March Retail Sales Gains Are Very Encouraging And Set the Stage For

first_imgRetail sales were up 1 percent in March seasonally adjusted from February and up 0.8 percent unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said today. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.“The change of seasons is always a factor because of the weather, and a later Easter and Passover this year mean holiday-related sales that took place in March last year won’t come until April this year and sizably impact year-over-year comparisons.”“March’s numbers are very encouraging and set the stage for improved expectations for the economy in the coming months, especially since the first quarter is typically weak,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “These numbers boost first-quarter performance and suggest a strong consumer. It is clear that underlying consumer fundamentals including job and wage growth and healthy household balance sheets continue to support spending. Consumers were busy in March after weaker-than-expected spending earlier.”Kleinhenz said the numbers could have been better if not for cold weather early in March and changes in the timing of two key religious holidays: “The change of seasons is always a factor because of the weather, and a later Easter and Passover this year mean holiday-related sales that took place in March last year won’t come until April this year and sizably impact year-over-year comparisons.”Marketing Technology News: Reviving Retail with AI: 5 Benefits of Adopting AI in Retail OperationsAs of March, the three-month moving average was up 2.6 percent over the same period a year ago. March’s results make up for a revised monthly loss of 0.8 percent seen in February and build on February’s year-over-year gain of 2.5 percent.NRF’s numbers are based on data from the US Census Bureau, which said today that overall March sales – including auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants – were up 1.6 percent seasonally adjusted from February and up 3.6 unadjusted year-over-year. The release of retail sales data for December through March has been delayed as the Bureau works through a backlog caused by the government shutdown earlier this year.The results come as NRF’s preliminary forecast projects that retail sales during 2019 will increase between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion. The forecast is subject to revision as more data is released in the coming months.Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Solutions Provider, IVCi, Shares Tips for Choosing the Best Video Wall Solution for Your SpaceSpecifics from key retail sectors during March include:Online and other non-store sales were up 9.2 percent year-over-year and up 1.2 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Health and personal care stores were up 1.6 percent year-over-year and up 0.2 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.General merchandise stores were down 0.5 percent year-over-year but up 0.7 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Building materials and garden supply stores were down 0.7 percent year-over-year but up 0.3 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Furniture and home furnishings stores were down 1 percent year-over-year but up 1.7 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Grocery and beverage stores were down 1.1 percent year-over-year but up 1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Clothing and clothing accessory stores were down 2.6 percent year-over-year but up 2 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Electronics and appliance stores were down 4.1 percent year-over-year but up 0.5 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Sporting goods stores were down 10.8 percent year-over-year and down 0.3 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Marketing Technology News: Outreach Recognized as an April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Sales Force Automation March Retail Sales Gains Are ‘Very Encouraging’ And ‘Set the Stage’ For Further Improvements This Year PRNewswireApril 22, 2019, 4:20 pmApril 22, 2019 Jack KleinhenzMarch Retail SalesMarketing TechnologyNational Retail FederationNewsSalesSet the Stage Previous ArticleTerminus Expands Measurement and Engagement Capabilities in Account-Based Platform; Now Measures Traditional and ABM Programs in a Single ScorecardNext ArticleSAS Showcases Regional Impact of Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at Flagship EventShowcases Regional Impact of Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at Flagship Eventlast_img read more

Sean Bairs ZooWho App Is Like a CRM for Your Personal Life

first_imgThis Relationship-Nurturing App Will Help You Be a Better FriendClient-facing professionals often use a customer relationship management tool (or CRM) to prioritize and maintain their business relationships. Entrepreneur Sean Bair saw the effectiveness of this system and realized how important it could be when applied to personal relationships, especially in today’s social media fatigued world. That’s why he decided to create ZooWho.ZooWho is an app that helps users manage their personal relationships by recording details and facts about friends and acquaintances, such as favorite foods, music preferences and social media activity.Marketing Technology News: Uberflip Named a Contender in Content Marketing Platforms for B2B Marketers for the First Time by Independent Research FirmZooWho also prioritizes connections between users and their contacts by providing gentle reminders to reach out to them based on set time intervals, encouraging continual cultivation of those friendships.“Unlike passive, old-school rolodex or mobile phone contact systems, ZooWho will help the user establish and nurture more meaningful relationships with friends, family and colleagues through reminders, geofencing alerts, ties to Amazon wish lists, predictive analytics and an app that captures the right data,” Bair said. “Armed with this information, users can begin showing their friends and contacts that they are paying attention to what matters to them and love, serve and nurture their relationship.”Marketing Technology News: Linda Dupree Named CEO of NCSIt may seem ambitious to claim that an app could make you a better friend, but numerous studies have shown that relationships are cultivated through moments of attention. ZooWho empowers users to mindfully direct their attention, thereby taking better care of those in their circle.Sean Bair is an established entrepreneur whose new app, ZooWho, is designed to help users foster their existing personal connections. The app is slated to be released in late May.Marketing Technology News: Riva CRM Integration Achieves SOC 2 Certification Sean Bair’s ZooWho App Is Like a CRM for Your Personal Life PRNewswireMay 10, 2019, 3:37 pmMay 10, 2019 Client-facing professionalscustomer relationship managementMarketing TechnologyNewsSean BairSocial MediaZooWho Previous ArticleNew Research: Global Businesses are Failing to Live up to their Claims of Putting the Customer FirstNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Yash Madhusudhan, CEO and Co-Founder, Fylelast_img read more

