January 22 2004 ValKiri has been in charge of cer

first_imgJanuary 22, 2004ValKiri has been in charge of ceramic tiles production in the Arcosanti Ceramics Studio since 1999. One of her recent projects was to make tiles as signs for the public bathrooms in the East Crescent, Unit 8, and at the ceramics apse location.[Photo & Text: aa] The tiles are in place. Color behind the tile matches the color of the door to each bathroom.[Photo & Text: aa] The sign for the handicap accessible bathroom at the ceramics apse.[Photo & Text: aa]last_img

Online TV middleware provider Oregan Networks is s

first_imgOnline TV middleware provider Oregan Networks is supplying its Onyx web services platform for Logik, one of the TV brands of UK retail chain Dixons.The Onyx media browser software can provide customers with web and home network connectivity, including weather and news widgets, social networking and UK over-the-top video services including BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, Blinkbox and other broadcast catch-up TV programming.The Onyx browser featured on Dixons’ Logik L23IPTV 23-inch LCD TV is positioned and marketed by the retailer as a home entertainment screen for bedrooms and kitchens.last_img read more

Cannabis Culture Is Fast Becoming Corporate Culture

first_img Listen Now Image credit: Tommy Flynn | Getty Images –shares Next Article For generations marijuana was a cheerfully outlaw industry and a passionate cause. The accomplishments of those pioneers deserve respect from the people rushing in now hoping to get rich. Corporate Culture 5 min read Green Entrepreneur Podcast Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer As often happens in fledgling, innovative industries, a fear has gripped the cannabis industry, especially amongst the early players (the “OG’s,” if you will). This fear can be summed up as follows: Success means big money; big money means institutional players; institutional players means “suits”; and the “suits” will ruin the industry we have worked so hard to champion and nurture over the last 50+ years. “Ruin the industry” is code for the fear that institutional players will set up shop, extract all of the value and profit from this beautiful plant and leave the heart and soul of the trade — the mom and pop shops, the early brands and the social justice pioneers — smoking in their wake.…they’re kinda right.Related: Social Responsibility Is the Heart of the Cannabis BusinessThe suits are coming!Let me start by laying bare my credentials. Although I am a lifelong proponent and supporter of the cannabis cause, I am a relatively fresh transplant to the industry. I only recently hung up my business casual attire after working for Anheuser-Busch InBev, a behemoth by any standards. AB InBev often employed a scorched-earth policy to marginalize (and eventually copy and kill) small craft breweries. I have watched this story play out more than once. Promising to elevate the overall category, big companies like AB InBev routinely employ every competitive advantage afforded by their size and scale to destroy smaller players and with them, some say, the gregarious and brotherly beer culture that people hold so dear.First question: is that bad? From a profit perspective, absolutely not. On the contrary, the approach has proven to be quite effective. And let’s be clear, AB InBev is a publicly-traded company with a fiduciary duty to its shareholders. It’s managed by private equity experts who have built a genuine empire out of a small brewery in Brazil. What do we expect?But, is it bad? In other words, is it bad that their size and money afford them the power to practice anti-competitive behavior? Is it bad to destroy the passion for beer and replace it with a passion for profit? Yeah, that’s probably bad.Cannabis will, without question, follow a business trajectory similar to the beer industry during the next decade. Growers will mirror brewers, distributors are distributors, and retailers are retailers.Create > Distribute > Sell to PeopleIt’s the only model we have, and it has worked efficiently for a long time. Money will also necessarily flow into the system as regulations loosen up and entrepreneurs see more and more opportunity.Related: U.S. Cannabis Businesses Look Northward as Canada Opens a Vast Legal Marijuana MarketDemocratizationSo, given the inevitable growth and capitalization of the industry, a more important question than whether such growth is bad might be this: can the cannabis culture we’ve come to know and love be saved? Can we preserve the flavor of an industry that has been shaped entirely by opposition to the norm and by doing something you believe is good and right, even though it’s illegal — a flavor that is often characterized by pioneers like Steve DeAngelo, Snoop, friendly stoners, hippies and several music genres?Yes, but not forever, and not without accepting that every passion eventually becomes nostalgia. The cannabis counterculture will inevitably diminish because we are all on a journey of democratization. As the science of cannabis evolves and efficient access improves, the stigma will depart, taking with it the aroma of the people that fought that stigma in the first place.MedMen is arguably the most influential cannabis company in the United States at the moment. Have you seen their new campaign? It’s all about removing the “stoner” stigma and democratizing the plant. There are nurses, and moms, and old dudes. More eyeballs will see that marketing campaign than any other cannabis effort this year — a campaign that is all about removing the negative associations most Americans have been taught about cannabis.Again, I ask: Is that bad? I can certainly understand why some OG’s would feel put-out. The industry that they championed and enabled, often by fighting grotesque, institutionalized racism, is no longer “theirs.” But cannabis culture is busting wide open and becoming inclusive of all kinds of people. That should be celebrated, not lamented.Related: How MedMen Became the Starbucks of PotGrateful newbiesNewbies like myself owe a great debt to the pioneers of this industry. We should certainly celebrate the culture that built our current opportunity. First, we can give credit where credit is due — let’s not pretend like we were here first. We are standing on the shoulders of others; keep that in mind. Dispensary owners who weathered the storm from black market to medical to recreational deserve loads of props.Secondly, we can educate ourselves about how this wonderful opportunity came to be. Our current situation is a direct result of decades of fighting misinformation campaigns and big, strong government entities that were squarely focused on prosecuting a subset of people for a silly reason. A good place to start is by reading Steve DeAngelo’s book, The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness. You’ll get an idea of the struggles and, regardless of your political leanings, you’ll likely come away with a renewed respect for those OG’s.As Heraclitus said, likely while taking a cannabis break, change is the only constant in life. As long as we maintain perspective and gratitude, we can make something great out of every change. September 7, 2018 Add to Queue Brian Geddes Cannabis Culture Is Fast Becoming Corporate Culture General Manager, Jane Technologies, Inc.last_img read more

