Tim Cook says the next iOS update will allow users to disable intentional battery slowdowns

Apple CEO Tim Cook today shared that the next update to iOS 11 will allow users to disable battery performance throttling on their device. The move comes after Apple last month admitted it intentionally slows down iPhones as they get older to prevent issues that may arise as the batteries depreciate.

In an interview with ABC News, Cook said the update will arrive next month in a developer release before a wider public rollout. “We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it’s very, very transparent,” he says. “This hasn’t been done before.”

Cook also says the update will more clearly inform users when their iPhone is automatically reducing its performance in an effort to prevent unexpected shutdowns. “If you don’t want it, you can turn it off,” Cook says, though he maintains that this is not recommended — something Apple stands by in its apology letter that addressed consumers after the backlash in December. Apple currently faces multiple class action lawsuits after admitting to intentionally slowing down iPhones.

The next iOS 11 developer beta is expected in early February, which means a public release will follow some time in March.

See if airlines owe you money from up to 3 years ago with AirHelp’s new tool

It’s hard enough getting airlines to reimburse you for that hellish trip you had to endure last night, much less last year. But now, one app is helping you set wrongs right, even if those wrongs occurred in the not-so-recent past. AirHelp, which last year announced a boarding pass scanner to give real-time information about delayed flight compensation, is now launching a new tool that will help you travel back in time — that is, with regard to airline payback.

Available on both the web and on your mobile device, AirHelp’s newest tool connects to your email address, scanning for all flights you’ve taken in the last three years, and importing that information into the AirHelp database. From there, the tool will be able to check your eligibility for compensation for flights that were delayed or canceled. Moreover, the feature allows you to visually map all the journeys you’ve taken in recent memory, so you can see what a globetrotter you really are. You can also check out how much money you’ve spent on flight tickets (yikes).

Folks need only connect AirHelp to their email account once — after that, the tool will be able to update you on future eligibility for compensation whenever your flight plans are disrupted.

“Raising awareness of air passenger rights and identifying new ways to be a consumer advocate has always been our priority,” says AirHelp CEO and co-founder Henrik Zillmer. “Over nine million air passengers are entitled to compensation for disrupted flights every year, yet most of these travelers don’t know that they are eligible or understand how to pursue a valid claim. Our new tool will produce compelling content for today’s social media-driven consumers, while building a platform for automatic notifications about compensation eligibility. We’re excited to educate even more travelers about their rights in a fun, interactive manner with technology.”

AirHelp is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and the new tool is currently available for folks using Gmail, Hotmail, and Microsoft Outlook servers. Other features in the AirHelp family include the Boarding Pass Scanner and Lara, the company’s A.I.-powered lawyer for those particularly contentious airline disputes.

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‘Time well spent’ is shaping up to be tech’s next big debate

In 2016, Tristan Harris, whose job title at Google was “design ethicist,” left the company to focus on a new nonprofit he called Time Well Spent. The goal of Time Well Spent is to reverse what it calls “the digital attention crisis” — the brilliant minds at Google, Apple, Facebook, and elsewhere who “hijack our minds” through ever-more sophisticated manipulation techniques delivered through our smartphones. Harris has emerged as a vocal critic of Facebook, appearing on NBC this week to call the company “a living, breathing crime scene.”

You might expect that Facebook, which derives its profits from the amount of time people spend interacting with the advertisements in its apps, would reject the Time Well Spent thesis. Instead, the company co-opted it. In a January 11th post, Mark Zuckerberg invoked the initiative by name. “By focusing on bringing people closer together — whether it’s with family and friends, or around important moments in the world — we can help make sure that Facebook is time well spent,” he wrote.

Today, one of Harris’ collaborators returned the volley. In a pair of closely argued essays on Medium, Joe Edelman — who says he coined the term “time well spent” with Harris five years ago — lays out a suggested path forward for Facebook.

