ItelliFest 2020 – a good example of the virtual tech event experience

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Last week, itelligence UK ran four days of virtual sessions in its effort to turn the annual in-person event into something useful for customers and potential customers. Dubbed itelliFest, it worked out pretty well although, for me, the experience was exhausting.  

Unlike my colleague Jon Reed, I’ve tended to eschew virtual events following the catastrophic cluster that was SAPPHIRENow 2020. At best, my attention span runs 90 minutes these days, hardly conducive to a vendor demanding my attention over a full day. But then ever it was so.

Even with in-person events, I stopped physically attending keynotes years ago as more firms live streamed. Why bother getting crushed or worse still shepherded to specific ‘reserved’ seating when I could get an aerial view from the flying cameras coupled to on the ground backchannel Tweet commentary while still enjoying a cuppa in my hotel room jammies? Attending a near non-stop

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Zero Motorcycles Reveals New 2021 Lineup Featuring Updated Design and Engineering Elements for an Elevated Riding Experience

The company’s 2021 Model Year lineup is headlined by the category-defining SR/S and will feature updated colorways and graphics for each model

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains, has announced the model year 2021 lineup. The updated product line is headlined by the reintroduction of the transformational SR/S, released earlier this year. The SR/S is Zero’s first fully-faired motorcycle, and is engineered to reward riders with 13% improvement in highway efficiency and range versus its un-faired sibling, the SR/F. The SR/S sets the benchmark in both technology and experience standards for premium motorcycles, and its most visible feature is the functionally advanced full-fairing. Along with this update, the aesthetic evolution for the brand can be seen in the updated colors and graphic options throughout the model line. Additionally, all Zero electric motorcycles for the 2021 line are powered by Zero’s cutting-edge Cypher II and Cypher III

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New Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore to Transform Customer Experience through Future Mobility R&D

  • Construction begins with virtual groundbreaking ceremony attended by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea’s Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo, and Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice Chairman Euisun Chung
  • HMGICS to serve as an innovation center for future mobility studies
  • Construction due to be completed by the end of 2022
  • Center to lead paradigm shift in mobility value chain, spanning the entire lifecycle of vehicles
  • Small-scale manufacturing capabilities focused on EVs to test a customer-centered manufacturing platform
  • HMGICS to explore new business concepts, including battery-as-a-service

SEOUL, South Korea and SINGAPORE, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) celebrated the groundbreaking announcement of the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS) with a virtual ceremony today. The center will act as an open innovation lab for the Group’s future mobility research and development, with the aim of revolutionizing the future mobility value chain.

“HMGICS is a major

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NBA 2K21 Modders Are Delivering An Enhanced Experience For PC Users

As I await the enhanced experience 2K is promising with its next-gen presence, I’ve been delving even deeper into the NBA 2K21 PC world. While there are certain aspects of the vast 2K universe that the PC environment will never be able to duplicate (top-level online competition) the offline experience is unmatched.

One of the biggest reasons for the gap in offline play is the use of mods from the talented 2K modding community. These guys work fast, and many of them are exceptionally talented.

Rytis Gineika aka R4zor and Johnathan Smith aka JaoSming have already come from these communities to work for 2K, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more join the big club.

Whether you’re looking for insane and updated renders like the one above of LeBron James, which was created by James 23, or a completely recreated NBA

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Seven Ways To Improve Customer Experience With Technology

CEO of Rialtes Technologies, a global business consulting and cloud-based property management solution company headquartered in Austin, TX. 

The property management industry has traditionally been hyper-social. Although property management has been adopting technology over the past few years, the focus was primarily on accounting and reporting. But with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to cast uncertainties, it is time to shift that focus toward leveraging technology to improve the customer experience.

So how can an industry like property management adopt technology and continue business while not compromising on customer satisfaction? As the CEO of a cloud-based property management solutions provider, I’ll outline several ways in which property management companies can leverage technology to improve their customer experience in an age of social distancing, along with some best practices for adopting new property management technologies.

