How Sleep and Fitness Trackers Work and Whether Theyre Worth It

first_img By David Cardinal on March 26, 2019 at 7:27 am Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads How Sleep and Fitness Trackers Work, and Whether They’re Worth It Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Awesome ‘Star Trek’ Projects We Never Got To See This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Tagged In extremetech explainshealthfuture healthsleepquantified selfdigital healthecgekgfitnesselectrocardiogramfitness trackersBeddrSleepTrackersleep trackingFitness trackingHuawei Band 3 ProFitBit VersaZeTime Post a Comment 10 Comments Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 10 Comments 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel If you’ve read articles about fitness trackers, they were probably written by compulsive workout junkies who compare them for how well they can track those zillion mile bike rides or marathon training runs. Well, I’m not one of them. But the tech in sleep and fitness trackers is pretty amazing and well worth writing about. And yes, they can also provide health benefits for the rest of us who get exercise as time permits.Trackers, as with much of the digital health movement, have come a long way in the last few years. From the simple and not-very-accurate step counters of a few years ago, they have evolved into devices that can monitor your heart rate, sleep, and other vital signs. However, they’re far from perfect, so they can also provide an undeserved impression of accuracy.How Step-and-Stair Tracking WorksThe simplest form of counting steps is to use the data from the device’s accelerometer and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to detect rhythmic motions that are consistent with the back-and-forth movement that typically goes along with walking or running. By using the data from both sensors, the device tries to filter out false positives.Once the device has a step count, then it multiplies that by an estimate of your stride to calculate how far you’ve walked or run. Worst case it uses a generic guess at your stride, but typically you’re able to enter your height to give it a more accurate starting point, or even enter your stride length directly. Some devices go a bit further and will calibrate your stride by comparing GPS results with its estimates. Because consumer GPS has limited accuracy, this process usually requires several minutes of traveling at a consistent speed. Some also calculate separate stride lengths for walking and running. Until recently, that meant remembering to tell the tracker when you started a hike or run. But many newer devices do a good job of auto-detecting when you start some type of exercise and classifying it appropriately.From having owned various fitness trackers over the years, it’s clear that counting steps and stairs is as much of an art as a science at this point. Even when using several current state-of-the-art trackers at the same time, their step counts can differ by as much as 15 percent. Typical wrist trackers and watches don’t have the processing power to run a lot of sophisticated AI-based analytics to help clean up the data, either.Devices with altimeters often also let you count how many flights of stairs (or equivalent) you’ve climbed. Here, too, sensor fusion is required, so that altitude gained while driving or flying doesn’t get credited to your fitness (a shame for tech journalists who spend a lot of time on airplanes).Tracking climbing can be even more of a crapshoot. For example, my Fitbit Versa regularly reports dozens of floors climbed while I’m playing tennis — even though each floor is supposed to represent 10 feet of altitude gained while walking or running. In contrast, my Huawei Band 3 Pro isn’t fooled. However, the Versa does a better job keeping up with my running up and down stairs during the day.Fitness Tracking: Another Field Turned on Its Head by AIAs with so many areas of technology, digital health has been vastly improved through the use of AI. For example, instead of writing long sequences of complicated code based on physical models to count steps, modern trackers rely on neural networks that use machine learning to determine strides. Similarly, instead of relying on human analysis of sleep data for each patient, trackers have systems that are trained on huge amounts of human-labeled sample data. As a result, they can categorize the sensor information from users into not just sleeping or awake, but even the specific type of sleep.How Heart Rate Monitoring WorksIf you’ve ever had a heart issue, you may have been hooked up to a machine with a variety of electrodes to monitor your heart (an ECG or EKG). Those electrodes measure the small electrical currents emitted by the “pacemaker cells” in your heart. The best consumer-grade heart monitors use a simplified version of the same technique. A chest strap with electrodes on the inside is used. With that approach, it is possible to get both a very accurate measurement of heart rate, and also calculate Heart Rate Variability (HRV), an increasingly popular metric of fitness.As you can imagine, that’s something of a hassle, so most trackers rely on a less accurate but lower-hassle optical system. Optical heart rate monitors use a process called photoplethysmography (PPG) to calculate your heart rate by shining light into your skin and measuring the reflectance. The light is emitted from LEDs (usually at least two) on the inside of the tracking device. Multiple LEDs at different frequencies help provide better results across the wide range of possible skin colors and thickness.Unfortunately, the readings from an optical tracker placed on your wrist, or in a ring, are susceptible to fluctuations as you move. In particular, if you are running or jogging at a similar pace to your heart rate, then it is possible for a tracker to pick up on that cadence and think it is your heartbeat. This is often referred to as the “crossover problem.” Since only about .1 percent of the light reflected from your skin is related to the heart rate signal, there are plenty of opportunities for error to creep in.To help with this, many trackers also incorporate an accelerometer to help them disregard incorrect data. The amount of light reflected also varies with ambient light level, as unless you are in a dark room or have your hand and wrist completely covered, some pollution of the light from the LEDs will occur. Higher-end devices include ambient light monitoring to minimize this problem.Because of these issues, the most accurate of the optical heart rate devices appear to be armbands and clips that go on your finger. Of course, neither is quite as easy to use as a wrist-based tracker or even a ring, so a lot of work has gone into making more accurate heart rate tracking for popular devices that can be worn all day (and night). Manufacturers of brand-name models from Garmin, Fitbit, and others claim accuracy