”It’s possible (but very tricky) to design software so as to address the users’ sense of meaning,” Edelman wrote in the first essay. “But it requires profound changes to how software gets made! These changes make others your company has gone through (such as the adoption of machine learning, the transition from web to mobile) look easy.”

Less than a month into the new year, “time well spent” promises to become the “fake news” of 2018: a term overused into oblivion by partisans of every stripe. To Zuckerberg, “time well spent” means independent research showing that people value the time they spend on Facebook, and feel better about themselves afterward. To Harris, it represents a shift away from measuring comments and shares to emphasizing companies’ positive contributions to users’ lives. There’s overlap there, but are also some fundamental differences. In 2018, the battle will play out.

For Edelman, design is destiny. He attributes the malaise that seems to surround so much activity on Facebook with architectural features of the software itself.

Social software simplifies and expedites certain social relationships, and certain actions, at the expense of others. And if the simplified actions and relationships weren’t designed with a users’ particular values in mind, then using the software can make living by their values more difficult, which leaves them feeling like their time was not well spent.

For example, it may be harder to live by the value of honesty on Instagram, if honest posts get fewer likes. Similarly, a courageous statement on Twitter could lead to harassing replies. On every platform, a person who wants to be attentive to their friends can find themselves in a state of frazzled distraction.

As users, we end up acting and socializing in ways we don’t believe in, and later regret. We act against our values: by procrastinating from work, by avoiding our feelings, by pandering to other people’s opinions, by participating in a hateful mob reacting to the news, and so on.

Edelman notes that social software controls the nature of our actions to a far greater degree than anything we experience offline. Even at schools with dress codes, teens find ways to push against norms with their choices of shoes, socks, or backpacks. On Facebook and other social platforms, a one-size-fits-all approach means we’re locked into their peculiar modes of interaction. We chafe against them, and feel bad about ourselves afterward.

In his second essay, Edelman attempts to chart a path forward. It’s more esoteric than his first essays, and largely aimed at software designers. But it’s well worth reading for anyone wondering what the next generation of social software might look like — how it might avoid triggering the ennui that today’s platforms to. (Or at the very least, trigger new and different forms of ennui!)

Edelman suggests that designers of social software begin by asking themselves what their users’ actual values are, and then reflect on how they can let users live out their values through software:

For example, if an Instagram user valued being creative or being honest or connecting adventurously, then designers would need to ask: what kinds of social environments make it easier to be creative, to be honest, or to connect adventurously? They could make a list of places where people find these things easier: camping trips, open-mics, writing groups, and so on.

Next, the designers would ask which features of these environments make them good or bad practice spaces. For instance, do mechanisms for showing relative status (like follower counts) help or hurt when someone is trying to be creative? How about when they want to connect adventurously? Is it easier to be creative with a small group of close connections or a large group of distant ones? And so on.

This isn’t the only approach available to Time Well Spent for companies like Facebook: It was published on a day when Facebook’s own announcement on the matter was that it would allow users to watch videos at the same time, and comment together.

But it is a more deeply considered one than what the company has announced so far. And while the tug-of-war over “time well spent” is likely to continue, the moral advantage still belongs to the folks that coined the term.

A Google bus was attacked outside of San Fransisco, just like buses from Apple

A tech shuttle in San Francisco.
A tech shuttle in San Francisco.

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Apple shuttles aren’t the only tech buses under attack

Google buses, which carry employees of the tech giant to and from its Mountain View headquarters, are in the spotlight today following an attack on one of the company’s chartered shuttles. 

California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel confirmed to Mashable that, in addition to four Apple buses, a shuttle bus chartered by Google was hit in some sort of attack that took place on Highway 280 outside of San Francisco. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. 

The incident went down on Tuesday. Much like with the attack on the Apple buses, which suffered broken windows, it is not clear what exactly was used by the perpetrator. Regardless, whether it was rocks, “rubber rounds” (as speculated by one Apple employee), or something else entirely, there is clearly real danger involved in breaking the windows of a bus while it’s full of passengers and driving on the highway. 