PTC Announces ThingWorx 85 to Help Customers Drive Digital Transformation to New

first_imgPTC Announces ThingWorx 8.5 to Help Customers Drive Digital Transformation to New Levels Business WireJune 13, 2019, 1:17 pmJune 13, 2019 New Capabilities Enable Businesses to Leverage the Power of Industrial IoTPTC announced the upcoming release of its ThingWorx Industrial IoT (IIoT) platform from the show floor of the LiveWorx digital transformation event. ThingWorx 8.5 combines new capabilities with world-class, domain-specific solutions to better serve the digital transformation needs of industrial enterprises worldwide.@PTC announces @ThingWorx 8.5 release from the #LiveWorx 19 show floor. #DigitalTransformationAmong the new and enhanced capabilities are tools that simplify the composition and deployment of solutions. Customers will be able to configure applications faster and deploy them across multiple sites and geographies. For those who want more ready-made solutions, ThingWorx also offers pre-built, pre-configured capabilities for engineering, manufacturing, and service. This latest version of ThingWorx brings enhanced integration with Microsoft Azure IoT and includes additional tools for rolling out solutions at an enterprise scale.Marketing Technology News: Mastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online ShoppingFunctional Solutions Taken to New LevelsEngineeringPTC’s long history in supporting the digital needs of designers and engineers is evidenced by the numerous enhancements in ThingWorx 8.5. The new ThingWorx Navigate Digital Change Management Application, the first in what will be a series, enables internal and external users to actively participate in the critical function of change management. The new series of ThingWorx Navigate Contribute Apps will expand on PTC’s popular NavigateView™ suite, which makes valuable information easily available and facilitates collaboration across the enterprise. Powered by the digital thread, engineers will now have real-time access to connected product data in ThingWorx to drive the design of next-generation products.ManufacturingWith domain contribution from Rockwell Automation, PTC offers a broad range of solutions to address manufacturers’ top challenges. During LiveWorx this week, PTC and Rockwell Automation are showcasing how their solutions – consisting of advanced technologies such as IIoT, augmented reality, analytics, and MES – can significantly improve enterprise operational intelligence, digital workforce productivity, intelligent asset optimization, and scalable production management. ThingWorx 8.5 is now compatible with Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Analytics. Additionally, PTC will be releasing ThingWorx Kepware Edge® to provide flexible deployment of reliable and secure connectivity for dispersed equipment.Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital EraServiceMaximizing service revenue and delivery margins is a critical mission for product manufacturers, and for many, IIoT is the answer. PTC’s service solution suite enables service organizations to transform from cost centers to profit centers and drive product and service innovation through new IIoT-enabled business models. The service optimization solution allows companies to improve margins by minimizing truck rolls and increasing first-time-fix rates, all while resulting in greater customer satisfaction. With ThingWorx 8.5, digital service delivery is enhanced through a deepened integration with Microsoft Azure, enabling manufacturers to now use the ThingWorx Software Content Management App with the Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Edge.“We continue to evolve ThingWorx and our IoT solutions to further the success of our customers and their digital transformation goals,” said Kathleen Mitford, executive vice president, products, PTC. “We are committed to exceeding the expectations of the marketplace through continued innovation, customer centricity, and our strategic alliances with Microsoft and Rockwell Automation.”Marketing Technology News: Vidyard Expands Offering to Bring Personalized Video App to Any Sales Professional, No Matter How They Work PTC Previous ArticleCSDC Launches New Amanda Freedom of Information SolutionNext ArticleInseego’s 5G NR Solutions Highlight Leadership at 5G World Summitlast_img read more