within 5 percent of a medical-grade device for their wrist-worn trackers. That’s pretty reasonable if you just want a general measure of your health, and an estimate of how much “cardio” time you’re getting from exercise each day, but certainly not good enough for training elite athletes.As an experiment, I outfitted myself with five different heart-rate-capable tracking devices. For starters, we have a Sleeptracker from FullPower under our mattress (which uses pressure and vibration to measure heart rate while asleep). Then I tried a ZeTime watch, a Fitbit Versa, a Huawei Band 3 Pro, and an inexpensive fingertip pulse-oximeter. While the data from the ZeTime nearly gave me a coronary (it showed some massive spikes while sleeping that certainly didn’t look healthy), the other four trackers were generally consistent in pattern, and fairly close in actual values. I’m sure some of the differences were caused by having to wear several at once, so none of them were really in an ideal location. None of these devices are accurate enough to calculate HRV, though. Leading HRV app maker EliteHRV only fully supports chest strap devices for that purpose.Using an ECG to Detect A-fibWhile the Apple Watch 4 isn’t the first wearable to be able to provide users with an electrocardiogram (ECG), it is by far the most popular. Specifically, on demand, the latest Apple Watch can provide an ECG trace and detect whether the user may be suffering from an irregular heartbeat — in this case atrial fibrillation or a-fib. It does that by measuring the electric pulses sent out by the heart as they reach the watch. To get a reading, the user lays their finger alongside the watch for 30 seconds to close the circuit. By itself, diagnosing an irregular heartbeat may not mean much, but it is enough reason to consider further evaluation by a medical professional. Apple helps the process along by providing a PDF of the ECG that the user can forward to their physician.To validate the effectiveness of this capability, Apple has funded an extensive study showing that wearers of its Watch 4 using this feature receive similar benefits to those wearing a medical device in a more typical week-long evaluation. There are clearly benefits to early detection of symptoms of possible heart disease. However, the medical community is divided over the value of diagnosing a-fib in otherwise healthy people with no specific propensity for heart disease. In any case, this capability is certainly a taste of what are likely to be further developments in tracking heart health through popular wearables.Sleep Tracking Compared With Sleep StudiesIf you have a sleep disorder or have ever suspected that you have an issue with sleep apnea, you were probably referred to a clinic that could load you up with electrodes and charge you a ton to let you know how, and how well, you sleep. But if you simply wanted an idea of how well you’re sleeping, and what you might be able to do to improve it, wearing a dozen electrodes every night certainly isn’t practical. Enter sleep trackers. Using one or more sensors, they rely on science and machine learning to estimate when you are sleeping, what phase of sleep you’re in, and suggest various health tips and tidbits.My experience with five different trackers that report on sleep indicates that consumer products can do a reasonable job of creating a rough outline of your sleep and waking states, and perhaps of roughly the total time spent in each of the labeled sleep states. These are commonly called Light, Deep, and REM, although a sleep researcher I spoke with said that medically REM is important enough that they start by classifying sleep into REM and non-REM. In any case, no two of the trackers matched on a consistent basis.Sleeptracker’s AI-powered cloud and proprietary sensor results in the sleep data I feel most confident about.The sleep tracker I’ve been using the longest is the Sleeptracker. The sensor pod goes under your mattress so it is totally hassle-free. Fullpower has also done an excellent job of building health statistics based on your demographic profile compared with its community of users. That lets them provide some interesting and potentially useful coaching tips. Placement of the sensor also helps them measure breathing rate — something the typical fitness trackers I’ve used couldn’t estimate. From speaking with Fullpower, the company credits its in-house design sensors that detect motion from under your mattress coupled with an AI model based on 250 million nights of sleep with giving the device 90%+ accuracy and putting it ahead of the competition. I also asked about the large variety of mattresses and learned that the device auto-calibrates, again based on the company’s cloud-based AI models. By using dual sensors, Sleeptracker can also monitor two sleepers in the same bed, which is pretty impressive.Fitbit Versa sleep data from the same night. The overall pattern and total time are similar, but the specific stages varied by quite a bit.Most other sleep trackers in use are simply fitness trackers that can do continuous heart-rate monitoring. They analyze data including how much you are moving and your heart rate to estimate whether you are asleep or awake, and which stage of sleep you’re in. Currently, none of the standard fitness trackers are certified as medical grade devices or for use in diagnosing sleep apnea. However, startup Beddr has a device you can attach to your forehead that also includes a pulse-oximeter and can be used to detect apnea events. Fitbit markets that its Charge 3 and Versa have SpO2 (pulse-ox) sensors, but they don’t actually do anything currently.Huawei’s sleep data from the same night (worn next to the Versa) shows a lot more time in deep sleep than any of the other trackers, which is consistent with its 20-60 percent reference data, which also seems high compared with the benchmarks used by the other companies. Caveat: Wearing two trackers on the same wrist or even one on each wrist (I tried it both ways) is certainly not a perfect way to compare them.The Quantified Self Is on the WayWhile consumer fitness and sleep trackers clearly have a long way to go before they are on a par with medical-grade procedures, progress has been and is likely to continue to be rapid. Sensors are getting smaller, less expensive, and more accurate at the same time that increased processing power and improved analysis tools are becoming available. What took a large watch a couple of years ago can now be done with a ring. As a next step, look for increased integration of personal tracking devices with the professional health care system. It is already starting to happen on a limited basis but is likely to become commonplace.[Image Credit: PPG]Now read from PCMag:The Best Fitness TrackersThe Best Fitness AppsThe Best Heart-Rate Monitors<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  Joaquin Phoenix Goes Bonkers In Three New ‘Joker’ Photoslast_img read more