Doug Bloch, the political director of the Teamsters Joint Council 7, told the San Francisco Examiner that he thinks a pellet gun is responsible. 

“It was pellet guns,” Bloch explained to the paper. “A couple [of the buses] were driven by Teamsters who were understandably scared, but no one got hurt.”

A broken window on an Apple shuttle, which may have been attacked by the same perpetrator who attacked the Google shuttle.

A broken window on an Apple shuttle, which may have been attacked by the same perpetrator who attacked the Google shuttle.

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Mashable has been unable to verify that claim, and CHP says it is investigating the matter. 

Meanwhile, Google alerted its shuttle-riding employees in an email sent out Wednesday. 

“[We’re] taking the precaution of re-routing shuttles as we hear of any incidents,” reads the message in part. 

We reached out to Google for comment, and will update this if we hear back.

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How Google’s ‘speed update’ will affect mobile search

Google is trying to speed up mobile searches.
Google is trying to speed up mobile searches.

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Google searches on your phone are about to get an important upgrade.

The company announced an upcoming “speed update” to search, which will put some slower loading pages lower down in search results on mobile devices.

Google says it expects the speed update, set to take effect in July, will only affect “a small percentage of queries,” but given the number of Google searches that happen on a daily basis, it could have a significant impact on search.

Under the change, Google will take page speeds into account in determining its rankings for mobile searches. The company has previously used speed as a factor on desktop, but this will mark the first time Google has done so on mobile.

While not a surprising move considering that the bulk of Google searches come from mobile devices, the change has some interesting implications in the long run.

Though Google says the change will only affect a small number of searches, it could incentivize more sites to adopt the company’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), stripped-down versions of web pages that load very quickly.  

That’s not to say that AMP pages will automatically be given priority. Google notes that the change only looks at the speed of a particular page, “regardless of the technology used to build the page,” and the company told Search Engine Land that AMP pages could still be ranked lower if they load slowly. 

But considering that AMP tends to be significantly faster than the traditional mobile web, the speed update would certainly seem to give an edge to sites that use the technology.

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Apple wins the bidding war for Kristen Wiig’s comedy series

Apple has its first scripted comedy series, and the currently untitled show has Kristen Wiig and Reese Witherspoon in prominent roles both behind and in front of the camera.

The tech giant won a reportedly competitive bidding competition for the 10-episode show, which will be executive produced by Wiig and will also star the Ghostbusters and Bridesmaids actress. Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, will produce the series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It, with Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) attached as creator and showrunner on the series. McGuinness will serve as an executive producer along with Wiig, Witherspoon, and Lauren Neustadter.

According to the description of Sittenfeld’s book on Amazon, the author “upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided.”

“In The World Has Many Butterflies, married acquaintances play a strangely intimate game with devastating consequences,” continues the synopsis. “In Vox Clamantis in Deserto, a shy Ivy League student learns the truth about a classmate’s seemingly enviable life. In A Regular Couple, a high-powered lawyer honeymooning with her husband is caught off guard by the appearance of the girl who tormented her in high school. And in The Prairie Wife, a suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome-lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie.”

The series is the fifth scripted series picked up by Apple. To date, the company is already attached to an upcoming morning show drama executive produced by Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and starring the two actresses. Apple also picked up Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Amazing Stories anthology series and the sci-fi drama See from Battlestar Galactica reboot creator Ronald D. Moore. The company is reportedly in the midst of a bidding war for J.J. Abrams’ next scripted series in addition to the aforementioned projects.

At this point, it’s unknown how Apple plans to deliver the shows it picked up to audiences, as it still needs a studio to finance the untitled comedy series.

