenever possible, but I’m really okay with the approach they are taking, because — tell me if I’m wrong — some of those programs are segregated but they are kind of summer camp programs, get you ready to be independent and integrated once the fall starts. Would you agree? Empowering type programs now go out there and be with everybody kind of things.WADE WINGLER: In my experience, I’ve been involved in some of those programs. There is one at another university, IUPUI here in Indianapolis, Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, does a similar thing where they really spend a couple of days on campus doing some orientation but making sure the students and parents are aware of the resources so that one these things come up with a happen at the very beginning of the academic experience or after, there are some challenges, they know where those resources are and it is not a cold call to the adaptive at office. It is, this is the person I met last summer and they said this might happen, now I’m here to take you up on the resources you pointed out. I think those are really important.MARK STEWART: Just a little bit of a different twist on what Brian set about high school to college or high school versus college, and I can’t quote these, keep in mind that in college — not even AT based, but for example what types of accommodations you are allowed in the classroom are a little tighter, a little different than what you are allowed in high school. If we are talking learning disabilities, just broad strokes here, parents, take a look at Dragon, Kurzweil 3000, Live Scribe Smart Pen. If you’re going to be talking tablet-based stuff, take a look at apps and things like that that we talk about on the show regularly that help in the same types of ways. One thing with regards to the smart pen in college, we found that a sometimes creative, helpful approach is if you have a student with a more significant physical disability, sometimes the scribe they have or even the aid in class might be able to use the smart pen, then they take it back home and use it as a study tool. That’s something we’ve had success with helping to implement. Definitely go to disability services like what was mentioned. Do that sooner than later. They may have tutors and other types of things. We always use disability services as folks that can help follow-up to the work we do in the more short term with regards to training and technology.The topic of what type of technology device they are going to have, just to start that point up, I mean things like in high school perhaps everyone was provided with iPads of a certain type or they said you need to use this type of iPad. In college, of course it varies, but the technology needed is a little more robust. For example, it often still is PC or Mac-based, so don’t necessarily think that you’re just taking your iPad to college. I would lean towards a little extra on the processing power side for college. If students are able to, I think the majority know have a PC, probably a laptop and a tablet and a smartphone.WADE WINGLER: The nature, complexity, and volume of the work is going to increase in college. The complexity and volume of the computer also needs to increase.MARK STEWART: I have on my list the self advocacy, all the stuff Brian spoke to as well. There is my bullet point list.BELVA SMITH: I have one bullet point. We’ve gone this far and no one has mentioned voc rehab. As a parent, if I have a student with a disability, I hope by the time they had gone to college or two second level education, I am aware of voc rehab because that is what’s going to get them to connected with an AT specialists who is going to be able to help them. A lot of the schools aren’t aware of the new technology. They may be aware of some of the technology, but sometimes what they are using is outdated. I think it is important as a parent to be aware that, at 18, then they become old enough for vocational rehabilitation to help get them the assessments and evaluations that they need and often will help you get the equipment they need.BRIAN NORTON: As my final point at this, it’s never too early to start asking questions. You don’t know what you don’t know. You’re going to find that even though you’re talking to K-12 professionals who are part of this IEP team, they may not even know about the resources that are available to you. It is never too early to start asking. When you talk about voc rehab, typically at least here in Indiana, I believe it is second semester junior year that they can start working with folks to look at what that transition process is going to look like, helping them prepare for that. We find it all the time in our business where everything gets pushed to the very last moment. It is two months before they are headed off to school. It is June, they are headed off to school in August. They are finally getting to see us when we are trying to make recommendations. What happens inevitably is just a process that need to happen with an evaluation, a report, getting those recommendations approved, getting the equipment and, getting the students trained, that takes some time. Inevitably what happens is that students are already a couple of months into the semester. They are struggling in school, they don’t have their equipment yet, and it just makes for a really difficult situation only for the student but for the parents, for us as evaluators, for the funding sources. It is never too early to start asking those questions and start digging into where does my son or daughter want to go to school. Let’s start talking to folks there. What kind of resources do you have available? Never assume whoever you are talking to knows everything. Keep asking other people questions as well.WADE WINGLER: I couldn’t agree more. Talk to other students with similar disabilities. If you have a disability that is recognized by a group. If you’re blind or visually impaired, talk to other blind students who are going to college as part of your decision-making process. If you have cerebral policy, call UCP and say are there college student with VCP attending college around here. Talk to actual people who are having that experience.MARK STEWART: Campus size. Haven’t we run into that? High school campuses are traditionally much more tight, so if it is a physical challenge we are dealing with, the toughest decision-making here where it might actually be missed until later is what kind of the mild to moderate physical challenge. Now you go out to the awesome beautiful spread out campus. We had that with a number of students who have sometimes – it is really quite a decision-making process they have to go through as far as what types of – how are they going to get to class on the other side of campus. Energy conservation and all those sort of things. Frankly we are talking about maybe a student who has never needed a scooter wheelchair or anything like that before, and now the topic comes up just as a way to get to the other class.BRIAN NORTON: Just a lot to think about. Hopefully this has been some helpful information for you to be able to think about as your students transition.***BRIAN NORTON: Our next question was actually a tweet. We love getting those. Lots of folks call in on our listener line but we also do receive some tweets. This was from Ashley. She threw out a term we talked about how I’m kind of a bit of a nerd and I have my Docker pants. I don’t have a school shirt on. This a little bit of a game gaming question. The question is are there any accessible MUD clients out there for android? I had to actually Google what MUD meant, and it actually means a couple of different things. For some folks it’s — I found two or three —BELVA SMITH: Wet dirt.BRIAN NORTON: That’s what I thought. I’m like, what does that mean? It’s Multi-User Dimension, Multi-User Domain, Multi-User Dungeon. I’ve heard that as well. There is also similar things like MUSH’s, or MOOS. Really what it boils down to is these are all online, textbased role-playing games for folks. The question is centered on are there any accessible one for android. To be honest with you, I found a couple of different links to some different types of MUD clients as far as the accessibility. I’m not really sure. I did find something that was interesting on AppleVis, a really great resource. They do lots of reuse of different apps or games for Mac or iOS devices. They actually had one called Mudder. From what they were talking about, it seems like a pretty accessible game. But that is for the iOS environment. I did not find any for android. Unless anyone else has something, I wanted to throw this question out there to our listening community to see if there is any help we could provide Ashley with finding something more accessible.WADE WINGLER: I am totally not a gamer. I give up when Nintendo was still the original Legend of Zelda. My go-to resource for everything gaming is my good friend Mark Barlay who is over at AbleGamers. They have emerged that sort of the national and now international resource on all that kind of stuff. If I were trying to answer this question today, I would be heading over to and talking to Mark and the team over there. They not only know what’s happening with accessible gaming, they do research, help create more accessibility for developers, even some funding and some great programs related to that. I’m not a gamer so I’m having to point back to AbleGamers for that.BRIAN NORTON: Is there an email address or way for them to reach out?WADE WINGLER: If they just go to, there’s a bunch of information in terms of contact information. You can sign up for their e-newsletter. To talk about the events they are going to. Mark has been on the speaker circuit. I’ve seen him popping up on my Facebook a lot lately giving a lot of presentation at very heavy, important gaming events. I would check out NORTON: We are interested in the type of feedback we would get an answer to this question. If you do have some suggestions or any information, give us a call. You will look forward to hearing from that.