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MarTech Interview with Ashwin Navin CEO and CoFounder Samba TV

first_img AIAI in MarTechAshwin NavingoogleHuluInterviewInterview SeriesMarketing Tech InsightsMarketing TechnologyMarketing Technology InterviewMarTech InterviewMarTech Interview SeriesMarTech SoftwareMartech stackMarTech UpdatesNetflixSamba TVYouTube Previous ArticleBrainshark Customers to Share Strategies for Sales Enablement Success at SiriusDecisions 2019 SummitNext ArticleTechBytes with Matthew Hultgren, VP of Analytics at Marketing Architects MarTech Interview with Ashwin Navin, CEO and Co-Founder, Samba TV Sudipto GhoshApril 17, 2019, 2:30 pmApril 18, 2019 MarTech Interview Series The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. Ashwin Navin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Samba TV, the largest developer of applications for Smart TVs. Samba currently reaches more than 30 million TV screens in 118 countries worldwide. The core of Samba TV’s technology lies in its ability to recognize video signals similar to Shazam’s ability to recognize audio. Samba TV offers users recommendations and interactive features for their favorite TV shows and movies.Ashwin also founded the start-up incubator I/O Ventures where he is currently a Managing Partner after departing BitTorrent as the company’s President and Co-Founder. He spent time at Yahoo, as a member of the company’s Corporate Development group. He developed extensive experience in structuring and negotiating acquisitions, partnerships and alliances in the tech industry. While at Yahoo, Ashwin’s group was responsible for M&A, divestitures and company strategy in the US. and key global markets such as India and Korea. Before Yahoo, Ashwin worked with Wall Street powerhouses Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Merrill Lynch as an investment banker and research analyst. Ashwin earned a dual B.A. from Claremont McKenna in Government and Economics. Samba TV is a content recommendation engine and viewer tracking application designed for Smart TVs. California-based Samba, was co-founded in 2008 by early employees of BitTorrent, including Samba’s current CEO, Ashwin Navin.center_img About AshwinAbout Samba TVAbout Ashwin Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to start Samba TV?I started Samba TV in 2008 with a few friends and colleagues. We had all been early employees together at BitTorrent, and witnessed the creation of digital media; the earliest existence of video and audio available at scale on your PC. The proliferation of digital media gave rise to some truly innovative companies and business models such as Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu — all of which were built off the thesis that people wanted digital media on their computers and, increasingly, on other devices.Back in 2008, the founders of Samba recognized that the mass adoption of the internet and proliferation of myriad devices was not the ‘end of television’ but an opportunity for television to sit at the center of the new digital frontier. In order to do that, though, the industry would need to fast forward to realizing that TV would now be a vessel for multiple types of content and not just traditional broadcast and cable methods stuck in the 20th century. We wanted to be laser-focused on building out the data and technology that would enable television to participate in the amazing growth we saw in digital distribution and monetization.What is Samba TV and how does it make TV advertising intelligent?TV advertising is basically contextual targeting. It’s about identifying content that appeals to people of a certain age, gender, and genre appropriate for your brand. That paradigm of age and gender demography has been in existence for many decades now, all tied to a single, opaque data set and methodology, which is the Nielsen currency. This might have sufficed when a broadcast tower sent video across the broadcast radius of what it could reach through the airwaves, and those sampling techniques were the only data that you could get from the consumer. But that methodology completely breaks when you factor in the fragmentation of modern-day viewing habits (OTT, time shifting, etc) and the possibilities of feedback from millions and millions of homes (verse thousands).The small sample sizes simply don’t scale when you factor in literally thousands of viewing options a viewer might have at any given time. Much as the actual viewing habits of consumers have matured over the years, for our industry to do service to itself, the way we measure and advertise must transform what was a broadcast medium into something that is more personal for consumers, precise for marketers, and valuable for publishers.How do you focus on bringing TV and data analytics together at Samba TV? What are the core technologies driving your product?Our fundamental belief is that TV needs to be far more personalized to serve the consumer. Given the growth of digital, social and streaming media, we live in a different world today; one where most of the media that we see is actually consumed within a two-way platform. Our screen time, the hours that we spend in front of a screen in a day, are mostly with a screen that is connected to the internet. Even the time we spend consuming content from a traditional broadcast is likely to be from a TV connected to the internet. Samba turns that one-way medium into something that’s much more interactive and personalized.With technology inside the TV that recognizes what’s on screen, Samba understands what consumers like and connects to the shows and brands most likely to appeal to them. So, our contribution to the TV advertising ecosystem is a wealth of insights that we didn’t have five or 10 years ago. That transforms how we plan, optimize and measure programming decisions, creative decisions, as well as advertising decisions. What’s unique about Samba is the fact that this data comes from 14 different brands of TVs and TV providers, across all demographics and regions of the world. We present to our clients the insights that allow them to make decisions and feel confident that this data is the new source of truth for what’s happening in living rooms across the US and 30 major media markets around the world where Samba is present.Tell us about your recent integration with Google Marketing Cloud. How would it benefit marketers and advertisers?Google is the pioneer and provider of many of the core pillars of the