Viral Marketing Lessons from Gangnam Style

first_imgviral marketingWhat viral marketing lessons can you learn from “Gangnam Style” and its invisible horse dance?Dae Ryun Chang, Professor of Marketing at Yonsei School of Business in Seoul, writes in HBR Blog Network that the worldwide success of Korean pop song “Gangnam Style” is due to its viral marketing strategy that “faithfully followed a social network-oriented playbook in its media use, content development, and message.”Chang points out that “the song intentionally lacked a copyright so that people would be encouraged to create their own online parodies” and that the song’s performer, Psy, crowdsourced the choreography by inviting and compiling “suggestions from the whole Korean dance community.” Apply these viral marketing lessons to your own products, Chang says, and make sure your company comes across as “iconoclastic, fun, and, above all, sincere.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

4 Workplace Trends Every Small Business Should Know About for 2019

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. With the New Year right around the corner, many small-business owners are likely wondering what to expect in 2019. After all, spotting or failing to recognize an important trend can be the difference between a banner year and one we’d rather forget.Related: What You Need to Know to Succeed in 2019Many of us are wondering, for example, how the U.S. economy will impact business. Will hiring finally ease up? How will younger generations change our workforce?Without a crystal ball, it’s tough to answer every question. But, given trends we saw this year, it is possible to make a few educated predictions about what small businesses should prepare for as 2019 approaches. Here are my top four predictions:2019 is the beginning of the Gen Z takeover.There isn’t an entrepreneur on the planet who isn’t aware of the need to understand and engage with millennials. Born between 1981 and 1996, millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force and have forced brands to reimage the products they sell and the talent they hire.As we approach a new decade, however, millennials are quickly becoming old news. The new generation, Gen Z, are true digital natives and their preferences will dictate the future of a business’s success for years to come.Born between 1997 and 2016, this group of 86 million people is expected to represent 40 percent of all consumers by 2020 and potentially influence $166 billion to $333 billion of family spending each year. By some estimates, they already have contributed about $44 billion to the U.S. economy.Savvy small-business owners are already looking at this generation as a huge opportunity. Most Gen Zers are either still in high school or just entering college or the workforce. They’re at that sweet spot where they’re about to spend more for higher ticket items but haven’t been consumers long enough to know what to buy. Businesses that study and figure out how to strategically market to this generation could have a built-in customer base for years to come.In addition to adapting their marketing strategies, small businesses should also consider how they hire and engage talent as this young generation enters the workforce. Gen Zers will soon be the most skilled and tech savvy generation of workers, but they also come with a unique insight into how we work. Upwork’s Freelancing In America Gen Z study revealed that 73 percent of Gen Zers started freelancing by choice rather than out of necessity. To prepare for these new hires, small businesses should analyze their workplace and strive to look through the lens of the average Gen Zer.Whether you are building a sales team or hiring technical talent, 2019 is the beginning of the Gen Z takeover in the workforce, and small businesses should be prepared.Related: What Seth Godin Wants You To Know About Marketing in 2019Small businesses will need to get savvy about hiring.With U.S. unemployment hitting a near 50-year low, vying for top talent has become much more competitive.This difficult hiring landscape can be particularly challenging for small businesses because they must be able to attract workers who are likely considering the higher salaries and richer benefits offered by larger organizations. In fact, 67 percent of small businesses, according to the Future Workforce Report, said they planned to increase their headcount this year. But, in mid-2018, twice as many small businesses say hiring was harder in 2017 than easier. And toward the end of the year, we saw several consecutive months of shrinking small business hiring — not because the economy was slowing but because businesses simply couldn’t find enough quality candidates.Expect more of the same in 2019, at least in the early months. Some larger companies, such as Salesforce and Elastic, not only offer very generous vacation benefits but also give employees paid “volunteer time.” Small businesses will have to find ways to compete for talent, such as offering creative benefits, flexible work arrangements and a genuine commitment to employee work-life balance.Related: 2019 Will Be a Revolutionary Year for Online ShoppingRemote work will be the new norm.There are many office traditionalists who believe workers are much more effective when in the office. Some believe that the office is the only setting that enables effective face-to-face interaction and collaboration. What’s more, they think when employees work from home, it’s too easy for them to become distracted or goof off.Evidence suggests the opposite is true — that employees working remotely can be more productive. In fact, a nearly two-year Stanford study showed a remarkable productivity boost among telecommuters in a test group equivalent to a full day’s work. Work-from-home employees, the report found, tended to put in a full day of work (or more) because they don’t have to fight commute traffic only to be late to work or to leave early for life’s daily errands and distractions. In addition, employee attrition dropped by about half, saving the test group about $1,900 per employee in annual retention costs. Operating costs also dropped by about $1,400 per employee since workers weren’t taking up office space or using as much company power, water and facilities.Such results are more the rule than the exception to it, which is why many small businesses are not only allowing remote work scenarios but actually encouraging them.In the Upwork survey I mentioned, the majority (60 percent) of small businesses’ hiring managers said remote work is more commonplace than three years ago. Five times as many hiring managers expect more of their team to work remotely in the next 10 years, and 38 percent said their full-time, permanent employees will work mostly remotely.Expect this trend to continue and even accelerate in 2019 as connected technology makes remote work more feasible and beneficial. And as a small business, by adopting more flexible policies, you can increase worker productivity, reduce annual costs and attract talent from outside your local area.Related: 4 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch for in 2019Small businesses will embrace artificial intelligence.Many of us still think of artificial intelligence (AI) as the stuff of science fiction. But, AI is already a part of our everyday lives. If you’re on Netflix, machine learning algorithms regularly analyze your viewing habits, compare them to other viewers and make smart recommendations about what you might like to binge watch. Similarly, if you’re on Amazon or any car buying site, algorithms analyze your web surfing habits to suggest products that might interest you.At its core, AI is about automating the process of engaging with potential and existing customers in a seemingly personalized and caring way. Of course, any time the term “automation” comes along, observers jump to the conclusion that people will lose jobs. But, according to a recent World Economic Forum report, machine learning and algorithms in the workplace could create 58 million net new jobs by 2022.This is highly relevant for small businesses because the ability to automate manually intensive processes and appear just as professional to customers as larger organizations means AI can level the competitive playing field.Next year, look for small busines smarketers to increasingly use AI to power social media ads, craft and deliver individualized emails at a time they’re most likely to be opened, improve lead scoring and simplify customer service processes. Adopting AI could allow small businesses to optimize their marketing efforts to attract customers that were previously unreachable.It’s critical for small businesses to recognize that everyone operates in a connected world. Businesses of all sizes are competing for the hearts and minds of consumers and future workers on the same battlefield. By staying ahead of workforce and technological trends, small businesses will be in a better position to thrive in 2019. Next Article 7 min read –shares By staying ahead of workforce and technological trends, small businesses will be in a better position to thrive in 2019. Image credit: Eva-Katalin | Getty Images Vice President, Growth at Upwork Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Trends Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer David Abramson 4 Workplace Trends Every Small Business Should Know About for 2019 December 27, 2018 Register Now »last_img read more

Lawsuit Claims Disney Is Tracking Kids in 42 Apps

first_img Add to Queue Disney 2 min read The class action suit alleges that the media giant is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. Senior Editor Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag –shares This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Lawsuit Claims Disney Is Tracking Kids in 42 Apps Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Matthew Humphries Children need protecting when they are online, which is why since April 21, 2000, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) has been in effect. Now Disney is facing a class action lawsuit claiming that 42 of its gaming apps aimed at children violate COPPA.COPPA applies to children under the age of 13 and requires verifiable consent from a parent or guardian before personal information can be collected about a child. Even if consent is given, there are limitations on how the collected information can be used, extra protections must be in place and methods made available for parents to review the personal information collected.According to American City Business Journals, Amanda Rushing discovered that no such parental consent was asked for when her child downloaded the app Disney Princess Palace Pets. Even so, Rushing believes the app collected personal information about her child and shared that information with third-parties including advertisers.This led to a federal class action lawsuit being filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California by law firms Lieff Cabraser and Carney Bates & Pulliam against The Walt Disney Co., as well as software developers Upsight Inc., Unity Technologies SF and Kochava Inc.According to The Verge, a total of 42 Disney apps are included in the lawsuit that apparently violate COPPA. It asks that Disney is forced through an injunction to stop tracking children without consent, but also that “appropriate relief” be awarded covering “actual and statutory damages and punitive damages, plus costs.”Disney responded to the lawsuit with the following statement:”Disney has a robust COPPA compliance program, and we maintain strict data collection and use policies for Disney apps created for children and families. The complaint is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of COPPA principles, and we look forward to defending this action in court.”This isn’t the first time Disney is facing COPPA violation accusations. In 2013, the Disney-owned subsidiary Playdom violated COPPA rules by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from hundreds of thousands of children. To settle the charges, Disney ended up paying $3 million. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 10, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

Facebook Has Shadow Banned Marijuana Businesses

first_img –shares Cannabis regulators, advocacy organizations and trade groups are also abruptly hard to find. Marijuana-related companies, regulators and trade groups around the globe recently stopped appearing in Facebook searches, becoming casualties in what appears to be the social media platform’s latest attempt to filter results related to “marijuana” and “cannabis.”The phenomenon is known as “shadow banning,” in which posts on an online social community such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram become invisible to users searching for them.Facebook, to be sure, has shuttered thousands of pages belonging to cannabis businesses and related entities over the years. But the social media giant also allows MJ businesses and related entities to maintain pages – provided they don’t violate the platform’s community standards.That’s why the latest developments are raising alarm bells among MJ companies. Many rely on Facebook to engage with consumers and educate people about marijuana and MJ products.“While Facebook has held a pretty hard line on advertising, which cannabis companies have been dealing with for years, this a big hit to cannabis businesses and brands,” observed Rosie Mattio, founder of New York’s RMPR, a public relations firm that works with marijuana businesses. “A company’s social pages are as important, if not more important, than their website.”Here are some of the MJ industry’s main concerns surrounding the situation — and Facebook’s response.Related: Cannabis Companies Likely to Raise More in 2018 Than the Last 3 Years Combined1. Questions and inconsistencies swirl around Facebook’s search policy — and raise concerns about financial fallout. Critics charge the new search filter is the most recent example of Facebook enforcing community standards inconsistently for marijuana businesses and affiliated organizations. “It’s ridiculous,” said Mason Tvert, the vice president of public relations and communications at VS Strategies, a Denver-based cannabis consulting firm. “(Marijuana is) a major political issue at the federal level, as well as in many states. There’s no rational reason for blocking searches involving the word marijuana when it’s such a popular topic of discussion.”Among MJ businesses, inconsistencies in how and when the Facebook search ban occurs — and how it’s applied — have raised concerns about the potential impact on companies’ bottom lines. One recent example of the fallout: You could not find a company like Maine’s Summit Medical Marijuana dispensary in a Facebook search result. You could, however, see two of its competitors, Canuvo and the Wellness Connection.Another example: While Ontario-based Aphria appears in search results, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis doesn’t — even though marijuana is federally legal in Canada.Related: Marijuana Is a $794 Million Windfall for the States That Have Legalized Adult Use2. Facebook’s response leaves many questions unanswered.A spokesperson for Facebook declined to be quoted for this article but acknowledged the company’s methods for enforcing community standards and filtering search terms is imperfect. In statements provided to Marijuana Business Daily, the spokesperson said:Facebook uses a combination of technology, human review and community reports to enforce community standards.Mistakes are made. If something was removed that shouldn’t have been, reviewers quickly work to restore it.Facebook is actively making it harder for users to find content that facilitates the sale of opioids or other drugs on its platform.The social media site has filtered search results for many terms associated with drug sales. In some cases, such a search will only return links to drug-related news articles or permissible information that is shared on Facebook.As a result, users may see inconsistent results related to specific search terms.Related: Business Ideas for Those Who Don’t Want to ‘Touch the Plant’3. The fallout is far reaching — from state cannabis regulators to licensed businesses and more.In addition to MJ businesses, cannabis regulators, advocacy organizations and trade groups are among the victims in Facebook’s latest attempts to filter search results related to “marijuana” and “cannabis.”The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), for example, stopped appearing in some Facebook searches last week. Similar issues reportedly zapped the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). Their pages still exist, but the change to Facebook’s search filters makes them more difficult to find.If you search “Bureau of Cannabis Control,” “Marijuana Policy Project” or “National Cannabis Industry Association” on Facebook, you’ll see no results. By contrast, search “MPP” or “NCIA” and their pages show up — at least at the time this story was written.The inconsistencies don’t stop there. Type in “CalCannabis,” the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s cultivation licensing page on Facebook, and it’ll be one of the first results you see. Search for “Drug Policy Alliance” and “Ganjapreneur” and they pop up, too.But a Marijuana Business Daily search brings no results.Related: 3 Ways to Work in Weed Without Ever Touching The Plant4. The situation is having an impact on regulatory efforts.Facebook is a vital part of the California BCC’s communications strategy, said Alex Traverso, the bureau’s chief of communications. But the social media giant’s new search filtering tactics have had a big impact on the state agency’s ability to reach its 10,000 followers.Typically, the BCC’s posts reach about 4,000 users, Traverso said. Last week — when the bureau’s page stopped appearing in some search results — that reach was cut in half and only about 2,000 users interacted with some posts. To make matters worse, it’s a crucial time for cannabis businesses in California. They only have until Aug. 27 to comment on the state’s permanent MJ regulations, and the BCC uses its Facebook page to promote public comment events and encourage licensees to participate in the process.Now, however, that content is harder to find on Facebook. “We’re doing what we can to continue to try to work all our other communication channels that much more to get people the information they need,” Traverso said.The problem: Facebook has been one of the state cannabis agency’s more reliable ways to share news and events with its followers, he said. The BCC has even paid to have posts promoted on the site. “From our point of view, we’re not a cannabis business,” Traverso said. “We’re a state agency. We don’t sell cannabis products. We don’t advocate for the use of cannabis.“We’re strictly informational, and we use the site as a way to communicate with people about the work we do and to be transparent about the work we’re doing.”Related: The New ‘This Is Your Brain On Cannabis’ Ad Is Rad5. Following the rules doesn’t ensure you’ll be found. Social media specialists have provided best-practice recommendations for using social media platforms like Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram. Experts note that users can appeal when their pages are removed. But it can often be an exercise in futility.“I’ve followed the rules to a ‘T’ on Instagram and lost an Instagram account,” said Amy Donohue, the owner of Hybrid Social, a Phoenix-based social media firm that works with several Arizona dispensaries. “Even if you’re playing by the rules, you’re still vulnerable to being taken down.” Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Image credit: Omar Marques | Getty Images Omar Sacirbey and Joey Pena Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Add to Queue August 10, 2018 7 min read Download Our iOS App Facebook Has ‘Shadow Banned’ Marijuana Businesses Free Green Entrepreneur App Facebook Marketing Next Article last_img read more