***WADE WINGLER: And now it’s time for the wildcard question.BRIAN NORTON: So our next question is the wildcard question. I’m going to throw the mic over to Wade.WADE WINGLER: I always love it because when it comes time for the wildcard question, and one starts looking around the room, avoiding any kind of conversation. It gets weird. I have been fortunate. I’ve been doing some speaking myself recently and I got to go to New York City for the first on not too long ago. I was giving a talk at Rutgers and stay over the weekend and spent a little time in the big city. This country must want to the city.BELVA SMITH: Did you see the naked guitar player?WADE WINGLER: I did.ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ: Everybody season.WADE WINGLER: If you are in town square, you can’t avoid seeing the naked guitar player. He wears tighty whities and a cowboy hat. You don’t have to worry too much, Brian. We saw a lot of tourist things. As part of that, I took my first Uber ride. That isn’t something – I have written along someone in a Uber before, but I used Uber two or three times while I was in the city because I have learned to navigate the public transportation very well, and there are times and I was just tired and wanted someone to pick me up right here, right now, and take me where I wanted to go. My question is we have Uber, we have AirBnB, which allows you to find someone who is renting the house for vacation. We are seeing all of these peer-to-peer systems popping up these days for ridesharing and home sharing and all different kinds of stuff. What do you guys, in general, think about these new services? Then what do you think this might mean for folks with disabilities? I’ll preload this a little bit. My Uber experience, we were in a place called Island New Jersey enjoying some amazing Indian food in this Indian neighborhood. I was able to pop open the app, my wife and I hit the button and said come get me, and we stood there on the sidewalk. Because I had put my photograph in my profile, the driver pulled up, knew it was me because she had seen my face, picked us up. I had already told her exactly where I wanted to go. I put the name of the hotel into the app and it found the address. Five dollars and some pleasant conversation later, we had been transported from this place on the sidewalk that we didn’t know we are going to be exactly there to the front lobby of the hotel. It was a very pleasant experience. I haven’t done AirBnB and have very little experience, but I just wonder what you guys are thinking about the stuff in general and then for folks with disabilities.BRIAN NORTON: I’ll take a first stab at this. My wife uses AirBnB a lot when they go to conferences and things like that. Their company does a lot of AirBnB. They also do lots of Uber things when they go to bigger cities like Boston or other places. First of all, it’s kind of revolutionized transportation. Taxicabs and other kinds of things, they are all at war at this point about what is legal, what is not all that kind of stuff. That is an interesting thing in and of itself. I think what it means to be able to call someone up using an app to be able to get someone to pick you up. The challenge, I think, is when you start thinking about what we do as far as disabilities, accessibility is not always top of mind. Convenience and aesthetics are mostly top of mind when you think of convenience of the Uber and the aesthetics of these interesting places for AirBnB for locations where you can go and spend time. I don’t think accessibility is really thought through. I know there are some lawsuits out there against Uber for accessibility. Specifically I think of folks who are in wheelchairs or have any kind of mobility aids and where are they going to be put if they get picked up in a previous or something like that. I think there are lots of issues and think that could be taken into consideration to make that more of an accessible type of transportation with Uber or vacation spot when you think about AirBnB for folks with disabilities. I don’t think accessibility is really top of mind. I think it is all about aesthetics and convenience.MARK STEWART: I agree completely. I will lean on Brian’s actual articulation of the issue. I think it’s a river that we all have to go down and all should go down and can end up letting us be in a better place later on. Because things aren’t perfect now with set programs and things like that, i.e. Pretty much in every state. Disability transport services take a long time and those sorts of things. Uber doesn’t do it at all right now. We have to drop our kayak in, get in it. We are all going but it’s going to be a pretty rough river.WADE WINGLER: I think the kind of disability we’re talking about matters a lot in the situation. For my friends who are deaf and are drivers, because you can do the whole experience via an app that doesn’t require a phone call or verbal communication, I think that is an increase in accessibility. For a lot of my friends who are blind and have a hard time navigating to a taxi stand or they are in an unfamiliar area which is usually when I would find myself using this, I think that that kind of accessibility is incredibly important. I didn’t think to turn on voiceover and see how accessible the actual app is itself.BELVA SMITH: It works.WADE WINGLER: It does? Okay. So I think in some of those situations I think the accessibility is better. For someone who has a difficulty with fatigue and just can’t walk the three extra blocks to get to where the tech you might pick them up or the bus might pick them up, I think that is kind of a good thing. On the other hand, if I am a wheelchair user, I don’t know how to tell Uber I need an accessible wheelchair van. I know in the news that Uber is working on that and they are trialing that in some areas, but I also know that there are very slim margins on the Uber. If it is an individual who was the Uber driver who has to own an accessible vehicle, which obviously will cost more and have some more minutes, there might be some more risk or at least some more training and helping someone who is a power wheelchair user get into the van and get it strapped down so it is safe and those kinds of things. I think in public transportation, those additional risks and additional cost to help the accessibility get absorbed by the greater organization. I don’t know how that works with Uber. Do we have all true stick people who have accessible vans that will become the Crusader for accessible Uber because they want to do that? Or will Uber incentivize financially some driver who goes to that extra level and has an accessible vehicle and knows how to handle this unique situation. That’s the thing that fascinates me.MARK STEWART: It will take advocacy along the way. If transportation was something that was settled out or there was the occasional battle trying to get the vans to come sooner and on a better schedule and things like that. We are going to need even more advocacy and people with disabilities are going to need a watchdog along the way. It’s a fun ride.BELVA SMITH: I think Uber has done amazing things for the folks that I am working with because I know a lot of people that are using it with their voiceover. They are getting to places on time, cheaper, and they know exactly when the right is coming. There have been some issues with dogs, and I think that’s one of the things they are working on. But my fear is as they do develop or create the more accessible from the rides, so to speak, that will limit, slow things down again, because now I’m not going to be up to get my car there in five minutes because there is only three that will allow me to take the dog. So now I have to wait a little bit longer. Maybe increase the cost that it will be. The AirBnB, I think, is the same thing. Just be careful and make sure that you are communicating well. I don’t know personally how I would feel about it. I would be interested to talk to you more out there about your wife’s experience.BRIAN NORTON: My wife and their company, they love it. I think it ends up being less expensive, pretty convenient, and really just a concept behind it is fascinating.BELVA SMITH: When we went to New York, we paid – and I’m sure you can testify to this — we paid an outrageous amount of money for our hotel. We bumped into a couple that were doing and AirBnB, and they were paying like $50 per night. It’s definitely something that is worth looking into.***BRIAN NORTON: Thanks everyone. I appreciate everybody’s input. Thanks, guys. Belva, want to say hey?BELVA SMITH: Hey — know, I want to say to you guys in two weeks.BRIAN NORTON: See you guys in two weeks. Mark?MARK STEWART: See you next time. Thanks.BRIAN NORTON: Wade?WADE WINGLER: Good colorization today, guys. Sorry Armando is gone before we got a chance to say goodbye to him at the end of the show. We’ll have to have them back.BRIAN NORTON: Again, here’s how to find our show. You can search assistive technologies questions on iTunes. You can look for us on stitcher or visit us at Please do send us your questions, your questions by calling our listener line at 317-721-7124, send us a tweet with the hashtag #ATFAQ, or email us at Don’t forget about the question we had earlier from Ashley and accessible MUD clients for Android. We would love some feedback on that. We will check everybody out in a couple of weeks.WADE WINGLER: Information provided on Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions does not constitute a product endorsement. Our comments are not intended as recommendations, nor is our show evaluative in nature. Assistive Technology FAQ is hosted by Brian Norton; gets editorial support from mark steward and Belva Smith; is produced by me, Wade Wingler; and receives support from Easter Seals Crossroads and the INDATA project. ATFAQ is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more of our shows at read more

