PepsiCo names new president in leadership reshufflePosted By: News Deskon: July 20, 2017In: Appointments, Beverage, Business, Industries, Soft drinksPrintEmailPepsiCo has announced three new leadership appointments including the promotion of Ramon Laguarta to president.Laguarta, who is currently the CEO of the Europe Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) division and has been with PepsiCo for 20 years, will shape the company’s corporate strategy and continue to report to CEO Indra Nooyi.Current CEO of the Latin America unit Laxman Narasimhan will stay in his role as well as become the new ESSA CEO to oversee both areas.Finally, current president of PepsiCo’s operations in Russia, Ukraine and CIS Silviu Popovici has been named president of ESSA.Speaking of the appointments, Nooyi said: “PepsiCo has consistently delivered top-tier financial performance while simultaneously making investments that position the company for sustainable long-term growth.“Our ability to perform while we transform is a testament to our people. All across the business, from our frontline associates to our senior executives, PepsiCo is home to the very best talent in the industry.“We have built a strong bench of senior executives, and these leadership appointments will further enhance our efforts to create shareholder value and propel our company forward.”Share with your network: Tags: Indra NooyiPepsiCosoft drinks
Dr. Oetker and Molkerei Gropper set to form joint venturePosted By: News Deskon: February 28, 2018In: Business, Dairy, Industries, Manufacturing, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailDr. Oetker and Bavarian dairy group Molkerei Gropper have announced they will form a joint venture company in order to increase production capacity for their respective markets.Both companies will own a 50% stake in the joint venture, which will start operating from 1 April 2018 – subject to approval from Germany’s national competition regulator.Dr. Oetker will transfer ownership of its Moers factory to the new joint venture company, while Molkerei Gropper will invest funds equal to the value of the plant in order to upgrade existing production infrastructure and invest in new production facilities.According to the companies, the Moers plant will focus on developing desserts and produce dairy products such as quark, yoghurt, dairy and non-dairy beverages.The joint venture will be managed by an equal number of board members from each company.Dr. Martin Reintjes, sales director of Dr. Oetker said: “In the new partnership, the two companies – which position themselves very differently in the market – will continue to produce their own products independently.“But both companies strive for more efficiency in production, which will be possible in the future by working together under the umbrella of an ultramodern production facility in Moers.”Heinrich Gropper, owner and manager of Molkerei Gropper, says: “For us, the new location is a positive response to our sustainable growth.“The joint activities will take the strain off our main plant in Bissingen. With the Moers plant, we will also be optimising our supply chain for the north of Germany and neighbouring European countries.”Share with your network: Tags: DairyDr. Oetkerjoint ventureMolkerei Gropper
The London Distillery Company signs distribution deals in AsiaPosted By: Contributoron: January 28, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Confectionery, IndustriesPrintEmailThe London Distillery Company (TLDC) has signed two new deals to increase the availability of its spirit brands in Asia.Drinks99 has been appointed the company’s exclusive distributor in Hong Kong and Macau, while Brand Connect has taken up similar rights for Southeast Asia.TLDC said it is experiencing “significant growth” for its craft spirit brands in China, particularly in markets such as Shanghai and Beijing, where younger consumers have a strong pull towards premium imported spirits.The company has also branched into duty-free for the first time with the recent launch of Kew Hong Kong Edition Gin, in partnership with Lagadere, at Hong Kong International Airport.Killian O’Sullivan, CEO of The London Distillery Company.Last October, TLDC released Rye Whiskey LV-1767 Edition, which it claims is the first whiskey distilled in London in over a century. The beverage sold out in less than a month.The distillery’s expansion has created a requirement for it to move to a larger London site, to meet a demand for an increase in capacity of up to 100,000 nine-litre cases of white spirits, while providing more space to recommence laying down whisky. Plans for the new site include an enhanced visitor experience, facilities to allow whisky maturation and finishing, as well as research and development space.It is planning to bring in ten more members of staff into the business, based in the UK and in key overseas markets, and a number of non-executive directors have also been appointed to assist in driving plans.Going forward, TLDC said it has identified opportunities for growth in both India and the US.Share with your network: Tags: The London Distillery CompanyUK