Amazon Prime Day Sale The Echo Show 5 Goes on Sale For

first_imgThe newest addition to Amazon’s expanding line-up of Echo smart devices in India is the Echo Show 5. This has gone on sale for the first time as part of the Amazon Prime Day Sale. You can buy the Echo Show 5 right now for Rs 5,399 before the prices return to the standard sticker of Rs 8,999.The Echo Show 5 has a 5.5-inch display and runs the full gamut of the Amazon Alexa based services, including voice commands, Drop-in, the ability to control your smart home devices such as smart lighting, video calling and video streaming. You can currently have the Echo Show 5 in the black and white colour options. This runs a MediaTek MT 8163 processor, has two microphones as well as a button to cut off the physical connection to the cameras and the microphones in case you are worried about the privacy of a conversation you may be having, for instance. The 5.5-inch display has a 960 x 480 resolution. There is a 1.65-inch speaker inside the Amazon Echo Show 5. This is larger than the 1.4-inch speaker in the Echo Spot, but the larger Echo Show is significantly ahead with two 10-watt audio drivers and a passive radiator with Dolby processing for what turns out to be fairly powerful sound. The Amazon Echo Show can be an ideal companion on your bedside table or even your workstation, for the latest news briefing, music playback and video calls. The streaming apps compatible with the Echo Show 5 include Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Music, Jio Saavn, Tunein, Hungama and Gaana. You can use your Facebook photos to customize the home screen. You can also get this to work with any smart cameras you may have at home and also plugs in with all the third-party apps, known as skills. amazonamazon alexaamazon echoAmazon Echo Show First Published: July 15, 2019, 3:05 PM ISTlast_img read more

FiveYearOld Boys Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in a Candy Store Called

first_imgHouston: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”: it was with these words that Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon 50 years ago, an occasion celebrated by space enthusiasts globally on Saturday.The era-defining event was watched by more than half a billion people around the world, and represented one of humanity’s greatest achievements. In the US, its 50th anniversary has revived public enthusiasm for crewed space flight, as NASA charts out new missions to the Moon and on to Mars.At 4:18pm ET (2018 GMT) on July 20, 1969, the lunar module carrying Armstrong and crewmate Buzz Aldrin touched down on the Sea of Tranquility, following a four-day journey.NASA replayed the original CBS footage online. “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed,” Armstrong said.A little over six hours later, at 10:56pm ET (0256 GMT Sunday), Armstrong climbed out of the lunar module and uttered his immortal words — which he later said he thought about during the flight and prior to exiting Eagle.Aldrin followed about 20 minutes later, exclaiming: “Magnificent desolation.”The pair spent about two-and-a-half hours on the surface, carrying out scientific experiments and collecting samples. “We had the problem of the five-year-old boy in a candy store,” Armstrong would later go to say. “There are just too many interesting things to do.”In Houston on Saturday night, thousands of space enthusiasts descended upon the visitor area of the NASA Johnson Space Center for a countdown to the “Moonversary,” and watched a giant screen that replayed the iconic moments, before fireworks lit up the sky.NASA has been in overdrive for several weeks to mark the anniversary, with exhibits and events around the country, including projecting the giant Saturn V rocket and clips from the mission on the Washington Monument.”Looking back, landing on the moon wasn’t just our job, it was a historic opportunity to prove to the world America’s can-do spirit,” Aldrin, 89, tweeted.Earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech from Cape Canaveral, from where Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins, the third crew member, took off.All three men were born in 1930, and Armstrong died in 2012.”Apollo 11 is the only event in the 20th century that stands a chance of being widely remembered in the 30th century,” Pence said.NASA has declared its intention to return to the Moon by 2024 under the Artemis program — the twin sister of Apollo in Greek mythology — and this time place the first woman on its surface.It plans to establish a lunar orbiting platform, called a “Gateway,” studying how living organisms react to the radiation and microgravity of a deep space environment over a long period, as it looks ahead to a crewed Mars mission in the 2030s.Experts doubt that the space agency can meet its current goals on time. None of the key elements — the rocket, crew capsule, lander, or orbital station, are yet ready.Pence used the occasion to announce that the Orion crew capsule had now been assembled, “a critical milestone.”According to a release by maker Lockheed Martin, it needs several months more of testing before it is delivered for launch processing in early 2020.’I’ve been there!’In an interview with Fox News, Aldrin lamented the lack of progress in human space exploration since the Apollo program, which ended in 1972.He also called for global cooperation to achieve humanity’s next steps on the Moon and Mars. “It would not be at all helpful to be competing for the Moon or Mars, that’s very wasteful,” he said.Collins too is keen for crewed missions sooner rather than later, and has advocated for the US to go “direct to Mars” rather than returning to the Moon first.Asked on Saturday if he thinks much about the events of 50 years ago, he told Fox News: “Not very often. I lead a quiet life. I’ll be walking along down my street at night, when it’s starting to get dark and I sense something over my right shoulder and I look up and see that little silver sliver up there and think, ‘Oh that’s the Moon! I’ve been there!’Uncertain futureThe White House meanwhile issued a statement announcing it was “committed to reestablishing our Nation’s dominance and leadership in space for centuries to come.”Both presidents George HW Bush and his son George W Bush made similar promises but financial constraints stopped their vision from being realized. The future of Artemis rests therefore on the willingness of Congress to substantially increase NASA’s current budget of $21 billion — and possibly on the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Apollo 11ArtemisBuzz AldrinMichael Collins First Published: July 21, 2019, 10:36 AM ISTlast_img read more