Google Search Results Are Free Speech in the US

first_img A court in San Francisco ruled last week that Google search results are protected by free speech laws under the First Amendment, which means that the company can order its search results any way it sees fit.The lawsuit was brought by a website called CoastNews, which covers culture and dining in the San Francisco Bay Area (not to be confused with The Coast News, a weekly newspaper in San Diego County). The site’s owner, Louis Martin argued that Google was placing CoastNews further down in search rankings, while it was at the top of the queue in Bing and Yahoo searches.Related: 5 Google Results That Can Destroy Your CareerGoogle then filed an anti-SLAPP motion, which under California state law, can move to throw out lawsuits that have the intent to suppress free speech.In a ruling last week, Judge Ernest Goldsmith said Google could arrange its search results however it wants, as it “met its burden of showing that the claims asserted against it arise from constitutionally protected activity.”  The one-paragraph decision was posted here by Ars Technica.Related: Enforcing Your ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ May Get You RememberedWhile the First Amendment laws make Google’s search results a largely hands off affair in the U.S., governing bodies in Europe have taken a more aggressive tack in regulating the tech giant.In addition to launching an ongoing anti-trust investigation into the company’s business practices, European officials ordered Google to delete “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” search results upon the request of EU citizens. Additionally, a French court ruled that Google France has to pay daily fines of 1,000 euros ($1,254) until the given search results are removed from Google’s entire “global network.” Related: People Have a ‘Right to Be Forgotten,’ Top EU Court Tells Google –shares Image credit: Eddy Galeotti / Shutterstock.com Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Google Search Results Are Free Speech in the U.S. Nina Zipkin The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. News and Trends Apply Now »last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Puts His Money in EdTech Startup