modern advertising ecosystem. They also own some very important consumer products such as YouTube and Google search. For entertainment clients that want to advertise across Google’s owned or programmatic platforms, it was very hard to understand how those advertisements convert into entertainment consumption — until now. What Samba and Google have done is an industry first — we have married Samba’s attribution model with Google’s advertising platforms. So, every form of media that you activate with Google can be measured with Samba’s attribution integrating the TV and digital data sets. As an industry, we need to get past the digital versus TV debate and start thinking the way the consumer does: TV plus digital is better, and now we have the data to prove it.Tell us about your tune-in media strategies, cross-screen tactics, and creative messaging that could boost TV viewership.As a media company today, you’re competing against all forms of entertainment, as well as all the ways people spend their time. Media companies live in a war for consumers attention, and it’s much harder to compete than ever before.Linear network television has historically been consumed 4 or 5 hours a day by the average household, and while still highly relevant, now competes with social media, digital media, and over-the-top television (OTT), on every screen and more screens. An entertainment marketer that promotes a TV show only on linear TV might do well, but might miss significant numbers in order to compete effectively with all other forms of media.To win mindshare and interest, they must promote across a variety of platforms. All of our clients have adopted and standardized on Samba’s form of tune-in attribution, which we call Verified Tune-in Rate (“VTR”) because they’ve seen exactly which tactics contributed to increases in ratings, and have been able to start to optimize their promotions so that they can achieve the best possible result for their programming. So, it’s become a source of truth for the tune in marketer.If entertainment marketers don’t optimize in this way, we feel like they could be leaving 30 to 40% of their audience on the table for one of their competitors to steal away from them.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?We’re big believers in Account-based Marketing, demand generation, and programmatic advertising ourselves. We’ve got a full marketing staff, with data management and programmatic activation within our arsenal. We practice what we preach, and believe that data sits at the center of a lot of our decisions that we make as a business.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and Data Management Technology for 2019-2020?If you look at how much media is spent against traditional planning tools, market-mix models and traditional forms of currency, we still have a very substantial amount of work to do to move the industry forward. We consider this disruptive, in the belief that if we spend money, we get more robust and accurate data sets that allow brands to reach substantially more of their target audience with the same or less budget.So, there’s a phenomenal amount of efficiency to be had. But for this to reach its full potential, some form of AI and Machine Learning will be needed to fill in the gaps that traditional media has, which will happen through programmatic platforms, including OTT. When you have basically a true dynamic audience segmentation model coupled with traditional offline media, you get a very exciting outcome, which we’ll see in the next couple of years for the world’s biggest brands.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now?We just announced a partnership with a company called Reelgood, that has a very comprehensive catalog of all OTT shows across all services. They solve a real need that everyone who watches video today has, which is that it’s hard to remember which shows from back in the day are available for streaming consumption, and which are available on an a la carte basis. It’s hard to remember where those shows are buried in these massive catalogs of video. So, what Reelgood has done, is built a single point of search and discovery across the entire OTT catalog. We’ve married our recommendation technology with Reelgood so that people spend less time searching for something to watch, and more time enjoying their favorite shows.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a business leader?All applications of AI require data. I’d be looking to invest significantly in generating data sets and investing in data science teams to improve the quality of that data set and make that data ready for analytics. Fundamentally, this all comes down to having your data in an environment where it can be useful to you. But more than that, it’s important to have the data in an environment where it can be matched with and enhanced by other data sets that are external to your business.Unless the data is in an environment where that’s possible, it won’t be working as hard as it can. The AI layer basically can be far more effective and powerful when it’s running on top of clean and available data sets.How do you inspire your people to work with technology?The people of Samba are predisposed to use technology and data to solve problems, so we’re looking to bring them into an environment where they’re surrounded by like-minded individuals who are highly motivated by innovation, by the potential for disruption, a tremendous work ethic, and creativity. That usually builds on itself, so we’re focused on creating a great culture first and foremost, and then allowing that to blossom into great results.One word that best describes how you work.Relentless.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?GPS.What’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack?Hire the most talented, hungry and humble people you can find, and then entrust them to get the job done.What are you currently reading?“Time Wars: The Primary Conflict in Human History” by Jeremy Rifkin.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?Intellectual honesty.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read.Naval Ravikant, CEO and Founder of AngelList.Thank you, Ashwin! Hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. “If you look at how much media is spent against traditional planning tools, market-mix models and traditional forms of currency, we still have a very substantial amount of work to do to move the industry forward.” About Samba TVlast_img read more