Scarlett Johansson Gets Engaged to Saturday Night Live Host Colin Jost After

first_imgScarlett Johansson is all set to walk the aisle with Colin Jost. Johansson, a popular name in Hollywood and Jost, a Saturday Night Live host, got engaged after dating for two years, reports Entertainment Weekly.The two made their debut as a couple in November 2017. The couple recently walked the red carpet together at the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, in which Johansson plays the character of Black Widow. This will be the first marriage for Jost, 36, while it will be Johansson’s third.The 34-year-old actor’s first marriage was with Ryan Reynolds (2008-2010). She then tied the knot with Romain Dauriac in 2014 but they finalised their divorce in September 2017. She also has a four-year-old daughter Rose with Dauriac.On the professional front, Johansson has been playing Black Widow aka Natalia Romanova since 2010’s Iron Man 2 and her latest outing as the character is Avengers: Endgame. Rumours started making round that a stand-alone film for Black Widow is in works. Breaking silence over the much-anticipated stand-alone of her Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) character, Johansson told Variety, “I think everything happens when it’s supposed to. All I’ll say is that I think I have a greater understanding of the character now than I ever possibly could have had before. Whatever iteration you see of this character, may or may not see of this character in the future, will be the better because of it.” Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson starrer Avengers: Endgame, slid to second place on domestic box office charts and has now earned $771 million in North America. It officially passed Avatar and its $761 million hauls to become the second-highest grossing movie at the domestic box office behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $937 million. Avengers: Endgame hit $2.6 billion in ticket sales worldwide, inching toward Avatar and its $2.78 billion global box office record.Follow @News18Movies for more Avengers EndgameBlack WidowColin JostSaturday Night Live First Published: May 20, 2019, 1:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

Shiv Sena MP Asks Opposition If It Plans To Have New A

first_img 2019 lok sabha electionsMamata Banerjeepm narendra modiRahul Gandhi First Published: April 30, 2019, 11:24 PM IST Mumbai: Slamming NCP chief Sharad Pawar over his comments on prime ministerial candidates if the BJP does not get the required mandate in the Lok Sabha polls, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday sought to know if the opposition intends to have a new prime minister every six months.Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said neither BSP supremo Mayawati, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, NCP chief Sharad Pawar nor Congress president Rahul Gandhi will become prime minister. “There can be only one prime minister and that is Narendra Modi ji. Who does the opposition have who is credible enough to become prime minister? Or does the opposition plan to have a new face every 6 months in the name of a stable government,” Raut said.Pawar had recently backed Banerjee, Naidu and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati as top contenders for the post of prime minister if the NDA fails to win a majority after the Lok Sabha elections.Explaining the rationale behind his picks, Pawar had said that like Modi, his three choices too have been chief ministers of their states, giving administrative experience the most weightage for his choices.Raut claimed Pawar later took a U-turn and said he had named the three when asked who apart from Congress president Rahul Gandhi could be a contender for the top post.”However, his explanation now seems hollow. His earlier statement proves he does not have faith in the Congress or Rahul Gandhi,” Raut said.Meanwhile, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ”Saamana”, the Shiv Sena took a swipe at Pawar.Like Pawar announced support to the BJP after the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections for the sake of a “stable government”, nobody would be surprised if the NCP chief decides to support the Amit Shah-led party if the ruling party fell short of a majority by a few seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it said.last_img read more