first_img Next Article October 21, 2013 Mark Zuckerberg Puts His Money in Ed-Tech Startup –shares Technology Image credit: Reuters Mark Zuckerberg 2 min read Andrea Huspenicenter_img Entrepreneur Staff Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Special Projects Director and Founder of This Dog’s Life Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is spreading his wealth with what appears to be his first national equity investment through his foundation Startup:Education. The lucky startup is Panorama Education, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that utilizes surveys among teachers, students, administrators and parents to garner feedback and provide findings to the school district.”We are using technology to address some of the most difficult problems in education,” Panorama Education co-founder Aaron Feuer said in a statement. “We are tremendously excited to have Mark Zuckerberg involved because of his passion for technology and education.”Zuckerberg, along with his wife Priscilla Chan, co-led the $4 million seed round with Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC and had participation from Google Ventures, Ashton Kutcher’s A-Grade Investments and Yale University.Related: Facebook Facepalm: In Big Real-Estate Buy, Mark Zuckerberg Seeks Personal Privacy, Then Removes Online Privacy Feature “Priscilla and I are excited to support Panorama Education and its mission. Their company is an exciting example of the way technology can help teachers, parents and students make their voices heard,” said Zuckerberg in a statement.The funds will be used for analytics tools and free services for teachers. It has also been reported that Panorama Education plans on using the capital to expand its footprint in the U.S. and launch in the international market. Related: Inside the Competitive Mind of Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg (Infographic) Panorama Education was founded in 2010 by Feuer, along with Xan Tanner and David Carel — all Yale undergraduates at the time. Panorama Education claims it works with 4,000 schools serving more than one million students. They are looking to tackle such issues as bullying, safety and student engagement, while also providing a platform for teacher growth. The startup makes money through annual licenses paid by the school districts ranging from $200 for small locations to hundreds of thousands of dollars for larger areas. So far the Panaroma Education counts the Los Angeles Unified School District and Connecticut State Department of Education among its clients. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

Shrinking Airline Seat Size Raises Health and Safety Concerns

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reuters Airlines April 17, 2015 Image credit: Pixabay This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue 3 min readcenter_img Airlines are packing ever more seats into economy class to protect profit margins from falling ticket prices, prompting concerns over health and safety from travellers and crew.Slim-line designs, extra emergency exits and creative placing of galleys and toilets are all playing their part in the great seat squeeze, say industry watchers.”If you’re a dog, you have very specific rules, but if you’re a human being there are no specific rules as to what is humane,” Charlie Leocha, the head of consumer group Travelers United, told a U.S. government advisory committee examining the issue in Washington D.C. this week.Seat pitch, the distance from one seat to the same spot on the one in front or behind, has shrunk to as little as 28 inches on some flights, against the more common 31 or 32 inches for economy, according to seat makers.Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus are increasing the number of places that can be squeezed in per row.Making things even tighter for passengers, airlines have got better at managing ticket sales and filling planes, meaning the middle seat is rarely left free.The economic factors are clear. Average ticket prices are expected to fall by 5 percent this year, according to industry body IATA, while airlines are expected to make a their best net profit margin in five years, albeit at just 3.2 percent.But the health and safety impacts are still being debated.Air RageThe lack of space has triggered more outbreaks of air rage, Julie Frederick from the Association of Professional Flight Attendants told the Washington D.C. hearing of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections.Several flights had to divert after passengers got into fights over reclining seats and lack of leg room last year.It was also making it harder for crew to treat anyone needing medical help, Frederick added.The number of passengers a type of aircraft is allowed to carry is mainly defined by how quickly people can exit in an emergency, hence the extra exits.Keith Hansen, director of facilities at low-cost carrier Allegiant, told the hearing he did not think higher seat density was increasing risks in the event of an evacuation.”We don’t believe there’s any increased safety risk whatsoever in an emergency evacuation … These aircraft are all approved and certified by the FAA,” he said.Some low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Spirit and Allegiant have already found one way round the reclining seat problem — the fixed shell of their non-reclining seats also makes them cheaper to construct.Zodiac and other seat makers have tried bringing in compensations for economy passengers, extras from tablet holders to in-seat power were on show at this week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.Germany’s Recaro showed economy seats with foot rests, in-seat USB and power outlets, a mouldable head-rest, a 13.3 inch Panasonic monitor and mood lighting.Panasonic Avionics has worked with seat maker B/E Aerospace on a new economy class seat called Jazz that includes a discreet ‘do not disturb’ light, inductive charging for devices and an HDMI slot.”Economy seats are on a downward trend, but airlines are adding in perks to make you forget more quickly just how squeezed in you are,” said Jason Rabinowitz, data research manager at Routehappy, which rates flight cabins.”The more seats are shrinking, the more technology they’re packing in,” Rabinowitz added. “The jury is still out as to whether passengers will forget though.”(Editing by Andrew Heavens and Jane Merriman) –shares Shrinking Airline Seat Size Raises Health and Safety Concerns Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Register Now »last_img read more

