‘Desperate to find a way out’: Iran edges towards precipice Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 11 months old Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!July 23, 2018 Topics Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Middle East and North Africa Last modified on Mon 23 Jul 2018 13.01 EDT Donald Trump tweets warning for Iran’s leader – video news Share on Facebook Hassan Rouhani Share on Twitter The price of gold coins also soared significantly; the value of the dollar and gold coins serve as a barometer of Iranians’ confidence in their government and the country’s economic situation. Senior officials in Tehran were careful to avoid any kneejerk reaction to Trump’s tweet while the state-run news agency Irna said Rouhani’s message was merely a repetition of what the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, had said in the past: “Never threaten an Iranian.”The head of the country’s voluntary basij paramilitary force, Gholamhossein Gharibpour, more forcefully rejected the US president’s rhetoric. “What Trump is saying against Iran is merely psychological warfare. He wouldn’t dare to make the mistake of taking any actions against Iran,” he said. According to the semi-official Isna news agency, he said: “We will not give up on our revolutionary values and beliefs and we will stand against imperialists and tyrants, and those few who have fallen for this psychological warfare of this crazy president should know that he wishes the destruction of all of us. Our people and our armed forces will stand up to enemies and will not yield.” Foaz Izadi, a prominent Iranian commentator close to the establishment, accused Trump of attempting to distract attention from domestic pressures in the US. “This is designed to address his base in the US. You need to remember that he is facing elections in November and if Democrats gain power in the US congress, they will impeach him,” Izadi told the Guardian.“Elections are going to be quite important for him and he is using rhetoric that is suitable for the base that voted for him, using everything in caps and looking tough. In reality, remember he used the same type of rhetoric against North Korea and in the last few months, he has given a lot of things that North Koreans wanted from the US. North Korean policy has been tough on rhetoric and quite weak in substance when it comes to US interests.” Iran has dismissed Donald Trump’s threats of “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” after the US president’s late-night Twitter tirade at the Islamic Republic. Hostile rhetoric between Washington and Tehran escalated on Sunday after a tit-for-tat between Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. Trump responded to Rouhani’s warning that the US shouldn’t “play with the lion’s tail” by posting a tweet in capital letters addressed to the Iranian president. 1:10 Share via Email Donald Trump Trump administration Read more Iran dismisses Trump’s late-night Twitter rant despite market jitters Shares411411 Tehran officials careful to avoid kneejerk reaction to threats as rial hits all-time low … we have a small favour to ask. 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The rial, which has been rapidly depreciating against the dollar after Trump pulled the US out of the nuclear deal in May, hit a fresh all-time low. On Monday, £1 bought 92,000 rials on the black market, though many exchange bureaux had stopped trading. Read more Share on Twitter @SaeedKD Mon 23 Jul 2018 08.50 EDT Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Izadi said Iranian officials are concerned about Trump, however. “They think he is a dangerous person. I think Rouhani in the last few weeks has changed his rhetoric also. He has spoken about the US foreign policy in terms he hadn’t used before. The rhetoric is negative and increasing on both sides, and people inside Iran are worried.”Tehran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, also condemned an intervention at the weekend by Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, who called Iran’s ruling elite a “mafia” during a speech at the Ronald Reagan library in California on Sunday. “The US secretary of state’s hypocritical and absurd speech in the gathering was only a propaganda exercise and showed the unlimited desperation of the US administration more than ever,” Qassemi said, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. “These remarks are a clear example of the country’s interference in Iran’s internal affairs and exactly in line with its long-term destabilising and destructive policies in the region,” he added, saying that Pompeo’s intervention would encourage solidarity among people inside Iran. On Twitter, many Iranians used #StopMeddlingInIran to voice their opposition to Trump and Pompeo. Many reacted to Trump’s tweet by recycling his tweet from 2013 about Iran, which said: “Remember that I predicted a long time ago that President Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly– not skilled!”The Trump administration is seen in Iran as particularly close to a fringe, cult-like, extreme Iranian opposition, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which is bent on regime change and has no visible support inside the country. Jamal Abdi from the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), said: “In the lead-up to the war in Iraq, the Bush administration worked closely with a handful of Iraqi exiles who championed war. Clearly, Pompeo is hoping to elevate voices who would set the US and Iran on a collision course to conflict over the majority in the Iranian-American community who have been shocked and dismayed by this administration’s disastrous approach.” Share via Email Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent
President and ex-CIA chief trade barbs as White House reportedly drawing up plans to strip credentials from othersJohn Brennan: White House revokes security clearance Share on Twitter Share on Twitter John Brennan Share via Email Julia Carrie Wong and Edward Helmore Donald Trump continued on Saturday to broadcast caustic criticism of former CIA director John Brennan, three days after stripping him of his security clearance.“Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA director?” Trump tweeted on Saturday morning. “He will go down as easily the WORST in history & since getting out, he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!”Trump’s comments, certain to escalate tension between the White House and the intelligence community that already borders on open hostility, appeared to have been made in reaction to an interview Brennan gave MSNBC on Friday.Trump was “using a security clearance of a former CIA director as a pawn in his public relations strategy”, Brennan said, adding: “I think is just so reflective of somebody who, quite frankly, I don’t want to use this term maybe, but he’s drunk on power. He really is, and I think he’s abusing the powers of that office.”The president’s developing policy of using the withdrawal of security clearance as a sign of disapproval or punishment is causing alarm in the capital, according to the Washington Post.The newspaper reported that “some presidential aides” echoed the concerns among critics “that the threatened revocations smack of a Nixonian enemies list, with little or no substantive national security justification”.Citing anonymous sources, the Post reported that the the White House has already drafted documents to strip a number of other prominent intelligence community figures of their clearances.The list of targets reportedly includes former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former FBI directors Michael Hayden and James Comey, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former acting attorney general Sally Yates, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.According to the Post, a White House official acknowledged that the revocation of Brennan’s clearance had been prepared in July but was released this week to distract attention from media coverage of former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s scathing memoir about her time at the White House.The source said White House officials have discussed plans to release the other revocations as a distraction to unwelcome news coverage.On Friday, Trump said he intends “very quickly” to strip the clearance of Bruce Ohr, an attorney in the Department of Justice’s criminal division who led its organized crime and racketeering section for more than a decade. 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He said of Brennan on Saturday: ‘He will go down as easily the WORST in history.’Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock Shares347347 ‘He’s a loudmouth’: Trump hits back at Brennan’s ‘drunk on power’ assessment First published on Fri 17 Aug 2018 22.00 EDT Share on Facebook This article is more than 10 months old Share on Facebook Pinterest Since you’re here… CIA Reuse this content Trump administration The cancellation of Brennan’s security clearance continues to draw harsh criticism from bipartisan leaders in the intelligence community.A joint letter released on Thursday by 12 former senior intelligence officials called Trump’s action “ill-considered and unprecedented” and said it “has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances – and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech”.The letter was signed by six former CIA directors, five former deputy CIA directors, and Clapper.On Friday evening, another group of 60 former intelligence officers released their own letter criticizing the use of security clearance as a political tool.“It is our firm belief that the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views,” the former CIA officers wrote.Earlier in the week Adm William McRaven, head of US special operations when Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden, accused Trump of “McCarthy-era tactics” and said Brennan, then head of the CIA, was a man of “unparalleled integrity”.“I would consider it an honour if you would revoke my security clearance … so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency,” McRaven wrote in an open letter.Trump denied his actions were designed to silence his critics.“There’s no silence,” he told reporters on Friday. “If anything, I’m giving [Brennan] a bigger voice. Many people don’t even know who he is, and now he has a bigger voice. And that’s OK with me, because I like taking on voices like that. I have never respected him.” Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, announced Friday on Twitter that he planned to introduce an amendment “to block the president from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking security clearances”.Sabrina Siddiqui, Joanna Walters and agencies also contributed reporting Share on WhatsApp Donald Trump news Support The Guardian US politics … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show Notes:GARI Accessible Mobile Phones and Tablets with Sabine Lobnig | www.GARI.infoThe importance of implementing assistive technology programs http://buff.ly/1O02WGYThe BuzzClip: Wearable Ultrasound for the Blind http://buff.ly/1kCQXUKApp: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: www.BridgingApps.org——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDATA——-transcript follows ——WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode number 234 of Assistive Technology Update. It’s scheduled to be released on November 20, 2015.Today I speak with Sabine Lobnig who is the Deputy Director of Communications and Regulations at GARI. They are all about accessible smartphones and tablets. And a thing called BuzzClip which helps folks who are blind to detect objects that are more eye level; and also an app about Thanksgiving from BridgingApps.We hope you’ll check out our website at www.eastersealstech.com, drop us a note on Twitter @INDATA Project, or give us some feedback on our listener line at 317-721-7124.***Brian Norton is the director of assistive technology here at Easter Seals Crossroads and also the host of one of our newer and most rapidly becoming popular shows, ATFAQ, Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions. Brian has no idea why I grabbed him and stuck him in the studio here for a second. Brian, how are you?BRIAN NORTON: I’m doing well. How are you?WADE WINGLER: Good. I just wanted to let the Assistive Technology Update audience know a little bit about what’s going on with ATFAQ. We’ve been getting lots of questions. We’ve been making up some answers and trying to research a few. We got a few cool, interesting things happening that are special this time of year. Tell everybody what’s going on with ATFAQ these days.BRIAN NORTON: We just released episode 18. I can’t believe we’ve done that many already. We release it twice a month. We are into our ninth month now. We just recently paired up with AT Update to do a holiday show, super excited about that. We are always on the lookout for questions that people have about assistive technology and would love for folks to be able to submit those to us. If you want to submit them to us, you can always reach out to us on our listener line. That’s 317-721-7124. You can send us a tweet with the hashtag #ATFAQ. Or you can send us an email at EasterSealstech.com.WADE WINGLER: Brian, that’s pretty impressive. U got the numbers memorized, the email address memorized. You know how to get those questions flowing in now.BRIAN NORTON: We’re looking forward to it. We have lots of listeners. We really love people to call the listener line. If there’s any way that we would love for people to submit it, it’s through our listener line. That allows us to be able to put your voice on the show and make you famous.WADE WINGLER: And we are getting more people who are doing that, and a few who aren’t even just asking questions. Sometimes they are upstaging is a little bit.BRIAN NORTON: We’re not just looking for questions. If you have feedback, if you listen to our show and have feedback or maybe other suggestions that we might want to include, we include those as well. Definitely leave us a voicemail if you have a suggestion or other kinds of feedback information. We love to play that as well. We want to get good information out to our listeners and make sure that we are giving as much information as I can.WADE WINGLER: It’s a special time a year. Brian mentioned that ATFAQ version 19, which is coming up here soon, will be our holiday show. The next two episodes of assistive technology update will represent our fifth annual assistive technology update holiday gift giving guide, where we sit down with Brian and his group and Nikol Prieto who’s been doing this with me for five years now, and we talk about all kinds of cool holiday gift that work well with folks with disabilities. Two weeks of Assistive Technology Update. We’ll break from our firm and do that. And then episode number 19 of ATFAQ will have information as well. It’s a fun time of year. We are sharing all kinds of great information. Brian, thanks for coming in and letting me without much warning stick a mic in front of your face.BRIAN NORTON: No problem. I appreciate it.***WADE WINGLER: I love it when assistive technology hits the mainstream. Not long ago, it was World Usability Day, and Nuance, the makers of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and other kinds of products, did an interesting article about the importance of assisting technology programs. They spoke with Kevin Berner who is a clinical supervisor for the assistive technology program at our sister agency Easter Seals Massachusetts, and it was a pretty interesting interview. They talked about the importance of why our assistive technology assessment initiatives need to be in place for folks with disabilities; what kind of considerations are factored into an assistive technology assessment; the importance of involving the school or workplace; and continuing conversation throughout the implementation process. I’m pretty proud of Kevin. He even talked about the HAAT model, the Human Activity Assistive Technology and Context model, that’s described in the famous Cook and Hussey book about assistive technology. It is a nice well-rounded piece talking about the importance of assistive rheology evaluations. I love it when I see those kinds of things in the mainstream because is it means that the world outside of our industry is paying attention to that kind of stuff. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to Nuance’s blog where you can read more about the importance of assistive technology programs.***Over the years, I’ve seen a whole lot of different devices that are designed to help people who are blind or visually impaired more efficiently, safely, quickly navigate the world around them. There’s a thing that’s hit some of my social media feeds recently called BuzzClip. BuzzClip is currently an Indiegogo campaign and as of the time of this recording has got a few days left. If you’re hearing this on the day of release, you’re probably going to have one or two days to participate if that’s something you’re interested in.Here’s the thing about BuzzClip. It’s a device that clips onto your shirt or clothing, and it detects items that are high up in your path of travel. Obviously a white cane is going to help you navigate the ground and holes and things that are done lower, but things that are dangling in your path above like tree branches and other kinds of things are sometimes issues for folks who use a cane to navigate. This thing clips onto your shirt. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts over 10 hours. What it does is basically monitors the area in front of you, either in the near mode so up to a meter away, or far mode up to two meters away. The thing buzzes, vibrates, gives you haptic feedback when you’re getting ready to run into something or there’s an object in your path. It looks like a pretty well thought out and designed thing. There’s a video that will talk about some of the different things they can do and how it works. In fact, here’s a quick clip from the video.>>SPEAKER: I’m Ryland Vroom. I’m six feet five inches tall. I absolutely love the BuzzClip because the cane does not cover head objects. For me, the head objects are quite a lot like low doorframes, trees hanging on the sidewalk, especially when it’s rained, some low street signs if you go up into North York. It’s really bad. The BuzzClip has actually saved had a lot of pounding.WADE WINGLER: And so it seems pretty cool to me. Although we don’t endorse products on here, I do find some of them fascinating. This certainly falls into that category. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to the Indiegogo campaign where you can learn more about BuzzClip. They call it the wearable ultrasound for the blind. Check our show notes.***Each week, one of our partners is what is happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an App Worth Mentioning.AMY BARRY: This is Amy Barry with BridgingApps, and this is an App Worth Mentioning. Today’s app is called A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: A Peanut’s Classic Storybook for All Ages. This app is a fun e-book app with hundreds of touchable animations, illustrations, and graphics. The curriculum-aligned e-book contains the original dialogue, sound effects, and music from the 1973 classic that everyone loves. Follow Charlie Brown and the Peanut gang as they discover the meaning of things giving.A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a delightfully themed app to be enjoyed by users of all ages and abilities. The interface is super easy to use and begins with a tutorial that details how to navigate the app. It has three reading notes: read to me, read myself, and autoplay. We found the autoplay mode to be a great feature for early learners to read the book independently. Our students and their families love the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving app. They love the storyline. They really enjoyed tapping on the pop-up tabs. The app graphics are colorful, high quality, and very engaging. Of course, the characters are fun and cute, and they can even be manipulated on the screen. Each page has a hidden collectible weave which the users were all determined to find when they played it.A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving app is a great educational value and is a wonderful interactive e-book to add into your holiday collection. BridgingApps highly recommends it. The app is $5.99 at the iTunes and Google play stores and is compatible with iOS devices and Android devices. For more information on this app and others like it, visit BridgingApps.org.