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Verizon gets exclusive mobile rights to sell NBA League Pass

Verizon and the NBA have expanded their digital partnership with a new deal that allows Verizon to sell subscriptions for NBA League Pass and let users stream out-of-market games through its Yahoo Sports app. League Pass subscriptions had previously been offered through Go90, but Yahoo Sports — under Verizon’s Oath brand — is an app that’s likely used by far more consumers and football fans. League Pass will cost $99 per season. In hopes of convincing them to buy in, Verizon will let viewers stream eight NBA games for free. (In-market and nationally broadcasted games that air on ESPN or Turner stations aren’t part of League Pass.)

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, this new arrangement gives Verizon mobile exclusivity on selling League Pass, effectively blocking AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint from doing the same — not that they had signaled interest in doing so. AT&T’s DirecTV satellite business is of course free to continue offering the out-of-market subscription package. Non-Verizon customers who have League Pass will be able to use it through Yahoo Sports.

Beyond the subscription service, Verizon and the NBA will create original content that will be made available across Oath properties. “We’ll work together with the NBA to create those behind-the-scenes stories, in depth on certain players, seeing what’s going on in the developmental leagues. Those are the things that a real fan wants to be immersed in,” Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in a joint interview with NBA chairman Adam Silver.

They’re also working together on plans for 5G-powered augmented reality and fantasy football experiences. “The technology is now coming of age to support a vision that the commissioner’s had and that we see from a Yahoo Sports perspective. You’ll be able to take from your phone and cast it up onto your IP-based TV set. You’ll be able to integrate all those different experience and have people around the country with you and do things real time because of the latency of the network and the capacity of the network.” Any future that leans heavily on 5G is probably farther off than Verizon’s CEO would like to believe, but since this new deal is a multi-year pact, at least they’re planning ahead.

CES 2018 is over, but these hot products and trends will shape the year ahead

Like an army sweeping over a conquered city, Digital Trends writers and editors walked hundreds of miles and interrogated scores of companies at CES 2018. Our goal: to find the trends that will shape the year ahead in technology … and maybe play with some cool stuff along the way. Here’s what we learned, and how it will affect the products and tech that will shape your life in the year ahead.

Home theater

Televisions and entertainment technology remain at the heart of the Consumer Electronics Show, and 2018’s event was no slouch in this department. Last year saw the eye-popping Wallpaper OLED from LG, which took our breath away. This year Samsung made the headlines, with its new TV named simply “The Wall.” Based on a new technology called MicroLED, the TV is modular, meaning Samsung can snap several panels together to make a giant display, or just use one or two in smaller screens. OLED may remain top dog today, but this technology is the freshest idea we’ve seen in years.

The advent of 8K is hardly a step in the right direction, given the current slow rate of adoption of 4K by broadcasters.

LG was no slouch, showing off arguably the coolest product of the show: a 65-inch, rollable 4K OLED display. It’s this flexible form factor that’s poised to take the reins of all things screens in the very near future.

Meanwhile, several manufacturers showed off 8K sets, new displays that pack in four times as many pixels as 4K images. While technology must ever advance, the advent of 8K is hardly a step in the right direction, given the current slow rate of adoption of 4K by broadcasters. These panels may lead consumers to hold off on purchase of new sets, fearing that a new tech is “right around the corner.” News flash: It ain’t.

Audio

A great TV is a waste of money without great speakers to match, and the best orchestra in the world is destroyed by crappy headphones. Fortunately, at CES 2018, we saw some fantastic headphones, none more so than the Sennheiser HD 820, which uses Gorilla Glass to keep sound inside, and make some really stellar looking cans.

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CES also served up ear candy for the big spenders, including a $45,000 turntable that knocked our socks off. But the big leap forward in audio technology is not for entertainment but everyday life: audio products that aim to improve hearing, enhance our ability to interact with the world around us, or simply solve the annoying ear-ringing malady known as tinnitus. One set of new earbuds, dubbed simply the Bragi Ears, use a specially developed algorithm to map your hearing, account for any hearing loss or tinnitus from which you may be suffering, and amplify the world around you to let you hear subtle whispers from up to 100 feet away. Now that’s innovation.