Employing Individuals with Disabilities May Solve Your Talent Crisis

first_img November 2, 2018 Employing Individuals with Disabilities May Solve Your Talent Crisis Nancy Geenen Hiring –shares Add to Queue 5 min read Next Article Guest Writer Image credit: VGstockstudio | Shutterstock 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now » There are more than 56 million people with disabilities in the U.S., which equates to one in five Americans identifying as having some form of disability. This means it is highly likely you already employ individuals with disabilities, and there is a highly motivated and talented resource waiting for your call. Too often, employers are given outdated social service reasons for building a strategy that is inclusive of disability. Yet, there is a persuasive business case for an inclusive and accessible workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers who have embraced disability as a component of their talent strategy report a:90 percent increase in retention of valued employees72 percent increase in employee productivity45 percent increase in workplace safetyRelated: The Incredible Reason This Company Only Hires Adults With AutismIn addition, 38 percent report saved workers’ compensation or other insurance costs, and 28 percent report increased profitability. Ninety percent of consumers surveyed “specifically agreed that they would prefer to give their business to companies that hire individuals with disabilities.”Given these statistics, what are the challenges to employing more individuals with disabilities?The interview process.A primary barrier is the attitude and inexperience of the hiring manager. Most of us would state unequivocally that we do not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. And yet, studies show that bias — implicit or unconscious — paired with discomfort of the unknown has a negative effect on the interview process.The recruiter screens resumes, conducts phone interviews, and selects the candidates who make the cut. The individual with a disability arrives for the interview and the hiring manager experiences a momentary brain freeze that hijacks the process. The fear of saying the wrong thing causes the interviewer to lose track of the questions and instead become absorbed with an internal monologue that evaluates whether the candidate can do the job with the disability. Very few of the questions specifically scripted get asked. Even fewer responses get recorded. Most likely, the candidate has already conquered many of the challenges, real or imagined, that cause concern. The interview goes sideways; the paperwork is sketchy; and the candidate with a disability does not get a call back.Related: Is An Inclusive Workforce Still a Distant Dream?How do interviewers avoid the brain freeze trap? Stick to the script. Ask the questions that assess whether the person shares the core values of the organization, has the skills needed and is a good fit for the role. Being uncomfortable in a new situation is normal. Stay focused on the interview process and assess the whole person. This is a talented, eager candidate who is ready to prove her value to the company. There’s a person to get to know and the potential for an amazing colleague who will help an organization grow.  The workplace.The ADA requires that employers provide effective, reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Experienced employers understand many people arrive to the job with accommodations already in place. Employers and employees who work together as a team to understand the accommodation needs will find an effective and reasonable resolution. Use design thinking to understand the disability-related limitation causing the productivity issue. Evaluate several options to find the best solution. Think about accessibility tools and strategies that increase productivity in the workplace, rather than those that accommodate the disability. Less than 40 percent of individuals with disabilities require accommodations in the workplace. And often, the accommodation is an accessibility tool that costs less than $500 and increases productivity or safety for others. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy)The rapid advancements in artificial intelligence are changing the future of work and directly impacting accessible technologies for employees with disabilities. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the AI for Accessibility Initiative that will focus on the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions for individuals with disabilities. Already, this is having a cost-efficient impact on accommodations: Microsoft Translator creates real-time captions for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.Start with three simple steps:Talk with your HR manager to determine whether candidates are asked if any accommodations are needed during the interview process, and train for this in the interview process.Look at your website and recruiting materials to see if individuals with visible disabilities are represented.Create external partnerships with organizations like Galt Foundation, which specializes in disability employment and has access to talent and resources for your company.The brain freeze phenomena is simply due to outdated ideas of what it means to live and work with a disability. Changing our attitudes about individuals with disabilities is the one thing over which every person has control. Employment rates won’t change until companies begin to shift attitudes and awareness about the abilities, value and potential within the talent pool of disability. If the HR training is missing the humanity, your company is missing out on talent.Related: This Leader Is Making It Easier for Members of the Deaf Community to Start Their Own BusinessesThere is a new generation of 20-somethings whose mainstream education has changed the way they view themselves and their abilities. Many of these young professionals are well-educated college graduates who expect to enter an accessible and diverse workplace that is open to their talent. Since 2001, about 52,000 service men and women have been wounded in action. Many more have returned to civilian life with invisible disabilities. By the year 2020, the CDC estimates that nearly half of the U.S. population will be living with chronic medical issues.As employers, we need a talented diverse work force to compete in the global marketplace. Understand the facts and the solutions that individuals with disabilities can provide for your gaps in recruitment. Then lead with your heart to create a fair and equitable workplace. Employment rates won’t change until companies begin to shift attitudes and awareness about people with disabilities. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. CEO of Flexability LLClast_img read more

Yaar looks to disrupt the dairy category with chilled quark bars

first_imgYaar looks to disrupt the dairy category with chilled quark barsPosted By: Jules Scullyon: May 14, 2019In: Dairy, Food, Industries, Innovation, New products, SnacksPrintEmailBritish brand Yaar has launched a range of chilled quark bars in the UK as it looks to disrupt the dairy category and secure a share of the handheld dairy snacking market.Available in three flavours – cloudberry, vanilla and toffee – the bars are coated in either a Belgian milk chocolate, caramel or toffee glaze, and are positioned as an alternative to yogurts, chocolate, cakes and biscuits.The smooth centre is said to have a thick and creamy taste like yogurt and the texture of cheesecake. The bars are under 140 calories, gluten-free and free from artificial colours, additives or preservatives.Andrei Garbuz, founder of Yaar, said: “Yaar was launched to disrupt the dairy category by bringing a brand new handheld dairy snack bar to UK consumers.“With the introduction of the UK’s first quark bars, we are creating a new category and offering spoon-free dairy snacking on-the-go in an accessible, convenient and tasty format.”Yaar bars are available in vanilla and cloudberry at Sainsbury’s stores and the full range is sold at Whole Foods Market, retailing for £0.99 per bar. Yaar has also secured the backing of investment company Aser.Garbuz added: “The launch into Sainsbury’s and Whole Foods Market, along with investment from Aser, brings us a step closer to achieving our mission of bringing the delicious goodness of dairy to everyday handheld snacking.”Yaar was a finalist in the World Food Innovation Awards 2019 in the best snack innovation category.Share with your network: Tags: UKYaarlast_img read more

AB InBev could raise up to 98bn from listing its Asia Pacific

first_imgAB InBev could raise up to $9.8bn from listing its Asia Pacific unitPosted By: Contributoron: July 02, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Financial, IndustriesPrintEmailAB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, plans to raise up to $9.8 billion from the listing of its Asia Pacific business, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters.The Hong Kong IPO consists of 1.63 billion shares of Budweiser Brewing Company APAC, offered at between HKD 40 ($5.13) and HKD 47 ($6.02). Trading is expected to start on 19 July.The listing would mark the largest initial public offering this year and give Budweiser Brewing a market capitalisation of up to $63.7 billion.AB InBev, which makes beer such as Bud Light and Stella Artois, said in May it was exploring the float dependant on market conditions.The company is still trying to reduce the debt it amassed through its acquisition of SABMiller for more than $100 billion in 2016.Last year, the company’s Asia Pacific unit recorded revenue of $8.47 billion as it was boosted by a strong performance in China where its super premium brands “continued to grow significantly”. In 2017, the company opened a new brewery in Fujian province, which is capable of brewing 1.5 million tonnes of beer per year.However, in the first quarter of 2019, AB InBev volumes in Asia Pacific were down 1.3% compared to the previous year, compared to global growth of 1.3%.Share with your network: Tags: AB InBevbeerlast_img read more

Facebook YouTube the Most Widely Used Platforms for US Adults

first_img Eric Griffith Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals A new Pew survey shows the trends for which online platforms and messaging app get the most and least usage. Image credit: Florian Gaertner | Getty Images 2 min read Social Media Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 23, 2019 Writercenter_img Register Now » Facebook, YouTube the Most Widely Used Platforms for U.S. Adults Next Article Looking at data from an annual telephone poll conducted by Pew Research Centerand quantified in tables here by our partners at Statista, it’s easy to see that YouTube and Facebook far outpace the rest of the competition when it comes to daily use on both PCs and phones. Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults claim they’re checking YouTube daily; 69 percent have a daily date with Facebook.While there’s no data to show YouTube’s growth (nor that of WhatsApp or SnapChat) prior to 2018, daily usage isn’t really growing by leaps and bounds, especially since 2016. Facebook had 54 percent of people checking daily in 2012, took 4 years to gain 15 percent more, and has been relatively flat ever since. Instagram — owned by Facebook since 2012 — had the best growth, going from 9 percent in 2012 to 37 percent this year. YouTube hasn’t gained in usage in a year.At least the trend is typically upward — except for Pinterest, SnapChat and WhatsApp, which all have dipped since 2018. Least used of the lot is the newest service to get asked about in the poll this year: Reddit, at 11 percent. The poll was conducted from January 9 to February 7, 2019.All of the above is for adults,age 18 and older, a.k.a. the uncool. What are the teens using? It’s not Facebook — at least, not most often.Top teen platforms are YouTube (again) followed by Instagram and Snapchat. What order they come in depends on how you ask. Pew asked for teens to say what they use allowing multiple answers (in blue), so the amount adds up to more than 100. Asked to name the one platform they use most often (in orange), YouTube is still on top, but Snapchat edges ahead of Instagram.No matter what, Facebook is in fourth place, though it still outpaces Twitter, Tumblr, and Reddit usage by a wide margin. (These numbers are all from a March 7 to April 20, 2018 survey.)Pew has a lot more to show in its latest 10 Facts about Americans and Facebook. This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue –shareslast_img read more