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Sprint Lights Up True Mobile 5G in Houston

first_imgSprint’s on-the-go customers in Houston are among the first in the world to experience the power and performance of true mobile 5G. The next generation of wireless service is here, delivering blazing-fast download speeds from downtown Houston to Memorial City Mall and City Centre Plaza, covering approximately 165 square miles and 800,000 people. Sprint 5G will power new experiences for wireless customers in Houston, from gaming and entertainment services, to IoT and business applications. “We’re proud to give our Houston customers true mobility and the largest initial 5G footprint in the country,” said Sprint CEO Michel Combes. “Sprint 5G is a platform for innovation in Houston that will create new opportunities and growth across a wide range of industries from healthcare and manufacturing, to agriculture, transportation, hospitality and more.”Sprint mobile 5G is available across the cultural center of Houston, from the downtown area to Memorial City Mall and City Centre Plaza. Customers can experience dramatically faster download speeds and increased network capacity at popular destinations including major stadiums such as NRG Park, BBVA Compass, Minute Maid, Toyota Center; major universities such as University of Houston, Rice, Texas Southern, as well as around the Museum District, Houston Zoo, Medical Center and Memorial Park.“The launch of 5G in Houston is a game-changer bringing with it the potential for a much more connected city,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We could see better traffic flow on our streets leading to shorter commutes, cost-savings and reduction in energy usage, and improved public safety, education and other services. Perhaps most importantly, 5G wireless service will help to drive economic growth by making Houston an even more attractive place to live, work and play.”Marketing Technology News: Vonage Wins 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year AwardsAt the foundation of Sprint 5G is Massive MIMO, a breakthrough technology that dramatically improves network capacity. In Houston, Sprint is using 64T64R (64 transmitters 64 receivers) 5G Massive MIMO radios from Ericsson. These radios support split-mode, enabling Sprint to simultaneously deliver LTE Advanced and 5G NR service. Sprint’s 5G Massive MIMO radios run on its 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum, and they are deployed on Sprint’s existing 4G cell sites, providing a nearly identical footprint for both 2.5 GHz LTE and 5G NR coverage.Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson, said: “Ericsson is working together with Sprint to unleash the power of 5G on Sprint’s network. Our 5G Massive MIMO radios will provide Sprint users with a true next-generation experience, enabling advanced applications for businesses and consumers.”The Hottest 5G Devices Sprint is building one of the largest 5G device portfolios in the U.S. to give customers more choice in how they access 5G. Customers can experience 5G mobility and blazing-fast download speeds with LG V50 ThinQTM 5G, HTC 5G Hub, and this summer, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.Using a key 5G technology, dual-connectivity (EN-DC), Sprint is delivering 4G LTE and 5G simultaneously to customers’ devices, enabling faster download speeds than before and a better overall experience on capable devices. Additional features include:LG V50 ThinQ 5G offers striking clarity and vibrant colors with LG’s OLED display and great audio quality via stereo speakers, DTS:X 3D Surround and Hi-Fi Quad DAC. Gamers can enjoy all the rich graphics and fast-moving fun of their favorite games without delays, whether they’re playing in the living room or at the bus stop. With Sprint’s limited time pricing, LG V50 ThinQ 5G is just $24 per month with $0 down with Sprint Flex lease – that’s half off the lease price.1HTC 5G Hub is exclusive to Sprint in the U.S. This unique and powerful device enables smooth 4K video streaming for an amazing TV viewing experience, lower latency, virtually buffer-free gaming, and 5G mobile hotspot connectivity for up to 20 users in a compact desktop box with a 5-inch display. Within the Wi-Fi radius of HTC 5G Hub, non-5G devices such as laptops, tablets, phones and TVs can easily experience the speed of Sprint 5G. HTC 5G Hub is just $12.50 per month – that’s a savings of 50%. Customers can activate HTC 5G Hub with 100 GB of high-speed data for just $60 per month for a limited time.2Samsung Galaxy S10 5G – Sprint customers can also experience Sprint 5G on Samsung Galaxy S10 beginning this summer.Beginning tomorrow, Friday, May 31, LG V50 ThinQ 5G and HTC 5G Hub will be available in retail stores in Houston. Customers in 5G markets can also order 5G-capable products.Marketing Technology News: True Influence Hires Data Strategist and Marketing Technology Visionary Ray Estevez as Chief Data OfficerUnleash the Power of 5G with Unlimited Premium and Hatch Unlimited Premium is the plan of choice for Sprint’s 5G-enabled phones with Unlimited data, talk and text nationwide, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Twitch Prime, Tidal HiFi and 100GB LTE mobile hotspot. As Sprint’s best Unlimited value, it costs just $80 per month with AutoPay for one line – a value of nearly $150 per month.3Sprint is collaborating with cloud gaming pioneer Hatch to deliver an unrivalled game-streaming experience. Gamers on Sprint 5G will be among the first in the U.S. to experience Hatch’s mobile 5G cloud gaming service.Hatch features unlimited on-demand access to a curated portfolio of more than 100 premium mobile games, including exclusive Hatch Originals like Arkanoid Rising. It also includes a rich social gaming experience – competitive leaderboards and shared gameplay sessions with voice chat and the ability to connect with friends and join live tournaments. Hatch Kids is a safe space for kids to play, create and learn without advertising or in-game purchasing.#5GForAll As Sprint launches mobile 5G in metro areas of nine U.S. markets, the company continues to advocate for a merger with T-Mobile to accelerate the deployment of a ubiquitous, nationwide 5G network that includes coverage in rural locations. The combined company will have the resources and technology to build a 5G network that fuels innovation across every industry, dramatically increasing competition, unleashing new economic growth, and creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in U.S. economic value. Together, the combined company will lead the world in next-generation technology services and applications, bringing 5G service to nearly all Americans.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives The next generation of wireless service is here, covering approximately 165 square miles and 800,000 people across Houston Sprint Lights Up True Mobile 5G in Houston PRNewswireJune 1, 2019, 8:02 pmMay 31, 2019 5G NR service5G wireless serviceMarketing TechnologyMassive MIMOmobile 5GNewsSprint Previous ArticleAT&T Adding Interactive Public Service Locast App to DIRECTV and U-verse Video PlatformsNext ArticleVERB Adds Leading Health Care Provider OnDoc to Its Client Roster The Next Generation of Wireless Service Is Here, Covering Approximately 165 Square Miles and 800,000 People Across Houston Today Sprint also launched mobile 5G service in areas of Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Kansas City, with service expected to launch in areas of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. in the coming weeks. Sprint mobile 5G will cover approximately 2,180 square miles and 11.5 million people total across all 9 market areas, giving Sprint the largest initial 5G coverage footprint in the U.S.last_img read more