***WADE WINGLER: We’ve talked about this a number of times on the show: we really do live in a world where mobile devices are ubiquitous. They are everywhere. I have one in front of me, on my desk in the studio, I have another one in my pocket right now that may or may not buzz while I record this interview. I think all of us deal with mobile devices on a pretty regular basis. Because we are a show about assistive technology and accessibility, I’m interested in the accessibility of those devices. I know that a lot of my listeners are as well. Because of that, we’ve invited the folks from GARI to come on. I have Sabine Lubnig talking to me from Vienna right now to talk with us a little bit about what they are doing when it comes to accessibility and mobile devices. First and foremost, Sabine, thank you for being on our show.SABINE LOBNIG: Thinks, Wade. It’s a pleasure to participate in the podcast that we listen to regularly I have to add.WADE WINGLER: I love it when folks listen to the show in general, but especially when some of our listeners end up on the show as guests. It’s always kind of exciting. Sabine, tell me a little bit about your background and how you became interested in accessibility.SABINE LOBNIG: I’m actually a translator by vocation. I was always fascinated by different forms of communication, and in particular by sign language and braille. After my studies, I worked in communications and public affairs, but I always continued with sign language and braille. Of course, becoming friends with deaf and blind people, entering into this community, accessibility becomes a topic of interest right away. So I was extremely happy when I joined the MMF, the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, to see that they were engaged in mobile accessibility and actually had a whole project around it to promote it, which is the GARI project , which now I’m happy to work on.WADE WINGLER: Sabine, you’re the deputy director of communications and regulations for the Mobile Manufacturers Forum in the GARI project, which is Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative. Can you tell us a little bit about your role there? What does GARI do in general?SABINE LOBNIG: This whole name of GARI is a mouthful. We usually just call it GARI because it’s a lot easier. My role in GARI — maybe I’ll just quickly explain what GARI is actually.WADE WINGLER: Sure.SABINE LOBNIG: GARI is, in essence, an online database for accessible mobile phones, accessible talents, and accessibility-related apps. It’s a project that was created by the mobile manufacturers forum, again in short the MMF. All our names are very long so we stick to the acronyms. The MMF is the international association of the mobile manufacturers and network providers. Our members are big names in the mobile phone sector like Alcatel OneTouch, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Nokia, the big brands. They all have put their efforts together to create this database. The goal is to bring the information about hardware solutions to the consumers, be it persons with disabilities, senior citizens, people that have particular access needs, the families, the caretakers, and every consumer that is looking for an accessible device. Our whole motivation with the GARI project is to help them find the device that has the function that they are looking for.The beauty of this product is that GARI is a completely free, accessible database on the web, so everyone that goes to the www.GARI.info can access the database freely in 16 different languages and can just look for a device that would fulfill their need. It sounds very theoretical, but say you are a person with a vision impairment, and you are looking for a device that should absolutely have a screen reader. So you can go to the GARI database, and the homepage you see, the first sentence is what are you looking for. You can choose whether you’re looking for mobile phone, a tablet, or an app. You enter through this doorway, so to speak, and then you can just click on the function screen reader and the database will give you all — very specific search. If you are a senior person, you say I just want to have a device that helps me with my hearing impairment. You can look for devices that have particular functions for that, and the database will give you a whole range of devices from different manufacturers where you can look up which kind of accessibility features are already in the mainstream device, so that when you go to the shop and buy the device, they are already in there.WADE WINGLER: I’ve looked at the website, and there’s a ton of great information there. I want to back up just a little bit and see — I think I may be know, and a lot of our listeners know why this is important, but can you talk a little bit about why we should really care about mobile devices? Why did these major manufacturers of these devices become interested in supporting this kind of initiative?SABINE LOBNIG: Why is mobile accessibility important? I think it’s very easy to answer these days because we do have concrete data. For example, the WHO, the World Health Organization, say that currently there is an estimated 1 billion people in the world that are directly affected from a disability. That is one out of five people, or one out of seven people, amongst us that live with a disability or are going to be affected by a disability. On the other hand, we also have market data. For example, the consumer segment of persons with disabilities, I think that’s where the US was estimated 1 trillion dollars annually. That’s a huge market. Of course there is a business argument for getting interested in mobile accessibility. And then we have an aging population that also is becoming more and more reliant on mobile communications and on being accessible. That is just for the figures.Why did our manufacturers create the GARI database? That actually is because already back in 2010, the manufacturers noticed that people, the interest groups were asking for accessibility features that actually were already there. They were in the devices, but the consumers didn’t know about them. So somewhere along the line, from the manufacture to the consumer, information got lost, which is really a pity because sometimes you have a device in your pocket which could help you tremendously and you don’t know about it. So the main idea of the GARI database in the first place was to really create this information Gateway where people can learn about what is accessible in the marketplace and also what they already have in their own device. If you are curious yourself, you can go to GARI and type in the model name of your mobile phone, and if it is entered into the database, then the database will read all the accessibility information on your own device. Maybe for those who are curious about accessibility features on their own device could be an interesting experiment.WADE WINGLER: How are people finding out about the GARI device? Obviously we are going to be promoting it, but what are some outreach activities that you are doing so that folks do find this valuable information?SABINE LOBNIG: We do work directly with a lot of international organizations of persons with disabilities. In Europe, there would be the European disability forum. In the US, we worked with the national Federation of the blind. We work with such organizations in all the world regions to try to get information to them. If they are happy with GARI, they can push the information to their own members. Of course not every person with a disability is a member of such an organization, so a very important gateway are also network carriers. In the US, I believe it’s the likes of Verizon and AT&T, all those network carriers that provide that telecommunications services. We provide the GARI database free to them. They can use it as custom information tool, and we encourage them to use the GARI database if they are approached by their customers who are looking for an accessible device. If I want a device that is accessible to me as a blind person, my first way would be to go to the shop of my network provider and to ask them for such a device. That’s why the network carriers are very important for us to promote GARI.On the other hand, we also work with lots of government agencies with regulators. Several of them around the world have integrated GARI directly into their website as a service to their citizens, also to spread the word about mobile accessibility solutions, and also because mobile accessibility is becoming a topic in several countries around the world. It is gathering attention and focus. In the US, for example, the FCC’s using GARI on their clearinghouse website. We just heard that the Mexican regulator is going to implement GARI, and in Europe and the Asian countries we also have some nice examples. That is one way of promoting GARI with the help of partnerships.On the other hand, we are very active on social media, on Twitter, and Facebook, where we tweet about new devices added to GARI. We spread the information about development, technological development in the field. In general, we also engage in the discussions. We ask where the problems are. We ask what people are worrying about in mobile telecommunications. We really try to get the conversation going. GARI as such is not set in stone. It’s really a collaborative undertaking. For example, the way we developed the accessibility features that are listed GARI in the first place was to work together with organizations of persons with disabilities and with accessibility experts, and of course the technicians from our members, sit together and come up with a list of relevant accessibility features. That was back in 2010. The list since then has been evolving because every 18 months we make a stakeholder review, which means we submit the full list of accessibility features again to the organizations of persons with disabilities, to the experts, to industry, and ask them if the features are still relevant, if they need to be updated, if there are new features that should be included. So we really try to ensure that while the technology is moving very fast in these areas, that GARI is moving along with the technology, to be up-to-date in terms of mobile accessibility.WADE WINGLER: It seems that first of all you guys are very busy to make that happen. While you were talking, I went to the GARI website and I plugged in my mobile device. I’m using iPhone 6 Plus right now, which is been around for just about a year. I have got to stay, I’m astonished at the amount of information that is here about this particular phone that I’m using. It talks about the hardware, it gives me some parameters in terms of the size and the weight and the number of pixels on the screen. It breaks it down by mobility and dexterity features and vision and hearing. It’s interesting because it very simply has a template here where it list features, yes or no whether the future is there, and then it gives a description of that feature. I’m a little bit blown away at the amount of information that I’ve just learned by taking a look at my device on here. It’s great.SABINE LOBNIG: I’m happy to hear that.WADE WINGLER: I also see on the site here, it talks about apps and how to find apps that are accessible and compatible with your devices. Can you tell me a little bit about that?SABINE LOBNIG: We decided to expand the GARI database to apps. Actually because of the demand from users, they said that the mobile — that is not only about the hardware of the device, the software and the operating system, but that apps, the third-party applications, have become integral part. If they are switching mobile phones, for example, if they are switching from one operating platform to the other, sometimes they just want to make sure