Google Lenovo Announce Plans to Tango With Smartphone Collaboration

first_img Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Next Article Google and Lenovo have inked a deal to deliver a Project Tango smartphone later this year.The announcement, made Thursday at CES, will see Google and Lenovo collaborate to build the first Project Tango smartphone. The companies anticipate the smartphone launching this summer, but did not share photos of the device or feature details. At this point, the Project Tango-based smartphone, which is still in development, doesn’t even have a name.Still, the collaboration between the companies is critical to the future of Project Tango.Developed by Google, Project Tango is a technology that gives smartphones and tablets the ability to “see” the same way humans can. The devices use built-in cameras to understand depth, motion and other elements of sight to create on-screen 3-D environments. The marriage between hardware and software can then be used by app developers to create all kinds of interesting apps, including those that place 3-D objects in the real world.“Using the sensor in the device, Project Tango devices can also capture the 3-D dimensions of the room, giving measurements that can be used to help you when shopping for furniture or decorations,” Lenovo and Google said in a joint statement Thursday.Despite being announced in 2014, Project Tango has gotten off to a slow start. There is currently only one tablet available that uses the technology. Google calls the device a Project Tango Tablet Development Kit and sells it at a starting price of $512. Although Google has worked on getting app developers interested in the platform, the general lack of users and hardware has prompted most developers to focus their efforts elsewhere.Launching a smartphone aimed at consumers, however, could be a way for Google to address that issue. In an interview with Business Insider, Lenovo said it plans to launch the Project Tango smartphone for less than $500, making it substantially cheaper than the lowest-end iPhone 6s, which goes for $649. It’s possible that at that price, Project Tango could find some room to grow.“To break new ground in today’s hyper-competitive smartphone and tablet industries, we must take innovation risks — it’s the only way to truly change the way people use mobile technology,” Chen Xudong, senior vice president and president of Lenovo’s mobile business group, said in a statement.Google and Lenovo plan to share details on the Project Tango-enabled smartphone later this year. Google, Lenovo Announce Plans to ‘Tango’ With Smartphone Collaboration –shares Enroll Now for $5 January 8, 2016 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 3 min read Contributing Writer Don Reisinger Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Technology Image credit: Lenovolast_img read more

Arianna Huffington to Leave Huffington Post

first_img August 11, 2016 Arianna Huffington to Leave Huffington Post Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on Reuters Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington said on Thursday she would leave the company to focus on running her new venture, health and wellness startup Thrive Global.”I thought HuffPost would be my last act. But I’ve decided to step down as HuffPost’s editor-in-chief to run my new venture, Thrive Global,” she tweeted.Thrive Global, which will offer services to companies to improve the well-being of their employees, recently closed a Series A funding round ahead of a launch in the fall.Verizon Communications Inc. owns the Huffington Post through AOL, which bought the liberal American online news aggregator and blog for $315 million in February 2011.(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr) Arianna Huffington Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Reuters –shares 1 min readlast_img read more

Did Ruths Chris Steak House Bite Off More Than It Can Chew

first_imgFranchises Entrepreneur Staff Did Ruth’s Chris Steak House Bite Off More Than It Can Chew With its New Promo? Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. –shares Dan Bova Add to Queue Someone at Ruth’s Chris Steak House Ann Arbor cooked up one heck of a promotion last week: Michigan fans would get a percentage off their bill equal to the final winning point differential.Great idea, until the results of this Saturday’s game surely had the owner in need of the Heimlich: Michigan beat Rutgers 78-0. A 78 point differential. That’s 78 percent off the final bill.Related: 12 Worst Social-Media Fails in 2016 So FarWell, not exactly. When the promo was announced, perhaps after checking the spread in Vegas, Ruth’s noted that they would cap it off at 50 percent. (And that doesn’t include the tip, cheapos.) But still, 50 percent off! That’s our favorite steak order. “Medium rare, and half priced, please.”Was Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on a mission to increase the wallets and waistlines of Ann Arbor residents by running up the score? He insists no, telling reporters that his guys were simply dialed in and executing flawlessly. As of this moment, he was not spotted at the restaurant ordering a rib eye, but keep an eye out, folks. He’ll be the super-intense guy who likes to pour salt in his opponent’s meals.Related: How to Start a RestaurantAre the Ruth’s Chris people wishing they could call back this play? Not at all. While it smells of the “endless crab” special that almost sank Red Lobster back in 2003, this special seems to be working out just fine. USA Today reports that as of Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was booked solid through Thursday.Well done, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, well done. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Did the score of a Michigan-Rutgers game totally fork up this restaurant? October 10, 2016 Editorial Director Image credit: Creativ Studio Heinemann | Getty Images Next Article 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Suicide attempts by poisoning rising among young people in US study says