A global data analytics and advisory firm, Quantzig, that delivers actionable analytics solutions to resolve complex business problems has announced the completion of their latest success story. During the course of this engagement, the marketing analytics experts at Quantzig helped the client to devise a robust marketing mix model to systematically gauge the effectiveness of individual marketing channels.Marketing mix modeling is a statistical technique that performs several multivariate regressions on sales and business data to quantify the impact of marketing investments on the overall sales. #MMMThe pharma industry is on the cusp of a profound transformation. Owing to such transformations and constant shifts in the market landscape, pharma companies face several predicaments in optimizing their marketing initiatives. Along with challenges such transformations have presented new opportunities for pharma companies to improve their marketing mix strategies. Moreover, the complex business scenario and diverse marketing channels available today have adversely impacted resource allocation due to which businesses are reeling under the pressure to enhance marketing effectiveness.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study FindsThe Business Problem: The client is a leading non-generic drugs manufacturer based out of the United States. Post the launch of a new non-generic drug, the client faced several challenges in generating a useful market share from the new segment. As such, they wanted to establish a marketing mix strategy to optimize their marketing investments and maximize profits from specific regions.Our marketing analytics experts can help you build a robust marketing mix model to address your business requirements.“Marketing mix modeling is a statistical technique that performs several multivariate regressions on sales and business data to quantify the impact of marketing investments on the overall sales,” says a marketing analytics expert from Quantzig.The Solution Offered: To help the client tackle their challenges our experts proposed a solution that revolved around implementing a holistic approach to marketing mix modeling. Such an approach helped the client to embed the required analytic capabilities into their marketing processes to drive better business outcomes. Our marketing analytics experts also helped the client to build a robust marketing mix model to gauge the effectiveness of individual marketing channels.This success story is a classic example of how a client succeeded by embedding advanced analytics into their business processes to drive better marketing outcomes. Request a free proposal to know more about the benefits of marketing analytics.Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security FeaturesQuantzig’s marketing mix modeling solutions helped the client to:Increase market share for the newly launched drugReduce total marketing spend by 15%Request a free demo to know how our marketing mix modeling solutions can help you maximize your marketing efficiency.Quantzig’s marketing mix modeling solutions offered predictive insights on:Improving the return on marketing spendIdentifying new channels for revenue growthRequest for more information to understand how our marketing mix modeling solutions can help you outcompete your competitors.Marketing Technology News: ON24 Empowers Marketers with a 360-degree View of Customer Engagement Why You Should Consider Embedding Analytics into Current Business Processes MTS Staff WriterMay 23, 2019, 10:50 pmMay 23, 2019 analyticsdata analyticsindividual marketing channelsmarketing efficiencyMarketing Mix ModelingMarketing TechnologyNewsPharma Previous ArticleIf You Are a B2B Professional, Don’t Miss out on Webinars!Next ArticleGartner Reveals Three Key Strategies for Marketers to Uncover Target Audiences
Lionbridge, the world’s most trusted communications platform, announced it will showcase its AI-powered integration for Adobe Experience Manager at the Adobe Summit EMEA, Adobe’s digital experience conference, from May 15–16 in London.As journey orchestration in marketing becomes increasingly important—72 percent of buyers expect personalized engagement—translation and localization have a growing influence on buyers. Adoption of the AI-enabled Lionbridge for Experience Manager integration has grown exponentially since its launch, with recent expansions in the travel and hospitality, life sciences, and technology industries.Marketing Technology News: o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AI-powered Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital Operations“We’re a people-first technology company and Adobe is a leader in crafting people-first experiences, so this partnership is a natural match,” said John Fennelly, President and CEO of Lionbridge. “With Lionbridge’s linguistic and cultural expertise behind our AI-powered innovation, these integrations to premier marketing platforms enable clients to deliver consistent digital