that their favorite accessibility app will also be supported on a different platform. Or sometimes they want to have a certain overview of what kind of accessibility apps are available.I have to say that we are quite narrow in the criteria of what we list on GARI. We do not list all the apps that are accessible. We only list accessibility related apps, so specifically apps that have been designed to help people overcome a barrier. The star examples are Be My Eyes, like Tap Tap See, for the blind people, or to have a screen reader app, to have the KNFB, but also to have sign language apps, video communication apps, those kinds of apps we would list. Also we only list apps that have been specifically recommended by at least one of the disability groups. At least one of those groups have tested the apps and have recommended the apps to their members actively. Those are our criteria for selection for the apps.For the moment, we have around 250 apps listed in GARI, which is a nice amount. Of course it pales in comparison to the over 1000 telephone models we have in the GARI database. But that is also because our members, the manufacturers, they populate the GARI database with the information about their devices. Usually before they bring in a device to market, they also enter it into the GARI database to provide real-time information, so to speak, when they bring their device to the market. Also a nice feature may be good to mention is that GARI is not only available in English. It’s available in 16 different languages. That is for the mobile phone section as well as for the tablet section and for the apps, although I have to admit that especially in the apps, the majority of the apps are English.WADE WINGLER: Obviously a whole lot of work has gone into this project. We have about a minute left in the interview. Can you tell me a little bit about the trends you have seen with accessibility in mobile devices, or some of the things you anticipate coming in the future?SABINE LOBNIG: That’s a very difficult question. I can tell you what was very interesting for us before the summer when we did our second feature review of GARI. What we saw when we asked disability groups around the world about accessibility features that they were looking for that they were still missing in the devices, when we did it two years ago, there were at least 15 to 20 new features suggested. When we did it this year, there was only one single features suggested. We have arrived at a pretty good place in mobile accessibility, and now it’s very important to get the information out to the people because I think that’s the one area where we are really lacking. There are lots of people that could benefit from the features and are they just don’t know about it. And then of course it would be very interesting to see in the future connected world how wearables joined into this ecosystem and also all the other connected devices, the connected home, the connected smart TV, and so on. We’ll definitely see more of the joint use of several devices.WADE WINGLER: Sabine, if people want to know more about what’s happening with the MMF or GARI, what’s the website again and what contact information would you provide?SABINE LOBNIG: The easiest thing is if you go to GARI.info, to the website, to the database itself, and if you click on the contact page where you get a direct email address we can to contact us. On the bottom of the page can you also have all the links to our social media presence. You have twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. Usually we are quite quick in reacting to user demands.WADE WINGLER: Sabine Lobnig is the deputy director of communications and regulations for the mobile manufacturers forum and today has been talking to us about the global accessibility reporting initiative, or GARI, at GARI.info. Sabine, thank you so much for joining us from Indiana today.SABINE LOBNIG: Thanks a lot, Wade. It was a pleasure.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to www.eastersealstech.com. Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this, plus much more, over at accessibilitychannel.com. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. 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Consumer Privacy ActKey Performance IndicatorsMarketing TechnologyNewsprivacy platformTrustarc Previous ArticleSherWeb Introduces UCaaS Integration of Microsoft Office 365 With World-Class Hosted VoiceNext ArticleIntroducing Pardot Business Units: Powering Personalized Enterprise B2B Marketing at Scale New Dashboard Streamlines Compliance and Risk Management for Privacy, It and Business TeamsTrustArc, the leading privacy compliance management company, announced a major expansion of its award-winning privacy platform to simplify compliance management for GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and other privacy regulations. The enhancements include a set of dynamic components including regulatory updates, risk scores, program status, and other privacy program Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) integrated into a unified privacy program management dashboard.The privacy regulatory landscape is changing dramatically and businesses are looking for ways to stay on top of the new requirements. The major catalysts have been the GDPR and CCPA (which goes into effect January 1, 2020), but there have been over 50 additional laws and regulations adopted in the past 12 months, including announcements from Brazil (LGPD), China, Nigeria and over a dozen U.S. states. While the laws and regulations share many common elements, they each require varying levels of support for privacy risk assessments, consent, individual rights, breach response and compliance reports.Marketing Technology News: Gartner Says Marketers Must Focus on Helping Customers in Order to Remain Competitive TodayChris Babel, TrustArc CEO commented, “Achieving and maintaining compliance with the new regulations is becoming impossible without an automated system to plan, analyze, and manage privacy across the company. Also, to ensure compliance, companies need assistance from IT, HR, Marketing, and other groups outside of legal and privacy. Getting all of these groups involved requires the system to be usable by people who are not privacy experts and today’s platform enhancements were designed to help make privacy management easier.”Marketing Technology News: Dell Technologies Cloud Accelerates Customers’ Multi-Cloud JourneyEnhancements Bolster TrustArc Platform OfferingsThe TrustArc Platform is a modular solution powered by a proprietary privacy intelligence engine, which can manage a broad range of privacy management needs including data inventory / mapping, risk management, assessment automation (PIA, DPIA), website monitoring, cookie consent, marketing consent and individual rights / DSAR. The new platform capabilities include:Privacy Program DashboardThe dashboard provides a centralized, comprehensive view of key cross-program privacy compliance KPIs and actionable insights accessible through a configurable, drag-and-drop user interface. The initial dashboard components include:Regulatory news updates and insightsPrivacy program maturity levelAssessment statusData inventory statusRisk scoresControl effectivenessVendor managementTask managementMarketing Technology News: Tray.io Raises $37 Million Series B Funding to Usher in the Era of The Automated Enterprise TrustArc Platform Enhancements Simplify Privacy Management for CCPA, GDPR and Other Global Regulations PRNewswireMay 6, 2019, 8:52 pmMay 6, 2019
CINDE Announces: NTT Data Launches Salesforce Center of Excellence in Costa Rica PRNewswireMay 29, 2019, 4:59 pmMay 29, 2019 Costa RicaCosta Rican Investment PromotionMarketing TechnologyNewsNTT DATAPlatinum Salesforce PartnerSalesforce Previous ArticleAutomation Anywhere CEO and Co-founder Mihir Shukla Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Award Finalist in Northern CaliforniaNext ArticlePilot Growth Closes Fully-Invested $45 Million Fund II The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) announced that NTT DATA, Inc. opened a center of excellence in Costa Rica to serve its Salesforce portfolio. The company, located in the America Free Zone industrial park, has been certified as a Platinum Salesforce Partner with more than 15 years of partnership with Salesforce.NTT DATA, a leading IT services provider, currently has a dozen Salesforce accounts in Costa Rica that need to hire more specialized personnel with English language proficiency. The profiles required are systems engineers or the like, with experience and knowledge of the platform, who can work on integration and development.To date, the company has 30 employees and will hire more than 100 collaborators during this year. Due to the degree of specialization required, the company will train the new hires.Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade, Dyalá Jiménez, said: ” NTT Data established in Costa Rica three years ago. We thank its confidence in our country with this new center. The Government of President Carlos Alvarado is committed to working and fostering bilingualism even further, as well as expanding the population’s technical and academic education, which will ensure new opportunities just like the ones coming from companies like this one.”Marketing Technology News: Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header BiddingFranklin Apuy, Vice President and General Manager of NTT Data Costa Rica commented: “Costa Rica plays a very important role in the expansion of technology services for our clients in the United States and Latin America. We are placing our trust in Costa Rican human talent to develop differential factors with respect to our peers in the region.”CINDE’s Managing Director, Jorge Sequeira, said: “Thanks to companies like NTT Data in the digital tech industry, Costa Rica’s services exports add up to 44% of all exports, which are well above OECD members’ exports: 27%. Furthermore, among Costa Rica’s total services exports, 48% of them belong to IT and communication technologies. We hope that, working hand in hand with Costa Rican talent, the company continues to consolidate its business in this country.”Marketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019Those interested in exploring employment opportunities with the company are invited to submit an applicationNTT DATA Services has more than 30 services centers in more than 50 countries, including Latin American centers in Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. Collectively, these centers comprise part of a global network providing standardized and customized business applications and services for global and regional clients, using standards of very high quality and security.Marketing Technology News: Zebra Technologies to Acquire Profitect Inc.
RedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad Experiences MTS Staff WriterJune 7, 2019, 5:49 pmJune 7, 2019 True Closed-loop Process Empowers Marketers to Optimize the Customer Journey from Anonymous to KnownRedPoint Global, a top provider of customer data platform (CDP) and customer engagement technologies, announced the RedPoint Digital Acquisition Platform for targeted ad experiences, a solution that will simplify the process of data activation and personalization across the digital ecosystem. This solution enables RedPoint Global customers to directly access and control granular data to dynamically determine the next-best offer to serve in ad networks. This means brands can define an audience once and then deliver an offer or message to any number of touchpoints, with a closed-loop of response data back for optimized interaction, re-targeting and increased contextual relevancy of the next-best message or offer. The solution enables marketers to seamlessly manage communications across all online and offline touchpoints. The solution gives ownership of the full customer relationship (acquisition to retention) and digital ecosystem (website, mobile apps, email, ad networks, social) to the brand marketer.Using the RedPoint Customer Engagement Hub, a marketer selects a first-party audience, which is dynamically onboarded for activation in downstream ad platforms and networks (e.g. SSPs, DSPs, providers like Google and Facebook, and many others) and hyper-personalized ad targeting. Audience details from these providers are dynamically returned to RedPoint for measurement, re-targeting, and additional real-time website optimization of the customer journey. The solution offers marketers better insight into visitor profiles, interests, and activities when on a brand website for more effective personalization and engagement through virtually any type of delivery system.Marketing Technology News: New Total Economic Impact Study Finds Blueshift Delivers 781% Return on Investment (ROI)“Having an accurate, comprehensive, and in-depth customer record that is available in real time to any interaction touchpoint is critical in empowering brands to compete based on customer experience,” said Dale Renner, CEO and co-founder of RedPoint Global. “Previously, marketers lacked control over their data and advertising platforms, and had no reliable way of matching downstream interactions back to the CDP. The RedPoint Digital Acquisition Platform helps brands simplify and optimize interactions with true measurement and optimization for all data at the speed and scale required to improve customer engagement.”Marketing Technology News: CybeReady Commended by Frost & Sullivan for Boosting Organisations’ Resilience to Phishing AttacksThe connection of the CDP, real-time decisioning, and demand side platform (DSP) functionality greatly simplifies the traditional value chain of onboarding, activation, acquisition, and measurement for marketers, creating a closed-loop process that can be optimized based on true attribution.As third-party demographic data and behavioral data is appended and continuously updated to the CDP environment, marketers have the precise data that enables them to customize the journey at every step along the way, including those spanning anonymous-to-known states. The granularity of the data available helps brands best understand in real-time consumer preferences and changing behaviors throughout the buyer journey.“The traditional approach to programmatic advertising is broken, requiring brands to invest in multiple disparate technologies to manually stitch together disparate customer profiles without a high level of success,” noted David Daniels, CEO of The Relevancy Group. “This closed-loop process allows for a much more seamless and efficient experience in digital customer engagement while helping organizations streamline resources and budgets to gain the most impact.”Marketing Technology News: Mapp Completes the Acquisition of Webtrekk customer data platformCustomer Engagement HubDigital Acquisition PlatformMarketing TechnologyNewspersonalizationRedPoint Previous ArticleStarfishETL Introduces Multi-Language Wizard OptionsNext ArticleEpicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNet
Visa Acquires Payworks Business Wire6 days agoJuly 18, 2019 Acquisition enhances Visa integrated commerce payment management capabilities for clients worldwideVisa announced it has acquired Payworks, a Munich-based provider of next-generation payment gateway software for the Point of Sale (POS). Visa will bring Payworks’ cloud-based solution for in-store payment processing together with its CyberSource digital payment management platform to create a fully integrated payment acceptance solution for merchants and acquirers. The joint offering will provide acquirers and payment service providers with a modern, fully white-labeled omnichannel payment management platform.The combined capability will enable Visa’s clients to offer a unified payment experience whether their customers are paying in-store, in-app or online. The acquisition builds on a strategic partnership and investment Visa made in Payworks in February 2018. AcquisitionCarleigh JaquesChristian DegerCyberSourcepayment gatewayPayworksPOSVisa Previous ArticleAtento Opens a New Customer Relationship Center in MadridNext ArticleLeading Communications Provider Leverages Qualtrics to Power Its Global Customer Experience Program “For the past two years, we have partnered closely with Payworks to deliver cutting-edge integrated commerce solutions for CyberSource’s clients worldwide,” said Carleigh Jaques, SVP, global head of digital merchant products, Visa. “As these solutions become mainstream, aligning more closely with Payworks and combining our businesses is a natural extension of our relationship. Payworks has built a state-of-the art software technology and an impressive client base. We are thrilled to welcome the strong and talented team to our family.”Payworks is a payment gateway software provider, streamlining face to face payment connectivity. By combining the CyberSource best in-class eCommerce and mobile payment capabilities with Payworks’ cloud-based architecture, Visa’s merchant and acquirer clients will be able to support face-to-face transactions across a variety of POS terminal types, including digital experiences, through a single integration.According to recent research, 94% of retailers note that an omnichannel fulfillment strategy is one of their company’s top priorities.1 In addition, 58% of shoppers say they have ordered online and picked up in store2, and 37% of shoppers make additional in-store purchases at pick up time3.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered Marketing“Integrated commerce is an accelerating opportunity for Payworks and its clients,” said Christian Deger, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Payworks. “By combining our POS technology with CyberSource’s digital commerce capabilities, we can bring our joint solution to merchants and acquirers across the globe at an accelerated pace. We are excited about joining the Visa family and integrating our capabilities to deliver innovative, differentiated integrated-commerce solutions.”Working with some of the largest payment providers in the world, Payworks’ technology and services currently enables omnichannel commerce experiences in a variety of settings, such as restaurants, retail and transport.Visa’s merchant and acquirer clients will be able to use Payworks’ automated solutions to run and configure their point-of-sale offerings and terminals, making it easy for merchants to set-up and start accepting any form of electronic payment, both face-to-face and online, through a single integration to CyberSource.Marketing Technology News: New TimeTrade Schedule-A-Demo Solution Helps B2B Software Companies Increase Inbound Lead-to-Meeting Conversion by 4X Marketing Technology News: Flipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member
Why Online Coupons Connect With the Ultimate Smart Shopper: The Millennial Dan CohenJune 28, 2019, 9:00 amJune 26, 2019 Smart shoppers are, well, smart for a reason. While many of us simply browse e-commerce platforms for the best price, this consumer segment does not settle for the first offer they see. Rather, they want to get the best possible product for the best possible price and are willing to work for it. This means investing in research, mobile search and, ultimately, online discount coupons.Discount codes and coupons are still around for a good reason – they work all these generations later, with the internet bringing them a new level of ubiquity and usability. This marketing tool works well to attract the smart shopper, an important demographic which buys regularly.Smart shopping does not equate to budget shopping, rather customers are getting smarter with their money. That means using deals and discount offerings to their own advantage. Conversely, smart retailers have the ability to use coupons to attract the shopper of today with conditional, unique or time-limited coupons as an immediate call to action: something which we know works with millennials.A millennial worldSmart shopping is typified by an investment of time and effort to unlock price savings for the best product – and this is something millennials have been brought up doing. Aged between 23 and 38, Millennials will soon make up the largest single generation in the U.S. This demographic has grown up in a digital age where sleuthing and searching for the best deal is second nature.Millennials earn less than the previous generation and spend their money accordingly. They are a frugal group, with more than one-third reporting to use discount coupons frequently. Clearly, discount coupons are a useful way to attract and keep this increasingly vital consumer.Why coupons?Coupons empower smart shoppers to try new products and new brands at low prices – and it has been proven that coupons bring customers to purchase. Some in the marketing industry propose what is known as the coupon myth: customers get to the checkout stage but then leave to find a coupon. In reality, as highlighted by Google and comScore, coupons drive sales: 94 percent of shoppers were not on the website prior to finding a coupon. This supports the view that coupons persuade shoppers to purchase. Perhaps this tangible impact for both shoppers and retailers is why 31 