Ricoh Deepens Relationship with Amazon Web Services to Empower Digital Workplaces with

first_imgRicoh Deepens Relationship with Amazon Web Services to Empower Digital Workplaces with Cutting-Edge Voice-Activated Technologies PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 6:09 pmMay 31, 2019 Amazon Web ServicesIntelligent Voice ControlMarketing TechnologyNewsRICOHSmart Integration Platform Previous ArticleKakao’s Blockchain Project ‘Klaytn’ Announces 8 New Initial Service Partners to Drive Mainstream Adoption of BlockchainNext ArticleEurope-based Ovum Names Demandbase an ABM Leader in their Analyst Report Technology Giants Unite to Drive Seamless Information Sharing and Accessibility, Establish Pilot Program at an Ivy League UniversityRicoh announced RICOH Intelligent Voice Control, the result of working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) that delivers intuitive voice-activated controls for Ricoh’s intelligent devices, starting with its IM Series of intelligent multifunction printers (MFPs). A pilot program of these MFPs is currently underway at an Ivy League university, leveraging Amazon’s AWS Alexa for Business service combined with Ricoh’s Smart Integration Platform technology. Available summer 2019, the university community will benefit from the enhanced accessibility and collaboration features this platform will deliver.University decision makers sought to create a more welcoming, accessible environment for the entire college community, and they knew they could rely on Ricoh’s legacy of innovation to deliver. According to the American Community Survey, just 30.5 percent of Americans with a visual disability had full-time, full-year employment in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available. At a time when Americans with disabilities are nearly three times as likely as those without a disability to never go online, making connectivity and collaboration accessible and intuitive is vital to bringing people of all abilities into the digital workplace. Through this pilot, Ricoh is committed to delivering an accessible, easy-to-use solution that could benefit all members of the campus community, ultimately enabling them to work smarter, and more seamlessly.Ricoh is leveraging AWS’ signature low-touch ease of use capabilities to develop the right solution to address these challenges. AWS has a long, proven history of helping organizations grow via its secure cloud services. Specifically, its voice service, Amazon Alexa Voice Service, is available today on more than 100 million devices, from Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. Amazon Alexa provides a trusted, proven, hands-free interface between users and Ricoh MFPs’ various capabilities, without the need for navigating visual menu options.Marketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019“I am delighted to hear Alexa for Business is going to be utilized in RICOH’s new voice-controlled operation service the RICOH Intelligent Voice Control as a new user interface for all-in-one printers. “Alexa for Business” is a service that enables organizations and employees to use Alexa to get more work done. We look forward to drastically improving productivity through our collaboration,” said Collin Davis, General Manager for Alexa for Business, Amazon Web Services Inc.“Ricoh firmly believes in making education accessible for all, regardless of disability. When this university approached us with the idea of voice controls for visually impaired users, we were excited to play a role in the important work of helping open the door for anyone with more diverse abilities,” said Steven Burger, Head of Engineering and Vice President, Portfolio Management, Ricoh USA, Inc. “This technology has the potential to change the way millions of people collaborate and learn – and it has a myriad of office applications, as well. With the introduction of voice enablement, we’re expanding the ways our customers interact with their work. That means streamlining and ease of use, so people with different workstyles operating in the same environment can all get the most out of their Ricoh technology. In a results-driven world full of fast-turn demands, voice controls’ flexibility and efficiency are immense value-adds.”Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive ReportRicoh’s work with AWS is another example of the Digital Workplace Intelligence approach Ricoh introduced earlier this year, which is focused on delivering continual improvements and helping to ensure capabilities evolve in parallel with customer requirements. Currently, the new voice-controlled technology is being developed as part of the Ricoh Smart Integration Platform. The RICOH IM Series of intelligent devices can take full advantage of the new platform and its features. Future innovation is anticipated for other workplace services offerings, including Ricoh’s interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) and projectors, to a name a few.Marketing Technology News: Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty?last_img read more

Publicis Sapient Announces John Maeda as Chief Experience Officer

first_imgIn this role, John joins the Creative Executive Collective of Publicis Groupe whereby creative leadership is multi-faceted and structured to develop the necessary broad palette of creativity for the modern world – dynamic creativity brought to life through stories, experiences and innovation.“Publicis Groupe is one of the only companies in the world that can connect the full customer journey through creativity – where story meets experience as the bridge to technology, all powered by data. With his expertise and leadership in connecting design and technology to create more powerful products, services, and experiences, John adds incredible strength to our ability to create meaningful experiences for customers,” said Nick Law, Chief Creative Officer for Publicis Groupe.Maeda’s role as Chief Experience Officer forges an engineering and design partnership at the highest level, unconventionally decoupling experience from the traditional creative lead, and instead pairing it with the EVP of Engineering. This action draws on the strength of Publicis Sapient’s history of tightly synergistic technology and experience, and signals a deeply technologically grounded future where creativity is fully integrated.“We have always believed that the brand is the experience and the experience is the brand and, within Publicis Sapient, spent nearly three decades utilizing the disruptive power of technology and design to help digitally enable our clients’ business in their pursuit of next. By fusing strategy and consulting, experience and engineering with an enduring culture of problem-solving creativity, we are able to partner with our clients to both identify and unlock how they create value for their customers and markets,” said Nigel Vaz, CEO of Publicis Sapient.Marketing Technology News: CreatorIQ Announces $12 Million Series B Funding Round By TVC Capital, Affinity Group, And Unilever Ventures For Its Enterprise Creator CloudAlong with spearheading design globally Maeda will spend time on people, bringing his commitment to inclusion and talent development to the table – vital components to unlocking real value for clients.“Our clients have long been seeing a need for technology and media to work hand-in-hand without losing or degrading the creative product. Maeda’s history of fostering inclusive thinking as the key to excellence in creativity is exactly in line with the strategic pillars for Publicis Groupe in our talent and culture development,” said Carla Serrano, CSO, Publicis Groupe.John Maeda said, “When a technology becomes commoditized, the quality of experience becomes the key differentiating factor. But you can’t have a great experience without being paired with great technology. Publicis Sapient brings to its clients full-stack engineering capabilities blended with its rich history at the forefront of creativity technologies — stretching back to the 90s back when I first knew about them in my MIT days. Aspiring to empower established businesses at all scales to realize great experiences for their customers to push back on Big Tech is in line with where my heart is right now. I’m looking forward to the impact we can make and excited to join this great, multi-disciplinary team.”Marketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundMaeda joins Publicis Sapient from Automattic, where he served as the Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion. Maeda serves on the Board of Sonos, the Smithsonian Design Museum and Weiden + Kennedy, and is the author of five books including the bestselling, “Laws of Simplicity.”Maeda was the recipient of the White House’s National Design Award, the Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptive Innovation Award, and his work is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering + Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State University, a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan, and has received three honorary doctorate degrees.Prior to Automattic, Maeda held the roles of Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins and Design Advisory Board Chair of eBay, Inc. Before that, he was a tenured research professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and 16th President of the Rhode Island School of Design.Marketing Technology News: Experian Appoints Shri Santhanam as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Global Analytics and AI John MaedaMarketing TechnologyNewsNick LawNigel VazPublicis.Sapient Previous ArticleUsing AI and Blockchain to Meet the Needs of a Shifting Data LandscapeNext ArticleData: Consumers First Hear About New Retailers Through Friends and Family Publicis Sapient, the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, has announced the appointment of John Maeda as Chief Experience Officer. The selection of Maeda, one of the world’s creative leaders of computational design – the convergence of design and technology – signals Publicis Sapient’s ongoing commitment to pushing the boundaries of how businesses create exponential value for their customers and markets. “John Maeda is one of the most extraordinary design and technology thinkers of our age, with an exceptional pedigree as a leader helping companies to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation to reimagine their business and industry,” said Nigel Vaz, CEO of Publicis Sapient.Marketing Technology News: AUDIENCEX Continues Momentum with 300% Revenue Growth and Strategic Leadership Appointmentscenter_img Nigel Vaz, CEO at Publicis Sapient (left) and John Maeda, Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient (right). Publicis Sapient Announces John Maeda as Chief Experience Officer PRNewswireJune 20, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 20, 2019 last_img read more