experiences for customers around the globe.”A leader in leveraging AI to facilitate human connection for more than 20 years, Lionbridge is at the forefront of applying machine learning to linguistics and translation. Powered by sophisticated proprietary technologies, the combination of Lionbridge’s services and Adobe’s global expertise saves companies time and money when they go global: shared clients report 60 percent less effort, 40 percent faster cycle times, and 30 percent lower campaign costs using the integration.Marketing Technology News: Arvind Fashions Partners With Nucleus Vision to Create a More Seamless and Personalized Shopping ExperienceThe enhanced Lionbridge for Experience Manager integration includes such features as:AI-powered translation capabilities to automate large scale translation;URL customization across languages;Cross-channel automation across multiple Adobe solutions;Project bundling for simplified submission;Automatic content update detection; andSupport for custom Experience Manager set-ups.Marketing Technology News: Acquia Acquires Mautic to Deliver First-Ever Open Marketing Cloud Lionbridge Layers AI-Powered Services onto Adobe Offerings PRNewswireMay 13, 2019, 9:16 pmMay 13, 2019 Adobe Experience ManagerlionbridgeMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTurnTo Upgrades Partnership with Magento to Enhance Customer-Generated Content for Retailers and BrandsNext ArticleThink Before the Ad using Customer Data
Acquisitioncustomer experienceHexawareMarketing TechnologyMobiquityNewsR Srikrishna Previous ArticleCheetah Digital Debuts Email Marketing Enhancement ProductsNext ArticleNew Research from Fresh Relevance Indicates Retailers Could Reduce Return Rates by Using More UGC Hexaware Leapfrogs its Customer Experience Transformation Business With the Acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. PRNewswireJune 14, 2019, 8:27 pmJune 14, 2019 R Srikrishna, CEO, Hexaware Technologies said, “Hexaware enters an exciting new phase of growth and capability with the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity strengthens two of our key strategic offerings: Cloudify Everything and Customer Experience Transformation. We are seeing a strong demand for these capabilities and, with this acquisition, we will be able to further accelerate our contributions to our customers’ business growth. Both Hexaware and Mobiquity have created very strong impact for their clients and have a mutually complementing position. Our combined capabilities will enhance our market positioning and opportunity to make an impact for our clients.”Marketing Technology News: Idaptive Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service for Enterprise by Independent Research FirmSandeep Dhar, President, Customer Experience Transformation (CXT) Business, Hexaware Technologies added, “Over the years Mobiquity Inc. has established a benchmark in defining omnichannel digital experiences and next-gen user interfaces, such as smart speakers and digital assistants. Their methodology combines consulting, design and deep engineering capabilities that leverage the Cloud. At Hexaware, we have been building capabilities in digital engineering, marketing & content platforms, e-commerce and CRM. Together we will now offer a comprehensive suite of digital solutions enabling superlative customer experiences. Mobiquity Inc.’s leadership and teams will continue without any changes to structure or ways of working.”Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative StudioJohn Castleman, CEO of Mobiquity Inc. says he is excited about the growth prospects. “Today we start a bold new chapter in Mobiquity’s growth story. Joining hands with Hexaware gives us added scale, a broader portfolio of offerings that are relevant to our clients’ digital journeys, and the opportunity to strengthen the Mobiquity brand.”Mobiquity adds to Hexaware’s global delivery footprint with its centers in Florida, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Amsterdam, Pune and Ahmedabad.Marketing Technology News: InsightSquared Unveils New Revenue Intelligence Solutions to Drive Predictable Company Growth at Ramp 2019 This Is the Largest Ever Investment by Hexaware and the Combined Entity AIMS to Directly Compete With Large Digital Agencies and Consulting FirmsHexaware Technologies Ltd, one of India’s fastest growing IT Consulting firms, announced the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc for a total consideration of ~ $182 million. Mobiquity creates awesome digital products for some of the most well-known brands in the world, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka.Headquartered in the US, and with a global presence across 3 continents, Mobiquity is one of the largest independent customer experience consulting firms that specializes in creating frictionless multi-channel digital experiences using cloud technologies. They are one of the very few Digital Customer Experience Consulting Partners for AWS and are experts at leveraging some of the most sophisticated capabilities of AWS.