billion online discount codes are expected to be redeemed worldwide during the course of 2019.The proof of coupon success is in the numbers: Research from inmar suggests more than 80 percent of respondents changed their shopping habits as a result of a discount code.Coupons have existed in one shape or form since 1887. The budgetary restrictions and uncertain economics we are facing, however, give renewed value to promotional coupons for both consumers and retailers. They are a tool – and the exciting part is that this transformation and integration of coupons into modern shopping is far from finished. Smartphone use and media partnerships are set to take the relationship to the next level.Coupons and smart shoppers: togetherThe truth is that online coupons are not simply for smart shoppers, but for smart brands as well. The connection between a savvy buyer and an attentive brand should not be underestimated. It is a two-way relationship, with coupons getting smarter and companies uncovering better ways to connect with consumers and the all-important millennial market.A prime example is that offered by media partnerships. The combination of trustworthy content alongside online coupons allows advertisers to tap into a new and significant audience through coupon sites in news outlets – a win-win for publishers, advertisers and customers alike.Methods of coupon advertising and technology are moving with the times and mirror how younger, tech-savvy people consume content. Two-thirds of the U.S. population owns a smartphone and spend more time on their phones than watching television. This creates the perfect opportunity to access and persuade a millennial audience. For example, Burger King used smartphone geolocation to offer hamburgers for 1 cent when ordered from their app within 600 feet of any McDonalds. This attention-grabbing mixture of a promotional campaign and location-based offering is appealing for the smart shopper.Cookieless Tracking, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain technology, Chatbots, and Proximity Marketing have already started to shake up the coupon industry, with even voice-activated voucher codes an example of what the future holds.Smart retailers are best advised to require calls to action and conditionality in their coupon advertising to convert into sales – and these can be crafted in such a way to ultimately benefit the retailer. Deals, for example, give a $10 discount on purchases of more than $100 encourage the shopper to make larger purchases in order to unlock the promotion. This can benefit advertisers by delivering a higher average basket price.Furthermore, unique coupons that offer immediacy or limited time discounts encourage the shopper to buy. The suggestion that coupon deals must offer big discounts which never run out and cover the entire store simply is not true. In reality, coupons today are being used in many intelligent ways and this is where the market seems to be going.ConclusionMedia partnerships, driving offline to online, and delivering deals in a way that cannot be ignored needs to be the aim of the game – and this can only be attained when advertisers, networks, and voucher code partners work together as one. The goal is the same here, so one consistent strategy across partners is a sure-fire way to convert browsers into shoppers.The millennial is ready and waiting to buy – advertisers just need to give them a smart enough reason to.Read more: Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty? advertisersArtificial IntelligenceGen Z Marketingmillennialonline coupons Previous ArticleVonage Reinforces Its Position as Innovator in Programmable Business Communications With Strategic Partnership With SendinblueNext ArticleTechBytes With Kevin Dean, President of Marketing Services at Experian
ADARAFrank TeruelMarketing Technology NewsNewsTechnology Previous ArticleUnofficial Sponsors Seize the Cricket World Cup OpportunityNext ArticleTechBytes with Scott Brazina, CMO at Impact Experienced Technology Executive Will Lead Operational Expansion and GrowthADARA announced that Frank Teruel is Chief Operating Officer for the company. This is a new position for ADARA, which was created to lead global operations as the company expands. Teruel is uniquely qualified for the role, with a dual financial and operational background, and experience at data and technology companies in growth markets. ADARA serves leading travel brands by delivering critical intelligence that drives personalization and relevance throughout the customer’s journey resulting in more enduring and profitable relationships. Over 200 of the top travel brands partner in ADARA’s travel co-op, a unique data asset that has grown significantly in the past year and continues to increase in value as brands move customer insights to the core of their marketing and customer care strategies. Teruel is charged to help the company rapidly expand the company’s business and operations around the globe.“Frank is a phenomenal addition to our executive team. He brings a wealth of relevant experience and enthusiasm for our business; he has a proven track record of scaling global businesses and was highly successful in creating a global data co-op business in his last company. Excited to have Frank on board to help drive ADARA to the next stage of growth,” said Layton Han, CEO at ADARA. “His charge is to lead our operations globally as we acquire new customers and deepen our data-driven product offerings.”Marketing Technology News: AT&T Invests More Than $100 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in San Joaquin CountyFrank Teruel has more than twenty-five years of experience in venture backed start-ups and tenured technology businesses. He brings to ADARA, deep expertise in sales, operations, and finance. Most recently, Teruel led ThreatMetrix through rapid global growth and expansion to new industries culminating in an $830 million sale to LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Previously, Teruel held executive management positions at Vormetric and other software companies. He is also a frequent speaker and thought leader on contributory data, digital identities, cybersecurity and internet fraud prevention topics. Teruel also serves as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.Marketing Technology News: Claravine’s New Chief Product Officer Leads Integrations With Google and Facebook“ADARA’s incredible digital asset of over 1 billion global digital identities, positions us well to capture huge market share as demand for customer data and insights increases,” said Frank Teruel, Chief Operating Officer at ADARA. “With such relevant real-time data for so many commerce use cases, ADARA is entering a high-growth phase, and I’m thrilled to be part of the team.”Marketing Technology News: :betr Announces Positive Media Platform to Unlock Development and Wellness for GenZ Frank Teruel Joins ADARA as Chief Operating Officer MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 12:50 pmJuly 11, 2019
In another post, Shah Rukh also announced the launch of a welfare network that aims to create support for women. He wrote, “A foundation I named after my father – @MeerFoundation – aims to create a network of support for women. No better day than #FathersDay for me to introduce our website to the world. http://meerfoundation.org/ (sic).” Expect Shah Rukh Khan to do the most obvious thing on any occasion and might end up surprising you. However, on the occasion of Father’s Day, which falls today, on Sunday, Shah Rukh does plan on spending the day watching the India and Pakistan match with his son Aryan. It is unsure at the moment as to whether the match will be played as scheduled or not, but Shah Rukh’s enthusiasm is sure to pump you up.Shah Rukh took to Twitter to share an image with Aryan that has the father-son duo wearing team India themed, blue colour jerseys. With a tinge of The Lion King, the post is sure to melt your hearts. While Shah Rukh’s jersey says Mufasa, while Aryan’s carries the name Simba – the iconic father-son duo from the animated classic The Lion King. Shah Rukh captioned the post, “Ready for the match with the spirit of #FathersDay. Go India Go!!(sic).” Ready for the match with the spirit of #FathersDay. Go India Go!! pic.twitter.com/o09xLTq5d3— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 16, 2019 A foundation I named after my father – @MeerFoundation – aims to create a network of support for women. No better day than #FathersDay for me to introduce our website to the world.https://t.co/BB0Eipnwum— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 16, 2019Follow @News18Movies for more AfghanistanAryan KhanFather’s Dayfather’s day 2019 First Published: June 16, 2019, 11:27 AM IST
Meanwhile, her husband and star skipper Virat Kohli is also in London for the ongoing 2019 Cricket World Cup.Anushka and Virat completed a year of marital bliss in December but the two are as love-struck as ever. One look at their social media accounts and it is evident that they cannot have enough of each other. Despite their hectic schedules, they always make sure to take some time out from their professional commitments to be with each other.They dated each other for over four years before tying the knot in an intimate ceremony in Italy’s Tuscany in 2017.Anushka was last seen in Zero opposite Shah Rukh Khan. In a recent interview with Vogue, the actress had spoken about taking a break from movies this year. “The past few years of my life I have been working so much. Now I have to take out time for what is important to me. Spending time with my husband is important. Unfortunately, we’re hardly in the same place at the same time, so in the time that I have off, I want to prioritise spending time with him and my family.”Follow @News18Movies for more 2019 Cricket World CupAnushka Sharmacwc 2019 point tableicc odi ranking First Published: June 28, 2019, 9:59 AM IST After finishing her schedule in Brussels, Belgium, Anushka Sharma is back in London for her work commitments. However, taking out time from her busy schedule, the actress decided to take a tube ride and travel around the city. On Thursday, she took to Twitter to share a black and white photograph of herself in the tube. In the picture, she can be seen wearing a white top paired with jeans as is all smiles for the camera. “Happy girls are the prettiest – Audrey Hepburn,” the NH10 actress captioned the image. Floored by Anushka’s picture, Virat rushed to the comment section and wrote, “You are the prettiest all the time my love.”Happy girls are the prettiest – Audrey Hepburn pic.twitter.com/Tkn4jiH9g1— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) June 27, 2019
Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s campaign in Bengal started on an inauspicious note. While permissions from the Trinamool Congress government were hard to come by, the situation only worsened BJP national president Amit Shah contracted swine flu days before his January 22 rally in state. Shivprakash, BJP’s national general secretary and an old RSS hand, decided to call Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath instead. Both Yogi and the BJP’s state unit were happy with the arrangement. But Shah argued that while Yogi could talk about Hindutva, the political agenda for the BJP needed to be underscored. The fight had to be taken to Mamata Banerjee, at her own bastion.Eventually, the rally was brought forward by two days and an ailing Shah spoke for half an hour. But this marked the beginning of the campaign – one marked by an aggressive attack on Banerjee by the BJP’s top functionaries, aided at every step by old RSS hands — Shiv Prakash, Arvind Menon and Sunil DeodharHindutva’s connection to Bengal is something that neither the BJP nor RSS tire of reiterating. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder KB Hedgewar’s stint as a medical student in Calcutta was greatly influenced by Bengal’s radical nationalists. His successor MS Gowalkar’s time at the Ramakrishna Math was a factor in his understanding of Hindu nationalism, as one characterised by ideas of service and renunciation. It was on Hedgewar and VD Savarkar’s advice that Shyama Prasad Mookherjee became the president of the Hindu Mahasabha, after joining the organisation in 1939 and would later, go on to form the Bharatiya Jana Sangha (BJS), the BJP’s predecessor.However, from 1952, when the BJS contested from six of Bengal’s 36 seats and won two with a vote share of 5.59%, to 2019, when the BJP contested from 42 seats and won 18 with a vote share of 40%, the politics of Hindutva in the state has come a long way. Throughout this, the RSS has remained a constant, albeit changing form over the decades.The RSS has been present in Bengal since the 1939, but failed to grow in the decades of the Left rule. The Sangh’s headquarters at the nondescript ‘Keshav Bhavan’ in North Kolkata’s 9A, Avedananda Road (Beadon Street) remained shrouded in obscurity. That changed with the rise of identity politics in 2011 after Banerjee’s victory, and especially after the 2014 victory of Narendra Modi at the Centre.The key to counter the Trinamool Congress’ organisation on the ground was the RSS network of workers with the experience of “jan sampark” (people’s connect), led by these three silent Sangh warriors who worked closely with Kailash Vijayvargiya, who was appointed as the observer for the party in the state replacing Siddharth Nath Singh.On October 3, 2018, Amit Shah appointed national executive member Arvind Menon as its Bengal co-minder. A former RSS pracharak and a Bengali speaker, he is touted as a “master strategist” with skills to spread the mass base to rural areas. Ahead of the general election, News18 had spoken to Menon. He had said, “People are angry with Banerjee because they feel cheated by her. The TMC’s condition in Bengal will be worse than that of the CPI(M). TMC goons left no stone unturned to harass and threaten us and our senior leaders like Modiji and Amit Shahji. I think people will respond to this and the BJP is going to secure a large number of seats which is beyond your imagination in Bengal.” Menon had played a key role in the 2017 Gujarat assembly election.When asked about the challenges he faced in Bengal, he said, “We are like post cards — whatever address my party will write, we will reach there. I am a true soldier of my party and with the hard work of all us, including Kailash Vijayvargiyaji, Shivprakashji, Dilip Ghoshji and the entire BJP team in Bengal, we are going to create a history in this Lok Sabha.”Shivprakash, who worked closely with Shah in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, was given the responsibility of organisational affairs primarily in West Bengal and also in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.His extensive work at the grassroots level helped the BJP improve its vote-share in Bengal from 4.1% in 2011 Assembly election to nearly 11% in 2016. Subsequently, the party improved its performance in the panchayat election and increased its vote-share from 17.2% in the 2014 general election to over 40% this time.Shivprakash said, “My biggest challenge was to bring a ‘parivartan’ (change) in Bengal because it became a concern as far as national security (due to illegal immigrants) is concern. In 2015, I was given the responsibility of Bengal and since then, my primary job was to ensure better coordination among party cadres and win the confidence of Bengali people.”“We succeeded in our task and the simple reason is despite spreading misinformation about the National Register of Citizens (NRC), people in Bengal understood it and welcomed our decision. Therefore, despite the NRC issue, a large number of people voted for us,” he said.“I don’t know why people are surprised with the BJP’s rise in Bengal. It’s a misconception that no one can stand in front of the Trinamool Congress in Bengal. This misconception was generated due to 34 years of Left rule. Bengal is just like any other state, but you have to find out the right way to move forward,” he added.He, however, refused to accept that the BJP fought elections on religious line in Bengal. “Bengal moved towards Modi ji because of his ‘Sonar Bangla’ vision,” he added.Another silent warrior and low-profile former RSS pracharak was Sunil Deodhar. This quintessential man is known for his committed ideologue with excellent management skills. He came in the limelight after he was assigned to look after Modi’s Varanasi constituency in 2014. Not the least, he was also the man behind the BJP’s huge win in Tripura in 2018.Soon after securing Tripura from the Left Front, Shah assigned Deodhar the responsibility of Bengal.“The biggest challenge for me in Bengal was streamlining the organisation unlike Tripura where we managed to strengthen our base. The booth-level and ‘mandal’-level functioning was absent in Bengal. Ultimately election is fought on booth level. We took the challenge and over the months, we managed to streamline this and we got a good response,” Deodhar said.“We have noticed that in the last two-three years of Banerjee’s rule, there was mismanagement and political crime was at its peak. The Trinamool Congress indulged in vindictive politics. Even the Congress didn’t indulge in such vindictive politics. The ‘Modi-wave’ was also present across the country and people in Bengal were looking for a change.” 2019 Lok Sabha election resultsAmit ShahArvind MenonBengal BJP First Published: May 25, 2019, 3:10 PM IST
Mumbai: India’s monsoon rains in the week ending on Wednesday were above average for the first time since the start of the season on June 1, helping farmers to accelerate the planting of summer-sown crops and easing concerns of drought.Monsoon rains are crucial for farm output and economic growth, as about 55 per cent of India’s arable land is rain-fed, and agriculture forms about 15 per cent of a $2.5-trillion economy that is the third biggest in Asia. India received 28 per cent more rainfall than the 50-year average in the week to July 10, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed. Soybean and cotton-growing central India received 38 per cent more rainfall in the week, while the rice-growing southern region got 20 per cent less.This week’s heavier monsoon cut the rainfall deficit since the start of the season to 14 per cent from 28 per cent last week.India is still recovering from a drought last year that ravaged crops, killed livestock, emptied reservoirs and drained water supplies to city dwellers and some industries.Some municipalities such as Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad were forced to cut water supplies to ensure stocks lasted until monsoon rains replenished reservoirs.This year rains arrived in the southern state of Kerala a week late on June 8. The developing Cyclone Vayu in the Arabian Sea drew moisture from the monsoon and weakened its progress.The weak start to the monsoon has delayed planting, with farmers sowing crops on 23.4 million hectares as of July 5, down 27 per cent from a year earlier.”The monsoon revived at a crucial time. Sowing will accelerate in the coming days across the country,” said Vandana Bharti, assistant vice president at SMC Comtrade Ltd.In late May the IMD forecast average rainfall in 2019, while the country’s only private forecaster, Skymet, has predicted below-normal rainfall.A normal, or average, monsoon means rainfall between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 cm (35 inches) during the four-month monsoon season, according to the IMD’s classification.”Crops need average or above average rainfall in the next few weeks. That will help in offsetting the impact of poor rainfall in June,” said Bharti.India’s economy, which grew at its slowest in more than four years over the January-March quarter, is in no condition to take a hit from a poor monsoon, which determines rural demand for goods and services. agricultureChennaiHyderabadIndia Meteorological Department First Published: July 11, 2019, 8:53 AM IST