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CleverTap Names Miten Mehta as Chief Alliance Officer to Head its Global

first_imgMiten will join CleverTap Global Executive Leadership team and contribute to the strategic growth by leading Channel Partnership and Alliance programsCleverTap, the leading customer retention SaaS platform, announced that Miten Mehta has joined the company as Chief Alliance Officer to lead its strategic alliance and partnership program across Americas, EMEA & APAC regions.Miten, Xoogler, is a senior digital transformation and innovation leader, who will relocate to Mumbai from Silicon Valley to drive the next phase of growth at CleverTap through strategic alliances with consulting, product and SaaS firms, ISV’s, digital agencies, marketing analytics firms, educational & training Institutes among others.Marketing Technology News: VaaS and USB are Helping to Drive Growth in the Video Conferencing & Collaboration Market“Miten brings a global perspective and an impeccable track record of enabling rapid partnership led growth at early to late-stage companies across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific to CleverTap leadership team. He will not only provide leadership to accelerate and scale our strategic growth by ramping our alliance program but also co-innovate solutions with partners to address our customer needs in new markets and verticals,” said Anand Jain, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at CleverTap.Marketing Technology News: DTiQ Launches Enhanced Video Analytics CapabilitiesMiten brings over 25+ years of P&L experience in technology leadership across – strategic alliance and partnerships, corporate development, M&A and product innovation. Prior to joining CleverTap, he worked at Google as a consultant where he supported their strategic partners and customers for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and community ecosystem program. Previously, Miten was the co-founder of Spinta Global Accelerator, KD, eComLive (acquired by InfoSpace) and MoConDi (acquired by MobileMedia) and served on board / advisory board of companies in USA and India.“CleverTap enables our partners to grow their client’s digital business through our industry-leading customer retention platform which helps Fortune 2000 brands increase customer lifetime value while reducing churn and customer acquisition cost. I’m excited at this opportunity to add value to our partners and help them expand into new markets and verticals by leveraging the CleverTap platform,” said Miten Mehta, Chief Alliance Officer at CleverTap.Marketing Technology News: Speedcast and In Aria! Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services CleverTap Names Miten Mehta as Chief Alliance Officer to Head its Global Partnership Ecosystem PRNewswire6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 Anand JainClevertapcustomer retentionMarketing Technology NewsMiten MehtaNewsSaas Previous ArticleRetail App Use Surges 50% As Consumers Shop Year-Round, Taking Pressure Off the “Make or Break’ Holiday SeasonNext ArticleActifio Showcases Industry’s First Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management SaaS Solution at Google Cloud Summitlast_img read more

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With Bharat Salman has Corrected Mistake of Releasing Tubelight Race 3 on

first_img amitabh bachchanAmitabh Bachchan Ali Abbas ZafarAmitabh Bachchan filmsAmitabh Bachchan Salman Khan First Published: June 8, 2019, 8:38 AM IST Courtesy of his career defining, crowd pleasing films Wanted (2011) and Dabangg (2010), Salman Khan is now a bonafide star of the masses, one who is an easily identifiable character for the public. The kind of play act that Salman had to offer through these two ventures went a long way in moulding the audiences’ perception of his image, while also increasing his relatibilty with the cinema going classes. Read: Bharat Box Office Collection Day 2: Salman Khan Film Earns Rs 73.30 Crore in Two Days Following the footsteps of the ‘avenging male hero’ in Bollywood, Salman delivered back-to-back superhits like Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012), Jai ho (2013), Kick (2014) and others that succeeded. However, Tubelight (2017) and Race 3 (2018) are two of those rare Salman Khan films in the recent times that even after earning more than 100 crore plus at the box office bear the mark of under-performing films.Salman himself admitted in an interview that Tubelight was not a film to be released on Eid because it’s a time for festivities and fun and “people went in expecting a celebration, but came out crying.”One of the reasons that Salman’s Tubelight was not accepted by the audience could be because their favourite hero, who, all thanks to his macho image, could once fight scores of goons while wearing sunglasses at the back of his shirt, in a charismatic way, was now left at the mercy of bullies, only to be defended by his younger brother. All the agency and power that Salman had accumulated over the decade was taken away from him in an instant and he felt like an alien fending off for himself in his own world, where he was once the ruler or Sultan. Read: Marriage or Companionship: Is Bharat Salman Khan’s Most Progressive Film Till Date?Basically, there was a serious dearth of commercial elements and so instead of empathising with his feelings, audiences felt more comfortable in leaving Laxman Bisht (Salman’s character in Tubelight) alone.On the other hand, even though Salman returned to action with Race 3, the story was too drab to have made a decent film. Including distasteful songs, some of which were sung by the actor himself, the film turned out to be lackluster. Now with Bharat, Salman is back as a more relatable figure for the masses. He is fighting off musclemen on the streets as he ages impeccably. Early figures have suggested that Bharat has started on the right foot and may gain serious traction at the box office in the coming days. Turns out, a dancing, fighting Salman is better off than a grieving one. Read: Taimur Ali Khan’s Aura is Like No One Else, He is a Superstar, Says Bharat Actor Sunil GroverBharat is an official remake of the Korean film An Ode To My Father. The Bollywood film depicts the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. It also stars Katrina Kaif. Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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Happy Birthday Dimple Kapadia Lesserknown Facts About the Bollywood Actress