Reaction Industry responds to the SainsburysAsda merger

first_imgTrade bodies, investment firms and political parties have been giving their initial reactions to Sainsbury’s shock merger with Asda.The combined business will have revenue of £51 billion, putting it on level footing with the UK’s largest grocery retailer, Tesco, which also turned over £51 billion in its last financial year.Sainsbury’s said it will cut prices by 10% under the merger and both companies have stressed there will be no store closures, despite the close proximity of some shops.Meanwhile, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority said that the deal is “likely to be subject to a review” amid concerns over consumer choice.Here we round the key points from some of the UK retail industry’s leading thinkers about how the deal will transform the country’s grocery landscape. “A merger of this size will concentrate a lot of power in the hands of one giant company, and it’s important that power isn’t misused to coerce small suppliers into accepting unfair contracts and poor payment terms.“Those at the top of Sainsbury’s and Asda should explain how they plan to merge these two supply chains fairly, and give reassurance that cost savings won’t be achieved simply by milking their small suppliers for all they’re worth.“When investigating this proposed merger, the Competition and Markets Authority should be looking for cast-iron commitments that a positive standard will be set for working with smaller suppliers.” “Consolidation is a common feature of mature industries which are undergoing disruptive threats – in food retail’s case this includes online shopping and discount retailers.“We expected more to follow the approval of the Tesco Booker deal, especially seeing comments from industry figures such as Asda’s former boss, Andy Clarke, who said it was “open season” for further deals in the sector.“As a Tesco shareholder we think a successful merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda will create short term opportunities and longer term stability and rationality, adding value to the Tesco value proposition.” “It remains to be seen if this ‘supermarket sweepstake’ is the real deal or a bargain basement ready meal. “Hundreds of thousands of workers stand to be affected, and all know such announcements tend to be followed by management speak like ‘rationalisation’ in the name of ‘efficiency’. What that usually means is job losses or cuts to pay, terms and conditions which would be wholly unacceptable. Not least because Asda workers have already voluntarily agreed to change their contracts to be more flexible in order to play their part and help their employer be more profitable.“It is quite right to be asking now in whose interests this proposed merger is being tabled. Is it workers and customers or the shareholders and speculators not happy with the hundreds of millions they already make in a year?“The events of the last few days have left a bitter taste in the mouth of Asda workers. ”Tim Roache, GMB union general secretary Freddie LaitLatitude Investment Management James BrownPricing specialist Simon-Kucher “Sainsbury’s and Asda have huge buying power that already provides them with rock bottom supplier prices. Where do grocery manufacturers and farmers go from there when the merger gives them a larger combined market share?  The prospect of this merger will send a huge chill up and down the whole supermarket supply chain, while their current suppliers will be braced for demands for further price cuts that many will not be able to deliver.“Could this merger lead to reduced prices for shoppers? A few maybe.  Cost and operating synergies could allow more room to invest in lower prices, but lower prices from better deals from suppliers in the mid and long term? Unlikely. Asda and Sainsbury’s shift huge volumes and already attract low pricing. They won’t sell any more product over all, so it’s not as though there are real volume benefits for suppliers.” James LowmanAssociation of Convenience Stores “Convenience retailers will be thinking about the knock-on effect of a Sainsbury’s/ASDA merger on their businesses and on this sector. What will be the strategy for the Sainsbury’s Local convenience stores, and will the combined business look to engage with independents through a wholesale or franchise model – something Sainsbury’s has looked at in recent months?  What will happen to buying power in the grocery market, and how will this impact on suppliers and on smaller retailers and wholesalers?  What will be the implications for the fuel retailing market from these two large fuel retailers coming together?“The Competition and Markets Authority will look at this merger and needs to consider these questions as part of that inquiry. Consumers win when there is vibrant competition and choice, and people increasingly fulfil their shopping needs through a variety of large and small stores, on line shopping and eating out of the home.  The CMA needs to think carefully about these changing shopping behaviours and consider the full implications of this deal.”center_img “In terms of Sainsbury’s merger with Asda, it is a great pity that the management of two big corporations cannot come up with a better and more constructive idea than a merger. In my view, putting two low-growth businesses together doesn’t create a high-growth business.“The phrase ‘no store closures as a result of this merger’ ultimately treats us as fools. This is a cost play which will impact jobs in warehousing, distribution, stores, headquarters and suppliers. That said, combining Argos with Asda General Merchandise could be one possible source of growth.” John MaltmanE-commerce analytics platform E Fundamentals Mike CherryFederation of Small Businesses Rebecca Long-Bailey MPLabour shadow business secretary “There are risks to jobs by potential reorganisation and store closures and risks to the wider grocery industry as a Tesco/Sainsbury’s-Asda duopoly emerges with unrivalled power to dominate, dictating choice and prices for consumers which in time may prove detrimental.“This unrivalled power also poses immense risk to suppliers with unprecedented bargaining power to drive suppliers’ prices and payment terms down which could cause instability and damage to the food and grocery manufacturing industry.“We need an urgent investigation by the CMA and concrete assurances from both supermarkets on how these risks will be avoided.” Reaction: Industry responds to the Sainsbury’s-Asda mergerPosted By: Jules Scullyon: April 30, 2018In: Blog, Food, Industries, Opinion, RetailPrintEmail Share with your network: Tags: AsdaSainsbury’ssupermarketsUKlast_img read more

Nestlé launches scheme to develop teabased fertiliser

first_imgNestlé launches scheme to develop tea-based fertiliserPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 28, 2018In: Agriculture, Beverage, Business, Environment, Industries, Social responsibility, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailNestlé has launched a new scheme in Pakistan which aims to develop a zero-waste, tea-based fertiliser, and is looking for partners to help create the new product.Nestlé EveryDay, one of the biggest tea creamers in Pakistan, and Nestlé’s innovation platform HENRi@Nestlé will lead the scheme, which aims to simultaneously reduce tea waste and increase agricultural yields by creating the tea-based solution.According to Nestlé, Pakistani farmers produce approximately 200,000 tonnes of tea leaves every year. The leaves contain nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, three nutrients which can create a “quality fertiliser”, and the creation of a tea-based fertiliser product would help reduce the environmental impact caused by the use of chemical-based fertilisers.The initiative is now looking for start-ups, innovators, waste management companies, or other corporate partners to help create the “game-changing” product, and the project will consist of three phases.Firstly, the project will aim to establish a viable method to procure wasted tea, and the second stage will see Nestlé EveryDay collaborate with a partner to convert collected tea into a fertiliser, preferably through a composting process.The final stage will see the product commercialised and sold to farmers in Pakistan as a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly fertiliser.The project will initially be piloted in Pakistan, and will be expanded into other tea producing countries such as China and India in the future.Muhammad Fahad, marketing manager, tea enhancement and open innovation lead for Nestlé Pakistan said: “As a company, our ambition isn’t limited to how consumers experience our products, it’s also about the impact we have on the communities we operate in and the world around us.“We know that there’s a huge opportunity to positively affect the lives and livelihoods of millions by creating a compost product out of used tea.“That’s why we’re looking for partners to collaborate with us. The right product could offer an environmentally friendly, zero-waste solution to enhance agricultural productivity around the world.”Gerardo Mazzeo, global innovation director at Nestlé added: “We’re looking for effective and creative partners to bring this initiative to fruition.“This is a sustainable solution that could safeguard the environment and contribute to cleaner, greener practice for years to come.“It will also help farmers to access a cost-effective fertiliser solution, so they can do the right thing for the planet without making commercial compromises.“Initiatives like this are a good example of HENRi’s overarching purpose – to positively impacting individuals, society and the planet.”Share with your network: Tags: NestléPakistansustainabilitytealast_img read more

Three witnesses contradict Sessions account of Trump campaign meeting

first_imgShare on Facebook This article is more than 1 year old Three witnesses contradict Sessions account of Trump campaign meeting … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP news The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, testifies before the House judiciary committee in Washington in November 2017.Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP Jeff Sessions Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Sun 18 Mar 2018 15.07 EDT The attorney general testified before Congress in November 2017 that he “pushed back” against the proposal made by the former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos at a 31 March 2016 campaign meeting. Then a senator from Alabama, Sessions chaired the meeting as head of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team. “Yes, I pushed back,” Sessions told the House judiciary committee when asked if he shut down Papadopoulos’s proposal. Sessions has since been interviewed by Mueller. Three people who attended the March meeting said they gave their version of events to FBI agents or congressional investigators working on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Although the accounts they provided differed in certain respects, all three, who declined to be identified, said Sessions expressed no objections to Papadopoulos’s idea. Support The Guardian The March 2016 campaign meeting in Washington was captured in a photo Trump posted on Instagram of roughly a dozen men sitting around a table, including Trump, Sessions and Papadopoulos. What can the special counsel investigate?Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” and related matters. In other words, potential collusion during the 2016 election.But so-called “collusion” is only part of it. The special counsel has the broad authority to build a prosecution wherever the inquiry may lead. The investigation has already resulted in charges against former Trump aides such as tax fraud that do not relate directly to election activity. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Another meeting attendee, JD Gordon, who was the Trump campaign’s director of national security, told media outlets in November that Sessions strongly opposed Papadopoulos’s proposal and said no one should speak of it again. In response to a request for comment, Gordon said on Saturday he stood by his statement. A justice department spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, declined to comment beyond Sessions’s prior testimony. The special counsel’s office also declined to comment. Spokeswomen for the Democrats and Republicans on the House judiciary committee did not immediately comment. Reuters was unable to determine if Mueller is examining discrepancies in accounts of the March 2016 meeting. Read more Share on WhatsApp Read more Vladimir Putin secures landslide victory in Russian election Trump tweets raise fears for Mueller but White House says he’s safe This article is more than 1 year old Topics Quick guide What are the allegations in the Trump-Russia investigation? Share via Email Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.46 EDT Hide Attorney general said he opposed plan to contact RussiansParticipants in meeting have been interviewed by Mueller inquiry What are the most serious allegations?The investigation into Trump and his team appears to encompass allegations of collusion, obstruction of justice, abuse of power and charges specific to Trump aides and former aides.Any case along these lines against the president would be historic. Both of the presidents to face impeachment proceedings in the past century, Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, faced obstruction of justice and abuse of power charges. Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts, is now cooperating with Mueller. According to court documents released after his guilty plea, Papadopoulos said at the campaign meeting he had connections who could help arrange a meeting between Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Papadopoulos continued to pursue Russian contacts after the March 2016 meeting and communicated with some campaign officials about his efforts, according to the court documents. Trump has said he does not remember much of what happened at the “very unimportant” meeting. Trump has said he did not meet Putin before becoming president. Moscow has denied meddling in the election and Trump has denied his campaign colluded with Russia. Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Shares227227 Thank you for your feedback. The latest major Trump resignations and firings Reuters in Washington Trump-Russia investigation Show Jeff Sessions The three accounts, which have not been reported, raise new questions about Sessions’s testimony regarding contacts with Russia during the campaign. Sessions failed to disclose to Congress meetings he had with the then Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and testified in October that he was not aware of any campaign representatives communicating with Russians. Some Democrats have seized on discrepancies in Sessions’s testimony to suggest the attorney general may have committed perjury. A criminal charge would require showing Sessions intended to deceive. Sessions told the House judiciary committee he had always told the truth and testified to the best of his recollection. Legal experts expressed mixed views about the significance of the contradictions cited by the three sources. Sessions could argue he misremembered events or perceived his response in a different way, making any contradictions unintentional, some experts said. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, said Sessions’s words might be too vague to form the basis of a perjury case because there could be different interpretations of what the term “pushing back” means. “If you’re talking about false statements, prosecutors look for something that is concrete and clear,” he said. Other legal experts, however, said repeated misstatements by Sessions could enable prosecutors to build a perjury case against him. “Proving there was intent to lie is a heavy burden for the prosecution,” said Bennett Gershman, a Pace University law professor. “But now you have multiple places where Sessions has arguably made false statements.” Anything else?In the course of the investigation, Trump’s past business practices have also come under scrutiny. With his first indictments of people in Trump’s orbit, the special counsel has demonstrated an appetite for the prosecution of alleged white-collar crimes. The president has denied all wrongdoing. Was this helpful? Is there anything we don’t know?It’s important to note that the work of the special counsel is secret, and the public has no way of knowing for certain what charges prosecutors may be weighing against the Trump team or, in what would be an extraordinary development, against the president himself. Jeff Sessions’s testimony that he opposed a proposal for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who said they had spoken about the matter to investigators with special counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees. Share via Email Trump administration Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Parents of US student Otto Warmbier sue North Korea over his death