first_imgUS news Share via Email Suicide attempts by poisoning rising among young people in US, study says This article is more than 2 months old Health Read more Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Reuse this content More than 1.6 million children and young adults aged 10 to 24 attempted suicide by poisoning between 2000 to 2018 US news While the study’s data cannot point to a specific reason behind the increase in self-poisoning, the researchers note that social media and internet use have increased significantly during the same period.Photograph: aurumarcus/Getty Images While the study’s data cannot point to a specific reason behind the increase in self-poisoning, the researchers note that social media and internet use have increased significantly during the same period.Using data from the national poison data system, which reports information from all 55 poison control centers across the country – state-run hotlines – researchers found more than 1.6 million children and young adults aged 10 to 24 attempted to kill themselves by poisoning between 2000 to 2018.Research often shows that women are more likely to attempt suicide than men, though men are more likely to die in their attempt. The method and its lethalness play an important role in the trend. Self-poisoning – when a person intentionally overdoses on drugs or purposefully exposes themselves to toxic substances – is the most common form of suicide among women of all age groups, and its fatality rate is below 5%, meaning the attempt is most likely to end in a rescue.Over the past decade, thoughts and attempts of suicide have nearly doubled for children and teens. The Center for Disease Control determined in 2016 that it is the second leading cause of death for teenagers aged 15 to 19.The outcomes of suicide attempts by poisoning have also worsened, according to study, which is possibly due to the availability of information on methods of self-harm.Scientists and psychologists are just starting to look at the effect that social media has on the mental health of teens. Though studies have shown that social media can have a negative impact on wellbeing, including higher depression rates among girls, researchers are wary of drawing a direct connection to technology use and rising suicide rates in young adults, since any correlation has not been well-researched.“It’s not the sole reason for all these changes, but it does seem to be an attribute,” said John Ackerman, one of the study’s authors and suicide prevention coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research.With the rise of social media, teens are having less face-to-face contact with others, Ackerman added.“A big risk factor for suicide is being disconnected and isolated and a person perceiving themselves very negatively or like a burden.”The study adds new insight into suicide attempts, which are not uniformly tracked on a national scale but put people at a high risk for a second attempt.Ackerman said he hopes the study will encourage parents, educators and doctors to develop specific strategies, such as safe medicine storage, knowing that self-poisoning is common among teenage girls in distress.Intervention before a person attempts suicide is essential and can take many forms, he added. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org Anxiety on rise among the young in social media age Lauren Aratani in New York Share via Email Mental health Share on Twittercenter_img Shares2020 Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Wed 1 May 2019 12.26 EDT news Share on Facebook The number of children and young adults who have attempted suicide by poisoning has increased in the United States over the past several years, according to a study from Nationwide children’s hospital in Ohio, published in the Journal of Pediatrics on Wednesday.There was a significant increase in the rate of attempts between 2011 and 2018 that was driven predominantly by girls and young women. A total of 71% of all cases reported in the study involved girls and women. Suicide rates Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Last modified on Wed 1 May 2019 14.29 EDT This article is more than 2 months old … 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. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Bain Company Introduces Bain Media Lab Announces Partnership With Hive And Launch