first_imgKnown as one of the finest actresses of Bollywood, Dimple Kapadia has been gifted with a lot of talent. The actress made her Bollywood debut with Bobby, which turned out to be a massive hit, she will be next seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. On June 8, as the actress is turning 63, we have a look back at the life of Bollywood’s gem, who had her own charisma and beauty despite being the wife of superstar Rajesh Khanna. The actress managed to create a niche for herself, and quit Bollywood when the family became more important to her.These facts about Dimple Kapadia are sure to stay with you and love her more for the charming lady she is: -The actress made her Bollywood debut at the age of 16 with Bobby, where she played the lead opposite Rishi Kapoor. However, despite being a debutant, the actress managed to earn laurels for her performance, including a few awards. -She was discovered by Raj Kapoor, who introduced her in Bobby. -Dimple Kapadia was dating Rishi Kapoor while shooting for the movie Bobby, however, the duo had a breakup. She got married to legendary actor Rajesh Khanna before the release of her debut movie. -Dimple was just 16 when she got married to Rajesh Khanna, an actor who was 15 years older to her. While Rajesh Khanna used to call her Dimpy, Dimple used to fondly call him Kaka. -Her hands were kept out of the frame when she was shooting for Bobby as Dimple had applied Mehendi (henna) on them. -While her first movie was a super hit on box office, she couldn’t work in movies after her marriage due to Rajesh Khanna’s denial. However, she decided to separate from the actor after 11 years and began her acting career again. She came back to movies with 1985’s Sagar. -Her brief topless scene in the movie Saagar invited a lot of controversies at that time. -A new affair blossomed with Dimple Kapadia’s Manzil Manzil in 1985. Dimple and Sunny Deol dated for almost 11 years and it did not stay as a secret to anyone. While Twinkle and Rinki called Sunny ‘Chhote Papa’, the Gaddar actor decided to choose his family over the affair. -While Dimple separated from Rajesh Khanna after 11 years of marriage, both Dimple and Rajesh didn’t marry anyone else. In an interview later in his life, Kaka also accepted that he loves his wife a lot. -Dimple Kapadia also won the National Award under best actress category for the portrayal of her role in Rudaali in 1993. Follow @News18Movies for more BobbyChristopher NolanDimple KapadiaDimple Kapadia facts First Published: June 8, 2019, 4:29 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Ideology of Gandhis Killers Won Over Peace Says Divgijaya After Losing to

first_imgBhopal: Without directly putting the blame on electronic voting machines (EVMs) for his defeat, Congress’ Bhopal candidate for the Lok Sabha election Digvijaya Singh wondered what magic wand did the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) possess that enabled it to accurately predict its victory. Speaking to reporters in Bhopal for the first time after his loss to BJP’s Pragya Singh Thakur, Singh congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his MPs on the thumping victory in the general election. “I have already congratulated Pragyaji (BJP candidate) at the counting centre on Thursday,” said Singh.When asked to comment on the poll outcome in Bhopal, the former chief minister said he personally felt it was a victory of ideology of Gandhi’s killers over the values of the apostle of peace.”According to the traditions of Indian democracy, I accept the mandate. But it is cause for concern for me that the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi’s killer has won in the country and the ideology of Gandhi, which gave peace to this country, has lost,” he said.”The Congress will move on the path of truth, love, non-violence and harmony, and we wish the country goes on the same path,” Singh added. Further, he expressed astonishment as to how the BJP predicted it victories so correctly. “It is strange that the BJP slogan in the 2014 elections was “abki baar 280 paar” and they achieved an absolute majority with 282 seats out of 543, 166 more than previous 15th Lok Sabha. “In this year’s elections, the saffron party’s slogan was “abki baar 300 paar” and it has got 302 seats. I wonder what magic wand the BJP has, which predicts exactly the number of seats it will get even before the votes are cast. It deserves to be congratulated for this,” he said.Regarding the alleged tampering in EVMs, he said much already has been discussed on this and refused to delve further into it.On being asked about what was lacking in his campaign, Singh said till the time EVMs were opened, all thought he would win. “I had even received messages from several BJP leaders who congratulated me in advance.”“My workers, party leaders and I gave our 100 per cent and I have no complaints against anyone,” he added. Asked to comment on the choice of seat for him, Singh said he deemed himself a small party worker who followed his party’s command.He said that despite his loss, he would try to fulfil his promises by staying in Bhopal as Chief Minister Kamal Nath has made similar promises to the people of Bhopal.Continuing his attack on the BJP, Singh said though the saffron camp focused its campaign on national security, the reality was a large number of servicemen have lost their lives in the last five years. He said the Modi government had failed to meet any of its promises made in 2014, like black money and employment, hence the new agenda of security.Further accusing the BJP of trying to bring down the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh through horse trading, Singh said the party had full faith in its MLAs and allies, including the BSP and SP.Asked whether he should have replied to the harsh words used by Thakur for him during campaigning, Singh said he never responded to abuses hurled at him by his opponents.Regarding the ownership of defeat and if the party president should resign, Singh said it was up to the party organisation to take a call on this. When reminded about his self-imposed political exile in 2003 after being decimated by BJP leader Uma Bharti, Singh said he hadn’t said anything like this ahead of the 2019 polls. (With inputs from agencies) Digvijaya SinghLok Sabha elections 2019madhya-pradesh-lok-sabha-elections-2019pragya thakur First Published: May 24, 2019, 8:22 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswamilast_img read more