Vendasta Raises 40 Million in Growth Capital

first_img Amy RaeB2BcommercecloudfundingGeorge RossolatosGrowth CapitalNewsSaasVendastaventure capital Previous ArticleEsker Partners, Invests in B/2BNOW in Support of SAP S/4HANA Cloud ERPNext ArticleOnline Shoppers Are Doing What Brands Should Do: Using Technology Smartly Vendasta, a cloud commerce platform for companies that provide digital solutions to small and medium businesses (SMBs), has raised $40 million in growth funding, $25 Million of which was led by the Canadian Business Growth Fund (CBGF) in addition to an earlier round in May of $15 Million led by Comporium, Inc and Saskworks Venture Fund Inc. with participation from existing investors Vanedge Capital LP and BDC Capital IT Venture Fund. With these investments, the technology company plans to expand its Saskatoon-based team from 285 people to 650 in the next three years.It marks the single largest information and communication technology investment in the prairies since the Canadian Venture Capital Private Equity Association (CVCA) started collecting data in 2013.The funds will be used to enhance the Vendasta Platform, including its owned and operated product suite and robust Marketplace of digital solutions. The company will accelerate its expansion into new customer channels such as banks, telcos, insurance companies and other enterprise organizations looking for a scalable technology solution to serve their SMB customers.Marketing Technology News: boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS)“SMBs worldwide are purchasing and relying on cloud-based software more than ever before. It’s projected that SMB spend on software as a service (SaaS) solutions will represent a $76 billion market opportunity in the US alone by 2020. They’re turning to trusted local experts to provide that software, and we are uniquely positioned to empower those experts with our cloud commerce platform,” said Vendasta CEO Brendan King.An SMB who wants to move portions of their business online has to choose from more than 71,000 SaaS solutions to manage marketing, productivity, protection, operations, connectivity, and other business needs. The SMB often turns to familiar local experts, like telcos, marketing agencies, banks, media companies, and more to help manage their digital needs. The Vendasta Platform helps the trusted experts bring everything together in a cohesive experience for the SMBs they serve.Marketing Technology News: BlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ Awards“At the end of the day, we’re passionate about driving local economies and helping small businesses succeed,” says King.“The team is agile, smart, fun and they aren’t afraid of hard work. I’ve watched the company build, adapt, and over-deliver product and customer service, showing its true prairie roots of accountability. They have built a solid foundation, and they are just getting going,” said Amy Rae, Principal at Vanedge Capital.“We are excited to partner with Brendan and his team, who are building a world class company and an excellent culture. In doing so, Vendasta is attracting talented technology professionals from around the world to Saskatoon as they grow and scale,” said George Rossolatos, CEO at CBGF.According to the CVCA’s 2018 VC & PE Canadian Market Overview, $3.7 billion was invested in Canadian companies last year, of which eight deals in Saskatchewan made up $16 million of the total national investment (compared to $100 million in Alberta and $29 million in Manitoba). In the first quarter of 2019, $1 billion worth of investments were made in Canada, including three Saskatchewan deals totaling $19 million.Marketing Technology News: Flipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member Vendasta Raises $40 Million in Growth Capital MTS Staff Writer6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 last_img read more

Brooklyn Electric Car Races Add Showroom Stock Cars

first_img By Bill Howard on July 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm Brooklyn Electric Car Races Add Showroom Stock Cars The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Formula E electric car race in Brooklyn this weekend may be the slickest sporting event in the Big Apple this year. It’s a look at the future of auto racing. It’s on the waterfront of the city’s hippest borough, with the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street in the background. Formula E has much of the sophistication of Formula 1 but without the throbbing noise of unmuffled engines and the crowded races that draw in five to 10 times as many people.With the improvement in battery technology, Formula E now runs as a nonstop race without the need to change cars halfway through. And the Saturday and Sunday races are preceded each day by a sedan race (top photo) using nearly identical Jaguar i-Pace electric cars — little modified from what Jaguar dealers sell to the public.In Brooklyn, fans in the grandstand are just a few feet from the racing. In most auto races, being this close means your ears would ring for days afterward.What Is Formula E?Parts of the world are concerned about climate change, emissions and air quality, yadda-yadda. So FIA, the governing body of motorsports, wants to get ahead of the climate curve and promote a form of motorsport that looks toward a cleaner form of racing in the kinds of cars we’ll be — possibly — driving in the near future. That means electric vehicles. Formula E, E for electric, formed five years ago under the umbrella of FIA, the governing body for much of motorsport.Note: Do not confuse FIA, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, which governs world motorsport, with FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the governing body of world futbol/soccer. The difference? One is seen as a bunch of old men, autocratic rules, and a lot of money changing hands whereas the other … uh, never mind. To their credit, FIFA doesn’t have vuvuzelas any more and FIA never did.To the untrained eye, Formula E cars look like open-wheel, combustion-engine Formula 1 race cars — or, for that matter, the Indycar racers that mostly run in the US. They run on the power of lithium-ion battery packs. There was one set of rules for seasons 1-4 and another for the current season 5, which concludes this weekend in the US. Some parts of the car are specified to save costs, such as the kevlar-and-carbon-fiber body, OZ wheels, Michelin tires, the motor, and the McClaren Applied Technologies battery. The power inverter spec is open and so is the race strategy.Reports have the current cars costing about $900,000 to build (€800,000) versus about $445,000 (€400,000) for the first-generation. The current cars develop 335 hp and weigh 900 kg or an Orwellian 1,984 pounds. But there’s no power steering and the drivers’ arms get a workout. They reach 60 mph or 100 kph in about 2.8 seconds, about the same as a Formula 1 racer, but the top speed is way different, about 175 mph (speed governed) versus 235 mph.In seasons 1-4, the battery wouldn’t last the entire race, so drivers swapped to a second car around the halfway point. But no more. This is the paddock at the 2018 Brooklyn ePrix, as Formula E is called, race.No More Changing Horses in MidstreamThe biggest change for season 5 is the bigger battery that allows cars to go the entire distance of the race. Batteries had been 28 kilowatt-hours (kWh), but now for 2018-19 are 54 kWh. The races had been 80-100 kilometers or 50-60 miles, or 33-46 laps depending on the circuit length. Now there is a fixed race time of 45 minutes plus one lap. (Which is roughly what the previous races took.)At roughly the halfway point, drivers used to pull into their teams’ paddock area tents, unbuckle, and step into identical second cars. Except for fans sitting in certain areas of the grandstands (photo above), there was a half-minute where the car was gone from view. For most of the first years, there also had been a mandatory time-in-pits rule of about 30 seconds (depending on the track), so drivers didn’t skimp on properly fastening their safety harnesses. Needing two cars good for only 25 minutes of racing was not good PR for electric vehicles, and that has changed for this current season.How much are 28 kWh and 54 kWh? The original Nissan Leaf had a 24 kWh battery good for about 84 miles. Now the Leaf batteries are 40-62 kWh, rated at 150-226 miles. The Tesla Model 3 has three batteries: 50 kWh (220 miles rated range), 62 kWh (240 miles), or 75 kWh (264 miles). The longest-range Tesla Model S, the 100D, has a 100 kWh battery and, with battery and software enhancements, has raised its EPA range from 335 to 370 miles. The street version of the Jaguar I-Pace has a 90-kWh battery and an EPA range of 234 miles. So even the newer Formula E battery isn’t that big compared with longer range production cars.Much of the battery technology derives from the smaller energy recovery systems in Formula 1 cars that add an extra 160 hp or 120 kW to the 1.5-liter V6 F1 engine’s 700 hp. (F1 cars actually capture energy from the deceleration and from exhaust gas heat.) For more than a decade, Formula 1 has used forms of hybrid power.Drivers say Formula E cars are simpler to drive in many ways than Formula 1 cars. But easier still isn’t easy. The driver continually runs calculations in his or her head about battery consumption and when to charge ahead versus hold back. The driver is backed up by some dozen people in the paddock monitoring race telemetry. The driver gets some, but not all, of the available information. Interestingly, the track signage tells fans — but not the drivers — how much power is left. The goal is to finish with a minimum amount of power left in the batteries.As to whether you should care: The research into battery technology and energy recovery has direct applications for passenger cars; EVs specifically, but also hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Racing is an especially important way to test thermal management of batteries and charging.Formula E halo bar over the driver glows blue (here) when the car is in Attack Mode.Extra Shots of Energy During Formula E RacesIn Formula E, drivers can boost power temporarily. One way is gimmicky, called Fanboost. Formula E fans vote online, up to six days before the race, or during the early stages of the race, for their favorite driver. The five most popular drivers in the voting get an extra five seconds of power that can be used, in one shot, to make a crucial pass in the second half of the race. (It’s unclear if Russian trolls have taken an interest in these elections.) By the rules of Fanboost, you can vote once a day.New for the current season is Attack Mode: It gives every driver an extra 25 kW of power and it must be used during the race. To activate, the driver goes outside the racing line (but still on the track) and — shades of Mario Kart — loses a bit of time in order to gain the attack mode advantage later. The number and duration of Attack Mode activations are announced to the teams an hour before the race, which requires frantic juggling. LEDs built into the “halo bar” over the driver’s head — the roll bar/stiffener in many open wheel cars — indicate the modes. Attack Mode for TV viewers includes a virtual overlay of the activation zone area, much like how first-down markers are shown for US football.The three power levels for current cars are:Base power output (2018-19) – 200 kW / 268 hp.Attack Mode – 225 kW / 302 hp. Halo bar LEDs glow blue.Fanboost – 240-250 kW / 322-335 hp. Halo bar LEDs glow magenta.Bryan Sellers, the lone American in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series, is second in the standings going into the final weekend.Now, a Supporting Race: eTrophyFor the fifth season, a supporting race was added, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy for nearly showroom stock sedans (actually, SUVs) prepared by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations. The races run on the same urban tracks as the Formula E cars. Because every car is a Jaguar, the winning car will be a … Jaguar. It also helps Jaguar build cred for the I-Pace. The I-Pace already won a trifecta of sorts in annual awards: World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car. Not to mention ExtremeTech’s own Car of the Year award.Compared with the Tesla Model S, the I-Pace is happy running lap after lap on a racetrack (as delivered from the factory), where Teslas, until recently, grew wheezy after just a lap or two. Teslas are capable of insanely fast acceleration; just don’t try to do it 10 times in a row.“Electric cars are clearly the way of the future,” says Bryan Sellers, one of the eTrophy drivers. At 36, he has a quarter century of racing experience behind him. You don’t need a driver’s license to race; many drivers start with karting in grade school. He is the first American to win an eTrophy race, winning in Hong Kong in March.Manhattan skyline in the background of the 2018 Formula E race in Brooklyn’s Red Hook section. While this is a “street circuit,” the track is laid out on roads and parking areas of the Brooklyn cruise ship terminal.The Brooklyn Weekend’s RacesThis is the final weekend of the 2018-19 Formula E ePrix and Jaguar eTrophy series, in Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront section that is quickly transforming from seedy to you-can’t-afford-it. There will be two races, Saturday and Sunday, with practice, qualifying, and a race each day. You can pay anywhere from $12 for admission to more than $1,000. If you’ve been to other big auto races — the Indianapolis 500 once got 300,000 attendees — Formula E Brooklyn is much more human-scale. Among other things, when a race series is building, everybody goes out of their way to be accessible to fans.Formula E has 11 teams, each with two cars. As automakers recognize the need to promote EVs, and now that a single car and battery goes the entire race, more big names are in the race series, including Audi, BMW (formerly as Andretti Motorsport), Jaguar with Panasonic, Mahindra (big elsewhere), Nissan (previously as Renault). Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join Formula E for the sixth season that begins this fall. All the series needs now is a US-flag automaker.The New York race is unique with not one but two days of racing. It’s the only US stop on the world tour that covers Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and other parts of North America (Mexico City, but no longer Montreal, Long Beach, or Miami). All are on urban public circuits.Ironically for a sporting event involving motor vehicles, the better way to get to the track is by public transportation rather than driving and parking. Pack sunblock. No need to pack hearing protection: The cars at 80 dB are significantly quieter than Formula 1 cars, although you can then hear hard braking, suspension bounce, the body contact (it’s a narrow track), and the wind whistling over the cars at speed.Now read:2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review: Tesla-Killer EV Is 2018’s Best CarNvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 WeeksFiat Chrysler-Renault Merger Points to High Cost of Developing Electric Car Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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Scientists Sorry Oumuamua Still Isnt an Alien Spaceship