first_imgShares3939 “Otto was taken hostage, kept as a prisoner for political purposes, used as a pawn and singled out for exceptionally harsh and brutal treatment by Kim Jong-un,” his father, Fred Warmbier, said in a statement. Warmbier, from Wyoming, Ohio, died at age 22 after being imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 until he was returned to the United States in a coma. He died a few days later, and an Ohio coroner said the cause was lack of oxygen and blood to the brain.North Korea blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill and dismissed torture claims. The coroner who examined Warmbier said he had found no sign of botulism. The suit by Fred Warmbier and his wife, Cindy, seeks unspecified damages. “North Korea, which is a rogue regime, took Otto hostage for its own wrongful ends and brutally tortured and murdered him,” the lawsuit said. North Korea does not have an embassy in the United States. A representative of the North Korean mission to the UN in New York was not immediately available to comment. Otto Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was part of a travel group. When the group tried to leave North Korea after five days, he was held at the airport. The filing says Warmbier was forced to make a false statement, confessing to invented charges that he was acting as a spy connected to the Central Intelligence Agency. North Korea Parents of 22-year-old, returned to US in a coma after being held in North Korea, say he was ‘brutally tortured and murdered’ Share on Twitter This article is more than 1 year old Share via Email Last modified on Thu 26 Apr 2018 18.23 EDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter White House releases pictures of Mike Pompeo shaking hands with Kim Jong-un Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn The parents of the US college student Otto Warmbier have sued North Korea over their son’s death in 2017 following his release from captivity there, according to the lawsuit, which said their son was “brutally tortured and murdered”. The wrongful-death suit was filed in US district court at a diplomatically delicate time, just weeks ahead of an expected meeting between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and Donald Trump. Kim and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, also are set to meet on Friday. Thu 26 Apr 2018 17.15 EDT Read more Everything you need to know about the inter-Korean summit Topicscenter_img news This article is more than 1 year old Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary of homeland security, said North Korea had immunity from lawsuits as a sovereign nation but still might be sued because of its US designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.“But it’s almost impossible to collect any judgment that might be awarded. So it’s doubtful North Korea will feel sufficiently threatened by the lawsuit to upset the talks. And after all, he [Kim] can settle claims against North Korea in any US-North Korea agreement,” Baker said by email.Kim is set to cross the heavily militarized border on Friday for the first summit with South Korea, setting the stage for him to meet with Trump in late May or early June. Just months ago, Trump and Kim traded threats and insults during North Korea’s rapid advances in pursuit of nuclear-armed missiles capable of hitting the US. But this month it emerged that the CIA director, Mike Pompeo, had a secret meeting with the North Korean leader as part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim.On Thursday, the US Senate confirmed Pompeo to be secretary of state, and the White House released two photographs of him shaking hands with Kim. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Reuters in Washington Ohio Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Asia Pacific … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Americas famed Route 66 put on list of 11 endangered historic places

first_img@Joannawalters13 Share on Pinterest To ensure special protection for famous highway, Congress and the president would have to declare it a national historic trail … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Tue 26 Jun 2018 10.48 EDT Heritage US news news America’s famed Route 66 put on list of 11 endangered historic places Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share via Email Route 66’s legacy of racial segregation Believe it or not, there is a way for Donald Trump to unite the country – by saving the famous Route 66, which has been placed on a list of America’s most endangered historic places. Share on Twitter This article is more than 1 year old The route dates back to 1926, little over a decade after Ford began mass producing motor vehicles. It was one of the original highways within the US highway system, connecting eight states from Illinois to California.Its 2,448 tarred miles ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, and later to the adjoining Pacific coast at the Santa Monica pier.Millions still seek out any parts of the route they can find every year to drive in an unhurried style without traffic jams and chaos. The road passes near the Grand Canyon and still cuts through one-horse towns that grew around the business it brought, and which have made an effort to preserve classic hot dog stands and soda fountain stores in 1950s style.Portions of the highway that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway and labeled Historic Route 66. Pausing the coarse national discourse to put a signature on legislation to preserve the entirety of what’s left of Route 66 right now would surely class as taking the high road. Shares709709center_img Read more Share on Twitter Last modified on Tue 26 Jun 2018 15.15 EDT Donald Trump jokes David Lynch’s career ‘over’ for praising his presidency Topics Route 66 outside Oatman, Arizona. Millions still seek out portions of the route to drive in an unhurried style without traffic jams and chaos.Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian Read more The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a heritage charity, has placed the famed highway on its 2018 list of the 11 most at-risk sites. The Trust highlights architectural and cultural spots it deems in danger from development or neglect.Route 66 is up for designation as a national historic trail, which the Trust says would bring “recognition and economic development” to historic sites along the famous road. In order to declare the road a national historic trail, and therefore officially protected, the US Senate would have to pass legislation and Trump would have to sign it.But time is running out: Trump must sign any bill – something surely everyone could get behind in these divided days – before the end of the year.There are stretches of the heartland states where miles of Route 66, also known as the Mother Road and the Main Street of America, run uninterrupted across desert and plain in the spirit of progress and the classic road trip. But in other parts of the US it exists in mere fragments, unmarked and unloved, long ago left behind by the march of commerce and air travel. Share on Facebook This article is more than 1 year old Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Joanna Walters in New York and agencies US news Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The politics of white restoration has to go back where it came