How To Improve The Customer Experience Via Technology

• Create virtual showings. As remote working

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FOX Sports and Samsung’s Exclusive 5G Smartphone Experience Lets Fans Control the Action During the MLB Postseason

90+ Proprietary In-Stadium Cameras Drive the “FOX Sports 5G View Powered by SAMSUNG Galaxy” App for NLCS Presented by Camping World and World Series

LOS ANGELES – During the NLCS presented by Camping World and World Series, FOX Sports’ 25th season of MLB Postseason coverage features the FOX Sports 5G View Powered by Samsung, a brand-new bonus app experience exclusively for 5G-enabled smartphones. This innovative collaboration between the two brands, in the heart of the massive October sports calendar, delivers a custom design experience for Android users, including:

Interactive video-player: Empowers the viewer to be the director, with the ability to rotate around the action and zoom in/out during live games for a closer look at plays at the plate, down-the-line hits or a fastball right on the corner
Multi-view feature: Offers five unique camera angles from around the diamond
Highlights: Updated throughout the game to let

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Vivo’s X50 Pro changes the smartphone-photography experience forever with built-in gimbal

The smartphone camera changed the way we all captured the world. Today you can capture a moment and share it with your world with the click of a few buttons. There’s no need for a DSLR or your laptop anymore. Having used smartphone cameras for a while now, we all know that it isn’t just a click of a button. We need to stay stable, adjust our angle and do lot more to get that perfect click. Prosumer users will also tell you that they use gimbals and stabilizers to get that perfect shot or shoot that super smooth video.

vivo understands these issues and therefore decided to change the smartphone photography game with their all new vivo X50 Pro once and for all. The X50 Pro delivers an all-new professional-grade photography experience, comprising a 48MP Gimbal main camera and a 13MP professional portrait camera, as well as an 8MP

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Top students tapped for Los Alamos science experience

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 5, 2020—As part of a U.S. Department of Energy graduate-student program, 52 students from 43 different universities will be sponsored to conduct research at 12 national laboratories. Seven of them will come to Los Alamos National Laboratory for their research experience for between three and 12 months.

“These graduate student awards help prepare new scientists for STEM careers that are vitally important to the DOE mission and the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “We are proud of the accomplishments of these outstanding awardees and look forward to seeing what they achieve in the years to come. They represent the future leadership and innovation that will allow American science and engineering to excel in the 21st century.”

“The DOE SC Graduate Student Research program has a LANL track record of providing top tier doctoral students who end up making meaningful contributions to both the

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Noise can put you off your food: Soft music can improve dining experience: Study — ScienceDaily

Noise can make or break a dining experience, according to a laboratory study replicating common noise levels in restaurants.

The acoustic experts say the study proves that high noise levels can play a major part in a dining experience — along with the quality of the food and restaurant service.

“Our study not only shows that relaxing music at low noise levels increases food enjoyment but indicates that even ‘normal’ background noise levels in restaurants can be unpleasant to diners,” says lead author, Flinders University PhD candidate Mahmoud Alamir.

“We do not always recognise the cumulative effect of noise to our stress or annoyance levels, but we see how every one of us has sensitivity to noise in different ways.”

The study considered factors such as age, gender and noise sensitivity to background noise.

Accordingly, noise-sensitive people, as well as older people and females, reported lower enjoyment of food when

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Our first-hand experience with Amazon’s new palm reader, and what it says about the future of retail

Entering the Amazon Go store by scanning my palm. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

What if grabbing a drink from the store was as easy as getting one from your fridge?

Amazon is approaching that level of frictionless commerce with its new Amazon One palm-reading biometric identification system, especially when combined with its existing checkout-free retail infrastructure. Convenience for consumers means more cash in Amazon’s account, and for better or worse, this one-two technological punch could help the tech giant put more shoppers in the palm of its hands.

Those are some of my takeaways after experiencing the technology at one of the two Amazon Go convenience stores where it debuted Tuesday in Seattle.

Without needing to pull anything from my pocket to identify myself or pay — no need to unlock a smartphone, or fish a credit card from a wallet — going from storefront to shelf to sidewalk

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