first_img Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ 25 Comments Astronomers have been pondering the nature of our first interstellar visitor ever since its discovery. ‘Oumuamua is bizarre — not only is it from beyond the stars, but it’s also long and cigar-shaped. That led some to wonder if it wasn’t really an alien spacecraft, but past studies of ‘Oumuamua have suggested that it’s just a space rock. Now, a comprehensive analysis from scientists at the University of Maryland and other institutions has ruined our fun once and for all. ‘Oumuamua isn’t an alien spaceship. While there have no doubt been alien objects in our solar system before, ‘Oumuamua was the first one we ever spotted. Astronomers at the Pan-STARRS observatory identified ‘Oumuamua in October 2017, but it was already on its way out of the solar system at that point. Its incredible speed and orbital eccentricity meant it could not have come from inside the solar system, but it was moving too fast for anything to catch up and take a closer look. It didn’t take long after the discovery for people to start half-jokingly wondering if ‘Oumuamua was an alien ship. Even if we ignore that, it took scientists a few tries to properly identify the object. The initial assumption was that ‘Oumuamua had to be a comet because comets would be easier to eject from the edges of a solar system. However, scientists couldn’t see a cometary tail (or coma) on ‘Oumuamua. After labeling it an asteroid, further analysis of its trajectory found evidence of slight out-gassing. Astronomers finally decided ‘Oumuamua was likely a very old comet. ‘Oumuamua’s path through the solar system in 2017.So, why is it definitely not an alien spaceship with a fuel leak or something? The team behind the new study included experts from a variety of fields to create a “big-picture summary” of ‘Oumuamua. They began with its origins, showing that there are several possible mechanisms by which an object like ‘Oumuamua could end up in interstellar space. Its behavior in our solar system, while strange, is also explainable with natural origins. In fact, its path around the sun matches a prediction published by one of the study authors six months before ‘Oumuamua’s discovery. ‘Oumuamua is strange, but the study concludes there’s nothing unexplainable going on here. Jumping to the conclusion that it’s an alien spacecraft is fun, but the evidence does not support that. Astronomers hope to get a look at more alien visitors in the future. Upcoming instruments like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will make it easier to spot small objects passing through the solar system. If we can find a few dozen alien space rocks, we might find that ‘Oumuamua is very typical of visitors from beyond the stars.Now read:Our First Interstellar Visitor May Have a Violent PastAstronomers Find Alien Asteroid Orbiting ‘the Wrong Way’ Near JupiterJapanese Probe Drops Off Robots on Asteroid’s Surface Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Why Oliver Won’t Be Miserable In ‘Arrow’ Season 8 By Ryan Whitwam on July 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm Scientists: Sorry, ‘Oumuamua Still Isn’t an Alien Spaceship Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever ‘GTA’ Myths That Turned Out to be True You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In sciencespaceastronomyasteroidsalienscometsOumuamua Post a Comment 25 Commentslast_img read more

Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu

first_img Deleted ‘Endgame’ Scene Showed Us Tony Stark In The Afterlife By Ryan Whitwam on July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm Could Negan Get A ‘Walking Dead’ Movie Next? 2 Comments Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Taika Waititi to Direct ‘Thor 4’ With ‘Akira’ Plans On Hold The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe has just made history — again. The spacecraft gathered samples from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu earlier this year, and it bombed the asteroid a few months later. Now, the probe has taken another trip to the surface to scoop up pristine material that used to be buried below the surface. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa2 in 2014, taking four years just to meet up with Ryugu in its orbit some 185 million miles (300 million kilometers) from Earth. It started by dropping off some barrel-shaped robots to get the lay of the land, and then it descended to pick up its first sample in February 2019. Hayabusa2 carried several tantalum slugs, which it fired at the surface after each landing. The impact launched particles upward and into the probe’s collection compartment — that first landing collected material from the top layer of the asteroid. The most recent collection is crucial because it may have included material from deeper inside Ryugu. In April, Hayabusa2 launched the 5.5-pound (2.5kilogramsm) Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI). The SCI used a shaped HMX explosive charge to launch the impactor at Ryugu at more than 2 kilometers per second. The result was a small, artificial crater. Regolith on the surface of Ryugu has been bombarded by solar radiation for eons, but just below the surface is pristine material that is virtually unchanged since the birth of the solar system. That’s what Hayabusa2 was after this time. [PPTD] These images were taken before and after touchdown by the small monitor camera (CAM-H). The first is 4 seconds before touchdown, the second is at touchdown itself and the third is 4 seconds after touchdown. In the third image, you can see the amount of rocks that rise.— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) July 11, 2019This landing required careful preparations — any problems could risk the loss of the first sample which is still inside Hayabusa2. The probe landed about 20 meters from the center of the crater, using its second tantalum slug to scoop up ejecta. Visual examination of the area showed varying color compared with other parts of the asteroid, so the team believes it does indeed have material from inside Ryugu. Hayabusa2 will remain in orbit of Ryugu for several more months, departing in November or December. The spacecraft will arrive back at Earth in late 2020, at which point scientists will be able to examine the Ryugu samples up close. JAXA doesn’t know exactly how much of Ryugu is coming back to Earth, but it hopes to get up to 100mg of material from the asteroid. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it will be the only perfectly preserved sample of the solar system from an object more distant than the moon.Now read:Hayabusa2 Probe Deploys Third Robot on Asteroid RyuguHayabusa Sends Back Photos and Video From Surface of Asteroid RyuguJapan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Asteroid, Prepares to Collect Sample Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In sciencespaceasteroidsjaxaHayabusa 2Hayabusa2 Post a Comment 2 Commentslast_img read more