1. Possess a bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree obtained from any of the Universities established or incorporated by or under the Central or State Act in India; or any other Educational Institution recognised as such or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act,1956; Or Possess an equivalent qualification specified in the first or second Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act,1956. 2. Possess the basic knowledge of computer application as prescribed in the Gujarat Civil Services Classification and Recruitment (General) Rules, 1967; 3. Possess adequate knowledge of Gujarati or Hindi or both.GPSC Recruitment 2019: Pay ScaleIf selected the candidates will get Rs.53,100 -1,67,800 Pay Matrix Level-9 (ROP-2016)GPSC Recruitment 2019: Examination PatternThe examination will be conducted in two stages- written examination and personal interview (Personality Test).GPSC Recruitment 2019: Age Minimum Age: Must have completed 21 years on the last date of Advertisement. GPSC Recruitment 2019: The Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) has released the notification regarding applications for recruitment of medical and health officers. The GPSC Recruitment 2019 notification was published by the Gujarat Public Service Commission on its official website gpsc.gujarat.gov.in. Candidates who are interested in GPSC Recruitment 2019 for Gujarat Medical and Health Service, Class-2 Class-2Health and Family Welfare Department can check the details on this direct link here gpsc.gujarat.gov.in. The Gujarat Public Service Commissionn has announced vacancies on 1.619 posts. The application process for GPSC Recruitment 2019 has started on July 16 and will go on till July 31. An application fee of Rs 100 will have to be paid by the applicants.GPSC Recruitment 2019: Eligibility GPSCGPSC RecruitmentGPSC Recruitment 2019Gujarat Public Service Commission First Published: July 17, 2019, 6:27 PM IST
Hafiz SaeedIndiameamumbai attacks First Published: July 18, 2019, 8:46 PM IST New Delhi: A day after Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed was arrested by Pakistan, India on Thursday said similar “drama” has taken place at least eight times since 2001, and the genuineness of the action will depend on whether he is tried for his terrorist activities.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India hoped that Saeed will genuinely be brought to justice this time. “This is not the first time that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested or detained. This drama has taken place at least eight times since 2001. The question is whether this time it would be more than a cosmetic exercise and whether Saeed will be tried and sentenced for his terrorist activities,” he said at a weekly media briefing. He said Saeed must be punished as he is a designated terrorist, and listed by the United Nations Sanctions Committee under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267. “Effective action mandated internationally against Hafiz Saeed and his terrorist organisations is an obligation on part of all UN member states, including Pakistan,” said Kumar. Saeed also carries a reward of $10 million under US law.”Pakistan’s sincerity to take action against terrorist and terror groups will be judged on the basis of their ability to demonstrate verifiable, credible and irreversible actions against terrorists and to disrupt and dismantle terror groups operating from their soil,” the MEA spokesperson said.He said India has long been maintaining that the UN Security Council provisions pertaining to listing and proscription of known terrorist entities and individuals must be effectively and sincerely enforced by all member states.”Hafiz Saeed and his front organisations LeT and JuD recruit and train hundreds and thousands of persons and motivate and indoctrinate them on a violent agenda against India,” he said. Kumar said the anti-terror watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has drawn attention to the clear evidence that organisations supported by Saeed continue to be involved in supporting and financing terrorist activities. Saeed was arrested on Wednesday on terror financing charges by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Province. He was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested, a CTD official said.The CTD on July 3 had registered 23 FIRs against 13 top leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) including Saeed on the charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province.
Intel Core i9- 9900KAmid rising competitive pressure from AMD’s soon to be available Ryzen 3000 processor family, Intel may respond by slashing the prices on its 8th-Generation and 9th-Generation desktop CPUs by as much as 15%. Though unconfirmed, a report from DigiTimes suggests that Intel is looking at a minimum cut in price of 10% to address competition from AMD, an unprecedented move given Intel’s historic reluctance to compete on price.If accurate, the Intel Core i9-9900K processor, which is found on many high-end gaming PCs, could see a $75 price drop. Recent speculation about a price cut is not the first time that we’re hearing about Intel adjusting its strategy to address competition from rival AMD’s Ryzen lineup. Last month during Intel’s Investor Day, the company told analysts that it was lowering its gross margins estimates for the year, suggesting that a price drop may be in order. Intel blamed stiffer competition and the costs related to its transition to the 10nm and 7nm manufacturing process as reasons for the drop in gross revenue projections.Intel had also struggled to produce enough its 14nm chipsets in recent past, and the rumored price drop could help Intel sell more silicon to PC partners to alleviate the pent up demand created from prior shortages. Due to those parts shortages, the PC industry is expecting softer sales during the first half of 2019. According to the publication, Intel’s partners are already aware of the price drops, but it’s still unclear if consumer pricing will also reflect the new chip cost.Historically, AMD mainly competed against Intel on price, but the new Zen 2-based Ryzen chips also come with technological advancements not found on Intel’s latest 10th-Generation Ice Lake processors. AMD beat out Intel to reach 7nm for Ryzen’s architecture, and the new processors will also support the faster PCI Express 4 standard whereas Intel is still relying on PCIe 3. Both Intel and AMD claim that the latest announced processors deliver at least a 15% instructions per clock (IPC) improvement over the respective prior models. AMD’s 7nm-based Ryzen processor will start shipping on July 7. The Ryzen 7 3700X starts at $329.In response to the DigiTimes report, Intel responded to PC Perspective‘s inquiry stating that it “does not comment on rumors or speculations” as part of company policy. Editors’ Recommendations AMD’s long-awaited Ryzen 3 has arrived, and it includes a $499 12-core monster AMD Ryzen 9 3900X review Ice Lake benchmarks show Intel isn’t done firing back at AMD Intel vs. AMD at Computex 2019 AMD vs. Intel
Unlike AutoDraw, Sketch-RNN isn’t exactly trying to guess the object you’ve drawn. It already knows before hand whether you are trying to draw a cat, a spider, or the Mona Lisa. You yourself get to choose that before the drawing session begins. That, however, doesn’t make what it does any less impressive.What the neural network basically does is to try and fill in the blanks you’ve left. For example, when drawing a cat, you start with a circle for the head. After a brief pause, Sketch-RNN analyzes what you’ve drawn and tries to predict whether it’s a head or, say, the body. It then draws other parts of the cat, like ears, whiskers, or legs, taking over where you left off. You can continue to refine your own drawing and Sketch-RNN will change its own predictions accordingly.It’s far from perfect, of course, and the neural network will sometimes place body or facial parts in ridiculous places. But the very fact that it can even do that is enough of a testament to the complexity of this neural network. It had to learn these almost like how we learn how to identify objects. And it had a lot of help, thanks to the Quick Draw game from last April.AdChoices广告If anything, Sketch-RNN is fun to play with and might even help make it better. Google recommends using a desktop browser, but even a mobile browser would do. However, smartphone users on data connections should be aware that each model, that is, each type of object being drawn, is a 5 MB download that gets downloaded again and again every time you switch models.SOURCE: Google Last April, Google’s machine learning crew revealed AutoDraw, a fun little demo of all that neural network theory. In a nutshell, the web app tries to guess what your scribble looks like and identify it. Now Google’s researchers are taking that idea one step further. Called Sketch-RNN, this “recurrent neural network” model does for doodles and drawing that autocomplete does for words and sentences, trying to predict how to best complete your indistinguishable scribble.
Android is often criticized for having malware that gets passed Google’s automated Play Store bouncer, but it is far from being the only Google-made platform to have such problems. A recent incident involving Chrome calls to mind how the web browser is perhaps even more susceptible to rather crude attempts at deceit. A still untraced fake Addlock Plus browser extension, for example, not only managed to get into the Chrome Web Store but even stayed long enough to be downloaded around 37,000 times. This is what the Adblock Plus pretender looked like while it was still up on Web Store. Notice how it is spelled “AdBlock Plus” and how it names its developers as Adblock Plus.Now this is how the legit Adblock Plus, developed by “adblockplus.org” really looks like.If not for the keyword-laded description of the former, there is very little to actually clue unsuspecting users that something’s amiss. But even with that, the fake managed to dupe nearly 40,000 users into downloading it. It isn’t yet known what the poser was actually trying to do.This is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg, though, and one that seems relatively harmless compared to past incidents. Just a few months ago, a third-party party web app, not directly connected to Chrome, managed to phish users into giving unknown third-parties permission to access their address book and Gmail. Going back even farther, Google had to lock down Windows and Mac Chrome versions from installing extensions outside of the Chrome Web Store. But now it seems that the safeguard is no longer enough. It is really a question of how strong Google’s screening mechanism for Chrome extensions really is. Google puts a lot of emphasis on its machine learning powered security platform, now branded as Google Play Protect, for Android, but it doesn’t yet have anything to say for Chrome extensions, which also affects Chrome OS by extension (puns!). If a simple spelling change could get some potential malware through and affect that many users without being noticed, then Google might be inviting trouble for Chrome and Chrome OS. Especially now that the cat’s out of the bag.VIA: The Verge