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MSAB Chosen for Key Role in New European Union Funded Consortium Developing Mobile Forensic Technology Solutions for Law Enforcement PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 9:20 pmMay 17, 2019 Develop new tools and technologies to acquire previously unavailable mobile data, unlock mobile devices, and enable the decoding and analysis of mobile data.Develop a new mobile forensics standard based on requirements defined by law enforcement, taking into account both legal and ethical issues.Develop training for the new standard and tools, to ensure consistency and high quality in investigations and mobile forensic analysis.FORMOBILE secured the European Commission backing by putting together a proposal that met the requirements for technology to enhance the fight against crime and terrorism through the use of digital forensics. In doing so, the consortium will help the EU build on the European Agenda for Security, to ensure that people can live in an area of freedom, security and justice, without internal frontiers.Marketing Technology News: PlaceIQ Partners with PMG to Measure Real-Time Impact of In-Store Holiday Foot TrafficWork on the project launched in May 2019 and will run for three years. This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 832800.“We are very excited about this opportunity to work together with other agencies across Europe to help make the world safer by modernizing the digital forensic tools and standards that exist today,” said Joel Bollö, MSAB CEO. “This is a strong endorsement of MSAB’s leadership and expertise, and we are grateful for the opportunity. Criminals and terrorists are becoming more sophisticated in their use of mobile devices, encryption and apps. There is strength in numbers and by coming together collectively, the FORMOBILE project will benefit the entire digital forensic community – and all EU citizens.”Marketing Technology News: SparkPost Introduces the Industry’s First Predictive Email Intelligence PlatformMSAB in brief MSAB is a world leader in mobile forensics technology with the aim of extracting and analysing data from mobile devices. The company’s proprietary products have become a de facto standard in the field and are used for securing evidence in over 120 countries. The products are complemented by a wide range of training courses that enable customers to become certified in forensically sound methods of extracting and analysing data from mobile devices. Customers include police, military, corrections, border security customs and other organizations. MSAB is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm under the ticker symbol: MSAB B.Marketing Technology News: CM Group Completes $410 Million Financing and Expands Multi-Channel Marketing Offerings with Acquisition of Global Technology Company, Vuture MSAB announced that it has been selected to support the research and development efforts of the FORMOBILE Consortium, which is made up of 19 law enforcement, government, academic, and private sector organizations from across Europe. It is led by the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. The goal of FORMOBILE is to establish a complete, end to end forensic investigation chain to support law enforcement agencies’ access to mobile device data.To achieve the consortium’s goal, three primary objectives are being pursued: FORMOBILE received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 832800. FORMOBILE ConsortiumJoel BollöMarketing TechnologyMSABNASDAQ StockholmNewsTechnology Previous ArticleAdomni and Lightbox OOH Video Network Partner to Drive New Programmatic Revenue for Shopping Mall ScreensNext ArticleAdoption of SymphonyRM’s AI-Powered “Next Best Actions” Soars as Company Doubles Revenue and Client Base and Raises $10 Million in Series A Financing
Dr. Neal RichterMarketing Technology Newsmonetization platformNewsSpotXvideo advertising Previous ArticleKetchum Introduces Reputation Management and Public Affairs Expertise for Trade Associations and NonprofitsNext ArticleFormstack Announces Key Hires Joan Lavis, Rob Wiley and Nathan Sinsabaugh Signaling Continued Growth, Spotx Hires Former Rakuten Marketing CTO to Lead New Salt Lake City OfficeSpotX, the leading global video advertising and monetization platform, announced the appointment of Dr. Neal Richter as its first Chief Scientist. Richter will head up SpotX’s new Salt Lake City, Utah office which will serve as a hub for research and development teams. Reporting directly to J. Allen Dove, SpotX’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Richter will invest in SpotX data science and machine learning efforts as well as the greater RTL Group’s work in artificial intelligence.Along with growing the Utah-based team, Richter will be responsible for assessing the company’s data science needs across the SpotX platform by designing, refining and implementing various models to build on the work that SpotX has already accomplished. Leveraging his expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Richter will collaborate with SpotX’s Product Team to employ those technologies to streamline workflows from product ideation to deployment. Specific areas of focus for Richter will include market dynamics and intelligence, audience data, forecasting, x-device measurement, platform efficiency algorithms as well