first_img AdamCMelb Guardian Pick newest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Last modified on Sat 20 Jul 2019 01.43 EDT Race Share on Twitter BahamaJohn2020 Shares127127 Thats not what the writer said or implied, Frank. Perhaps read the article again. I say this as one do doesn’t altogether agree with the point of the article ( see my other comment) but be fair. P_k_Bee Share on Twitter Guardian Pick P_k_Bee Reply | Pick A president not even worth the cost of that pathetic t-shirt, ironically I’m Australian by birth but made the choice to continue living overseas, as much for quality of life as anything, I have lost count how many times I have been told exactly that if I’m in Australia if I have an opinion, even a few very small minded people on this site , I guess in the end people will be people, tho it’s a worry that the public would follow an absolute cretin like him , plus the Australian versions. Ghassan Hage Read more 2 3 Share on Twitter And sometimes it’s just a conversation starter, or enquiring about a suburb, town or state Facebook 8h ago A progressive and very liberal person myself. However, this type of ‘woke’ argument sends me running for the exit. It is so freaking easy for the right to ridicule this type of stuff. We really don’t need to give them such simple fodder. Opinion 34 35 Guardian Pick 19 20 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Pinterest Share White entitlement is part of the very structure of Australian society 9h ago comments (89)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Guardian Pick Twitter | Pick | Pick Share 9h ago Guardian Pick AdmiralAlbert I genuinely don’t get the assumption that telling a majority population (which whites are in Australia) that they need to be disempowered for others’ benefit was likely to avoid rather than hasten toxicity. But then he implicit biases in this article may not accord to a lot of objective reality. | Pick 8h ago Twitter Reply Raismail Jump to comment | Pick Facebook AdmiralAlbert Stimulating perspectives! The question: where do you come from – always makes me uneasy, it makes implied presumptions that resonate, uncomfortably, with the historic prejudices/attitudes Hage points to. It is also why l refer to myself as an anglo-celt australian – just so the focus is not race/colour (and thus disempowering skin pigment as a social category), but ethnicity. Interesting article… As a white European male (who ironically has lived and worked “abroad” in multiple countries— Middle East, Aus, Asia, North America etc— for almost 20 years) it has caused me to genuinely question my thinking and the course of the small talk I’ve tended to take with people when I’m in situations where they / others want to talk and I feel I have to socially play along— You know, Ubers, bars, taxis, trains, planes, that kind… Twitter This relationship between the economic interests of capital and the politics of white/majoritarian identity goes back further than the reaction against multiculturalism. Just two obvious examples: The attempts to divide workers and fight unions in the US saw employers and the KKK united to the same end in the decades after WWI. And the aggressive antisemitism of most of the European right in the first half of the 20th century was clearly a tactic designed to undermine the rise of the socialist parties. The German establishment handing over power to the Nazis in the face of the rise of the KPD was just the catastrophic apotheosis of a universal reality. greatdividingmange Facebook Twitter Twitter Reply 7 8 Reply Share Facebook Topics | Pick Facebook | Unpick 5 6 Share on Twitter Reply What a load of rubbish.I work in a hospital which must have someone from every country on the planet represented on it’s staff.Yesterday I (white male 61) asked a new fellow worker (White female 28) where are you from as I detected an accent and was interested in getting to know my new work mate.Today I may ask the same question no mater what ethnic back ground I perceive they are from without hesitation in spite of reading the professor of anthropology and social theory opinion piece which seems to suggest he knows the mind and motivation of all the askers and the asked in that scenario. 5 6 I was also asked by non-white citizens/residents of those countries. Should I or they have taken offence in this situation? 6h ago Report Twitter 14 15 8h ago Report Fri 19 Jul 2019 18.00 EDT The article is about appropriate social interactions. With all due respect “great dividing” I suggest you need to do some work in this area. Report Report “I got the ‘where are you from?’ treatment last night,” one of my PhD students said, speaking about a recent outing with other students to a bar in Melbourne.My students from non-white European ancestry invariably hate being asked this question even though they recognise that, more often than not, the person asking it means no harm and is simply and genuinely – or thinks it’s polite to be – interested in where they are from.We’ve often reflected together about this and about what bothers us about the question. We agree it would be different if the relationship between the questioner and the questioned was not as structured by racial relations of power to the extent that it was: more often than not the questioner is of white European ancestry and the questioned is of non-white European ancestry. And because of this, the question necessarily, and regardless of the intent, ends up carrying in it the power and entitlement of the questioner. Loading comments… Trouble loading? AdmiralAlbert Show 25 Facebook 52 53 Facebook As an Australian Muslim who is visibly Muslim I often get asked where I’m from, often by people of Asian or African background. In a country where a big proportion of the population has at least one immigrant parent it’s a fairly normal conversational gambit and may even be a step by the asker towards feeling comfortable with the one who is asked. When I say I’m Australian I often get a follow-up question, “Yes but where are you really from?” Vis… Share on Facebook 7 8 Raismail Share on Twitter If you are say in London you might ask a white person, “Where are you from”, meaning where in the UK or anywhere, because perhaps half the population are from outside London be it Leeds, Liverpool, or Glasgow. It could also be Krakow or Dublin or Oslo. I get asked the question by other white as well as Chinese people in Beijing. Also people of colour will ask it. Is it not possible that the question might be meant in that cosmopolitan churning population sense? But of course, applied to a person of colour, especially in a national context fraught with racial tensions and a very difficult past and present, there will always be the danger of any innocent intent being misinterpreted which would make the choice of words undiplomatic and insensitive to say the least, reminiscent of a Trump rally insult. So how about replacing the common question at any party or public event, “So, what’s your life story?” Reply 2 3 7h ago Report Facebook greatdividingmange Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter 8h ago SwanseaPeacefulguy Facebook Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share Share Facebook Report Report Facebook Share on Facebook Manners01 9h ago Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook I’m always asked in east Asia where I from, as are a number of friends’ teenage kids who were born and have citizenship of countries in that region. In reality, there are few whites with citizenship in east Asia and so it not unreasonble to assume that they are not from that region. In multi-cultural UK or Australia it is at best a dumb question and at worst racist as it implies that that person could not possibly be from that country. Still, pe… 31 32 | Pick Report …you do realise this article is not about about how white men of european ancestry feel yeah? …your assertiveness is clearly a personal asset – it will take your culture to the ends of the earth and confer power on your shoulders. …yeah baby. Twitter 9 10 ExpatR Twitter 4 5 Guardian Pick Report Share on LinkedIn Reply 1 9h ago 8 9 Share Reply 2 3 Guardian Pick Share 8h ago Guardian Pick 9h ago 46 47 9h ago 9h ago Probs just trying to make conversation, surely any Brit regardless of race would answer with their hometown? Seems an incredibly divisive article tbh. Share on Twitter 8h ago … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter 8 9 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Order by oldest Report 8h ago Share on Facebook 8h ago Twitter | Pick Reply Ghassan, as a social/anthropology academic this sort of thing is your bread and butter. If there is no discussion about the appropriateness or whatever of these obviously benign questions then you’d be without a job or platform. Getting outraged about it increases your volume and audience. None of it is really helpful I think, and in the main I think most have no problems with a respectful and inquisitive conversation. collapsed Share Reply 8h ago Share Share on Twitter Facebook I also faced “So (pause), how long you are here?” from the people of my own ‘culture’ quite often – back in the days when I was an “ALIEN” in the first among the first world countries.. It is a way to judge (or an attempt to take a measure of ) the relative superiority of one (who asked) with respect to me (or others) . If I came later – he can /could take a condescending view of me. And it was often an accepted rule of ‘relative superiority’ of one over another. I DID that too. About the article – it is a beautifully incisive and analytical piece on racial or social psychology. Share on Twitter greatdividingmange Tubehead Thomson 9h ago Share Share on Facebook 8h ago Share on Twitter Facebook turnip2 Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook SwanseaPeacefulguy 3 4 8h ago greatdividingmange Facebook 9h ago | Unpick Reason (optional) drues | Pick JoesephBlowhard Show 4 more replies 8h ago 7h ago Jump to comment Report Reply 8h ago Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share Thank you for this article. As a mixed-race person (typical Californian), I frequently get this question. I simply answer “Targaryan”. The sort of people who ask that question are the sort of people who are completely satisfied with my answer. And we wonder how a brain-damaged orange turd made its way into the White House… | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Share | Pick I can’t be sure, but I’ve been suspecting that a hyphen is missing: ‘non-white-European’ is another matter. I will look again after sleep, but that may be the culprit in what seems nonsensical to me here. 8 9 Share on Facebook Share My point being that white Europeans don’t only ask it of non-whites. It’s called conversation, not some attempt to assert superiority AdamCMelb The simple question “where are you from?” becomes, again, regardless of the intent of the questioner, a declaration: “I am entitled, because of my white European-ness, to ask you where are you from.” The pathology becomes most apparent when the person being asked the question is Indigenous. Because of the sense of entitlement that oozes out of it – and that is what is often hard, but not impossible, for others to understand – the question becomes threatening: a person of non-white European ancestry can immediately discern in the power to ask “where do you come from?” the residual power to say: “go back to where you came from”.It is in the very nature of this residual power to have a potential for “nastiness” (such as with “go back to where you came from”) at the very moment when it’s exhibiting “niceness” (such as with “where are you from”). This fact was at the heart of the radical critique of multiculturalism as it was formulated more than 20 years ago. It was at the core of my own critique of the discourse of tolerance. To have such a discourse circulating amid structural conditions of racial domination meant two things.Firstly, it meant that it was always people of white European ancestry who ended up feeling entitled to do the tolerating, while the tolerated were always people of non-white European ancestry – what I called at the time “third-world-looking people”.Secondly, and more important for our purpose here, when people experience themselves as entitled to be tolerant, they retain the residual power to be intolerant and deploy it when necessary. It went the same way for the multicultural discourse of “appreciating” ethnic cultures, which allowed white people to maintain the residual power to “not appreciate” ethnic cultures.It is this residual power that was the prime target of the radical critique of multiculturalism. This aimed for a state of affairs where the status of the national belonging of people of non-white European ancestry would not be subjected to and affected by how people of white European ancestry felt about them. This was a state where it was no longer acceptable to give public space for people of white European ancestry who fantasised that it was up to them to judge who loved Australia, England or France enough and who didn’t, and who was American, Canadian or New Zealander enough and who wasn’t.The critique was animated by a realisation that while multiculturalism dented a sense of white supremacy among some people, it did not dent it enough. And while it was clear that one could not help it if some white people felt they were entitled to decide who was and was not a good Australian, American, etc, the radical critique of multiculturalism aimed to further the process of white symbolic disempowerment that had already begun with the rise of multiculturalism. It hoped to see white entitlement become increasingly expunged from social and cultural institutions and be made politically irrelevant.But, needless to say, things moved in the opposite direction. A constellation of cultural and political but chiefly economic interests aligned to support what became full-fledged politics of white restoration. Certain capitalist investors saw in the white supremacist refusal of the welfare state and any social, cultural or ecological thought a politics that was more conducive to the type of unchecked capital accumulation they hoped for.And here we are today with such people not only having a public outlet but actually occupying the highest positions of power in various parts of the western world. And here we also are hearing the kind of things that we thought we would never hear again being openly proclaimed. And, sure enough, here we are having the president of the United States openly deploying the gutter racism of the “go back to where you came from”-type against his opponents. 8h ago | Pick The Squad v the mob: that’s what the 2020 election boils down to Share on Twitter Share 8h ago Report | Unpick | Unpick Share Reply 7 8 Report | Pick No, they are obviously not the same thing.I staggers me that anyone would even ask that question. Jump to comment yesjazz Oh really, get over yourself. People make conversation based on what they think might be fruitful territory for discussion. If you look like you are not a local, it is a polite, (used to be) inoffensive way to start a conversation, slightly more interesting than the weather. But, now, non-whites need to feel aggrieved about everything because everyone white is really a seething racist. Yawn. Share on Twitter The simple question “where are you from?” becomes, again, regardless of the intent of the questioner, a declaration: “I am entitled, because of my white European-ness, to ask you where are you from.” Reply 2 Share on Facebook 4 5 The politics of white restoration has to ‘go back where it came from’ Facebook ExpatR Report Share on Twitter SwanseaPeacefulguy The west’s non-white Europeans will never accept supervision by angelic, loving white people, let alone evil, sleazy, racist ones Share on Twitter Reply 8 9 Share on Facebook Facebook ” but, needless to say, things moved in the opposite direction. A constellation of cultural and political but chiefly economic interests aligned to support what became full-fledged politics of white restoration. Certain capitalist investors saw in the white supremacist refusal of the welfare state and any social, cultural or ecological thought a politics that was more conducive to the type of unchecked capital accumulation they hoped for.” actualy, a constellation of cultural “critical theory” socialism came out from acedemia and started entering main stream discussion , entering a cut and paste from marx to marcuse to mao , style political correctness and identity politics that absolutly set the left back… and that is your answer to this ” how can the progressive social and cultural gains of the “liberal” era be rolled back so easily?”it really is plain as day thats what happened, they opened the door for trump and other right leaders to come in i am an american living as an immigrant in another country that isnt as white as i am , i have lost count of how many times i heard people mutter under their breath ” get out of my country”, or laugh at my accent, or exclude me from business because of where im from. but im a legal immigrant, i jump through hoops of beauracracy to keep me and my Family legal in two countries, and i never ever forget im a guest in this country, and i doubt serioiusly that illegal aliens or illegal asylum seekers feel the same way Share on Twitter Jump to comment ExpatR MikeSw Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share As an Australian Muslim who is visibly Muslim I often get asked where I’m from, often by people of Asian or African background. In a country where a big proportion of the population has at least one immigrant parent it’s a fairly normal conversational gambit and may even be a step by the asker towards feeling comfortable with the one who is asked. When I say I’m Australian I often get a follow-up question, “Yes but where are you really from?” Visiting India, or meeting Indian visitors here, I find myself asked, “What do you do?” that is, what is my profession? I assume that this is related to the Indian social background requirement of knowing a person’s caste. One of my sons, who is so gentle he will trap a spider and put it outside the house rather than kill it, told me he gets called “terrorist.” And it’s not because of anything unusual he wears even, the brown skin and black beard is enough. That’s aggression. Share 3 | Pick Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook Manners01 Reply originalabsence It was interesting how you left out the word ‘ancestory’ from the end of your question.Any particular reason for that? Other than it doesn’t fit with the ideological dogma that you wanted to spout. Share on Twitter Reply 8 9 8h ago Twitter 7h ago No, Bleupoint. You’re doing good 🙂 | Pick Twitter Teggo Report | Pick Facebook I was recently asked by a Slovakian migrant where i was from. I am fourth generation Australian of Irish English and American heritage. I replied that I was born in Cronulla and grew up there. The Slovakian was satisfied because they knew my cultural background and that went some way to explain my accent and the way I behave and interact with people. What is wrong with that? Is the Slovakian a white supremacist? A racist? Was I humiliated by this inquisition? LOL. The entire concept of this article is ludicrous. 100 But Trump doesn’t love it. Otherwise why would be want to change it ? So … Share on Twitter 25 …good article thanks. …as a white middle aged male in a very cosmopolitan work environment I just assume other humans are from earth and if interesting cultural differences come up in conversation that’s fine but I avoid broaching the subject because it’s just lazy. Of course I had to deliberately develop this response as a working class white numpty and I am subject to bias and prejudice as are we all and I stuff up all the time – your article is a really valuable treatment of this subject – where are you from Ghassan? (…jokin’) Share on Facebook | Pick Report MikeSw Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Reply Share on Facebook Share Twitter Interesting article… As a white European male (who ironically has lived and worked “abroad” in multiple countries— Middle East, Aus, Asia, North America etc— for almost 20 years) it has caused me to genuinely question my thinking and the course of the small talk I’ve tended to take with people when I’m in situations where they / others want to talk and I feel I have to socially play along— You know, Ubers, bars, taxis, trains, planes, that kind of shit…. (I tend to fall into the quiet, non talkative, non interested, traveller category as a rule). However, inadvertently causing any offence or discomfort is the last thing I would want to do with anyone. And I take the point of the argument. So thank you…It also leaves me with a problem however— As I am often asked the question myself. So from now on my answer is going to have to be “Sorry Mate. You can’t ask that question. Trump has fucked it up for everyone. So we can debate what’s better Cricket or Baseball (Cricket), Rugby Union or League (Union), Women’s tennis or Men’s (Women’s), BMW or Mercs (Beamers), Beatles or the Stones (Stones)… But you can’t ask me that shit anymore. Sorry. Twitter Share on Twitter 70 71 I would really get extremely upset if I was a Native American and, in the USA, some stupid guy asked me: “Where are you from?” … or an Australian Aboriginal, and some stupid guy asked me, in Sydney: “Where are you from?” … or a Maori, and some stupid guy asked me, in Wellington: “Where are you from”?… But when people ask me, a white male but speaking with an accent that clearly shows that I wasn’t born in Australia, where I live and I am a proud citizen of: “Where are you from?”… I don’t take it offensively. I simply reply with a little summary of my personal history, starting from the place where I was born, then the countries I lived in as an immigrant, the various languages I speak because of that… etc… Soon, the person loses interest in the answer to his/her question…. and moves on…. End of the story…. However, what the Idiot in Chief, Trump, has done goes well beyond what many people do in the innocence of their approach to immigrants. He is using Racism and Xenophobia for electoral purposes… and that’s a preamble to Nazism. STOP HIM!!! Share on Twitter 32 33 Reply Jump to comment Jesus wept. What a horrible way to think. You’re being actually racist yourself. 8h ago dholliday Facebook Share on Facebook 0 1 9h ago Share on Twitter zeno13 Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Yes, please, do “go back where you came from”, white Americans! Seriously, no one of European descent should ever mouth those words in the Americas unless they include themselves. They are fond of extolling the “ancient history” of Europe, while ignoring the equally ancient, and frequently, the more ancient, history of the Americas. When you speak of filthy, savage barbarians, most whites think of natives of whatever area, but the reality was that the filthy, psychopathic savages were coming from Europe, bringing diseases, disdaining bathing, and unleashing truly psychopathic barbaric terror wherever they went. Most Native cultures were far more “civilized” than the Europeans. You can’t talk of Aztec human sacrifices without comparing them with the human sacrifices of the Europeans. While the Aztecs may have sacrificed more, those sacrifices were far more humane than the drownings and burning alive of women and men accused of heresy and witchcraft, not to mention the wholesale tortures, rapes and slaughters of entire towns common in European wars. You can talk of Native American cannibalism, most of which reports were untrue propaganda, but what then of the cannibalism of the Crusaders? White history is a history of terrorism, ethnic cleansing, genocide, expropriation, and exploitation. White supremacists need to take a long look at their history before telling others to “go back where they came from”. All | Pick 54 55 gollyme 7h ago Report Report Email (optional) recommendations 8 9 Facebook Share on Twitter View more comments Share Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report 8h ago Why bother. Not everybody is looking to be offended and as you say this is a question that gets asked of anybody outside their area or country. I cannot say I really thought about it, to be honest. Maybe because it goes without saying, given we are talking about people who are Australians? My point was that, as someone who would need to go back several generations to find ancestors who did not hail from the antipodes, I do not really identify with ‘Europe’. I cannot, obviously, avoid being ‘white’, though. Hence I think ‘white Australian’ is a more appropriate label. Incidentally, can you explain what a ‘non-white European’ is? I tried Google but just got a series of results about migration to Europe. Er… war and human sacrifice aren’t the same thing? I’m going to regret getting into a debate on this Report FrankMend Share Stimulating perspectives! The question: where do you come from – always makes me uneasy, it makes implied presumptions that resonate, uncomfortably, with the historic prejudices/attitudes Hage points to. It is also why l refer to myself as an anglo-celt australian – just so the focus is not race/colour (and thus disempowering skin pigment as a social category), but ethnicity. Facebook 73 74 Reply Reply Report AdamCMelb ChrisGordon1 Share on Twitter Can we have some plain English, please? What on earth is a non-white European? And a white Australian is not ‘European’ – Australia is not part of Europe. In any event, multiculturalism has its critics, radical and otherwise. But it has allowed Australia to maintain a level of social harmony amid mass and transformational immigration with little concern or controversy. This is almost unheard of anywhere else. There are worse things than being asked where you are from! Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Show 3 more replies Reply Opinion 8h ago Share 11 12 Twitter Manners01 Share Share on Twitter Reply Share on Messenger Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Share AdamCMelb Share on Twitter Report Moustafa Bayoumi 9h ago Reply Share Share on Facebook I love how you summarise your whole outlook on life in your last sentence. Share on Twitter AdmiralAlbert Share on Facebook Reply | Pick Report Share Share ‘non-white European’ 7h ago Facebook Facebook comment 8h ago Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Report Share Share on Twitter expanded Twitter mmurray57 Report Share on Facebook Report | Pick Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Alpo88 Reply *Aussie hours, any domestic resident would answer with their hometown regardless of race. Share on Facebook 2 3 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 16 17 Share on Facebook 14 15 Report Twitter zeno13 Facebook | Pick Report Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Share I also faced “So (pause), how long you are here?” from the people of my own ‘culture’ quite often – back in the days when I was an “ALIEN” in the first among the first world countries.. It is a way to judge (or an attempt to take a measure of ) the relative superiority of one (who asked) with respect to me (or others) . If I came later – he can /could take a condescending view of me. And it was often an accepted rule of ‘relative superiority’ of… Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Comments 89 Report Tubehead Thomson | Pick Guardian Pick apacheman Reply Share 7h ago Facebook …so you didn’t read the article then? …a white european being quizzed by a white european completely misses the central point of this article. 9 10 Share via Email Share on Facebook Share Guardian Pick Report 7 8 Reuse this content,View all comments > JoesephBlowhard Report Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Inversius Aurelius 2 3 Twitter 9h ago 1 2 52 53 | Pick greatdividingmange 8h ago Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter Over the top. I’m of white European ancestry and I’ve been asked by other people of white European ancestry where I’m from when overseas because my accent is obviously different. There’s enough real racism going on without this overanalysed hyperbole. Share on Facebook Bullshit 62 63 Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook 25 26 Share on Facebook 3 Reply Bleupoint I like Kelly slaters choice of description for himself, world citizen, I find it a good fit . Reply drues We’ve become friends with the young Pakistani and Nepalese who work in a local convenience store, all because – so they tell us – we are among the very few to have engaged with them and, yes, asked them where they are from (or if you like, where their families have been hanging out since we were all Africans 100,000 years ago). Should we apologise to them? And what about the young (‘white’) Poles who work in our local cafes? 25 26 ExpatR Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Bleupoint Report | Pick Teggo Facebook unthreaded | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook ExpatR Report Share Share MikeSw 3 4 1 Share Reply 8 9 | Pick Facebook Ilhan Omar Report apacheman Share | Pick hic8ubique | Pick Twitter Reply Twitter Share on Facebook 8h ago How are the vast majority of wars waged by the West not forms of human sacrifice? How is the ritual sacrifice of human lives to, say, ensure a good harvest, any different in principle to the sacrifice of both combatants and civilians to ensure the economic prosperity (and political popularity) of the aggressors? Agreed Facebook JoeYoungOz | Pick Report Report Share on Facebook MikeSw Share Share An article looking for an argument. Think we have enough going wrong in society and don’t need straw man arguments. Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Share 50 | Pick Share on Twitter 9h ago | Unpick Facebook oldest Reply Threads collapsed 2 3 2 3 Reply Share on Twitter ‘This white resurgence has all the hallmarks of a last hurrah.’Photograph: Jonathan Drake/Reuters 40 41 Facebook 0 1 8h ago gazzar Reply 2 turnip2 8 9 I’m always asked in east Asia where I from, as are a number of friends’ teenage kids who were born and have citizenship of countries in that region. In reality, there are few whites with citizenship in east Asia and so it not unreasonble to assume that they are not from that region. In multi-cultural UK or Australia it is at best a dumb question and at worst racist as it implies that that person could not possibly be from that country. Still, people need to look at the motivation of the person posing the question. As the writer says, most of the questions are not made without ill intent, and so the perhaps it would be best to just have a ready and quick and smart answer to deflect such questions, rather than seething under the breath. In reality, both sides of the argument need to consider their words and reactions. For the questioner, maybe they need to ask themselves why they consider that a non-white could not be native. At the same time, the person who is asked the question needs to remember that the question is made with ignorance, not malice. Reply 8h ago Report Facebook Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter Facebook 8h ago Report Reply Share on Twitter Raismail Share via Email Share Manners01 | Pick Close report comment form turnip2 Reply Facebook FrankMend Reply Race Here’s a few suggestions, for those interested in solutions and not just the problems: – instead of “white Australians”, try “British Australians” or “UK Australians” for new arrivals from the motherland, “Germanic Australians” o even “Gaellic Australians”, or simply any sort of true equality in depicting the ethnicity of Australians, majority or minority, rather than the conscious or subconscious need to affirm the otherness of the “Indigneous Australians”, “Chinese Australians”, “Muslim Australians” etc when “Australian” would have done the job just as well; – and come up with a few choice questions for small talk to replace “Where are you from?” and disseminate it in our media and literature, instead of constantly bombarding us with “Where are you from?” everywhere and turning it into a common phrase and meme. Report Twitter Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook 10 11 Share on Twitter originalabsence 9h ago William Anthony Share on Facebook Share 7h ago gollyme BahamaJohn2020 Twitter greatdividingmange Share iruka Jump to comment 7h ago Certain capitalist investors saw in the white supremacist refusal of the welfare state and any social, cultural or ecological thought a politics that was more conducive to the type of unchecked capital accumulation they hoped for. 5 6 Share Twitter Facebook 8h ago Twitter Twitter 7h ago Share on Facebook Report 2 3 Share on Facebook ExpatR Facebook JoeYoungOz What the politics of white restoration needs to make us ask is: how can the progressive social and cultural gains of the “liberal” era be rolled back so easily? If there is a failure of liberal multicultural politics here, it surely has to do with this. Small “l” liberals dismissed the radical critique of multiculturalism 20 years ago for all kinds of facile reasons.However, this radical critique offered whites and non-whites the basis of a political future that highlighted the disempowerment of whiteness as a necessary accompaniment of multicultural politics. This would have at the very least made the descent into the kind of toxic racist politics we are seeing today more difficult. This radical critique could offer such a path precisely because it traced a politics centred on the removal of the above-mentioned residual power of white entitlement. At least that was and is one of its key objectives. And by all means, let’s all go back to where we came from in this regard, and restart that argument.Even if the politics of white restoration is succeeding, a new politics is needed to replace it to mend some white people’s belief in their entitlement to rule. For this white resurgence has all the hallmarks of a last hurrah. On one hand, it is far from being the case that the majority of young generations of people of white European ancestry are seeking this type of entitlement. On the other hand, people from non-white European ancestry, especially the young, are fundamentally unwilling to accept the legitimacy of white entitlement.Indeed, it is certain today, and as “the Squad” makes it clear, that the vast majority of people from non-white European ancestry inhabiting the west are too much at home here to ever accept a mode of belonging that involves white supervision. They don’t believe they need to be supervised and they don’t grant the self-appointed whites the right to supervise them. They will never accept a mode of belonging that involves being supervised by angelic, loving white people, let alone by evil, sleazy, racist ones.• Ghassan Hage is a professor of anthropology and social theory at the University of Melbourne | Pick Share Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Read more Donald Trump 37 38 9h ago Guardian Pick Share Reply 8h ago Report Reply Twitter Excellent comment. Report Ghassan Hage Report Since you’re here… Share on Facebook | Pick Share Share on WhatsApp love it or leave it | Pick | Pick Twitter 6h ago Share on Twitter Raismail 46 47 | Pick Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp turnip2 | Pick Report Twitter Report Share Replylast_img read more