Hrithiks Sister Sunaina Has Been Calling Kangana and Me to Apologise Says

first_img bipolar disorderbipolar meaninghrithik roshanHrithik Roshan sister First Published: June 13, 2019, 1:11 PM IST Recent reports claimed that Sunaina Roshan, daughter of Rakesh Roshan and sister of Hrithik Roshan, suffers from bipolar disorder and is under medical observation. However, she dismissed the reports saying that she wasn’t in the hospital, rather, she was partying with friends.Now, actress Kangana Ranaut’s sister and spokesperson Rangoli Chandel alleges that Sunaina doesn’t suffer from this condition. It all started when Rangoli posted a picture on Twitter with Kangana, praising her sibling for standing by her side as she builds her house in Kullu. Commenting on the photo a user wrote, “Everyone loves their brothers and sisters and want to do for them whatever capacity they have! What’s new in it?”Replying to the same, Rangoli stated that not everyone is nice to their sibling and cited Hrithik and Sunaina’s example. In a series of tweets, she wrote, “Don’t act too smart @chakrabarti_r everyone isn’t nice to their siblings, Hrithik Roshan’s sister Sunaina Roshan has been calling and messaging Kangana and me only to apologise that she didn’t stand up for her when Hrithik framed her as they were friends when Hrithik and Kangana were close.” (sic)”When Hrithik found out he & his PR tried to prove her a bipolar on a nervous breakdown, poor lady was so hassled with all the public shaming and blaming. Day before it was all over the media, so don’t give this BS everyone is kind to their siblings. (sic)” she added.Don’t act too smart @chakrabarti_r everyone isn’t nice to their siblings, Hrithik Roshan’s sister Sunaina Roshan has been calling and messaging Kangana and me only to apologise that she didn’t stand up for her when Hrithik framed her as they were friends…. (contd) https://t.co/Ty2HwG7XLj— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) June 12, 2019(Contd)..when Kangana &Hrithik were close, when Hrithik found out he & his PR tried to prove her a bipolar on a nervous breakdown, poor lady was so hassled with all the public shaming and blaming…(contd)— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) June 12, 2019(Contd)…. day before it was all over the media, so don’t give this BS everyone is kind to their siblings.— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) June 12, 2019As per reports, Sunaina was staying in a rented hotel apartment for the past 17-18 days before she went back home to stay in the same building as her parents – Rakesh and Pinky Roshan. Talking about her health condition she reportedly told Pinkvilla, “I have not been hospitalized getting any kind of treatment, forget psychological. I also want to clarify that I am not under any medication. I was out partying with my friends on Sunday night at the Golf Club in Chembur. I came back home to my father’s home (in Juhu) and now I am very much at home.” Sunaina also said that she doesn’t suffer from bipolar disorder and wasn’t under treatment for it. She said that being angry and short-tempered does not make one a patient of bipolar disorder, which causes shifts in mood and energy. However, with that, she hinted that all is not well in her life, though, something she had also referred to in a cryptic tweet on Sunday. Sunday thought …..didn’t know that I would hv had the opportunity to visit HELL in this lifetime …..— Sunaina Roshan (@sunainaRoshan22) June 9, 2019Read: Hrithik Roshan’s Sister Sunaina Says She is in ‘Living Hell’ Because of ‘Certain’ Family IssuesFollow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

Over 6 Kg Smuggled Gold Worth 217 Crore Rupees Seized in Hyderabad

first_img driGoldHyderabadSaudi Arabia First Published: July 3, 2019, 4:35 PM IST Hyderabad: Gold weighing over 6 kg and valued at Rs 2.17 crore was seized from 14 passengers who arrived here from a gulf nation after performing Umrah, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said on Wednesday.According to a DRI release, the gold was smuggled into the country on Tuesday by concealing “on person” and the accused did not have any documents to prove the legal import of the yellow metal. The total weight of the foreign gold recovered and seized under Customs Act, 1962, is 6.46 kg worth around 2.17 crore, it said.Explaining the modus operandi, the sleuths said the economically disadvantaged people who wanted to perform Umrah (pilgrimage) in Saudi Arabia were lured by agents, who sponsored their trip.During the return journey, the passengers were asked to carry gold, which would be collected by someone on the instructions of the agents.Gullible pilgrims were blackmailed by agents in Saudi Arabia with consequences of penalty or recovery of full charge of Umrah should they not act as per instructions.The 14 passengers are residents of Hyderabad who had arrived by a Saudi Airlines Flight from Jeddah on July 2, the release said adding they were detained. last_img read more

Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat Courts Arrest in Gairsain

first_img GairsainHarish RawatUttarakhand First Published: July 12, 2019, 10:26 PM IST Gopeshwar: Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat on Friday courted arrest along with several supporters in Gairsain to protest the recent arrest of 35 demonstrators demanding a permanent capital status for the hill town in Chamoli district.Rawat was joined by former Assembly speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, former deputy speaker AP Maikhuri, Congress MLA Karan Mahra and others as he arrived in Gairsain and led a procession to the Ramlila ground there. The former chief minister addressed a public meeting where he accused the BJP government in the state of doing nothing for Gairsain.Rawat said an amount of Rs 45 crore was sanctioned during his chief ministership for the construction of a secretariat in Gairsain but the amount was not utilised by the current dispensation.”Nothing has been done for the hills in the last two years with migration continuing unabated,” he alleged.Rawat led a procession to the tehsil headquarters later and courted arrest along with 115 other party leaders.The demand for the permanent capital status for Gairsain has been raised by different political parties over the years. last_img read more