first_imgBain & Company Introduces Bain Media Lab; Announces Partnership With Hive And Launch Of Mensio, An AI-Powered Analytics Platform To Analyze TV Advertising And Sponsorships PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 4:22 pmMay 17, 2019 Artificial IntelligenceBain & CompanyBain Innovation ExchangeBain Media LabHiveMarketing TechnologyNews Previous Article“Bring Your Own Bot”: Sparkcentral’s AI Virtual Agent Framework for Chatbots Blends the Best of Both WorldsNext ArticleSmall Business Customers Embrace AI-driven Insights and Advice Integrated Into Online and Mobile Banking Bain & Company announced the formation of Bain Media Lab, a business that will feature a portfolio of digital products and related services that combine breakthrough technologies with powerful data sets. Hive, a full-stack deep learning company based in San Francisco, will be the launch partner for Bain Media Lab.Bain Media Lab is a new venture incubated in the Bain Innovation Exchange, a business unit that leverages Bain’s network of venture capitalists, startups, and tech leaders to help clients innovate through the ecosystem, as well as support Bain in creating new ventures.“We are excited to introduce Bain Media Lab and to announce our partnership with Hive,” said Elizabeth Spaulding, the co-lead of Bain & Company’s global Digital practice. “Today’s milestone launch exemplifies our strategy to deepen select Bain Innovation Exchange relationships through the formation of new businesses like Bain Media Lab, which will pair Bain’s expertise with best-in-class innovation to create disruptive solutions. It will also be a powerful vehicle to dramatically accelerate the visibility and growth of innovative technology companies like Hive.”In partnership, Bain Media Lab and Hive have developed Mensio, an artificial intelligence-powered analytics platform focused on bringing “digital-like” measurement, intelligence, and attribution to traditional television advertising and sponsorships.Marketing Technology News: SteelHouse Integrates Shutterstock API to Provide Brands with Millions of Images & Videos for FreeMensio addresses a pain point shared by marketers and media companies – the lack of recent and granular data on the performance of traditional television advertising and sponsorships. As digital marketing has continued to grow its share of advertising dollars, marketers have become accustomed to seeing real-time campaign performance data with granular measurement of audience reach and outcomes. This dynamic has added pressure on television network owners to source comparable data to defend their share of marketers’ advertising budgets.“Our partnership with Hive is the result of an extensive evaluation of the landscape and our resulting conviction that together we can uniquely create truly differentiated solutions,” said Dan Calpin, who leads Bain Media Lab. “Our launch product, Mensio, unlocks the speed and granularity of data for TV advertising and sponsorships that marketers have come to expect from their digital ad spend. Mensio arms marketers and their agencies to transition from post-mortem analysis of TV ad spend to real-time optimization, and gives network owners long-elusive data that can help them recast the narrative on advertising.”“We are excited to partner with Bain & Company as the launch partner of Bain Media Lab,” said Kevin Guo, co-founder and CEO of Hive. “In jointly developing Mensio, we have blended the distinctive competencies of our two firms into a seamlessly integrated go-to-market offering. Hive’s ambition is to leverage artificial intelligence in practical applications to transform industries, and Mensio is our flagship product in the media space.”Marketing Technology News: Zift Solutions Launches Strategic Partner ProgramSubscribers to the Mensio platform access a self-service, cloud-based dashboard that provides point-and-click reporting. Two tiers of the dashboard product are available: one for the buyers of TV advertising and sponsorships (marketers and their agencies) and one for the sellers (TV network owners and sports leagues). Selected features available in the Mensio dashboard and from related services include:Reach: Measurement of exposure to a brand’s TV advertisements for a given population, ranging from total population to specific behavior-defined segments like frequent guests at quick service restaurantsFrequency: Reporting on the distribution of frequency for a given population (e.g., what percent of households were exposed to more than 20 TV ads for a given brand over the course of a month)Attribution: Evaluation of the impact of exposure to TV advertising and sponsorships on a broad set of outcomes, including online activity, store visitation, and purchases as well as qualitative brand metricsCompetitive intelligence for brands: Insight into a brand’s relative share of voice versus peers, as well as the mix of networks, programs, genres, dayparts, and ad formats used by a given brand relative to its competitive setCompetitive intelligence for TV network owners: Insights into trends in spending by industry vertical and brand, as well as relative share of a given TV network owner vs. competitorsSponsorship measurement and return on investment: Measurement of the volume, quality, and equivalent media value of sponsorship placements and earned media, with the ability to link to outcomesThe Mensio product suite uses Hive’s computer vision models – trained using data labeled by Hive’s distributed global workforce of over 1 million people – to enrich recorded television content with metadata including the identification of commercials and sponsorship placements as well as contextual elements like beach scenes. Second-by-second viewership of that content is derived using data from nearly 20 million US households, inclusive of cable and satellite set-top boxes as well as Smart TVs, that is then scaled nationally and can be matched in a privacy-safe environment to a range of outcome behaviors. Outcome datasets enable household-level viewership of content to be matched to online activity (including search and website visits), retail store visits, and purchases (including retail purchases as well as several datasets specific to certain industries such as automotive and consumer packaged goods).Mensio is currently in beta in the U.S. with a growing number of clients across industries. It will begin to expand into other geographies over the next year.Bain & Company and Hive are additionally collaborating on other related products and services for television network owners addressing programming optimization and content tagging use cases.Marketing Technology News: What is your Marketing ROI: Understanding Real Impact to Grow Revenuelast_img read more