Scientists Sorry Oumuamua Still Isnt an Alien Spaceship

first_img By Ryan Whitwam on July 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening Astronomers have been pondering the nature of our first interstellar visitor ever since its discovery. ‘Oumuamua is bizarre — not only is it from beyond the stars, but it’s also long and cigar-shaped. That led some to wonder if it wasn’t really an alien spacecraft, but past studies of ‘Oumuamua have suggested that it’s just a space rock. Now, a comprehensive analysis from scientists at the University of Maryland and other institutions has ruined our fun once and for all. ‘Oumuamua isn’t an alien spaceship. While there have no doubt been alien objects in our solar system before, ‘Oumuamua was the first one we ever spotted. Astronomers at the Pan-STARRS observatory identified ‘Oumuamua in October 2017, but it was already on its way out of the solar system at that point. Its incredible speed and orbital eccentricity meant it could not have come from inside the solar system, but it was moving too fast for anything to catch up and take a closer look. It didn’t take long after the discovery for people to start half-jokingly wondering if ‘Oumuamua was an alien ship. Even if we ignore that, it took scientists a few tries to properly identify the object. The initial assumption was that ‘Oumuamua had to be a comet because comets would be easier to eject from the edges of a solar system. However, scientists couldn’t see a cometary tail (or coma) on ‘Oumuamua. After labeling it an asteroid, further analysis of its trajectory found evidence of slight out-gassing. Astronomers finally decided ‘Oumuamua was likely a very old comet. ‘Oumuamua’s path through the solar system in 2017.So, why is it definitely not an alien spaceship with a fuel leak or something? The team behind the new study included experts from a variety of fields to create a “big-picture summary” of ‘Oumuamua. They began with its origins, showing that there are several possible mechanisms by which an object like ‘Oumuamua could end up in interstellar space. Its behavior in our solar system, while strange, is also explainable with natural origins. In fact, its path around the sun matches a prediction published by one of the study authors six months before ‘Oumuamua’s discovery. ‘Oumuamua is strange, but the study concludes there’s nothing unexplainable going on here. Jumping to the conclusion that it’s an alien spacecraft is fun, but the evidence does not support that. Astronomers hope to get a look at more alien visitors in the future. Upcoming instruments like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will make it easier to spot small objects passing through the solar system. If we can find a few dozen alien space rocks, we might find that ‘Oumuamua is very typical of visitors from beyond the stars.Now read:Our First Interstellar Visitor May Have a Violent PastAstronomers Find Alien Asteroid Orbiting ‘the Wrong Way’ Near JupiterJapanese Probe Drops Off Robots on Asteroid’s Surface Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 25 Comments Scientists: Sorry, ‘Oumuamua Still Isn’t an Alien Spaceship ‘GTA’ Myths That Turned Out to be True Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Why Oliver Won’t Be Miserable In ‘Arrow’ Season 8 The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Tagged In sciencespaceastronomyasteroidsalienscometsOumuamua Post a Comment 25 Commentslast_img read more

NASAs Orion Capsule Passes Launch Abort Test With Flying Colors

first_img Team Rocket Comes to ‘Pokemon Go’ By Ryan Whitwam on July 3, 2019 at 7:08 am 17 Comments The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Tagged In sciencespacenasarocketsSLSorion Post a Comment 17 Comments Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC NASA’s Orion Capsule Passes Launch Abort Test With Flying Colors Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop NASA’s Orion spacecraft is one step closer to carrying humans into space today. The agency confirms that all systems performed perfectly during the second ascent abort test, proving that astronauts aboard Orion could be safely wrenched free of a rocket in the event of an emergency. Launch abort systems are not a new idea, but Orion is a new piece of hardware. NASA needs to make sure the abort system works as intended because it’s the difference between saving and losing the crew when a launch goes wrong. The crew of a Russian Soyuz capsule narrowly averted disaster last year when the MS-10 rocket carrying it spun out of control. The abort system pulled the capsule away from the rocket before it broke apart. NASA conducted the test from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station using a modified Peacekeeper missile obtained from the Air Force. The missile carried the Orion capsule 44,000 feet into the air, reaching a speed of 760 mph. The simulated failure caused the capsule to flip end-over-end before it fired the jettison motor, launching the spacecraft clear of the rocket. The abort system consists of three solid rocket motors: one that jettisons the pod, one to control attitude, and one that pushes Orion clear of the failing rocket. Test complete! Today’s ~3 minute test of @NASA_Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system verified that @NASA_Astronauts can safely get away from their launch vehicle in the case of an emergency after liftoff. More:— NASA (@NASA) July 2, 2019The entire test was a mere 3 minutes and 13 seconds, but triggering the launch abort took just milliseconds. Orion ejected 12 data recorders after breaking free of the launch vehicle, all of which were recovered within about an hour. NASA will comb through the data as it prepares for future crewed flights, but all signs point to a textbook test. Orion Program Manager Mark Kirasich called the test “spectacular.”Orion will eventually mount atop the Space Launch System (SLS), which should be the most powerful rocket in the world when it’s complete. Orion and the SLS grant NASA access to space beyond low-Earth orbit once more. Orion will carry humans to the moon as part of NASA’s new Artemis Program, a follow-up to Apollo. This time, NASA plans to establish long-term human habitation on and around the moon with the aid of the Gateway station. This will serve as a jumping off point for the exploration of Mars, which may also employ the Orion capsule. An uncrewed lunar orbit test is scheduled for July 2020. The first astronauts could ride Orion in 2023.Now read:NASA Needs $20 Billion in Additional Funding to Reach Moon by 2024NASA May Launch Orion Crew Module on Commercial RocketNASA successfully tests parachutes on Orion spacecraft last_img read more

Mindtree to Showcase Contextual RealTime Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC

first_imgIndustry experts will spotlight how AI, ML and Blockchain can help better serve the connected travellerMindtree, a global technology services and digital transformation company, will lead two presentations at HITEC Minneapolis, the biggest hospitality conference in the world, showcasing breakthrough solutions that address how to meet the growing expectations of the connected, digital-first traveler.“Today’s connected travelers demand high-quality digital and mobile experiences, competitive pricing across the value chain and to be recognized and responded to in real-time, according to their preferences and behaviors,” said Nalin Vij, SVP & Head – Travel, Transportation & Hospitality, Mindtree. “However, in the always-on, always-connected world, there is a growing gap between traveler expectations and the ultimate experiences provided by travel brands.”Marketing Technology News: Epicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNetBased on experience supporting the hospitality industry’s largest companies, Mindtree will showcase a wide portfolio of solutions that demonstrate how to implement emerging technologies to deliver personalization at every stage of the travel journey. At booth #2815, Mindtree will be highlighting:Mindtree Ancillary Merchandising Platform (MARCH) – MARCH empowers travel and hospitality brands to deliver contextual, personalized offers based on physical, emotional, temporal, relational, situational and cultural factors. This accurate context generates a powerful segmentation and targeted recommendations which can be employed by the merchandising teams to deliver the right offers, at the right time, to increase chances of conversion.Customer360: Hotels and other travel providers seeking to deliver more personalized experiences must obtain a 360-degree view of their customers by integrating data silos from multiple digital touch points. Mindtree’s Customer360 platform captures intelligence around likes and dislikes, preferences and behaviors to identify individual customers, personalize consumer interactions and acquire and retain loyal customers.Blockchain Based Loyalty Platform: Mindtree’s blockchain-powered loyalty platform accelerator for the hospitality industry simplifies partner onboarding and allows transparent brand collaboration to enhance the customer’s loyalty rewards redemption experience. It also allows guests the flexibility to earn and use points seamlessly across partner brands, while bolstering brand loyalty.AI-Powered Solutions: Artificial intelligence (AI) is on the cusp of widespread use in hospitality. AI is being used to predict travel choices, personalize services, complete bookings and manage in-stay or post-stay needs. Solutions address four key areas including digital interactions that are conversational/voice-based, facial recognition with blockchain support, machine learning and accessing social media to uncover sentiment.Marketing Technology News: RedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad ExperiencesIn addition, Mindtree industry experts will lead two presentations at HITEC about how to better serve the connected traveler by leveraging advanced technology. Details include:“4 Real Business Uses Cases of AI in Hospitality,” presented by Adnan Saulat, AVP & Head of Consulting – Travel, Mindtree, June 18, 11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. CT, Tutorial Room, Level 1, Exhibit Hall, End of the 2200 Aisle“Expectations vs. Reality: How to Better Serve the Connected Traveler,” presented by Karan Rao, Principal Consultant – Travel, Mindtree, June 19, 11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. CT, Level 1, Exhibit Hall, End of the 2500 AisleMarketing Technology News: StarfishETL Introduces Multi-Language Wizard Options Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC Minneapolis PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 8:46 pmJune 17, 2019 Digital TransformationHITEC MinneapolisMindtreeNewsReal-Time Solutions Previous ArticleCoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud MarketplaceNext ArticleTriton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplacelast_img read more