OrangeOne Corporation, a leading software services provider in Japan offering localization and distribution for overseas products, partners with Freshworks, a global innovator in customer engagement software. As a strategic partner to expand in Japan, OrangeOne will be offering Freshworks’ suite of products including Freshdesk, the award winning helpdesk software, and an integrated ‘Freshworks 360’ solution. The partnership will come into effect on June 6, 2019.Freshworks is at the forefront of customer engagement. As of April 2019, Freshworks has doubled its customer base over the last two years, in APAC. The company offers a 360-degree suite of products which enable digital transformation of enterprises. The user-friendly business solutions provided by Freshworks include cloud-based customer support, IT service management solution, CRM, call centre software, internal collaboration tools, and marketing automation solutions, for enterprises of all sizes and are widely used by fast growing companies in the region across automobile, hospitality, e-commerce, consulting and IT sector.Outside of Japan, Freshworks has an extensive partner and reseller network in the APAC region covering prominent regions like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Korea. In Japan, Freshworks products are used by companies across sectors such as, International recruitment group- JAC Recruitment, leading tourism management group- Hokkaido Tourism Management, LINE MAN– an on-demand assistant app for professional services from Line Corporation, automobile trading company – SBT Japan, among others.Japan recognizes challenges of legacy IT systems that companies are facing in achieving digital transformations. As per a *study, companies need to develop strategies for the utilization of digital technologies in their businesses. Establishing internal systems and frameworks for implementation of such strategies is critical for their success. According to Industry reports, the software market in Japan is expected to reach JPY 1734.9 billion by 2022, and SaaS will contribute nearly JPY 641.2 billion to this.Marketing Technology News: How to Solve Latin America’s E-Commerce ProblemOrangeOne Corporation will pursue opportunities to offer the multi-product customer engagement suite, implement sales growth by cross-selling and introduce potential businesses to Freshworks’ user friendly software. In addition to driving sales, the company will provide dedicated onboarding and customer support to clients of all sizes.Sidharth Malik, Chief Revenue Officer, Freshworks, said, “We are excited to be a part of the digital transformation journey of Japan, which is one of the most customer-centric countries in the world. Our brand promise of delivering ‘Customer-For-Life Software’ aligns with the Japanese culture of ‘Omotenashi’, that is striving to offer the best customer experience. Our partnership with OrangeOne is the ideal way to empower Japanese businesses craft such experiences.”Shin Kasugahara, CEO of OrangeOne corporation, “In recent years, Japanese companies of all sizes including startups, SME and large enterprises, have started to recognize customer engagement as a critical challenge. Most CX products are either too expensive or complicated and it takes a lot of effort and cost to understand and deploy the system. In some cases, inexpensive products with a DIY approach deter companies without the technical knowledge to adopt. As a result, we often hear that companies hesitate to deploy the system or give up early. Freshworks products are ideal for any company, regardless of size. The company’s design philosophy of delivering simple to use products and customer centric pricing models makes it a preferred choice for businesses.”Marketing Technology News: Miaozhen Systems Acquires RadioBuy to Deepen its Omni-Marketing Intelligence StrategyAnand Venkatraman, VP of Global Partnerships at Freshworks, said, “OrangeOne is dedicated to enabling businesses deliver unparalleled experiences. Their expertise in implementing cloud software solutions coupled with their strong reach in the region makes this partnership symbiotic. We see a lot of potential in the Japanese market as we scale our operations in the region and will continue to serve businesses striving to build lasting relationships with their customers.”Mr. Silvester Colin, Group CIO, JAC Recruitment, one of the long standing international recruitment groups in Japan, commented on the experience of using Freshworks, “We deployed Freshservice, Freshworks’ ITSM software almost two years ago in order to improve our handling of internal user support requests. Having done so, we are now far better able to distribute tasks amongst the support team, track current workload and assess resource requirements in relation to company growth. Transparency with the users has improved along with vastly increased “self-service” resources. All of which has led to an increase in user satisfaction.”Marketing Technology News: Nielsen Launches Global Measurement For YouTube Mobile App Freshworks Joins Hands With OrangeOne Corporation, to Aid Digital Transformation of Businesses in Japan PRNewswireJune 7, 2019, 6:05 pmJune 7, 2019 360-degree suitecrmFreshworksMarketing TechnologyNewsOrangeOne Corporation Previous ArticleEpicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNetNext ArticleScaling and Predicting Results in Influencer Marketing Is Now Possible