Oracle Advances Safer More Transparent Retail Supply Chain

first_imgOracle Retail Brand Compliance is specifically designed to enable retailers, restaurants, food service providers and manufacturers to source, develop, track and market products. As products are developed, the solution audits and manages all aspects of the process, creating accurate and certified labeling detail against local regulatory and industry policies. As such, brands can rapidly and nimbly respond to and rectify product and industry incidents.Marketing Technology News: Creator by Zmags Brings Greater Agility to Ecommerce Creativity Smarter software gives consumers peace of mind on the goods they buy and retailers the agility to resolve product issues quickly In 2016, a multistate listeria outbreak in the U.S. impacted several name brand grocery chains. Tainted frozen vegetables and fruits sourced from one plant were included in approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands. Using Oracle Retail Brand Compliance, one well-known grocer was able to quickly pull SKUs, identify where impacted product was being sold and communicate with customers, mitigating the situation, and protecting its shoppers.“Delivering on your brand promise today is as much about quality and trust as it is about cost,” said Jeff Warren, vice president of strategy and solution management, Oracle Retail. “Customers expect retailers to know everything about the items they purchase, whether this is information on availability, ingredients or the manufacturing process. They expect transparency and greater access to information, in real time. The biggest names in grocery rely on Oracle Retail Brand Compliance to meet these expectations while protecting their customers and brands.”Marketing Technology News: Evolution Digital and Vast Broadband Announce Agreement for Full App-Based TV Offering with eMERGE User ExperienceDriving Compliance and Safety Across the Retail Supply ChainOracle Retail Brand Compliance is one of the world’s most widely adopted brand management solutions, representing two-thirds of all private label compliance and technical portals in use today. The offering provides a single point of authentication of all audits, accreditations and certificates. With it, common data sets are entered once and shared amongst the community to report on quality, environment, freshness and sustainability metrics and track the movement of products to drive risk assessment and rapid response to incidents. Today, the Oracle Retail Brand Compliance community represents more than 250,000 suppliers offering 750,000 consumer products.With new enhancements to the offering, retail supply chain professionals will be able to more easily provide transparency of product information across partners and channels, with enhanced:KPI dashboards that deliver key insights, business intelligence and operational reporting on supply chain and product analysis.Consumer product compositions to enable in-store formulations, labeling and digital dietary advice.API integrations with key Oracle applications.“For retailers, having full visibility across their entire supply chains is a game-changer. It can mean the difference between minutes or weeks when responding to incidents, tracking and removing contaminated food from store shelves and notifying consumers. Brand damage aside, that can mean the difference between life and death,” noted Paul Woodward, senior director of Oracle Retail supply chain solutions.Marketing Technology News: Epicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNet Oracle Advances Safer, More Transparent Retail Supply Chain PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 11:00 pmJuly 2, 2019 center_img  WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY — The retail industry is more complex than ever. Not only are consumers looking for high-quality goods at fair prices, but they also want assurance that their purchases are safe and ethically sourced. That requires retailers to maintain transparency across their global supply chain networks. With new advancements in reporting and analytics and continued extension of integrations, Oracle Retail Brand Compliance Management Cloud Service is helping retailers monitor the integrity of their materials and end products, to improve customer experiences and protect their brands. Cloud ServiceNewsOracleRetail Supply Chain Previous ArticleGartner Identifies Five Cost Optimization Tactics for Marketing LeadersNext ArticleVoice Assistants Land Brands in Uncharted Creative Territorylast_img read more