Relationship Marketing Hub Optimove Hires New VP of RD

first_imgRelationship Marketing Hub Optimove Hires New VP of R&D MTS Staff Writer5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 Rachel Shehori will help meet accelerating demand for Optimove’s offerings and strengthen the company’s competitive position in the marketOptimove, the science-first relationship marketing hub, announced that it has hired technology and SaaS vetaran Rachel Shehori as Vice President of Research and Development. In this role, she will lead the execution of Optimove’s product roadmap, leading a team of more than 50 to scale Optimove’s R&D department and realize Optimove’s roadmap at the highest quality, while keeping excellent time-to-market.Shehori is an experienced R&D leader with a passion for SaaS and customer management who has worked with over 1000 enterprise brands in the course of her career, and understands both the challenges customers face and the industry standards businesses demand. Shehori has a proven track record of building, leading and managing multi-disciplinary engineering organizations; prior to joining the Optimove team, she worked at HP as a Director of Engineering, SaaS HP Enterprise Software for six years, where she led a team that created more than 22 products on the HP platform.Marketing Technology News: Flipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member“As brands continue to have more choices in technology platforms and approaches than ever before, it is critical for us to understand the market drivers, customer pain points and the products that best alleviate those pain points,” said Pini Yakuel, Optimove’s founder and CEO. “Rachel’s rich history working with industry giants has given her a unique perspective that will help ensure our product roadmap is well executed for future success.”Shehori joins Optimove at an exciting moment in the company’s growth. Optimove grew 1.25x in the first quarter of the year, from 200 to 250 employees and counting, added 350 new brands across e-commerce, luxury fashion, beauty, gaming and more, and officially reaches over one billion customers.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered Marketing“Brands continue to navigate increasing customer complexity as they strive for a single customer view — one made up of multiple datasets that when working in tandem make marketing work more efficiently. Optimove’s work with top brand names is proof of how valuable their tech has become in achieving this for their customers, and as a result, Optimove has become a talent magnet in the industry,” said Shehori. “In a time when data is king, I’m thrilled to join such a science-minded, customer-first organization alongside some of the smartest people in the business.”Shehori holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Math and Physics from Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. She will be based out of the Tel Aviv office.Marketing Technology News: New TimeTrade Schedule-A-Demo Solution Helps B2B Software Companies Increase Inbound Lead-to-Meeting Conversion by 4X customer data platformMarketing Technology NewsNewsOptimoveRachel ShehoriRelationship MarketingSaas Previous Hires Industry Leaders to Meet Web Data Integration Market Expansion with Enhanced Engineering, Sales and DeliveryNext ArticleKaltura Launches New Integration with Zoom Video Communicationslast_img read more

Utah Business Magazine Honors Domos Catherine Wong as a CXO of the

first_imgUtah Business Magazine Honors Domo’s Catherine Wong as a CXO of the Year Globe NewswireJune 12, 2019, 10:56 pmJune 12, 2019 Wong Recognized for Contributions to Utah’s Tech Industry and Diversity InitiativesDomo announced that its Chief Product Officer and EVP of Engineering Catherine Wong is a Utah Business Magazine CXO of the Year honoree.Utah Business recognized Wong for her accomplishments as a technologist and engineering leader who played a significant role in building two of Utah’s most high-profile SaaS companies – Omniture and Domo. At Domo, she spearheads the development of the company’s cloud-based operating system for business and new product offerings, overseeing engineering, product management and product design. She has a long history of technical leadership, earning numerous patents in data segmentation, data visualization and SaaS data collection.“It’s an honor to be recognized with so many incredible leaders and innovators across Silicon Slopes,” said Wong. “I’m proud to be a part of this group of executives who are committed to making the state’s tech industry more diverse, inclusive and innovative so we can continue to attract top talent to our state.”Marketing Technology News: Esri Software Powers Location Intelligence in Microsoft’s Defense System DemonstrationWong is also very active with local education institutions and organizations to encourage youth to pursue careers in engineering and computer science. She serves on the boards of the Women Tech Council and the College of Engineering at Utah State University.“Catherine is a SaaS pioneer and absolute rock star,” said Domo CEO Josh James. “I have had the privilege of working with her for almost two decades. When Domo was just an idea, I knew she had to be a critical member of the team, and I have been so thankful for her leadership, vision and friendship over the years.”Marketing Technology News: IBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One PlatformCatherine previously earned a Technology Leadership Award from the Women Tech Council, and was named a Woman of the Year by Utah Business in 2018.Marketing Technology News: Merkle Named 2019 Pegasystems’ Partner Excellence in Digital Transformation Recipient DomoJosh JamesMarketing Technology NewsNewsSaaS pioneerUtah Business Magazine Previous ArticleUserful Secures First Funding Round to Accelerate Solutions Development for Enterprise AV-over-IPNext ArticleMarTech Interview with James Sandoval, Founder and CEO at MeasureMatchlast_img read more

RBI Committee Recommendations For KYC on Google Duo or Apple FaceTime Could

first_imgThe Report of the Expert Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has recommended to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the implementation of a video KYC format to replace the current know your customer (KYC) methods and Aadhaar verification. This will be for micro, small and medium enterprises for the time being. This, they suggest, can be done via Google Duo on Android devices and Apple FaceTime on iPhones, for instance. The committee has been formed to recommend steps to improve the growth and development of the MSME sector. In a way, these guidelines could show the way for KYC norms for consumer facing services as well, including payment apps and digital wallets, at some point. At present, the requirements of the KYC process rely heavily on manual verification and data handling, and also makes it mandatory for the new customer to be physically present at the time. This, the committee says, increases costs and stretched timelines in completing the required KYC processes. “As an alternative to enabling e-KYC, the Committee recommends video KYC to be adopted as a part of digital financial architecture as a suitable alternative to performing a digital Aadhaar-based KYC process towards enabling non – physical customer onboarding,” say the recommendations. The proposed KYC method is designed to be simpler than what is followed at present. The customer can sign up for the facility through an entity’s mobile app or website. At this point, the prospective customer can schedule an appointment with respect to preferred date and time on the application as a part of the sign up process. The customer then shares images of his/hers original POI (Proof of Identity)/POA (Proof of Address) which are OVD (Official Valid Documents) during the sign up process. Once this is done, the entity than then confirm an offer to the customer regarding a service, which then has to be accepted. The customer, through an OTP based click-wrap accepts the offer. The entity which is providing the service then reaches out to the customer as per the preferred date and time for initiating the digital verification process. The recommendations state that the verification via video can be done via Google Duo for Android users and Apple Facetime for an iOS user. We assume it will also be expanded to include iPadOS and macOS. During the video call, the service providing entity’s authorized person will have to mandatorily identify themselves with their identity card. The customer is then requested to display the POI and POA documents, as shared in the earlier application. The entity’s authorised person verified the details on these documents with the documents shared in the application earlier. Then the photo on the identity proof is matched with the person who is on the video call. “On successful verification of documents, the authorized person then confirms the video KYC to be complete on the said date,” say the recommendations. The customer will still also be provided the option of a physical visit for KYC, in case they are not comfortable with the digital process that involves a video call.At present, it is a multi-step process, starting with the identification and verification of the documents by the employee of an entity. Then the PAN details are matched with the NSDL database for authenticity. At this point, a face match is done between OVD (Official Valid Document) provided and the customer image taken as a part of the process, hence validating the document holder is indeed the applicant—followed by a verification of the face match and then the OTP based confirmation.While these recommendations are meant for micro, small and medium enterprises at the moment, we could easily see these being used for other services as well, including for mobile phone connection subscription and re-verification for mobile wallets. At the moment, mobile wallet apps are struggling to re-verify their users since the new RBI guidelines mandated them to re-do the KYC for all users. Apps such as Paytm roped in retailers to help with the physical KYC requirements, but data since then has suggested that this is turning out to be a costly affair, and not enough people are turning up in person to get the KYC done. AADHAARAmazon Payandroiddigital kyc First Published: June 26, 2019, 11:55 AM ISTlast_img read more