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Two Arrested for Raping 14yearold at Her Home in JKs Kathua Police

first_imgJammu: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl at her house in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, police said Wednesday.Mohammad Iqbal and Babu Din, both from Sadrota-Lohai Malhar village, were arrested on Tuesday after the girl’s father lodged a complaint alleging that the duo had raped his daughter last week while she was alone at home, a police official said. He said a case has been registered against Iqbal and Din under relevant sections of the law, including the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The medical examination report of the girl is awaited and her statement has been recorded before a magistrate, the official said, adding that further investigation is underway. crimejammu and kashmirkathuaMinor rape First Published: July 17, 2019, 3:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

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After Congress JDS Also Seeks Disqualification of Three Rebel Party Legislators in

first_imgBengaluru: After the Congress, the JD(S) Thursday said the party too has approached the Assembly Speaker seeking disqualification of three of its legislators, who are among the 16 MLAs who have resigned, pushing the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government to the brink of collapse.The three MLAs against whom JD(S) has sought disqualification are AH Vishwanath (Hunsur), KC Narayanagowda (KR Pet) and K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout). However, Speaker Ramesh Kumar said he cannot take cognisance of the JD(S)s petition to disqualify the legislators as it was not filed in the proper format.The party has sought their disqualification for indulging in “anti-party” activities and for giving up membership voluntarily in the interest of justice.”Yesterday I have filed a petition against three JD(S) MLAs seeking action under anti-defection law. Today I have submitted documents to Speakers office,” JD(S) spokesperson Ramesh Babu said in a statement, adding that he was accompanied by advocates.However, the speaker said he cannot take cognisance of the JD(S)s application to disqualify MLAs as it was not filed in the proper format, and those who have submitted it were neither MLAs nor party leaders in the House.In its petition seeking disqualification of the MLAs, the JD(S) alleged that the MLAs had participated in “anti-party activities” by identifying themselves with BJP and are now trying to destabilise the coalition government.The MLAs had addressed the media making serious allegations against the JD(S) and the coalition government, he said, adding they had acted against the directions of the party and had failed to attend the JD(S) legislature party meeting without any valid reasons.The MLAs had also met the Governor and declared that they had withdrawn support to the government without informing the leaders of the party, the petition said.”The facts and circumstances clearly demonstrate that the respondents have voluntarily given up the membership of JD(S). In view of the aforesaid facts and circumstances it is clear that the MLAs have got themselves disqualified from being the MLAs.It is therefore clear that the ingredients of section 2(1) (a) of the 10th schedule of the constitution of India had been attracted by them for being disqualified from their membership,” it said.Fighting to save the coalition government, the Congress had on Tuesday sought disqualification of its rebel legislators and accused the BJP of using money power to lure its members .The party, however, did not move any petition against seven time MLA Ramalinga Reddy, and said he was an “exception.”Among the 16 MLAs who have resigned 13 are from the Congress and three from JD(S).Meanwhile, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Rao Thursday appeared before the Speaker in connection with the petition they had moved recently seeking disqualification of rebel party MLAs.”We have moved petition against MLAs under anti-defection law, today hearing was done concerning two members, against other members also we have given petition to Speaker.He has to decide whether they have to be disqualified or not, only then resignation and other issues will come in… Our petition is against all members who have resigned, except Ramalinga Reddy,” Rao told reporters. AH VishwanathcongressJD(S)karnataka First Published: July 11, 2019, 9:22 PM ISTlast_img read more

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A Google Maps detour trapped 100 drivers on a muddy onelane road

first_imgYou can’t always trust your map app: faulty Google Maps directions led some Aurora, Colo. area drivers to a strange and muddy detour on Sunday. The app seemed to be trying to route them around a crash, but instead ended up causing a separate traffic jam. Google’s detour suggestion dumped dozens of drivers on a one-way dirt road, according to Denver7. Rainy weather from earlier in the weekend caused a muddy patch that drivers say ended up causing a 100-car backup due.Many of the drivers blamed Google Maps for taking them to the off-road detour in the first place, relying on the app to automatically reroute them when traffic gets bad. The incident shows just how much we can trust our smartphone apps.“My thought was, ‘Well there are all these other cars in front of me so it must be OK.’ So I just continued,” driver Connie Monsees told Denver7.“The question is why did Google send us out there to begin with? There was no turning back once you were out there,” she added.While Google Maps has many useful features, like real-time information on traffic and transit options as well as SOS alerts for natural disasters, the app can’t always predict roads affected by daily weather, remote road closures, and other issues that are undetectable by GPS. It wasn’t too long ago that drivers relied on actual maps to get them from point A to point B, but with the advancement in technology, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with a map in their glove box nowadays. According to the Washington Post, an essential part of our culture is “wayfinding,” or being aware of our environment and barriers during travel. With our reliance on GPS systems like Google Maps, we plug an address in, go on autopilot mode and don’t necessarily remember how we got to our destination. Google didn’t respond to our request for comment, but a spokesperson told ABC News that Google Maps takes “many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route.”“While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather,” the spokesperson said. “We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgement while driving.” Waze vs. Google Maps Google Maps can now determine how crowded your bus or train will be How to use Waze Your weather app may not be as reliable as you thought. Here’s why. Google Maps may soon alert you if your taxi driver goes off-route Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

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