Cars

A week ago, I thought we’d see electric cars everywhere. I was wrong. Sure, there were some announcements, such as the cutesy Electra Meccanica (a car built for one) and the Byton– the latest electric car concept to debut at CES. Will it be around in two years? Who knows? But an explosion of announcements in autonomous driving turned what was starting to feel like a “next decade” promise into a “next year” promise. From partnerships to new joint ventures to entirely new companies, everyone was talking autonomous cars, giving a fresh feeling of potential to what was starting to feel like an empty promise.

Meanwhile, connected cockpits are the new driver’s seats, and a dozen companies were showing them off. These sought to answer one question: If the car drives itself, do you need a steering wheel? Or a speedometer? Or anything really? We were particularly enamored with Bosch’s vision of the future, which relies on facial recognition and haptic technology to make driving more relaxing and, ultimately, safer.

Mobile

The mobile phone space is usually quiet at CES, what with Mobile World Congress right around the corner in February. But CES is a more important show in some ways, leading many companies to push for a presence there. Huawei in particular made headlines, with a keynote presentation that was intended as the launchpad for a major push into the U.S. Geopolitics played a weird role in the show this year, however, with U.S. lawmakers urging AT&T to cut commercial ties with the Chinese company. It’s hard to sell smartphones in the U.S. without a partnership with carriers.

Accessories are a mainstay of CES, and the wireless charging pads, cradles, and mounts were hard to miss at CES, thanks to Apple’s embrace of the Qi standard – at last. Meanwhile, wireless power transmission took a few big steps forward as well, though the tech remains a little futuristic.

Computing

Intel and AMD – two bitter rivals whose back and forth has driven innovation in computing for more than a decade – called an unexpected truce at the end of 2017. Laptops at CES showed new chipsets that merge the computing power of Intel’s CPUs with AMD’s graphics capabilities, perhaps promising the best of both worlds. The products we saw were thin 2-in-1s, meaning they fold around 360 degrees to be used as tablets. And AMD’s graphics power means we can expect some decent gaming performance from both of these computers – something we rarely see in laptops at reasonable prices.

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In other chip news, Qualcomm spent a good deal of time touting its Snapdragon 845 chip, and with good reason. The Snapdragon line traditionally powers smartphones, but next-gen chips will find their way into everything, from smart watches to VR headsets. A line of Snapdragon-powered laptops will literally last for days on end. Finally, the battery life we’ve all craved!

Gadgets

What would CES be without crazy gizmos, and we saw a slew of them, including a ton of pet tech, devices that deliver Smell-O-Rama (at last), a robot that plays ping-pong, and something amazing called the Tesla Suit.

Some killer app beyond gaming is needed to push VR over the edge.

But some trends we’ve talked about a lot in the past seemed more hot air and hype than hardware. Sure, we saw 3D printers that offered astonishing new levels of speed, such as Californian company Uniz (which used a new printing tech to set a 3D world record), and caught our first official glimpse of a 3D metal printer that blew our socks off. But in general, this tech doesn’t seem to be going mainstream any time soon. Likewise, a new Vive VR headset is cool and all, but in general, some killer app beyond gaming is needed to push VR over the edge.

Other trends are here to stay, including the market for products we call “rideables,” which includes hoverboards, e-scooters, and an array of one-wheeled and two-wheeled battery powered devices. We were blown away by the IotaTrax, a new device from the guy who basically invented the entire space. It’s essentially a hybrid device that lies somewhere between a hoverboard and a self-balancing unicycle. Like a hoverboard, it has two wheels, which provide a stable riding platform. But like a unicycle, those wheels are situated between the rider’s feet. And like hoverboards and unicycles, it’s pretty awesome.

Smart home

One thing was clear from CES 2018: Google won the show.