Investment Makes CAKE the Largest Performance Marketing Software Vendor; Maximizes Innovation While Increasing Reliability and Scalability to Create New Revenue Opportunities for CAKE Customers Worldwide CAKE, the leading global performance marketing software provider, announced that the company has been acquired by Constellation Software Inc., a $20-billion international provider of market-leading software and services. The acquisition investment furthers CAKE’s innovation in performance marketing software and solutions for affiliate marketing, lead generation and multichannel marketing; and reinforces the company’s commitment to superior customer support, providing performance marketers, advertisers and publishers with new opportunities to increase margin.“We are pleased to have acquired CAKE,” said Dexter Salna, President of Perseus, a Constellation operating group. “Their strong management team and focus on serving performance marketing customers make them a promising addition to Perseus.”Marketing Technology News: Cloudinary Brings Adobe Creative Cloud Connector for Dynamic Digital ExperiencesConstellation acquires, manages and builds industry-specific software businesses which provide specialized, mission-critical software solutions that address the particular needs of its customers. With over 125,000 customers in more than 100 countries and a proven track record of solid growth, Constellation has established a broad portfolio of software businesses to provide its customers and shareholders with exceptional returns.“Constellation has demonstrated its ability to acquire and integrate companies with great success, and its acquisition of CAKE is a clear endorsement of our strategy and technical expertise in performance marketing,” said Santi Pierini, President of CAKE. “Since our inception, our mission has been to embrace a truly customer-driven approach. We intend to continue our tradition of delivering trusted technology and services driven by and for our clients, and are thrilled about the continued innovation this partnership will enable to drive our customers’ continued success.”Marketing Technology News: Oracle Ushers in New Era of AnalyticsThe acquisition comes after a rich history of CAKE’s growth and product innovation, delivering the highest levels of reliability and scalability. CAKE plans to leverage the investment by Constellation to build out its product roadmap and go-to-market execution. Key areas of investments include CAKE’s infrastructure, support mechanisms and engineering.Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI Nano HTML” to Add Conversational AI to Websites Affiliate MarketingCAKEConstellation Softwarelead generationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleFandango LATAM Leverages CleverTap’s Intent Based Segmentation To Transform Customer ExperienceNext ArticleDealSignal Introduces Intent-based Inbound Lead Enrichment CAKE Announces Acquisition by Constellation Software Inc. MTS Staff WriterJune 27, 2019, 5:33 pmJune 27, 2019
BalakotBJPcongressGyan Samvad First Published: April 20, 2019, 7:15 PM IST New Delhi: The BJP government has “broken the idea” of India and has “hurt the soul” of the country, Congress leader Sam Pitroda said Saturday.Pitroda, a long-time Gandhi family adviser, also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he was “lying to the country day in and day out”. “Today we are fighting one of the biggest battle of ideas,” the technocrat-turned-politician said while addressing the Congress Gyan Samvad here.”When Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, ‘India did nothing for 70 years’, I want to remind him and his colleagues, ‘India did hell of a lot’. I feel sorry for you that you don’t see it, that you don’t respect the talent and hardwork a large number of people put in, and it’s an insult to our own country,” Pitroda said.Pitroda recalled that when he said something about the Balakot airstrike, the prime minister had started tweeting and ministers started speaking.”Congress leaders started calling me saying, ‘What did you say’, and I said, I said the truth. I asked a question and I am entitled to ask a question. Just because I asked a question, you can’t label me that I am not a nationalist.”We lose that courage and get sucked into public opinion. My daughter said, they will harass you and what happens if they put you in jail. I said, ‘You come and meet me in jail’,” the chief of the Indian Overseas Congress said.Pitroda said Gandhiji had taught about some fundamental values. “Truth, this government is all about lies. Trust, there is no trust on anybody. Love, it is hate. Inclusion is exclusion. Diversity is uniformity. This bothers me. I cannot see PM of a country lying to people day in and day out,” he said.Pitroda said vice chancellors of universities should be given all the freedom but they don’t have it. “Somebody in the ministry decides what you do. Then why have a VC? You have to give them autonomy, freedom and there should be focus on accountability. This government has broken the idea of India and destroyed the core of India and hurt the soul of India,” he said.He urged first-time voters to not take the elections lightly and said students should ensure that this government does not come back to power.”Big promises were made in 2014. We will make 100 Smart Cities. How many were made? Zero. We will create 100 million jobs. How many? Zero,negative. Everything that was promised has not been delivered,” Pitroda alleged.”You (Modi) told the people that you will bring black money back but nothing happened. You demonetised and killed small and medium scale businesses. You introduced GST and hurt small and medium scale industries.”You took money away from education and you hurt India’s future. Science and technology is on the back-burner because you always look at the past as if you have eyes at the back. People like me worry about our children’s future, our national future. We are in a position to exercise our vote and say enough is enough,” he said.Today, everyone asks about religion. In a country where such a question is asked that country “cannot flourish, cannot give jobs, cannot encourage entrepreneurs and cannot invite investments”, Pitroda said.