Ford and Roush built a Mustang inspired by a legendary WWII fighter

first_img Next 1 of 10 Previous The Ford Mustang logo may be a horse, but this particular car is inspired by a very different kind of Mustang. The North American P-51 Mustang was one of the most legendary fighter planes of World War II, and Ford and tuner Roush have teamed up to build a one-off 2019 Mustang GT inspired by that plane. The car will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to an aviation education charity.The P-51 Mustang earned its reputation as a great fighter plane thanks to its performance and endurance. It was able to escort Allied bombers all the way from England to Germany and back, protecting air crews from German fighters and ensuring a crucial aspect of the Allied strategy could be carried out. One of the most famous Mustangs was Colonel Bud Anderson’s “Old Crow.” Anderson flew 116 combat missions during World War II, including during the D-Day invasion of France. He earned more than 25 decorations for his service.The Old Crow Mustang GT features a paint scheme inspired by Anderson’s fighter plane. Getting the paint scheme right was nothing new for Roush founder Jack Roush, who commissioned a re-creation of the Old Crow fighter plane in 1994. The car also features a Roush grille and 20-inch Roush wheels, wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact tires. Other exterior changes include a Ford Performance front spoiler, the rear spoiler from a Shelby GT500 Mustang, heat extractors in the hood, and blue-rainbow tinted exhaust tips meant to replicate the look of a P-51 Mustang’s exhaust. The interior features some military-inspired details, like green leather and canvas trim. The stock seats were replaced by Sparco buckets with four-point harnesses, while the rear seats were removed entirely.The P-51 Mustang was powered by a massive Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine, built under license in the United States by Packard. The Mustang GT doesn’t pack quite as many cylinders, but its 5.0-liter V8 does sport a Roush supercharger, allowing the engine to produce 710 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. The V8 breathes through a Roush cold air induction system and Ford Performance exhaust system.The Old Crow Mustang GT will be displayed at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, before being sold at the on-site auction known as “The Gathering.” Proceeds will benefit EAA “youth and adult aviation programs,” according to a Ford press release. Ford has built and donated 11 custom vehicles for EAA AirVenture, including cars inspired by the World War II Supermarine Spitfire fighter and the Apollo space program.center_img This 600-horsepower 2019 Shelby GT-S Mustang is the ultimate rental car 2019 Roush Stage 3 Mustang Review The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 thunders into the muscle car ring with 760 hp Ford gears up to build rugged, capable hybrid trucks and SUVs The best Nintendo Switch games Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers revealed

first_imgThat’s because, rather than needing “lighthouse” style beacons on the walls, as systems like HTC’s Vive rely on, or markers that are stuck to the walls, it’s the Mixed Reality headset itself that does the tracking. By using the external sensors already built into the headset, Microsoft has made the whole system install-free. You won’t have to configure the room around you before you start to interact with VR or AR.It paves the way for Mixed Reality being more closely integrated into Windows 10 later this year. That’ll come with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which along with a variety of content editing and cross-platform device improvements, will also fold in native Mixed Reality support. For instance, it’ll upgrade all Windows 10 PCs to support the marker-less controllers.Sales of the Mixed Reality motion controllers will kick off this holiday. Announced today, Acer will be bundling the motion controllers in with its headset, priced at $399. Story TimelineMicrosoft VR comes with $300 headsets from Lenovo, ASUS, AcerMicrosoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and coolVR trends to look out for in 2017This is Microsoft’s wish-list for 2017 Windows PCsAcer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers Microsoft has unveiled its take on VR controllers, with the Windows 10 Mixed Reality motion controllers making their debut at BUILD 2017 today. Intended to pair with the Windows Mixed Reality headsets we’ve already seen announced from a number of companies, the controllers allow for better interaction in virtual 3D space. Meanwhile, there’s also news for developers hoping to get their hands on the VR/AR kit.center_img In fact, there are now two Mixed Reality headsets going up for preorder from today. Developers in the US and Canada can put their money down for either Acer’s $299 headset or HP’s $329 version at the Microsoft Store. Delivery is expected to take place later in the summer of 2017. Coming later in the year, though, will be the controllers that work with the headsets. Dubbed the Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers, they’ll be an optional add-on; much in the same way that the Daydream controller works with Google’s VR headset, or the Gear VR’s Oculus-powered controller works with Samsung’s version, they’ll allow users to interact more naturally with games, entertainment experiences, and tools for both productivity and creativity. Interestingly, they won’t require any extra hardware, either.last_img read more

NASA will make sure you see this years major total solar eclipse

first_imgThe total eclipse will happen on August 21 of this year, and it’ll be the first time an eclipse has been visible from coast-to-coast in the US since 1918. People stretching across a total of 14 states will witness the event, with it starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. NASA has long been preparing for this day, and has received so much attention that it created a new website specifically for the eclipse.The best way to see it, of course, is to plan ahead and make sure you’re staying somewhere in the visibility path (where there’s good weather!) when the eclipse happens. If you just can’t make it, though, NASA has a backup option: a high-quality livestream on NASA Television. This will be part of a larger show called ‘Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA,’ which itself will include footage of events celebrating the occasion from across the US.NASA plans to provide a ton of photos from before, during, and after the eclipse as captured by a total of 11 spacecraft, as well as more than 50 balloons and at least three of NASA’s aircraft. The ISS astronauts will also be snapping photos, meaning we’ll get to see the event from every angle…including ones not visible from Earth. Ahead of all this, you can find out more about the eclipse, download maps showing its path, and more here.SOURCE: NASA Story TimelineNASA re-schedules a colorful rocket launch for Father’s DayNASA’s Kepler telescope finds more than 200 new planet candidatesNASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface As we’ve previously reported, this year will bring a major total eclipse and many people in the United States will be able to see it. For everyone who doesn’t live in the viewing path, though, or at least those who can’t make the trip to see it in person, NASA has you covered. The space agency has announced big plans for livestreaming the event, enabling everyone in the world to watch it live.last_img read more

