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Tesla’s New Autopilot ‘Violates State Laws’ According To Consumer Reports

Tesla’s new lane-changing feature is far worse than humans at changing lanes and does so in ways that violates state laws, according to a new report from Consumer Reports today. As a result, it creates safety risks, CR says. “We found that Navigate on Autopilot lagged far behind a human driver’s skill set,” Consumer Reports says. “The

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Walmart’s Sub-$100 Tablets Are About The Future Of Retail, Not Apple’s iPad or Amazon’s Fire Tablet

Walmart isn’t competing with Apple. Walmart is competing with Amazon. Walmart is releasing three sub-$100 tablets under its Onn store brand this week. They include an 8″ screen model at $64, a 10.1″ model, and the larger one with a detachable keyboard for $99. Each model has 16 GB of storage and uses Google’s Android operating system. But

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Most Drones Fly. This Drone Swims, Making Water The Next Frontier Of Droning

don’t feel guilty at all. That’s because the drone I piloted had zero chance of impacting an aircraft. In fact, it can’t fly at all — except underwater. There, in its native element, it flew, in a sense. Or swam, like a fish in water. Get the full story in my post at Forbes …

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Google Backs Down On Smart Home Integration Changes (Sort Of), Commits to ‘Working With Amazon’

Last week Google announced the cancellation of its popular Works with Nestprogram, which allowed smart home technology to integrate with its Nest line of thermostats, cameras, and other products. Today it’s backing off that cancellation. But only somewhat. Get the full story in my post at Forbes …

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5 lessons Adobe learned growing from $220M to $5B in recurring revenue

In 2013 when Adobe launched Creative Cloud, the company broke with selling boxes and refocused on selling subscriptions (software as a service). At the time, the company had about $200 million in annual recurring revenue. Today, Adobe has over $5 billion in recurring revenue. That’s important, because from an investor standpoint, recurring revenue is twice

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Adobe: 91% of companies are investing in voice technologies

More than nine out of 10 companies are investing in voice technologies, including voice-based commerce, according to an Adobe study released today. Unfortunately, most of them are making a crucial error: They’re letting IT lead the project. Just over a fifth of the 401 companies surveyed have released a voice app, and almost half (44%) plan to

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Google Just Handed Amazon A Massive Advantage In Smart Home Tech

“Alexa, say ‘Thanks’ to Google.” We won’t see any message like that in the near future, but Amazon executives should be very happy right now. And the massive ‘Works with Alexa‘ program should build on its dominant marketing position in smart home technology to grow even stronger. Why? Google just took a big step backward from

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3 critical things CGOs (and CMOs) absolutely need to drive growth campaigns

In the simplest possible terms, a chief marketing officer’s role is to implement strategy that ultimately increases sales. A chief growth officer’s role is even simpler and more explicit: grow the company. But how? And what tools do they need to achieve those goals? Singular is privileged to work with growth marketers at companies like Lyft, LinkedIn,

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Tesla Spends Zero On Ads. Here’s Where BMW, Toyota, Ford, and Porsche Spend Digital Ad Dollars

Tesla spends $0 on advertising, according to a new report from BrandTotal. But competitors such as Toyota, BMW, Porsche, and Ford spend heavily on the major social platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. Toyota, for instance, spends 62 percent of its social budget on Facebook. Porsche, on the other hand, allocates only 14 percent of its budget

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Smartphone Shipments: Apple Down 30%, Samsung Down 8%, But Huawei Up 50%

The United States had the biggest drop in smartphone shipments globally in the first quarter of 2019, according to IDC. U.S. shipments were down 15 percent as global smartphone shipments declined 6.6 percent, the research firm said. Total shipments in the quarter were 310.8 million units globally in the sixth consecutive quarter of decline. But there

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An Air Quality Sensor Was The Only Warning That My Furnace Was Spewing Exhaust Indoors

We have a lot of smart home devices today. I have a Nest, an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, garage doors I can control with an app, and multiple other smart home technologies. But can you really call a home smart if it doesn’t know whether or not your most critical environment is safe? After

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Dear Abby: My Boyfriend Is A Robot

September 4, 2022 This is the eight chapter of Insights from the Future, a book I’m writing about technology, innovation, and people … from the perspective of the future. It is a collaborative exercise, and you are invited to participate. More details below the story. Dear Abby, I really don’t know what to do. I’ve been having

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5 massive factors changing the future of games: social, platforms, technology, monetization, and app stores

What is the future of games? One thing we know: it’s going to be lucrative. The top 25 public game companies generated over $100 billion in revenue last year, according to a recent story on VentureBeat featuring data from Newzoo. The largest, Tencent, had almost $20 billion in estimated game revenue. Sony, Microsoft, Apple, and Google are on

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Report: Apple Is One Of Amazon’s Biggest Customers, Spending Over $350M Per Year

Apple’s spending heavily on Amazon this year. But it’s not TVs or health food or smart speakers: Apple is a top Amazon Web Services customer. According to a new report, Apple spent $350 million on AWS last year, and is on track to increase that to $360 million this year. In addition, Apple just signed a contract

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How will you be remembered?