New York: The overall homicide rate in India has decreased by 10 per cent over a period of six years till 2015 but the trend increased “noticeably” in some northern states, according to a UN report.The Global Study on Homicide 2019 published on Monday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also found that the number of female homicide victims were more than that of males in India. Males constitute less than 20 per cent of the total homicide victims in 2016 in India, the UN report revealed.”In India, the overall homicide rate decreased by 10 per cent over the period 20092015, from 3.8 to 3.4 per 100,000 population. At the same time, the spatial variation in the homicide rate shifted noticeably, with some states in the north registering an increase in the homicide rate, while some large states in the south (e.g. Andhra Pradesh) experienced a decrease,” the report said. The study found that Mumbai, which has a population of over 18 million, has one of the lowest homicide rates — just 0.9 — in large metropolises in Asia. “In South Asia, trends in homicide have been declining steadily, mirroring those in its two most populous countries, India and Pakistan,” the study said. The report attributed dowry-related killings as one of the contributors to more female homicide in India.”Available data on dowry-related killings from the National Crime Records Bureau indicate that female dowry deaths account for 40 to 50 per cent of all female homicides recorded annually in India, representing a stable trend over the period from 1999 to 2016,” it said. Despite legislation adopted by the Indian Government in 1961 that prohibits the payment of dowry, the practice continues throughout the country and dowry deaths continue to account for a substantial share of all female homicides, the report noted. Sorcery accusations is also one of the driver behind gender-related killings in the country. Data from India on homicide resulting from sorcery accusations show that, albeit in small proportions, this phenomenon still exists, the report noted. “Although the data are not disaggregated by sex, it is likely that women account for a large share of the victims,” it said. The report also found that son preference, which “continues to be deeply embedded in Indian society, can make parents more likely to neglect their female infants and children, “and even to commit infanticide”. crimehomicidemurderun First Published: July 9, 2019, 5:06 PM IST
Bengal BJPjai shri ramMamata BanerjeeRath Yatra First Published: July 4, 2019, 11:52 PM IST Serampore: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was greeted with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters yet again when she visited Mahesh area in Hooghly district to inaugurate the 623-year-old Ratha Yatra festival on Thursday.The slogan was heard from a section of the gathering as Banerjee was alighting from the dais amid chants of ‘Jai Jagannath’ over the public address system. Mahesh, which is about 24 km from Kolkata, falls under Serampore Lok Sabha constituency which was won by Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee. The BJP supporters, who had been cordoned off by police even before the programme started, raised the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as police escorted Banerjee to the vehicle waiting for her and she was whisked away.The Trinamool Congress supremo had been trolled by the BJP for her angry reaction to ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans at Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district in May. Similar incident had taken place Chandrakona in West Midnapore district.At the programme, Banerjee announced a Rs 15 crore package for popularising the Mahesh Ratha Yatra and construction of an eco-tourism park in the town. The chief minister said her government was focussing on the development of pilgrimage centres across the state.”We have developed civic and religious amenities in pilgrim centres such as Tarakeswar, Tarapith, Furfura Sharif and Dakshineswar. We will do the same at Mahesh,” she said.