Amazon developing its own messaging app called Anytime

first_imgOne of the big positives is that it doesn’t rely on users knowing each other’s phone numbers, like with Whatsapp and others. Users can reach out to their friends using just their name and @mentions (it’s not clear if this would be a real name system, like Facebook, or registered username, like Twitter). With this, Anytime looks to challenge even social networks, with users able to share photos and video, apply filters and effects, and even order food and play games.Amazon has yet to officially comment on all this, but the idea of a messaging app from the company doesn’t seem all that far-fetched. Anytime could be a natural extension of their previous efforts, including Chime, a messaging and videoconferencing platform for enterprise users that debuted earlier this year, in addition to the calling and messaging features on Alexa devices. The app makes even more sense when considering that it will also allow business/customer service chat, and, of course, placing orders.SOURCE AFTVnews It appears that Amazon is already hard at work on “Anytime,” their own messaging app for iOS, Android, and desktop. AFTVnews reports that select customers have received surveys on the app, including details on its specific features. Anytime seems to covers all the basics, including group chats, voice/video calls, encryption, and stickers, but it also has a number of wide-ranging features that could have it rivaling even the biggest players in the messaging game. Rejoice smartphone users! If you’ve been looking for a new messaging app and options like Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Whatsapp, Google Allo, Hangouts, Slack, Signal, Telegram, Skype, Viber, and whatever else is already installed on your phone still aren’t enough, Amazon might just be working on something to meet your needs. That’s right, we could soon be getting yet another messaging app, this time from the internet marketplace giant.center_img Story TimelineAmazon Chime brings retail giant to the teleconferencing arenaAmazon said to be developing its own suite of office productivity appsAmazon Echo Show gives Alexa a screen and free video callsAmazon Echo calling and messaging takes on Skypelast_img read more

Xperia XA2 Plus midrange phone packs Sony HiRes audio

first_imgThe Sony Xperia XA2 Plus features a Full HD+ 6-inch 18:9 display housed in an anodized aluminum frame with a diamond-cut finish. The handset has a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, Gorilla Glass 5 protecting the display, and a mini-display mode for toggling between larger and smaller on-screen interfaces. Sony has taken the wraps off its new Xperia XA2 Plus, a smartphone packing the company’s Hi-Res audio technology, as well as an 18:9 display, 4K camera, and more. The company hawks the XA2 Plus as an “entertainment-focused” handset, one that falls within the mid-tier Xperia range. This marks the first time Sony has offered Hi-Res audio in its “super mid-range” Xperia lineup, the company says. Sony has focused on the camera and audio with this model, offering high-resolution audio support for audiophiles, as well as a 23-megapixel rear camera with an Exmor RS sensor and ISO 12800 rating. This makes it suitable for low-light photography, according to Sony, which enables slow-motion recording at 120fps, as well as 4K recording at regular speeds.The front-facing 8-megapixel camera has a 120-degree wide-angle lens that Sony made for selfies specifically. The wide-angle lens enables multiple people to be captured in the same selfie, and there are various image modes like “Portrait Selfie.” The software also offers various Beauty features and a bokeh option. All of this is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform and a 3580mAh battery. Quick Charge 3.0 is packed in for rapid charging, plus there’s power management tools Smart Stamina, Qnovo Adaptive Charging, and Battery Care. The handset runs Android Oreo and is available with a leather-esque Style Cover Stand in silver and black colors. Sony will launch the phone in August but a price hasn’t been revealed yet.SOURCE: Sonylast_img read more

Overwatch Doomfist collectible handpainted statue goes up for preorder

first_imgThe new Doomfist statue was unveiled on Twitter, where Blizzard shared a video showing the figurine’s details up close. The character, which is one of many from the game Overwatch, shows the character in an action pose, weaponized fist raised for battle. The statue measures 14.25-inches tall including the base, which is 15-inches in diameter. This is one of multiple Overwatch statues featuring game characters. Other already available from Blizzard include Mercy, Hanzo, Genji, and D.Va. The new Doomfist offering’s price falls into the statue lineup’s mid-range at $300, which is more expensive than the Mercy, Hanzo, and Genji statues, but cheaper than the $450 D.Va figurine. Blizzard says preorders will be delivered by the end of Q4 2018, which means it’s possible they won’t show up in time for the holidays.AdChoices广告SOURCE: Blizzard “One punch is all I need.”Pre-order your Doomfist statue today from the #BlizzardGear store!👊 https://t.co/tdTw7tXtR9 pic.twitter.com/OPp1ZPFZ7L— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 21, 2018center_img Blizzard has announced a new Doomfist statue available to preorder now. This isn’t a toy, mind, but a collectible measuring more than a foot tall. Though the statue is pricey as far as figurines are concerned, the new Doomfist features an incredible amount of detail with a hand-painted finish and base sporting the Overwatch logo.last_img read more