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first_imgWe are celebrating our 100th episode of Assistive Technology Update‘ by having friends of our show tell us their “Best Assistive Technology Tip”.  To be on our show, call our listener line at 317-721-7124 and leave your name, your web site and your best AT tip.  Please try to keep your message around 30 seconds and you may be included in our 100th episode which is scheduled to be released on April 26, 2013!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU100 – 100th Episode retrospective and “Best AT Tips” from our friends!April 26, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU098 – Professor Dave Edyburn (Research and Literature in Assistive Technology), Ultrasound helmet for firefighters may help blind, The Social Radio, Chorepad HD, Hashtag: #edtechApril 12, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”AM100 – 100th Episode of Accessibility MinuteApril 26, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

AM279 – Stop Breathe Think App

first_imgVisit StopBreatheThink.com to learn more.For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com.  That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related3 Apps to Help Children Manage EmotionsMarch 21, 2018In “Apps”10 Apps for Children with Learning and Attention IssuesMarch 18, 2015In “Autism”Best Apps to Ease Your MindMay 15, 2018In “Apps” Podcast: Play in new window | Download279-3-23-18 Stop, Breathe & Think:Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!Stop, Breathe, and Think is an emotional wellness platform offering apps for both iOS and Android devices.  At Stop, Breathe, and Think, they believe that when more people find peace of mind, it makes the world a better place.  Their mission is to help kids, teen, and young adults build the emotional strength to tackle life’s ups and downs.Stop, Breathe, and Think is a personalized meditation and mindfulness app that helps you feel strong and connected.Stop, Breathe, and Think Features:Over 30 free activities and 85+ premium activities including meditation, yoga, breathing, and acupressureCustomizable meditation timer with choices of chimes and soundscapesCustomizable breathing timer to focus and relaxA daily feed with tips, inspiration, and a recommended meditation of the dayMeditate to start and end your dayTracker for your emotions before and after meditationsAnd morelast_img read more