Study Stress experienced by premature infants can carry on throughout their adult

first_imgThat stress can increase the allostatic load — a measure of the wear and tear on a body’s systems — which can manifest in the form of a variety of health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cognitive and mental health disorders including anxiety and depression, and cardio-vascular problems. Among the results at age 23, was a disruption in the premature group’s stress response system, prompting the new study at age 30. It can also throw off the body’s epigenetic clock, causing the body to age faster than its chronological age.Related StoriesOU Health Sciences Center awarded federal grant to enhance dementia care across OklahomaNursing home care prices rise faster than other medical care and consumer pricesStudy examines potential advantages and disadvantages of blister packaging for nursing homesFor the latest study, Sullivan’s team includes Dr. Charles Eaton at Brown University’s Center for Primary Care and Prevention, and scientists at other institutions including the University of California-Irvine, University of Chicago, UCLA, and Northwestern University. Together, they will study the participants in a lab, conducting blood work, body composition analysis and a physical assessment, among other tests. Participants will then collect their own saliva samples over a period of time to measure levels of cortisol, the primary hormone associated with a stress response. Similar to previous times, the investigators will visit the participants in the home to learn about their home and work life. They also plan to explore epigenetics as a way to take a deeper look at the molecular processes associated with pathologic aging.Cortisol is one key indicator researchers will examine. For the typical person, cortisol levels are low first thing in the morning, then spike about 45 minutes after waking, before gradually decreasing throughout the day. In the 23-year version of the study, researchers found that system was off kilter in the pre-term study group.”What we found with some who were born preterm, particularly those who were very sick, is that they did not necessarily have that awakening response; their cortisol level started higher and they had a higher level throughout the day,” Sullivan said. “Some people call this a blunted response, so what we think is happening is that the baseline for their cortisol is higher. Perhaps there’s something about the premature experience that affects this stress response system.”In addition, a person’s environment can continue to affect their stress responses throughout life, prompting that part of the 30-year study. At 23, many of the participants were doing well. Some were in graduate school, others in the military or beginning careers in the private sector.”But at age 23 not everybody had been launched as an adult so we want to see where they are now. This is a new developmental stage for adults called emerging adulthood,” Sullivan said. “We’re interested in how did they manage the everyday things and that’s some of the other assessment we will be doing. I want to make it clear, however, that there’s a lot of good news on how these former preemies are doing.”Ultimately, Sullivan’s study aims to understand how to limit NICU stress in order to mitigate the impact it may have throughout the lifespan. “It is important to understand that the adult stress response we are seeing likely relates back to preterm birth and experiences in infancy, which we should consider when providing care,” Sullivan said. “Mine is one study identifying these outcomes, but there are other studies, too, and if there are some commonalities, I think that means that we have to pay attention.” Source:University of Rhode Island When we’re under stress, we have a system that kicks in. Our heart starts beating faster; our pupils dilate; it helps us run and get away from the stressor. So if you think about a premature infant, they are born early, their body systems are not mature, and they’re in this Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where there’s bright lights and painful procedures designed to help them survive. They are not with their nurturing parent in the same way as a full-term infant. So this stress response system gets activated again and again. When these babies get older, the stress system isn’t regulated like a full-term infant. So over time, when you have all this activation, there is stress on body tissues and organs.”Professor Mary Sullivan, University of Rhode Island College of Nursing Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019The stress premature infants experience can carry on throughout their adult life, causing cognitive limitations, social struggles at work or in school, and a greater risk of health ailments, including cardiac conditions, one of the longest-running U.S. studies of premature infants has shown.University of Rhode Island College of Nursing Professor Mary Sullivan will continue the now 30-year-long study for another five years, thanks to a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The project has so far garnered more than $10 million in grant funding.The study — “Allostatic Load & Epigenetic Mechanisms in Lifecourse Trajectories of Preterm Infants at Age 30” — continues the work that began in the 1980s with a group of babies born prematurely at Women & Infants Hospital. Involving 215 people born 30 years ago — including a control group of full-term babies, and premature babies born at 22 to 36 weeks — the study tracks the successes and difficulties premature babies continue to face into adulthood, and compares them to the group of full-term babies.Sullivan, the principal researcher who in 1990 joined the study originally begun at Women & Infants and Brown University, has found the stress of being born prematurely continues to impact the body even after preterm babies catch up developmentally to their full-term peers. In the last round of studies — when the study participants reached their 23rd birthdays — researchers found dysregulation in their neuroendocrine function, the stress response system.last_img read more