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will pave the way for manned missions to Mars NASA’s Mars Helicopter is ready to take to the red skies See a fly-over of Mars and track the path Curiosity will take up Mount Sharp Mars has its own water cycle, explaining why it lost its water over time Mars lander simulator lets you take Opportunity rover for one last spin Editors’ Recommendations This image was taken by the left Navcam on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on June 18, 2019, the 2,440th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. It shows part of “Teal Ridge,” which the rover has been studying within a region called the “clay-bearing unit.” NASA/JPL-CaltechThe strange puzzle of methane on Mars continues. Previously, NASA’s Curiosity rover found something odd: It detected fluctuating levels of methane in the Martian atmosphere, even though an orbiting satellite, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Trace Gas Orbiter, found no evidence of methane using its highly sensitive detection levels. Subsequently, the ESA’s Mars Express mission used a new detection technique to find that methane was present for only a very short period in particular locations.Now, Curiosity has detected the highest yet levels of methane at 21 parts per billion units by volume using its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) tunable laser spectrometer.Levels of methane are important because the gas can be produced by microbes. It is theorized that life could exist beneath the Martian surface which is producing the gas, which then escapes up to the surface in plumes. However, methane can also be produced by geological effects of rocks and water interacting, and escape to the surface in the same way. Unfortunately, Curiosity has no way to tell whether the methane it is detecting originates from biological or geological processes.In a follow-up experiment, Curiosity scientists found that the methane levels later decreased dramatically, down to less than 1 part per billion units by volume. This level is similar to the background levels that Curiosity typically sees, suggesting that the previous spike of methane detected was only temporary. This supports the idea of transient methane plumes which spring up occasionally and apparently randomly, in addition to the seasonal variation in methane levels already recorded.“The methane mystery continues,” Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement. “We’re more motivated than ever to keep measuring and put our brains together to figure out how methane behaves in the Martian atmosphere.”The next step is for Curiosity researchers to collaborate with the Trace Gas Orbiter team to combine the data from both the surface and the orbit of Mars. This could help to pinpoint the source of the methane plumes and to determine how long the gas stays in the atmosphere for.
In some cases, an OEM’s custom camera app might be more than enough to get the best mobile photography experience. In most cases, however, some just slap on a basic app or don’t have enough features to take advantage of the hardware. Whatever the case, the Google Camera Mod attempts to bring the features found in the Pixel 2 to smartphones that can support them.It’s actually a rather complicated landscape, with many people working on different things, modifying the app for a particular device, etc. The latest, coming from XDA Senior Member Arnova8G2, combines such mods into one. His GCMod5 includes the following features, some of which come from older mods:• HDR+• Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL)• RAW, Compressed RAW, or RAW+JPG modes• Portrait Mode (Bokeh)• Toggle between Portrait Mode and Lens Blur Mode• 4K video recordingAdChoices广告While the mod can work even on devices that run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 821, like the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, respectively, they are still limited by what the processor and the camera sensor are capable of. That is why, for example, those two cannot enable portrait mode on the front camera. In almost everything else, the Google Camera Mod brings new life to these older phones, especially after their manufacturers have already abandoned them.VIA: XDA There’s no doubt about it, Google’s camera software on its Pixel smartphones, specifically the Pixel 2 is topnotch. It is a huge part of the reason, with hardware only secondary, why the Pixel 2 is at the top of DxOMark’s list. Unfortunately, Google isn’t exactly sharing its Camera app with others, even its own Nexus phones, even if some phones are capable of supporting those features. Fortunately, Android has a very passionate community of developers and modders who have picked the app apart and put it back together to bring the Google Camera mod to more smartphones.