Invoca Named a Hot Vendor in Conversational Intelligence by Aragon Research

first_imgInvoca Named a Hot Vendor in Conversational Intelligence by Aragon Research PRNewswireMay 16, 2019, 6:19 pmMay 16, 2019 AIanalyticsCall TrackingInvocaMarketing TechnologyMarketing Technology AwardsNews Previous ArticleInfluenster Solution Demonstrates Impact of Peer-to-Peer Recommendations in Driving Sales ConversionNext ArticleDMI Acquires SAP Commerce Cloud Leader, Pragiti Invoca, an AI-powered call tracking and analytics company, has been named a “Hot Vendor in Conversational Intelligence for 2019” by Aragon Research. The report identifies solutions from the emerging conversational intelligence market that enable organizations to predict customer or prospect behavior by using AI-based voice analytics.Aragon Research recognizes noteworthy, visionary and innovative Hot Vendors in various markets such as conversational intelligence, sales engagement, customer journey mapping, intelligent contact center, conversational AI, intelligent content analytics for voice, in addition to others. This recognition for Invoca comes on the heels of recent accolades including Best Call Analytics Platform in the Marketing Technology Awards and the 2019 Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award from Business Intelligence Group.Invoca offers advanced AI, rich analytics, and call routing capabilities, which marketers are using to create a more cohesive and personalized customer experience at leading enterprise brands including, DISH, LendingTree, University Hospitals, and Frontier Communications. For example, marketing teams can automatically get insights from individual conversations with consumers — such as what product they are interested in, or their stage in the buying journey — and use that data tailor consumers’ digital interactions with Google, Facebook, Adobe, and other platforms.Marketing Technology News: Swiftpage Launches All-in-One Act! Growth Suite Sales & Marketing Platform for SMBs“The ability for AI to turn spoken conversations into actionable insights is disrupting marketing, sales, and customer support, especially for high-touch industries like healthcare and financial services where phone conversations are key,” said Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca. “For marketers in particular, the ability to push conversational intelligence directly into their existing martech stack for campaign optimization and personalization provides net new opportunities to drive business results. We believe this recognition from Aragon Research as a Hot Vendor reflects our success and continued investment in serving our customers and delivering an industry leading product.”Marketing Technology News: ListenFirst’s State of Social TV Report Provides Key Insights To Boost Strategy PerformanceRequired Disclaimer: Aragon Research does not endorse vendors, or their products or services that are referenced in its research publications, and does not advise users to select those vendors that are rated the highest. Aragon Research publications consist of the opinions of Aragon Research and Advisory Services organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Aragon Research provides its research publications and the information contained in them “AS IS,” without warranty of any kind.Marketing Technology News: New Data: Facebook and Google Trounce Amazon for D2C Brand Ad Spendlast_img read more

How Does Quantum Computing Work

first_img We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads 32 Comments J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Tagged In physicsibmextremetech explainsquantumquantum computingquantum physicsqubitsqubitquantum computersentanglementanalog computingHademard GateIBM QRigetti Quantum Computing Post a Comment 32 Comments 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. Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp By David Cardinal on January 30, 2019 at 2:15 pm How Does Quantum Computing Work? Could Negan Get A ‘Walking Dead’ Movie Next? Quantum computing just plain sounds cool. We’ve all read about the massive investment in making it a reality, and its promise of breakthroughs in many industries. But all that press is usually short on what it is and how it works. That’s for a reason: Quantum computing is quite different from traditional digital computing and requires thinking about things in a non-intuitive way. Oh, and there is math. Lots of it.This article won’t make you an expert, but it should help you understand what quantum computing is, why it’s important, and why it’s so exciting. If you already have a background in quantum mechanics and grad school math, you probably don’t need to read this article. You can jump straight into a book like A Gentle Introduction To Quantum Computing (Hint, “gentle” is a relative term). But if you’re like most of us and don’t have that background, let’s do our best to demystify one of the most mystical topics in computing.Quantum Computing ConceptsIn a few short paragraphs, here are the basics that we’ll go over in more detail in this article: Quantum computers use qubits instead of traditional bits (binary digits). Qubits are different from traditional bits because until they are read out (meaning measured), they can exist in an indeterminate state where we can’t tell whether they’ll be measured as a 0 or a 1. That’s because of a unique property called superposition.Superposition makes qubits interesting, but their real superpower is entanglement. Entangled qubits can interact instantly. To make functional qubits, quantum computers have to be cooled to near absolute zero. Even when supercooled, qubits don’t maintain their entangled state (coherence) for very long.That makes programming them extra tricky. Quantum computers are programmed using sequences of logic gates of various kinds, but programs need to run quickly enough that the qubits don’t lose coherence before they’re measured. For anyone who took a logic class or digital circuit design using flip-flops, quantum logic gates will seem somewhat familiar, although quantum computers themselves are essentially analog. However, the combination of superposition and entanglement make the process about a hundred times more confusing.Qubits and SuperpositionThe ordinary bits we use in typical digital computers are either 0 or 1. You can read them whenever you want, and unless there is a flaw in the hardware, they won’t change. Qubits aren’t like that. They have a probability of being 0 and a probability of being 1, but until you measure them, they may be in an indefinite state. That state, along with some other state information that allows for additional computational complexity, can be described as being at an arbitrary point on a sphere (of radius 1), that reflects both the probability of being measured as a 0 or 1 (which are the north and south poles).The qubit’s state is a combination of the values along all three axes. This is called superposition. Some texts describe this property as “being in all possible states at the same time,” while others think that’s somewhat misleading and that we’re better off sticking with the probability explanation. Either way, a quantum computer can actually do math on the qubit while it is in superposition — changing the probabilities in various ways through logic gates — before eventually reading out a result by measuring it. In all cases, though, once a qubit is read, it is either 1 or 0 and loses its other state information.Qubits typically start life at 0, although they are often then moved into an indeterminate state using a Hadamard Gate, which results in a qubit that will read out as 0 half the time and 1 the other half. Other gates are available to flip the state of a qubit by varying amounts and directions — both relative to the 0 and 1 axes, and also a third axis that represents phase, and provides additional possibilities for representing information. The specific operations and gates available depend on the quantum computer and toolkit you’re using.Entanglement: Where the Action IsGroups of independent qubits, by themselves, aren’t enough to create the massive breakthroughs that are promised by quantum computing. The magic really starts to happen when the quantum physics concept of entanglement is implemented. One industry expert likened qubits without entanglement as being a “very expensive classical computer.” Entangled qubits affect each other instantly when measured, no matter far apart they are, based on what Einstein euphemistically called “spooky action at a distance.” In terms of classic computing, this is a bit like having a logic gate connecting every bit in memory to every other bit.You can start to see how powerful that might be compared with a traditional computer needing to read and write from each element of memory separately before operating on it. As a result, there are multiple large potential gains from entanglement. The first is a huge increase in the complexity of programming that can be executed, at least for certain types of problems. One that’s creating a lot of excitement is the modeling of complex molecules and materials that are very difficult to simulate with classical computers. Another might be innovations in long-distance secure communications — if and when it becomes possible to preserve quantum state over large distances. Programming using entanglement typically starts with the C-NOT gate, which flips the state of an entangled particle if its partner is read out as a 1. This is sort of like a traditional XOR gate, except that it only operates when a measurement is made.Quantum Algorithms Will Change CryptographySuperposition and entanglement are impressive physical phenomena, but leveraging them to do computation requires a very different mindset and programming model. You can’t simply throw your C code on a quantum computer and expect it to run, and certainly not to run faster. Fortunately, mathematicians and physicists are way ahead of the computer builders here, having developed clever algorithms that take advantage of quantum computers decades before the machines started to appear.Some of the first quantum algorithms created, and honestly, some of the few useful ones I’ve found that you can understand without a graduate degree in math, are for secure cryptographic key distribution. These algorithms use the property of entanglement to allow the key creator to send one of each of many pairs of qubits to the recipient. The full explanation is pretty long, but the algorithms rely on the fact that if anyone intercepts and reads one of the entangled bits en route, the companion qubit at the sender will be affected. By passing some statistics back and forth, the sender and receiver can figure out whether the key was transmitted securely, or was hacked on the way.You may have read that quantum computers one day could break most current cryptography systems. They will be able to do that because there are some very clever algorithms designed to run on quantum computers that can solve a hard math problem, which in turn can be used to factor very large numbers. One of the most famous is Shor’s Factoring Algorithm. The difficulty of factoring large numbers is essential to the security of all public-private key systems — which are the most commonly used today. Current quantum computers don’t have nearly enough qubits to attempt the task, but various experts predict they will within the next 3-8 years. That leads to some potentially dangerous situations, such as if only governments and the super-rich had access to the ultra-secure encryption provided by quantum computers.Why Building Quantum Computers Is HardThere are plenty of reasons quantum computers are taking a long time to develop. For starters, you need to find a way to isolate and control a physical object that implements a qubit. That also requires cooling it down to essentially zero (as in .015 degrees Kelvin, in the case of IBM‘s Quantum One). Even at such a low temperature, qubits are only stable (retaining coherence) for a very short time. That greatly limits the flexibility of programmers in how many operations they can perform before needing to read out a result.Not only do programs need to be constrained, but they need to be run many times, as current qubit implementations have a high error rate. Additionally, entanglement isn’t easy to implement in hardware either. In many designs, only some of the qubits are entangled, so the compiler needs to be smart enough to swap bits around as needed to help simulate a system where all the bits can potentially be entangled.Getting Started With Quantum ComputingThe good news is that trivial quantum computing programs are actually pretty easy to understand if a bit confusing at first. Plenty of tutorials are available that will help you write your first quantum program, as well as let you run it on a simulator, and possibly even on a real quantum computer.One of the best places to start is with IBM’s QISKit, a free quantum toolkit from IBM Q Research that includes a visual composer, a simulator, and access to an actual IBM quantum computer after you have your code running on the simulator. Rigetti Quantum Computing has also posted an easy intro application, which relies on their toolkit and can be run on their machines in the cloud.Unfortunately, the trivial applications are just that: trivial. So simply following along with the code in each example doesn’t really help you master the intricacies of more sophisticated quantum algorithms. That’s a much harder task.Thanks to William Poole and Sue Gemmell for their thoughtful input.Now Read:IBM Unveils Q System One Quantum ComputerMicrosoft Set to Release Quantum Computer Programming LanguageGoogle Announces ‘Bristlecone’ Quantum Computing ChipAlso, check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Top image credit: IBM Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 ‘Inside Out’ Things Your Kids Will Never Pick Up Onlast_img read more