The tech giant was everywhere at CES, setting up a giant playground in the parking lot, wrapping the Vegas monorail, buying ad space on seemingly every billboard in town, and ensuring that booths from here to the Hard Rock Café touted compatibility with Google. Google was omnipresent.

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Meanwhile, Apple was nowhere to be found. Sure, the iPhone maker hasn’t been to CES in more than a decade, opting instead for its own high-profile events where it can control the conversation and dominate the headlines. But increasingly, it feels as though Apple is being left behind by the smart home market, which grows and evolves without it. Should Apple finally show up?

In the kitchen, appliances are finally, at last, maybe just maybe starting to get smarter, ushering in the age of what we’re calling “guided cooking.” A few years ago, countertop appliances used apps or built-in touchscreens to help cooks set the right temperature, automatically stirring contents at the right speed and duration, and giving exact measurements. This year, large appliances seem to be catching on to the trend too.

Meanwhile, Google and Alexa continue pushing into the kitchen, notably in GE’s Kitchen Hub, a huge 27-inch screen that goes above your stove. Not only does it work with Alexa and Google Assistant, it acts like an Echo Show in that it plays videos, lets you listen to playlists, and controls Zigbee and Z-Wave smart home devices.

Finally, the very air and water we breathe and drink got wrapped into the smart home trend this year. At CES, we saw an increase in the number of smart air monitors and water leak detectors. While radon, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors have always been around, smart detectors do more than just scream at you when you’re burning the casserole in the oven. Airthings debuted a new smart indoor air quality monitor at CES that monitors carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and radon, and alerts you when the levels become dangerous.

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Salesfusion Launches Spiffy New Marketing Automation Tool

Salesfusion on Tuesday launched version 12 of its marketing automation solution.

Salesfusion Launches Spiffy New Marketing Automation Tool

The company rebuilt Salesfusion 12 from the ground up to provide an architecture robust enough to support “the easiest-to-use, most modern campaign creation tools available to marketers today,” said Greg Vilines, Salesfusion’s VP of product and engineering.

It provides enterprise-grade power and features without the typical price tag, he told CRM Buyer.

Dated architecture was one of the challenges the company faced, said Cindy Zhou, principal analyst at Constellation Research.

“Rearchitecting enables Salesfusion to modernize their solution,” she told CRM Buyer.

The new Olympus modular automation framework, a key part of Salesfusion 12, processes campaigns and adds horsepower to handle increased workloads from traffic spikes.

Salesfusion 12 “was purpose-built for data-driven marketers who wish to build sophisticated marketing programs in a fraction of the time it previously took,” Vilines said.

Customers can try out Salesfusion 12 for two weeks for free, he noted.

Olympus’ Capabilities

Olympus leverages a scalable platform that dynamically adapts to shifts in workload volume, leveraging Amazon Web Services’ natural virtualization capabilities, Vilines said.

Other Olympus components:

  • new data processing and indexing tools for inbound activity tracking, leveraging Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose and Elasticsearch; and
  • high-speed Redshift data warehouses to power advanced analytics and core dashboards and reporting.

“With the increased collaboration between marketers and sales teams, the complexity of multiple campaigns running concurrently and the associated data collection increases,” noted Constellation’s Zhou. “This new automation framework should help customers with performance speed and processing.”

Salesfusion’s New Features

Salesfusion 12 has three new features:

  • Page Builder – which has drag-and-drop builders that let marketers create landing pages and emails rapidly without needing specialized coding skills or third-party tools;
  • Advanced Analytics, which offers custom dashboards as well as reports that allow data drilling, visualization and data storytelling; and
  • Deeper CRM integration with Salesforce, Sugar, Sage, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics, Infor and Bullhorn.

PageBuilder has a WYSIWYG interface that lets users add images, videos and buttons. Users can build completely mobile-responsive pages that work across all devices.