as fraud detection and prevention.Marketing Technology News: Net Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive Scoring“At SpotX, we view data as the glue that ties together our key initiatives across online video, over-the-top, connected TV, and linear TV,” said J. Allen Dove, CTO at SpotX. “Neal’s expertise in data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, along with his deep knowledge of the online advertising space, will allow him to supercharge our ability to achieve our goals of better connecting TV and digital video on behalf of media owners and buyers around the globe.”Joining SpotX with 20 years of experience in software development and data science, Richter holds 10 patents and has published more than 15 academic papers on machine learning and artificial intelligence. He was also recently elected chairperson of the IAB Tech Lab and has contributed to the early development of the OpenRTB protocol, OpenRTB Native, Ads.txt, Ads.cert, Sellers.json and other industry standards, alongside SpotX CTO J. Allen Dove. Prior to his new role at SpotX, Richter served as CTO of Rakuten Marketing where he oversaw technology and data science teams across programmatic and affiliate systems.Marketing Technology News: Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud“I’m excited to work with such a renowned video advertising and monetization platform to refine its artificial intelligence and machine learning strategy,” said Richter. “Video content consumption and advertising is rapidly evolving, SpotX is already leading the pack in solutions and I’m glad to be part of the revolution.”As video advertising technology continues to advance, SpotX recognizes the benefits of adopting a greater artificial intelligence and machine learning strategy by leveraging data science to inform its business analytics. Touting this pivot in strategy, Richter and Dove will be representing SpotX in various industry groups and organizations.Marketing Technology News: Upland Software Acquires Kapost, Raises Guidance SpotX Appoints First Ever Chief Scientist and Opens 27th Office PRNewswireJune 6, 2019, 1:46 pmJune 6, 2019
BMWILEMarketing Technology NewsNewsPied Piper Previous ArticleWhy Companies Should Embrace AI to Engage with – Not Market to – Their CustomersNext ArticleDosh to Give Over $1 Million Back to Travelers This Summer Texting gains popularity among dealers—39% of website customers now receive dealer texts—but dealers often fail to obtain customer permission firstBMW auto dealerships ranked highest in the 2019 Pied Piper PSI Internet Lead Effectiveness Benchmarking Study, which answers the question, “What happens when customers visit a dealer website and inquire about a vehicle?” Dealerships selling Acura vehicles were ranked second, followed by dealerships selling Mercedes-Benz or Volvo.New for 2019 was an update to ILE scoring, which increased weighting for the content of a dealership response. As a result, the industry average ILE score declined five points from 57 to 52. ILE scores ranged from zero to 100, with 15% of dealerships nationwide scoring above 80, demonstrating an effective website-response process. However, 34% of dealerships scored below 40, struggling to respond effectively to today’s website customers.Pied Piper submitted customer inquiries through the individual websites of 9,264 dealerships, asking a question about a vehicle in inventory, and providing a customer name, email address and local telephone number. Pied Piper then evaluated how the dealerships responded by email, telephone and text message over the next 24 hours. Twenty different measurements generated a dealership’s PSI-ILE score.Marketing Technology News: Mobile Data Use Nearly Doubles, CTIA Annual Survey ShowsThe most basic measurement is whether a customer received an email response of any type—even an automated reply—within 24 hours. Industrywide, on average 8% of customers received no email reply of any type. A more meaningful measurement is whether the customer received an email answering their question within 24 hours. BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Acura and MINI dealerships were the most likely to email an answer to the customer’s question within 24 hours, more than 55% of the time on average. In contrast, dealerships selling Ford, Genesis, Buick, Hyundai, GMC and Lincoln answered the customer’s question within 24 hours less than 30% of the time on average.As part of the 2019 study, Pied Piper reviewed dealership use of texting and website “chat” to interact with website customers. Pied Piper found that dealerships sent customers text messages in reply to a customer’s website inquiry 39% of the time on average. However, dealerships first requested customer permission to send texts only 5% of the time on average. Automated texts sent without the customer’s “express written consent” risk exposing dealerships to fines of $500 to $1,500 per unsolicited text sent, as part of the Telephone Consumers Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991. “Texting is just how we Americans communicate today,” said Fran O’Hagan, President and CEO of Pied Piper Management Company, LLC. “Most customers are willing to text with dealerships too, but any business must be careful to get permission from customers before texting. Dealers must also watch for salespeople texting from personal cell