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first_img 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. Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel Amazon’s Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping events of the year with countless deals on just about everything you could want. After hours of sifting through deals, we’ve compiled the following list with the best deals available on everything from high-end smartphones and computers to home appliances. Many other retailers are also offering strong deals at this moment in an attempt to compete with the online retail giant. The full list can be found below and will be updated throughout the next few days as new deals go live and old deals expire, but first, you should take a look at these exceptional deals that stand above the rest.AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8-Core Processor w/ Wraith Prism LED Cooler ($199.99) AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700X is a fast processor with eight CPU cores. The processor is clocked in at 4.3GHz and offers plenty of performance for gaming and extensively heavy multitasking. It also comes with a decent cooler with RGB LED lights. Right now it’s marked down from $329.00 to $199.99 for Prime Day.Samsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked w/ 128GB Storage ($599.99) During Amazon’s Prime Day sale you can get one of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 smartphones with 128GB of storage marked down from $899.99 to $599.99. This phone is one of the fastest smartphones available on the market today with a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and 8GB of RAM. It also features a relatively high-quality camera and it comes fully unlocked.Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset ($69.99) Kingston designed its HyperX Cloud II gaming headset to work with both the PS4 and Xbox One in addition to PCs. It features high-quality 53mm Neodymium magnetic speaker drivers to produce audio with excellent clarity. The memory foam padded ear cuffs also help to cancel out exterior noise. You can get it for a limited time marked down from $99.99 to $69.99.Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit w/ 3rd Gen Echo Dot ($118.99)The Ring Alarm 5 gives you comprehensive security for your home. It includes a contact sensor that can warn whenever the door or window it is connected to is opened. This set also has a motion detector, an alarm speaker, a range extender, and a keypad for setting and disarming the alarm. You can get this set with an 3rd gen Echo Dot from Amazon marked down from $248.90 to $118.99.Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote ($14.99)Amazon’s Fire TV Stick essentially turns your regular old LCD TV into a smart TV by allowing you to stream content from a wide range of sources. It also has a remote that supports Alexa voice commands, and Amazon is now offering it marked down from $39.99 to just $14.99.Featured DealsFeatured DealsFree $5 Amazon Credit with $25 Amazon Gift Card Purchase at Amazon (use code: GCPRIME19).Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker (3-Pack $60) for $22 at Amazon (list price $49.99).Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player with $45 Sling TV Credit for $24.99 at Amazon (list price $49.99).Fire TV Stick Streaming Media Player with $45 Sling TV Credit for $14.99 at Amazon (list price $39.99).Echo Show 5 5.5″ Compact Smart Display for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99).iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum for $229.99 at Amazon (list price $374.99).iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum w/ 5x Power for $299.99 at Amazon (list price $449.99).Ecovacs Deebot 500 Robot Vacuum (110-min Runtime) for $169.99 at Amazon (list price $279.99).HP Pavilion AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Desktop w/ RX 580 GPU for $479.99 at Amazon (list price $769.99).23andme DNA Test + Health 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Wireless Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones for $89.99 at Amazon (list price $199.99).Apple AirPods with Charging Case for $144.99 at Amazon (list price $159).Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $169.99 at Amazon (list price $199).Apple iPad 9.7″ 32GB WiFi Tablet for $249 at Amazon (list price $329).Apple Watch Series 4 40mm GPS Smartwatch for $329.99 w/ No-Rush Shipping at Amazon (list price $399).Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB Unlocked Smartphone for $599.99 at Amazon (list price $899.99).Samsung Galaxy S10+ 128GB Unlocked Smartphone for $699.99 at Amazon (list price $999.99).Samsung Galaxy S10e 128GB Unlocked Smartphone for $549.99 at Amazon (list price $749.99).Ancestry Dna Kit with 26 Personalized Traits for $69 at Amazon (list price $119).AncestryDNA Genetic Ethnicity Test for $49 at Amazon (list price $99).Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Wired Headphones for $99 at Amazon (list price $177.99).Logitech HD Pro c920 1080p Webcam for $39.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99).PlayStation Plus: 12-Month Membership (Digital Delivery) for $39.99 at Amazon (list price $59.99).Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controller for $59.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99).Nintendo Switch + $35 eShop Gift Card for $299.99 at Amazon (list price $333.99).Instant Pot DUO60 6-Qt 1000W 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $99.95).Instant Pot Ultra 6-Qt 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker for $87.99 at Amazon (list price $149.95).TCL 43S425 43″ 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart HDTV + TCL Alto 5 2.0ch Sound Bar for $219.99 at Amazon (list price $299.98).Sony KD55X750F 55″ 4K UHD Smart HDTV for $499.99 at Amazon (list price $748).4 Months Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 at Amazon (list price $31.96).Free 3 Months Kindle Unlimited at Amazon (list price $29.97).3 Months Audible Membership for $14.85 at Amazon (list price $44.85).Check out more Prime Day deals from TechBargains.Amazon Devices and ServicesFree $5 Amazon Credit with $25 Amazon Gift Card Purchase at Amazon (use code: GCPRIME19).4 Months Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 at Amazon (list price $31.96).Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker (3-Pack $60) for $22 at Amazon (list price $49.99).Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player with $45 Sling TV Credit for $24.99 at Amazon (list price $49.99).Fire TV Stick Streaming Media Player with $45 Sling TV Credit for $14.99 at Amazon (list price $39.99).Echo Show 5 5.5″ Compact Smart Display for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99).Ring Video Doorbell Pro 1080p Camera for $169 at Amazon (list price $298.99).Ring Video Doorbell 2 1080p Camera for $139 at Amazon (list price $199).Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit + Bonus Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $119 at Amazon (list price $248.9).Ring Alarm 8 Piece Kit + Bonus Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $144 at Amazon (list price $318.97).Fire HD 10 32GB 10.1″ 1080p WiFi Tablet with Special Offers (2 for $180) for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99).Fire HD 8 16GB 8″ HD WiFi Tablet with Special Offers (2 for $80) for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99).Fire 7 16GB 7″ WiFi Tablet with Special Offers (2 for $50) for $29.99 at Amazon (list price $49.99).Kindle Paperwhite 8GB 6″ 300ppi WiFi E-reader with Special Offers + $5 eBook credit and 3 months Kindle Unlimited for $84.99 at Amazon (list price $129.99).Kindle 4GB 6″ 167ppi WiFi E-reader with Special Offers + $5 eBook credit and 3 months Kindle Unlimited for $59.99 at Amazon (list price $89.99).Echo 2nd Gen Smart Speaker for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99).Echo Plus 2nd Gen Smart Speaker with Built-in Smart Home Hub for $109.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99).Fire TV Cube 4K Streaming Media Player for $69.99 at Amazon (list price $119.99).Fire TV Recast Over-the-Air DVR (4 Tuners, 1TB, 150 Hours) (2 Tuners/500GB for $130) for $179.99 at Amazon (list price $279.99).Blink XT2 1080p Smart Security Camera 2 Camera Kit (1 Camera $70, 3 Camera $160, 5 Camera $250) for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $179.99).Ring Stick Up Cam Wired HD Security Camera for $124.99 at Amazon 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$44.85).20% off Kindle Unlimited 6-Month Subscription (33% off 12-Months, 40% off 24-Months) at Amazon.1 Year Audible Gold Membership + $0.99 Echo Dot for $119.5 at Amazon (list price $149.5).$5 off $20 Print Books Coupon: PRIMEBOOK19 at Amazon.More Amazon Device Deals here.Smart Home DevicesPhilips Hue White and Color Ambiance LED Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit (3-Pack + Hub)for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $159.99).Arlo Go Mobile 720p Weatherproof LTE Mobile Security Camerafor $326.99 at Amazon (list price $439.99).Google Nest x Yale Lock Touch Keypad w/ Nest Connect for $199 at Amazon (list price $229).Yale Assure Connected Touchscreen Smart Deadbolt Lock for $199 at Amazon (list price $279).Flume Smart Home WiFi Water Monitoring System for $159 at Amazon (list price $199).TP-Link HS105P3 Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini (3-Pack) for $39.99 at Amazon (list price $54.99).10.1″ Portal from Facebook 1280×800 Smart Display for $79 at Amazon (list price $199).15.6″ Portal Plus from Facebook 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8000 sq ft) for $328.99 at Amazon (list price $469.99).Google Wifi AC1200 Mesh Router System (3-Pack) for $229 at Amazon (list price $259).NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Wireless Router for $131.99 at Amazon (list price $249.99).Netgear Nighthawk C7000 AC1900 Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem & Router for $134.99 at Amazon (list price $209.99).NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700 AC1750 Wireless Router for $68.99 at Amazon (list price $129.99).NETGEAR Nighthawk R6900P AC1900 Wireless Router for $92.99 at Amazon (list price $148.98).TP-Link AX6000 WiFi 6 802.11ax 2.5G Gigabit Router for $249.99 at Amazon (list price $344.99).TP-Link AC5400 Tri-Band Wireless Gaming Router w/ Game First Priority for $229.99 at Amazon (list price $399.99).Netgear CM1000 Docsis 3.1 Cable Modem for $125.99 at Amazon (list price $184.99).Netgear CM700 Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem for $69.99 at Amazon (list price $109.99).Netgear EX8000 AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Signal Booster & Repeater w/ Mesh Smart Roaming for $139.99 at Amazon (list price 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DeskStation for $467.49 at Amazon (list price $549.99).1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB 3.0 Portable Drive for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $129.94).2TB LaCie Rugged Mini USB 3.0 Portable Drive for $79.99 at Amazon (list price $109.94).2TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB 3.0 Portable Drive for $129.99 at Amazon (list price $229.99).4TB WD Blue 3D NAND SSD for $429.99 at Amazon (list price $549.99).1TB WD My Passport Go SSD Cobalt USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $134.99 at Amazon (list price $229.99).4TB Seagate Game Drive Portable HDD (PS4) for $89.99 at Amazon (list price $115).4TB WD Gaming Drive PSR Portable HDD for $91.79 at Amazon (list price $129.99).1TB SanDisk Extreme USB C/3.1 Portable SSD Drive for $135.99 at Amazon (list price $349.99).256GB SanDisk MicroSDXC for Nintendo Switch for $39.99 at Amazon (list price $67).64GB SanDisk MicroSDXC for Nintendo Switch for $12.67 at Amazon (list price $19.99).256GB SanDisk Extreme SDXC Card for $47.99 at Amazon (list price $59.99).512GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Card for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $179.99).128GB SanDisk Extreme U3 SDXC Card for $23.99 at Amazon (list price $49.99).1TB SanDisk Extreme MicroSDXC Flash Card for $340.82 at Amazon (list price $449.99).512GB PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $74.99 at Amazon (list price $119.99).64GB PNY Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $7.99 at Amazon (list price $14.99).64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive for $7.99 at Amazon (list price $22.99).128GB SanDisk Ultra Loop USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $17.99 at Amazon (list price $29.99).128GB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C for $19.15 at Amazon (list price $59.99).256GB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C + 3.1 for $33.17 at Amazon (list price $44.99).128GB SanDisk Ultra Flair USB 3.0 Flash Drive (10 Pack) for $144.99 at Amazon (list price $218.99).256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad for $59.69 at Amazon (list price $74.49).1TB G-DRIVE mobile SSD USB C & 3.1 Portable DriveStorage for $156.23 at Amazon (list price $209.99).G-Technology 2TB G-DRIVE mobile SSD Durable Portable External Storage – USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2) – 0G06054 for $289.99 at Amazon (list price $749.95).ibi The Smart Photo Manager – Collect, Organize and Privately Share for $119.99 at Amazon (list price $179.99).More Storage Deals.ComponentsZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 2070 AMP Extreme 8GB Graphics Card + Toughpower Grand RGB 650W 80+ Gold Power Supply for $469.99 at Amazon (list price $658.98).AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8-Core Processor w/ Wraith Prism LED Cooler for $199.99 at Amazon (list price $329).AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 16-Core Processor for $499.99 at Amazon (list price $899).Ballistix Elite 16GB (8GBx2) Desktop RAM for $104.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99).Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO Intel LGA1151 Z390 ATX RGB Fusion Gaming Motherboard for $144.99 at Amazon (list price $189.99).Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X LGA1151 Motherboard w/ 2-Way CrossFire Support for $113.99 at Amazon (list price $144.99).CORSAIR RMX White Series 850 Watt 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NASA Installs SuperCam Instrument on Mars 2020 Rover

first_img Here’s What the Cast of the Matrix Trilogy Looks Like Today By Ryan Whitwam on July 6, 2019 at 9:03 am 2 Comments NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is slowly taking shape. After adding the rover’s stereoscopic navigation cameras and prototype wheels, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have attached the rover’s SuperCam Mast Unit. This vital piece of equipment will allow Mars 2020 to analyze samples from a distance as it searches for signs of life. The SuperCam is mounted to one side of the mas unit. NASA seems to encourage personification of its robots with all the selfies, so you’ll probably think of this as the rover’s “head.” Curiosity has the same mast design, but its instrument is known as the ChemCam. Curiosity’s instrument has a laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and a Remote Micro Imager (RMI) telescope. The SuperCam, as the name implies, is a more advanced version of the ChemCam. It has a LIMS, a raman spectrophotometer, an IR spectrophotometer, and a telephoto camera. The SuperCam is a collaboration between researchers in the US, France, and Spain. The final component, the IR spectrophotometer, arrived from France a few weeks ago, allowing JPL to complete the SuperCam installation. NASA says the SuperCam will allow Mars 2020 to analyze samples for signs of life, even if they died off millions of years ago. The SuperCam can focus on a pencil point sample from more than 20 feet (6 meters) away. So, the controllers back on Earth won’t need to make as many small adjustments to Mars 2020’s location just to scan a new sample. The Mars 2020 rover will have a total of 23 cameras when it’s done.In the next few weeks, JPL engineers will install the Mars 2020 Sample Caching System. That apparatus will use 17 separate motors to scoop up samples of Martian soil to store inside the rover. There are vague plans to one day send a follow-up mission to collect those samples and return them to Earth. NASA plans to launch Mars 2020 next summer — it will have a real name by then. Upon reaching Mars in February 2021, the rover will land in Jezero crater with a rocket sled almost identical to Curiosity’s. Once on the surface, Mars 2020 will be able to search for biosignatures that would go unnoticed by Curiosity. NASA plans for a mission at least one Martian year in duration (just shy of two Earth years). If it’s anything like Curiosity, it’ll operate much longer.Now read:NASA Sends Tiny Atomic Clock to Space Get a Birds-Eye View of NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Landing ZoneNASA Tests Mars 2020 Helicopter Under Mars-Like Conditions Wesley Snipes Sounds Off On The Latest ‘Blade’ News The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads ‘Playmobil’ Trailer Debuts Danielle Radcliffe’s Toy Secret Agent NASA Installs SuperCam Instrument on Mars 2020 Rover You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 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. Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu Tagged In sciencespacemarsroversmars 2020 Post a Comment 2 Commentslast_img read more