Twitter starts rolling out new web interface Heres how to get it

first_imgAccording to Twitter, some users have received a new opt-in option for switching over to the new Twitter interface, which features a cleaner, simplified, more modern appearance. There are a number of changes, including a new emoji button for easily adding expressive icons to a tweet when using a desktop browser. Users also see an “upgraded” trending section, the part of the interface that shows what other users are talking about, there are quick keyboard shortcuts, and also an advanced searching option. Whereas the previous version featured a three-column design, the new web interface has two columns with neatly sorted, compartmentalized content.The new aesthetic is a welcomed change, but the difference goes deeper than the surface, decreasing reliance on mouse clicks and the amount of time it takes to find commentary on popular topics, as well as providing better search results. The new interface brings some much-needed attention to Twitter’s web platform, which looks increasingly dated.Some features are still notably missing — you can’t edit a tweet yet, for example. Users on the receiving end can enable the new interface and check it out themselves by clicking their profile icon, then scrolling down and clicking the menu item (if you have it!) titled “Try the new Twitter.” Story TimelineTwitter pens deal to stream NBA games focused on a single playerTwitter on Android finally gets the timeline right againTwitter Android bug made private tweets public for four years Back in August 2018, Twitter revealed that it was testing a new interface on the web that included Explore and Bookmarks. Now, several months later, the company is giving a larger number of people access to this simplified new design, though they won’t see it automatically. Some Twitter users on desktop can now an opt-in for access to the redesign.last_img read more

Houzz the AR home decor company discloses user data breach

first_imgHouzz is a home improvement platform that offers an augmented reality app enabling users to view virtual items inside of their home. According to a post on the company’s help website, Houzz recently discovered that a file said to contain some user data was accessed by the hacker — the company hasn’t provided the third-party’s identity.Houzz says it is working with a “leading forensics firm” on investigating the matter, which has been reported to law enforcement. The company has moved to safeguard user data; impacted customers are receiving alerts about their potential involvement in the breach. Fortunately, the breach doesn’t involve sensitive personal data, such as banking info or Social Security numbers. Houzz says that it is “unlikely” that a user’s identity would be uncovered based on the acquired data. Impacted users are being advised to change their account passwords.It’s unclear at this time how the intruder managed to obtain the file. According to Houzz, the vulnerability potentially exposed some internal identifiers that won’t be useful for the hacker, such as whether a user had a profile picture on their account, as well as some of their public profile info — the profile description, perhaps — and select account data, including IP addresses, one-way encrypted passwords, and usernames. Augmented reality company Houzz has disclosed a data breach, stating that certain information pertaining to select users may have been exposed. According to the company, an “unauthorized third party” was able to obtain some user data, including certain internal account data, some internal identifiers, and select publicly visible user profile information. Story TimelineHouzz app uses augmented reality to let users preview furniture in their homelast_img read more

The 2018 Ford Mustang will make burnouts all too easy

first_imgFord is making one of the most entertaining features of its hotter pony-cars standard on all 2018 Mustangs, and it’s going to get smoky. Until now, electronic line-lock has only been available on the Mustang GT with its V8 engine. As of the new model-year car, though, it’s going standard across the range. Line-lock’s goal is simple: turn the rubber that was once your tires into clouds of entertaining smoke. Once selected, the Mustang holds the front brake calipers so that the car will stay in place. Drop your right foot on the accelerator, and the rear wheels spin.Up to 15 second burnouts can be performed before the system releases the front wheels. The technology did start out with sensible origins – well, as sensible as drag racing can get – as a way for those on the track to get their tires up to temperature as soon as possible. That, after all, is key to maximizing traction.Even if the thought of literally burning through a few hundred dollars’ worth of rubber isn’t your idea of entertainment, if you’re planning to set some lap times in your 2018 Mustang then line-lock could still be valuable. After all, having tires at the right temperature is important whether you’re a pro or an amateur.Line-lock will be available with both the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, and the six-speed manual. If you have the 12-inch digital instrumentation option – also new for the model year 2018 car – you’ll get a custom spinning-wheel animation, too. That even kicks out its own little cloud of virtual smoke. Story Timeline2018 Ford Mustang puts customization front, center, and insideThis crazy 2018 Mustang detail proves just how obsessed Ford is2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Review: Uncompromising track star 2018 Ford Mustang GT Gallery The 2018 Mustang also borrows styling cues from the Shelby GT350, with a lower front end that gives the car more of an aggressive look. Safety features have been updated too, with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection now available. Custom drive modes can be saved for easier recall, and those cars with the digital instrumentation can have different on-screen layouts according to each mode. NOW READ: Photos don’t do the 2018 Mustang justiceMost important, though, is the introduction of MagneRide suspension. That’s been one of the biggest requests from Mustang owners, and though it won’t be standard on the car, it’s likely to be a popular feature. Sales of the 2018 Mustang kick off later this year. last_img read more