phones, bypassing dealership CRM systems.”Marketing Technology News: Extreme Networks to Acquire Aerohive NetworksUse of website “chat” functions has become common, with 72% of dealer websites on average promising the ability for customers to immediately chat online with a dealership representative. However, 46% of the time on average those chat systems failed to provide a human response within 30 seconds. “Worse than not having chat capability on a website is promising chat but failing to quickly deliver,” said O’Hagan.The Pied Piper PSI® Internet Lead Effectiveness® (ILE) Benchmarking Study has been conducted annually since 2011. The 2019 Pied Piper PSI-ILE Benchmarking Study (U.S.A.) was conducted between July 2018 and May 2019 by submitting customer internet inquiries directly to a sample of 9,264 dealerships nationwide representing all major brands. Examples of other recent Pied Piper PSI studies are the 2019 “PSI for EVs” U.S. Auto Industry Study (Tesla brand was ranked first for selling in-person), and 2018 PSI-ILE U.S. Motorcycle/UTV Industry Study (Harley-Davidson brand was ranked first). Complete Pied Piper PSI industry study results are provided to vehicle manufacturers and national dealer groups. Manufacturers, national dealer groups and individual dealerships also order PSI evaluations—in-person, internet or telephone—as tools to measure and improve the sales effectiveness of their dealerships.Marketing Technology News: Salesforce’s $15.7 Billion Tableau Acquisition Highlights Big Data as Key Theme, Says GlobalData BMW Auto Dealers Ranked #1 for Responding to Website Customers Reports Pied Piper PSI Business WireJuly 9, 2019, 9:45 pmJuly 9, 2019
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday sought to distance herself from any comparisons with her grandmother, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Priyanka said that while she cannot be compared to her illustrious grandmother, she will spare no effort to follow in her footsteps.”I am nothing in front of Indira Gandhi but the desire for public service that lived in her heart, lives in the hearts of me and my brother (Congress chief Rahul Gandhi) too. Nobody can take that out of our hearts. Whether you let us or not, we will continue to serve you,” she said when party workers drew comparisons between her and Indira Gandhi at a meeting held to endorse party candidate Shriprakash Jaiswal in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. She also attacked the ruling BJP government at the event, saying that it was concerned only about “its own progress” instead of the country’s. “Governments are of two types… one that works for the people and those that care only for its own progress. The BJP government is all about publicity and showing off,” she said.The Congress general secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge, who also held a massive road show, claimed that Kanpur has seen no development despite all the promises made by the ruling BJP. “They (BJP) were making Kanpur a smart city but nothing has happened so far. Youth are unemployed and farmers are committing suicide due to debts,” she said.She stressed that the Congress works for the people, while the BJP only favours industrialists. “We have promised Rs 72,000 per year for the poor, but BJP is saying that there is not enough money… they have enough money for industrialists,” she said. “I went to Varanasi where Modi ji, despite being the prime minister, was unable to ensure development,” she added. During the road show, Gandhi stopped at the Nageshwar temple and paid obeisance before moving on. She was also gifted a ‘chadar’ by some local Muslims. When the procession reached Birhana, people on one side of the road began chanting Modi’s name while those on the other raised slogans against him. andaman-and-nicobar-lok-sabha-elections-2019BJPcongressindira gandhi First Published: April 20, 2019, 8:34 AM IST
ayodhyaBJPBSPLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 1, 2019, 3:02 PM IST Ayodhya (UP): In a scathing attack against alliance partners SP and BSP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said they had done nothing for the poor and misused the names of Babasaheb Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia. Addressing a rally in Gosaiganj, about 25 km from this temple town, the prime minister said his is the only government that thinks of the poor. “Behenji (Mayawati) used Babasaheb Ambedkar’s namebut acted against his ideals. In the same way, the SP took Lohia’s name at every step butsullied the image of the socialist leader,” he said. Modi accused the Samajwadi Party of destroying the law and order of Uttar Pradesh during its rule. “They talk about Lohia but do nothing for the poor,” he said, referring to the socialist leader. The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party and the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP have joined hands to contest elections in the state.Buoyed by the Balakot air strikes, the prime minister said security is the biggest issue. Recalling bomb blastsin Ayodhya, Faizabad and other places, he said they have now become a thing of the past. Modi also said tourist spots are being developedunder the Ramayana circuit. Gosaiganj falls in Ambedkar Nagar constituency, which votes on May 12, the sixth and penultimate phase of the polls. The votes will be counted on May 23.