PageBuilder leverages Salesfusion’s Form Builder and automated actions to streamline interactions with prospects and customers.

Salesfusion 12 includes the Advanced Analytics platform, a new business intelligence module that lets users leverage marketing data to monitor campaign performance and connect marketing activities to revenue.

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Advanced Analytics was released in August as an add-on module for a fee, but is now included in Salesfusion 12, Vilines said. Further, it has new features – opportunity, ROI and funnel reporting.

For CRM integration, Salesfusion 12 includes integration with custom objects in both Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce. It has deepened connectivity with Bullhorn, and it integrates with campaigns in Salesforce, Infor and Microsoft Dynamics.

“Additional integrations with CRM will be important in making Salesfusion attractive,” said Rebecca Wettemann, VP of research at Nucleus Research, “particularly with CRM vendors like Microsoft that don’t have marketing automation capabilities in their core product.”

Salesfusion has always rated high on usability,” she told CRM Buyer. “These advancements will likely make it more attractive, particularly for organizations where marketers wear several hats — in SMBs — or aren’t everyday users of the application.”

Salesfusion has customers in various industries, including technology, healthcare, finance and recruiting, Vilines said.

Future Plans for Salesfusion 12

Salesfusion will release new features continually over the next few months as part of the Salesfusion 12 launch, including the following:

  • Account View — reshaping ABM efforts to facilitate better insights and account actions;
  • Response Prospector, which will leverage machine learning and AI to find new leads and keep databases up to date; and
  • An updated REST API, which will craft new ways to integrate directly to Salesfusion’s platform.

“Many of the marketing automation leaders are building AI capabilities into their solution,” Zhou noted.

In this respect, Salesfusion may have to work hard to catch up — companies such as Boomtrain, Abert and Blueshift already offer AI-powered marketing automation products.

Still, Salesfusion continuously improves its core infrastructure, Vilines emphasized, “to meet the ever-changing needs of marketers.”


Richard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology.
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Samsung unveils special Note 8 for PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

Samsung has unveiled a new special edition of the Galaxy Note 8 phablet, themed around the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Samsung will be supplying 4,000 of the special Note 8s to all Olympians, IOC, and POCOG staff, with the Korean company hoping that the Note 8’s massive 6.3-inch screen, and included S Pen will allow everyone involved in the Olympic Games to “do bigger things,, and the incredible dual-sensor camera will help all of the athletes and workers involved in the games document this incredible portion of their lives.

The new design celebrates the Winter Olympics with an all-new shiny white glass back overlaid with the Olympic logo: five interconnected gold rings that symbolize the unity of the five continents, the world, and the Olympic Torch. A collection of PyeongChang 2018-themed wallpapers will also be included, and each device will also have pre-installed Olympic apps that Samsung hopes will be useful to each of the recipients of the special Note 8s.

“We’re proud to provide the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition to all athletes in an effort to help them to stay connected, capture and share one of the most memorable moments of their lives”

– Samsung CMO and Executive Vice President, Younghee Lee.

The Paralympians taking part in the Winter Paralympic Games haven’t been left out, either, and Samsung will also be supplying all of them with the same Note 8 special edition, with the addition of special Paralympics-themed case to commemorate the role that smart devices have played in assisting those with disabilities.

This isn’t the first time that Samsung has gotten involved in the Olympic Games. The company began sponsoring the games way back in 1988 when it entered as a local sponsor during the Seoul Olympic Games. Since then, Samsung became the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category at the Nagano Winter Games in 1998, and handed out over 12,000 special edition Galaxy S7 Edge devices to Olympians during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The company has also sponsored the Paralympic Games since the Winter Vancouver Olympics in 2010, becoming a World Paralympic Partner.

These units will not be available to the public, being exclusively made for members of the Olympic and Paralympic family, but with Samsung also involved in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, you can be sure it has something planned for those games as well — so if you want to get your hands on a special Samsung device, it’s best to hit the track.

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