Considering Pakistan as Friendly Nation Will be Our Biggest Weakness VK Singh

first_imgJaipur: Union minister VK Singh cautioned on Saturday against considering Pakistan as a friendly nation, saying it will be India’s “biggest weakness”.”I was told in Barmer that a candidate has said that there is no danger from Pakistan,” the minister of state for external affairs told reporters at the BJP office here. “This will be our biggest weakness if we consider a country, which is seen as a centre of terrorism and is engaged in proxy war against India, as a friendly nation,” Singh, the former Indian Army chief, said.Responding to a question on allegations that the BJP was politicising the armed forces, he said the bravery of the forces has been praised in the past as well and there is no politics in it.”Being a former chief of the Army, I can say that forces in the country are not involved in politics. They are apolitical. Whenever our forces showed their valour, be it in 1971, 1962 and 1965 or in 1999, their bravery has been praised,” he said.”If such praises now are taken as politicisation of the forces, then I would humbly say that those who are saying this do not understand politics,” he added.He said a country cannot progress if it doesn’t respect its soldiers. “No one is politicising the forces and there is no politics in the forces. Let the honour of the forces remain honour. There is no politics in it.””Army takes action on its level to dominate LoC and it is their responsibility to keep the borders safe. It involves risk and a mistake can cost (a soldier his) career. Forces do not talk about their operations. On the other hand one government comes and says that we as a government are with you. Our forces are getting this kind of support from the government in the last four and a half year,” he said.On BJP chief Amit Shah’s claim about casualties in the Balakot air strike, the minister said that it was an estimate that came after National Technical Research Organisation reported there were 300 mobile phones active there before the strike. balakot air strikeBJPLok Sabha elections 2019pakistan First Published: April 27, 2019, 10:27 PM ISTlast_img read more

Sunil Grover on Working with Salman Khan in Bharat I Was Nervous

first_img bharatSalman Khansunil groverSunil Grover Bharat First Published: June 5, 2019, 1:38 PM IST Actor Sunil Grover, best known for his on-screen characters Gutthi and Mashoor Gulati, says he does not mind the tag of a ‘comedian’ as he believes a successful on-screen image always allows more opportunities to an artiste.”We all are typecast, especially when we get success by doing one thing. Whether you are an action hero, romantic hero or playing a comedy character, we all are typecast. In my career, since people have appreciated my performance on television for years, even casting directors trust that I am capable of delivering a comedy scene effortlessly,” Sunil, who will be seen in Salman Khan’s latest film Bharat, told IANS. “But I have also portrayed different characters in films. When I get an offer, instead of thinking of the genre, I look for the opportunity to perform. Because at the end of the day, I am a performer. Even when I do comedy, since I have no training in stand-up, I always approach a character like a character and not like a performer,” said the actor, who first found fame with the television show Comedy Circus.Interestingly, a substantial part of Bharat was shot in Punjab during which Sunil says he learned the art of saying ‘no’ to his relatives who were keen to get clicked with Salman. “The moment my relatives got to know that Salman sir was coming to shoot a film in Punjab, I started getting calls and messages. All of them wanted to meet Salman sir and get pictures with him. Of course, it wasn’t possible on a film set,” he said. Stating that Punjabis are emotional, he said, “Friends and relatives would say, ‘Achcha beta, ab toh tu star ho gaya, isliye aise avoid kar raha hai (Now you are a star, so you are avoiding us)’. But only we actors know how hard it’s on a film set because everything is scheduled.”It literally taught me how to say ‘no’ to people in such a situation. I hope reading this, people will understand,” he said.Happy working in television shows and films simultaneously, Sunil says he is getting offers from both mediums. “If I have several film offers, that won’t allow me to get time for TV. I am happy with the roles that I have got,” said the actor, who last appeared in Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2018 film Pataakha.On working with Salman for the first time in Bharat, Sunil said, “He is a star. Whenever you look at him, there is an aura, a larger than life personality that he effortlessly carries.”In the first glance, I felt a little intimidated. I was nervous. But I had to act well, and as an actor, I was focusing on my character. I play his childhood friend in the film. Obviously, I had no choice but feel free to act in that manner when the camera rolls. But Salman Khan is a star. From any angle, any point of time you look at him, you see a star.”Bharat releases today.Follow @News18Movies for more. last_img read more

After 13 Days and a Strong Opening Rs 200 Crore Club Still

first_img Bharat box officebharat filmbharat salman khanKatrina Kaif and Salman Khan films First Published: June 18, 2019, 5:52 PM IST Salman Khan’s Bharat opened with a bang on Eid, becoming the biggest opener of 2019 so far. The film, that earned Rs 42 crores on Day 1, touched the 150 crore mark by the end of opening weekend. Since Eid was on a Wednesday, the film had the advantage of an extended weekend. However, Bharat’s luck ran out soon enough, with ticket sales dipping drastically in the second week. The film went on a downward spiral, and is yet to touch the Rs 200 crore mark after 13 days of release. According to Bollywood Hungama, Bharat has earned Rs 192 crores so far at the domestic box office. Jointly produced by Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films, and T-Series, the Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer is full of drama, action, emotion, and comedy. Bharat was released on 4,700 screens in India and on over 1,300 screens overseas. It has been released in as many as 43 countries worldwide. Bharat is based on the South Korean film Ode to my Father (2014). The movie traces India’s post-Independence history displaying the account of the lead character Bharat’s life over a period of around 60 years after the Partition.Singer Sona Mohapatra took a dig at Salman Khan yesterday, quoting the diminishing box office numbers of Bharat. The Ambarsariya singer retweeted a Box Office India report of Bharat’s box office collections and took a jibe at the star, requesting fans to “stop worshipping these paper tigers”, claiming that the actor had failed to “deliver a single, full week of returns”.Salman Khan films have set a box office benchmark of their own. Besides the guaranteed viewership of all Bhai fans, the films are also promoted at a large scale. Bharat was no exception, but its box office collections haven’t been as mindblowing as expected. Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

Wont Become a Leader by This Sunday Lok Sabha Speaker Has Some

first_imgJaipur: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday suggested longer sessions of legislatures and asked legislators to raise more questions, saying this makes a government more accountable.Speaking at the inaugural session of an one-day programme for orientation of members of the Rajasthan assembly, he called on legislators to rise above party lines and take part in debates in the House in the interest of the state and the country. The Lok Sabha speaker said a minister gets more scope to review his department if the number of questions related to his portfolio raised in the legislature is high.He suggested that sessions should be longer as it makes a government more responsible.Birla, who has been a member of the Rajasthan assembly, also said the tradition of storming into the Well of the House is not good as it usually leads to adjournment.”One does not become a leader by storming into the Well (of the House). I have made it clear in the Lok Sabha that the time has changed. Now, it is the time when a member speaks in the House and the people like them, he said.Birla said protests in the Well of the House leads to adjournment and this has been told to the members of the Lok Sabha.”When the Lok Sabha runs properly, this will be followed by state assemblies too,” he said.The speaker said that members should speak on issues under rules of business and should level allegations on the basis of facts and in a modest manner. Birla said he on different occasions has cited the examples of parliamentary traditions that are followed in the Rajasthan assembly.Rajasthan assembly speaker C P Joshi said the programme will enhance the capacity of members and give them an opportunity to learn more about the parliamentary procedures.Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot also said such programmes helps members increase their understanding about the rules and parliamentary traditions.Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand kataria and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shati Dhariwal also addressed the inaugural session.Besides the present members of the house, several ex-MLAs also attended the programme held in the assembly.Birla on Sunday also launched the new website and a mobile app of Rajasthan assembly.The site has information on complete house proceedings since the first in 1952 whereas the app provides information like details of members of the house, questions and list of business. 17th lok sabhalok sabha speakerom birlaRajasthan Assembly First Published: July 7, 2019, 5:45 PM ISTlast_img read more