Charu AsopaFormer Miss UniverseMain Hoon NaRajeev Sen First Published: July 1, 2019, 6:31 PM IST Days after the news of Sushmita Sen’s breakup with Rohman Shawl starting doing rounds, the former Miss Universe has put an end to all the rumours like a boss. Sharing a gym selfie with her beau Rohman Shawl, Sushmita took to Instagram and shared a post that reads, “He’s lean…she’s mean I love you @rohmanshawl #backtobasics #gym #home #dubai #wegotthis I love you guys!!! (sic)” Rohman also poured in all his love to reply, “And she is #mine @sushmitasen47 (sic).” Follow @News18Movies for more The news about their break-up became a rumour after Rohman posted messages about self-worth in a relationship in his Instagram stories. In the posts, the model wrote about how a partner should respect without expecting. It also talked about how partners should spend some time talking to each other every day.He also commented on the Main Hoon Na actress where she can be seen playing with a baby on a flight. Sushmita shared the picture with the caption, “Children have a way with me…I belong!!! We flew together…literally!!! Introducing my little #newfriend #kiara #precious #munchkin #happiness #children #love I love you guys!!!” Rohman left a cute comment for his girlfriend, writing, “My BABY with a baby.”It is quite clear that the lovebirds have happily shut the rumours about their break-up with lovey-dovey posts for each other. Recently, Sushmita’s brother Rajeev Sen got married to TV actress Charu Asopa in an intimate wedding ceremony that took place in Goa.
akhilesh yadavBSPMayawatimulayam singh yadav First Published: June 14, 2019, 5:56 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswami Lucknow: Rebel Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and founder of the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) Shivpal Yadav has, for now, laid to rest all speculations about a merger of his party with the SP. Addressing a press conference at the party office in Lucknow on Friday, Shivpal said, “We are a strong and growing party in the state and will contest the 2022 assembly election on our own with our full might. We will take up the issues of people and fight for them. Our party will play an important role in the state politics.” However, the younger brother of SP Patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav also hailed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his honesty and dedication at the press meet, even as he attacked state ministers for indulging in corruption.He said, “The UP CM is an honest and dedicated man, but his ministers are spreading corruption from their air-conditioned rooms. Crimes like rapes and murders are on the rise, but our state police is busy elsewhere. The issue of law and order is not the priority of the government it seems.”Following a bad performance of the SP in the recent general election, rumours were rife that the Yadav clan might forget its differences and come together for the next state poll. There were also reports that the SP patriarch had asked his son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to bring senior leaders back into the party fold.Following differences with Akhilesh, Shivpal floated his party in 2018 stating that he was not getting his “due respect in the SP.” The formation of the new party ahead of the Lok Sabha election was seen as an attempt to dent the SP’s vote-base, which many believe Shivpal managed to do quite well.He contested and lost from the Firozabad parliamentary constituency, but ensured a split among SP voters which ultimately resulted in the loss of SP candidate and Shivpal’s nephew Akshay Yadav. Earlier, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati had allegedly blamed Shivpal for splitting votes in the state’s Yadav-dominated seats and indirectly helped the BJP.
Story TimelineFacebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyoneFacebook’s eSports ambitions challenge TwitchFacebook messaging app ‘Talk’ for teens tipped in developmentFive cool things you can do with Facebook MessengerFacebook marks GIF’s 30th birthday with comments GIFs, new GIFsFacebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures The yet unnamed app was announced this weekend at VidCon, an annual event for video creators to promote their work among the community and meet fans, and will be released later this year. But instead of being an expansion of the live streaming tool available to everyone, this new app will be tied to Facebook Mentions, which is limited to users with verified accounts, such as celebrities, journalists, and influencers.In addition to connecting to the existing Facebook Live feature, the social network says the app will include a new “creative kit” that gives users access to tools like special intros and outros for live videos, custom stickers for viewers, and custom frames.The app will also get a new Community tab, where you can expect users like celebs and influencers to be able to keep track of and interact with fans and followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. Useful for creators will also be stats on how their videos are being consumed and who’s watching.VIA Mashable It’s been clear for some time now that Facebook is betting heavily on video; everything from live streaming to hosting coverage of news and sporting events. But in an effort to really compete with YouTube, the social media behemoth is attempting to lure original video creators with the announcement of a new mobile app that focuses on, well, video creation.