Today I saw the old man at the corner house down the street and remembered the time he yelled at my son. His kids are renovating the house. He’s very aged, slow, and fragile now, and it seems they’re getting it ready to be sold so that he and his wife can move into a

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Success

Can I tell you something about success? Tonight my son came up to me and told me he was glad I was there. He had a doubleheader today in baseball: two games. He plays center field and had a nice RBI double, but the play he was talking about was the game-ending double play. We

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Most businesses are not ready for voice searches

Amazon ushered in a new era of voice-first computing in mid-2015 when it launched the first Amazon Echo. Four years later, voice-activated assistants on myriad devices have proliferated widely, but Uberal, a location marketing company, found that few local businesses are ready to take advantage. In fact, only 4% have correct, up-to-date information on all the

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Scammers With Verified Instagram Accounts Cheating ‘Influencers’ With Fake Verification Service

Getting verified on social media is a big deal. Verified users on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram get a special icon, comments by verified users on Instagram posts can get additional visibility, and verification can help in influencers getting sponsored by advertisers, which is why would-be influencers will try almost anything to get verified. Making them,

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Amazon Ad-Supported Streaming Music Could Double Jeff Bezos’ Ad Business Again

Amazon is currently in talks to release an ad-supported free version of its Prime Music streaming service, according to a report on the weekend. Spotify shares fell on the news, says Reuters, and Apple’s big services push could be affected as well. But the really big news? Amazon’s rapidly growing ad business could double again. And that could impact

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Apple Now Faces 3 Separate Antitrust Accusations In Europe: Spotify, Kaspersky, and The Netherlands

In surveillance capitalism’s brave new era of data collection, privacy breaches, and fake news concerns, Apple has worked hard to position itself as the good guy of GAFA: the Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple group of tech titans. That may not save it from antitrust investigation, however. Get the full story in my post at Forbes …

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How Sonos Is Fighting Smart Speakers: Architectural Sound With IKEA (And A New Low Price)

IKEA calls it “our loudest lamp ever.” Sonos calls it new competitive positioning, and a new market opportunity. Today Sonos unveiled a new line of smart speakers in collaboration with IKEA. And the new products are key indicators of where the company is planning to compete with smart speakers from Google, Amazon, and Apple. First

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Self-driving Cars In 10 Years: EU Expects ‘Fully Automated’ Cars by 2030

The European Union commissioner for transport expects full self-driving capability by 2030, she said this week at City as a Lab conference in Slovenia. That’s an important part of her “vision zero” to reducing traffic fatalities to none. “By 2030 we believe we will have the new generation of vehicles that will be fully automated,” EU commissioner

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The World’s First 5G Subscribers Are 5 Korean Celebrities

Korea’s largest mobile telecom has activated 5G service for five Korean celebrities in what the company says is a global-first. “The world’s first 5G smartphone subscribers are Baek-hyun and Kai from EXO (K-pop idol group), Kim Yu-na (Olympic medalist), Lee Sang-hyeok (“Faker,” esports player), Yoon Sung-hyuk (para-swimmer) and Park Jae-won (SK Telecom’s longest subscriber),” SK Telecom

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Google Inbox Is Dead. Spark Might Just Take Its Place As The Most Innovative Email Client

It’s done. Google Inbox, a new way of looking at, answering, and organizing your email, has been shut down. Some of its innovations, such as smart automated replies and reminders, have moved to Gmail. Others, like grouping similar emails and snoozing messages, may follow. But if you’re looking for an innovative new email client, Spark just launched today

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‘AI Is Not A Light Switch:’ How Sprint Used AI To Personalize To Millions, Boost Clickthrough to 30%, And Improve Conversions 14%

Artificial intelligence is a wonderful thing. But perhaps contrary to popular opinion it’s not a miracle cure or instant fix. The dirty little secret of AI? It takes time — and sometimes a lot of time to get right. Perhaps even a year. Rob Roy, the chief digital officer of Sprint, embarked on that journey

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The Past, Present, and Future of Mobile with John Koetsier

I was super-pumped to join Douglas Karr’s podcast, Martech Zone. He is amazing and does incredible work, so this was an incredible honor. Check it out right here on the Martech Zone site …

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New Ad Fraud Scheme Could Be Scamming Brands Millions Monthly Via Fake Video Ad Views

Fraud detection company DoubleVerify says it’s found a new video fraudscheme in which scammers are reselling standard banner ad impressions as video plays. The worst part? They’re selling as many as 120 videos ads for every single banner ad. First, the scammers buy a banner ad slot on an ad exchange. Then they turn around and rebroker that space. But

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AirPods 2.0 Are A Massive Disappointment: Apple Innovation Slows To A Crawl

What is going on with innovation at Apple? The company just released “new” iMacs for the first time in two years with the same design and form factor since 2012. Don’t even mention the missing-in-action wireless charging mat AirPower, which was announced in 2017. And now the new AirPods are out, and there’s almost nothing new about them, despite the fact

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Marketers are boosting 2019 ad spend on Amazon, Facebook, and Google (but especially Amazon)

Recently I surveyed 1,500 marketers who actively run ad campaigns. It’s no shock that marketers are looking more and more to Amazon as a media source for advertising — especially those in consumer goods and retail. But Amazon’s not the only one growing. Both Facebook and Google will be growing significantly as well. Amazon, however, as

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Apple Heart Study: What Stanford Medicine Learned From 400,000 Apple Watch Owners

Apple and Stanford Medicine just completely the largest heart study of its kind ever: 400,000 Apple Watch-wearing participants. Preliminary results from the study are just now being released. First, the obvious: wearable tech seems to make us safer. “Wearable technology can safely identify heart rate irregularities that subsequent testing confirmed to be atrial fibrillation,” Stanford says. Secondly,

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