AdChoices广告 While the Xperia X has never really been completely high-end, at least not compared to the Xperia X Premium models, the Xperia XA has really been the mid-range option for Sony’s new “X” line. But with the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra, consumers might find even fewer reasons to choose an Xperia X3 when an Xperia XA3 would do.The Xperia XA3 represents a significant jump from the Xperia XA2 announced this year. That’s most visible from the screen, now a 5.9-inch panel instead of 5.2 and boasting of an 18:9 Full HD+ resolution and thin bezels. According to MySmartPrice, the processor has also been upgraded to a Snapdragon 660 with 6 GB of RAM. The Xperia XA3 will allegedly have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor beneath the power button, which as Sony’s practice anyway. Whether that arrives in US models is something we’ll have to hear next year to find out. And then there’s the Xperia L3. Although a rung lower on the price ladder, it won’t be missing out on Sony’s latest designs, including a 5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ display. Pricebaba has no word on specs, but the dual cameras alone is a significant over the Xperia L2 this year. Curiously, it will have a fingerprint sensor underneath the side button, just like the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra. Given that the second gen Xperia XA and Xperia L phones were announced at CES early this year, we don’t expect to see the Xperia XA3, XA3 Ultra, and L3 until January. As always, the devil is in the details and how Sony will price these three will decide whether consumers will give them a second look or not. The Xperia XA Ultra has always been about big screens, often at the service of “we-fies”. The Xperia XA3 Ultra won’t disappoint with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ 18:9 screen, up from this year’s 6.0 inches. Whether the selfie camera has gotten an upgrade, MySmartPrice isn’t saying. In all other aspects, it is identical to the Xperia XA3, including the side fingerprint scanner. Sony is perhaps known for its relatively expensive flagships (though it’s no longer unique in that regard) but it also has phones on other tiers to satisfy fans with less expendable budgets. We don’t have to go far from Sony’s Xperia X line to see the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra, the latest entry into the mid-range family. And if that’s still too much, there’s always the upcoming Xperia L3 for even more budget-constrained Sony fans.
If anything, it makes the Avista look all the more ready for production. Whereas the blue Avista felt more like a sci-fi movie prop inside, this darker, tan-finish feels much more in keeping with Buick’s corporate style.There’s been no change in the digital instrumentation, mind, and the interior is still a touchscreen playground. AdChoices广告Buick used 3D printing and other advanced production techniques to create the waifish seats and other elements of the trim, and while most of it is stuck in a demo loop of CGI graphics, the car itself does indeed drive. Buick envisages a V6 twin-turbo and around 400 horsepower, pushing the rear wheels. Unfortunately, those actually given the opportunity to do any driving are few and far between, and they’re all on Buick’s payroll. Speaking in New York this week, Buick’s Duncan Aldred – the vice president of sales, service, and marketing – was again questioned on whether the positive reception to the concept was encouraging the company to put a production model on the roadmap. Sadly the news still isn’t all that promising. NOW READ: How Buick got its mojo backWhile the Avista would, in fact, be “very buildable” Aldred insists, there’s still no official word on whether that could happen. Buick is still considering everything, Aldred confirmed, the company won’t be drawn on whether the grand tourer has a future, and certainly has no production confirmation to make now. That may well come down to China, a market which has been driving Buick’s sales performance considerably in recent months. If drivers there were keen on a big, luxury coupe, it could go a long way to helping convince GM execs to look favorably on the project; however, the concept is yet to be shown in the country, and the inclination toward luxury sedans might mean that even were Buick to consider exports, demand simply wouldn’t be there. Whereas every Avista we’ve seen so far has been the metallic blue of the original concept car, first revealed in Detroit in January, the New York show-car is a lustrous metallic red, instead. It’s a color the concept wears well, too, the deeply sculpted lines catching the light and contrasting nicely with the ultra-polished chromework on the grille and elsewhere.This is no mere respray, however. The interior has been given a full re-trim, too; gone is the pale grey leather that the original sported, replaced with tan leather that stretches across the seats and the dashboard. As elaborate teases go, bringing out your widely-acclaimed concept car in another stunning finish but refusing to green-light production ranks pretty high up on the list. Buick is certainly reveling in the attention the Avista concept has been receiving, and for the New York International Auto Show it has brought along a new version of the slinky coupe.