Voice control is the latest fad in consumer tech and that reality is underscored by a new announcement from HP: it will soon offer voice-activated home printers. By doing so, the company explains, it will be the first printer business to offer “intuitive voice commands” via major smart speaker products, namely through Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana. HP announced the new plans this week, explaining that while voice control has appeared on a large number of items, including places you probably wouldn’t expect to find it (like toilets), it still isn’t available on home printers. HP plans to change that. “HP believes the consumer printer market is ripe for voice integration,” the company proclaims.The new ability will be made possible via an HP Printer skill for the various smart platforms like Alexa. Once available, connected HP printers will be controllable via voice commands, enabling users to print whatever they need (Google Calendars and Amazon shopping lists are given examples) using verbal orders and nothing more.The company anticipates its users getting to ask a smart speaker things like, “Am I low on black ink?” and getting a status back from the personal assistant. The skill would also offer elements of control over the printing process, such as allowing the user to specify the exact number needed.Of course, the announcement raises an important question: do we actually need voice-controlled printers? No, of course not. That’s not to say that someone won’t find uses for them, but one has to wonder whether most people would be comfortable ordering a print job via voice. Unlike playing music or checking the weather, printing is a process that involves various settings and it’s hard to tell whether they’re all the way you need them using a smart speaker.SOURCE: HP
To some of us, Facebook is just a social network, but over the past few years, it’s been attempting to become much more than that. From sending money to friends to getting rid of stuff you’re not using, Facebook has rolled out a number of different services to become a one-stop shop of sorts. More recently, we’ve seen Facebook attempt to take the fight to LinkedIn by hosting job listings. Job listings saw a limited launch last year in the US and Canada, and it seems that test was a success. Facebook announced today that it’s rolling out its jobs site in an additional 40 countries around the world, allowing swathes of new users the chance to find and apply for local jobs quickly. This is one area where Facebook may have an advantage over LinkedIn. While LinkedIn has always focused more on professional networking, Facebook isn’t concerned with that. Any business can post job listings to Facebook’s jobs page, and users can apply quickly by auto-filling applications with information from their profiles. Applicants can also track jobs by signing up to receive alerts about individual positions, while employers can advertise their open positions on their page or through News Feed posts.Messenger also plays a role, as Facebook will encourage applicants to contact businesses and stay in touch throughout the application process. This roll out to new countries is accompanied by new features for businesses using Facebook Jobs, as they’ll now be able to set up interviews with candidates and send out automated reminders using Messenger. Businesses can also use Facebook ad settings to make sure their job listings reach qualified candidates, so it sounds like businesses that use Facebook to promote job listings will have a lot of tools at their disposal.So, should LinkedIn respond to this jobs push from Facebook? At this point, it’s hard to say, both because Facebook seems to be targeting a somewhat different crowd and because its jobs service is still in its infancy. Facebook doesn’t list the countries that are getting this service today, but you can head over to facebook.com/jobs to see if any listings in your community pop up. Have you tried Facebook Jobs yet? If so, head down to the comment section and share your experience! Story TimelineLinkedIn app uses Tinder-like swiping to connect students with jobsMicrosoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its networkFacebook takes aim at LinkedIn with new job posting feature
From specs to looks to the materials used, the Samsung SM-W2019 leaves little doubt it’s a premium phone, even if it’s style comes from an age long past. And just like any premium phone, it is expected to carry a premium price. Around 10,000 RMB, roughly $1,400, a price tag that even the Galaxy Note 9 doesn’t dare to reach. You might not know it, but Samsung has actually been making foldable phones for years now. And by “foldable”, we mean the original foldable phones, a.k.a. clamshell phones, a.k.a. flip phones. Long declared after the original X-Files run ended, Samsung continues to make such blasts from the past for one market alone: China. Though it sometimes does sell them in Korea, too. This year is no exception and, in fact, the premium SM-W2019 flip phone could put other premium non-flip phones to shame. At least in price. To be fair, the Samsung W2019 is everything you’d expect in a high-end 2018 smartphone, despite the name. It run on the latest Snapdragon 845 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of still expandable internal storage. There are two 12 megapixel sensors on its back, one with its dual f/1.5-2.4 aperture lens an another with 2x optical telephoto lens. There’s also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner because there’s really no other room for it anywhere else.Like the foldable phone prototype, the W2019 has two screens, except neither actually folds themselves. They’re both 4.2-inch 1920×1080 screens so there’s no room for jealousy. No Infinity type display either though. Given two screens and high specs, the 3,070 mAh battery sounds a bit limiting.
Design and ComfortJust by looking at it, you wouldn’t be able to easily tell the two MateBook X Pro models apart. At first blush, the two look eerily identical, with the only telltale sign being the removal of Huawei’s iconic lotus log on the lid. Perhaps it wanted to distance itself from being too closely associated with a MacBook Pro, because that is exactly what it is design-wise.On the one hand, that does mean that this year’s MateBook X Pro retains the same things that made Huawei’s first stab great. That means it is still only 0.57 inches thick and weighs only 2.93 lbs, retaining its portable and premium appearance.AdChoices广告It also means that the 2019 MateBook X Pro retains its predecessor’s impressive display. Huawei is one of the few PC makers who has followed in Microsoft’s trail of using 3:2 aspect ratios. Here, that means a 3000×2000 pixels crammed in a tight 13.9-inch panel. With a very bright display (up to 450 nits), high contrast ratio (1500:1), and a 91% screen-to-body ratio, the MateBook X Pro’ screen is quite a stunner.The lack of bezels does, however, also mean that Huawei’s divisive popup camera is, for better or worse, still there as well. It still hides underneath the key between F6 and F7 and still takes a worm’s eye view of your face, your chin really, or your fingers. On the upside, you can at least be assured that anyone who hacks into your camera will only see black as long as you don’t pop it up. It doesn’t use any motors so the action is instantaneous, but you do have to wonder how long it’ll take before the spring-based mechanism gives out.On the subject of the keyboard, the MateBook X Pro 2019 still has the exact same one. Which is actually great news! It’s not one of the best keyboards but it definitely lives up to the MacBook standard. Key travel is decent and the space between them lessens the chances of errors. The large touchpad is there as well. Not perfect but good and bigger than your average laptop touchpad.Specs and PerformanceWhile the MateBook X Pro (2019) has barely changed on the outside, it is almost an entirely new beast inside. Of course, if nothing else changed, what would be the point of launching a new model anyway? Of course, there’s the upgrade to new Intel processors, though from the same eighth generation, albeit from the “Whiskey Lake” batch. The top of the line model gets an Intel Core i7-8565U while those a bit short on cash will have to settle for a Core i5-8265U. On paper, these processors promise a 10% performance boost over their predecessors, which might not sound that much. The real test is in the tasting, as they say.In contrast to the CPU change, though, the 2019 refresh does have a more significant GPU upgrade. The MateBook X Pro is the first to bear NVIDIA’s shiny new GeForce MX250. It was so new that, prior to the MateBook X Pro 2019 announcement, very few even knew it existed. It comes with the promise of up to 10% faster speeds compared to last year’s MX150.Data transfer speeds have also been boosted, both wired and wireless. Wi-Fi no supports more than twice the speed of last year’s model, up to 1,733 MB/s. The Thunderbolt 3 port now supports full speed. In practical terms, it can now be used not just for driving 4K monitors but also for connecting an eGPU.All of these translates to a more powerful laptop but that power does come at a price. More power means more heat and while Huawei promised its new Shark Fin 2.0 fans address the heat problems of its predecessor, the MateBook X Pro still got uncomfortably hot after running benchmarks and tests. Now, you might argue that the laptop wouldn’t always be running at max capacity, but Huawei doesn’t call this a “Pro” for nothing. Suffice it to say, you won’t want to keep this on your laptop while in use.Huawei advertises 12 hours of battery life but, as always, that’s a very generous estimate. A Netflix binge ended at the 7-hour 20-minute mark but more normal use can last a little more than 9 hours. Of course, “normal” here can be quite subjective but 12 hours is going to be hard to reach no matter which way you look at it.Software FeaturesLike any PC maker, Huawei wasn’t content to just leave even Windows 10 at its default, pristine state. While the OS itself already has some touch screen gestures, Huawei adds one more. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen with three fingers and it automatically takes a screenshot of the screen. You are also given options on what to do with the screenshot, including OCR conversion of text. It was pretty easy to do and barely made any misses. And thanks to the MateBook X Pro’s sturdy hinge, the laptop didn’t wobble when performing it. This year’s highlight software feature, however, is Huawei Share 3.0. In a nutshell, it’s a fast and nearly instant way to share files between the MateBook X Pro (2019) and a compatible Huawei phone using the new NFC radio below the keyboard as well as the faster Wi-Fi connection. A speed of 30 MB/s is its theoretical maximum though you probably won’t be doing much of Huawei sharing anyway.Part of that is due to the fact that, as mentioned, it only works with Huawei phones. To add insult to injury, it isn’t even available in the US. Considering you can’t officially buy Huawei phones in the US anymore, that’s a moot point anyway.Wrap-upThe Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) is a familiar face with new guts. It might sound like a ripoff but there is some comfort to be had from knowing that Huawei stuck with what worked and resisted the all too common urge to change things up for change’s sake – And the things it did change were mostly for the better, especially with full Thunderbolt 3 support.Those, however, might not be enough, especially for the higher starting price that Huawei is asking. It has somewhat painted itself into a corner with the first MateBook X Pro’s pricing but not it’s attempting to set the price right for what is practically a premium device. Unfortunately, that’s going to be a deal breaker for those who already own the 2018 model. Huawei is probably best known for making smartphones primarily as well as networking equipment, two product lines that are at the center of political and legal controversy. A few years ago, however, Huawei started getting its hands into another related business, that of selling laptops. With a product name like the MateBook X Pro and a distinctly familiar design, there is little doubt whose market share Huawei is after. This year, Huawei has come out with a 2019 model that retains not just the name but a few details as well. We dig in to find out if what has changed is enough to justify the new and higher price tag.
Boehner Offers Tax Increases In Exchange For $1 Trillion in Cuts To Social Benefit Programs This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The latest offer by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is seen as progress in the negotiations between Congress and the White House, but in return Boehner is asking for significant cuts in Medicare and other programs.The Associated Press/Washington Post: Movement Seen In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks As Boehner Offers Revenue BoostIn return, Boehner is asking for $1 trillion in spending cuts from government benefit programs like Medicare. Those cuts would defer most of a painful set of across-the-board spending cuts set to slash many domestic programs and the Pentagon budget by 8-9 percent, starting in January (12/17).Politico: Fiscal Cliff Deal Still Faces Many HurdlesHouse Speaker John Boehner jump-started the budget talks by offering to raise tax rates, but major differences on entitlements and revenue could prove difficult to bridge with only two weeks until the fiscal cliff deadline. … But proposed cuts to Medicare are now the key to any fiscal cliff deal. Boehner needs robust changes to the hugely popular seniors health program to sell any kind of tax-rate increase to his conservative-dominated Republican Conference (Sherman and Bresnahan, 12/16).USA Today: Signs Of A Thaw Emerge In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ TalksIn talks with President Obama, Republican House Speaker John Boehner offered to back raising the income tax rates for people making $1 million or more if Obama agreed to significant cuts in entitlement program spending, according to two sources close to the negotiations. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Obama rejected that offer, the sources said, but it was the first sign that Boehner was willing to endorse raising tax rates for anyone (Jackson, 12/16).Bloomberg News/The New York Times: U.S. Fiscal Deal Unlikely Without CompromiseAs the political tension mounts over the current fiscal deadlock — which, unless a deal is reached by Dec. 31, would increase taxes for everyone and force some draconian spending cuts — there will have to be trade-offs for any ultimate deficit-reduction deal. Congressional Republicans insist this will only be palatable if there are major cuts to entitlement programs, especially Medicare. There are clear indications that the White House, despite the objections of some Democrats, would go along with significant changes, perhaps including a form of means testing for Medicare benefits, altering the cost-of-living adjustments for entitlements and taxes (Hunt, 12/16).