Kenai Young Professionals To Attend Alaska YPG Summit

Kenai Young Professionals To Attend Alaska YPG Summit

first_imgJohna Beech, Kenai Chamber of Commerce President & COO The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional’s Group (YPG) is hosting the third-annual, statewide Summit for young professionals in Alaska’s workforce.  The Anchorage YPG was created in June of 2014 and is the largest young professional organization in Alaska with over 400 engaged members. Audio PlayerJOHNA-ON-KYP-1.mp3VmJOHNA-ON-KYP-1.mp300:00RPdBeech: “The Kenai Young Professions is a program of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce that we started in 2015 and we’re really excited to have a few of our members attending the Anchorage Young Professionals Summit this weekend coming up at the Dena’ina Center up in Anchorage.  It should be a good time, they always give really good information and they can come back and share with everyone here on the Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Upward Trajectory: Professional, Career & Self” is the theme and point of emphasis for the 2018 Alaska Young Professional Summit scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska.center_img Members of the Kenai Young Professionals plan to attend the state-wide gathering.  The (KYP) is a networking organization comprised of young professionals between the ages 21 – 39 in the Kenai-Soldotna area. The purpose of the organization is to connect diverse young professionals in order to strengthen and grow the Kenai and the young professional community. The Summit includes two days of seminars, workshops and guest speakers; including the Keynote Speaker Adam Michaels.  Michaels is an entrepreneur and sales leader.  Through the years he has mentored and coached thousands of individuals in pursuit of their professional goals and built multi-million dollar agencies in the Baltimore-Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles Markets.last_img read more

CeCe Winans Let Them Fall In Love For The Record

CeCe Winans Let Them Fall In Love For The Record

first_img For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony For The Record: CeCe Winans’ ‘Let Them Fall …’ cece-winans-let-them-fall-love-record-0 For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ Winans’ GRAMMY win for her 2017 gospel album arrived 30 years after her win for the 1987 hit “For Always” that she sang with her brother, BeBe WinansPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2018 – 4:34 pm After close to a decade concentrating on ministry at Nashville Life Church with husband Alvin Love, the 2017 album Let Them Fall In Love restated the strength of CeCe Winans’ musical and devotional message. It won Best Gospel Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards and its track “Never Have To Be Alone” won for Best Gospel Performance/Song. 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And fittingly, “For Always” describes the impact she has had on American gospel and R&B music and on listeners’ hearts.CeCe Winans’ family of gospel-enthused recording artists and performers has a complex, marvelous history. Her 1984 album, Lord Lift Us Up, with BeBe drew a Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group nomination at the 27th GRAMMY Awards, their first. BeBe has six career GRAMMYs, as does brother Marvin. As a group, the Winans — Carvin, Michael, Marvin, and Ronald — have five GRAMMY wins.Additional family members, including the parents and the siblings’ children, account for many more GRAMMY nominations. That’s some spirit, accompanied by a gospel legacy almost too awesome to absorb.Taking a look at CeCe’s half-dozen gospel album GRAMMY wins before Let Them Fall In Love, they are bookmarked by collaborations with BeBe — 1991’s Different Lifestyles and 2009’s Still. Between those years, four of her solo albums won — her first solo LP, 1995’s Alone In His Presence, followed by CeCe Winans (2001), Purified (2005), and Thy Kingdom Come (2008).We don’t have to imagine the faith that produced this rich collection of excellence because we can listen to it. NPR described just one track of CeCe Winans’ latest as “a mighty blast of joy,” so step right up. 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Jaguar Land Rover wants to pay you cryptocurrency for reporting road problems

first_img 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Preview • 2020 Jaguar XE first drive: Even more reasons to consider the underdog Land Rover Jaguar Cryptocurrency Auto Tech Future Cars Tags Jaguar Land Rover Post a comment More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic 0 Share your voice More about 2020 Jaguar XE S RWD Enlarge ImageIt might not be the most visually impressive tech, but who’s about to turn down free money? Jaguar Land Rover If you want somebody’s help, it doesn’t hurt to pay them. In an effort to create an ecosystem that can better prevent congestion and collisions, Jaguar Land Rover is willing to pay owners a little bit of cryptocurrency to grease the wheels.Jaguar Land Rover on Monday unveiled its Smart Wallet connected-car technology. While it’s still only in testing, the premise is pretty straightforward: Give JLR some important road information, and the automaker will repay you by depositing cryptocurrency into your car’s built-in “wallet,” which you can then use for a variety of purposes.Don’t worry — you’re not giving JLR access to your social security number. It’s not that kind of information the automaker is after. Rather, it wants you to report on road conditions, including traffic, potholes and bad weather. The idea is that, the more cars there are delivering this kind of information, the better JLR’s system can be at choosing routes that avoid all that nastiness. It’s part of the OEM’s desire to reach zero accidents and congestion — an admittedly high bar, but multiple manufacturers have expressed desire to see within our lifetimes.In exchange for that data, Jaguar Land Rover will give contributors a small chunk of crypto — Iota, specifically, which operates with a unique type of distributed ledger that’s different from the typical blockchain you might be familiar with. Those coins will live in the Smart Wallet until they’re used to pay tolls, juice up an EV or cover parking fees. The Smart Wallet can also be filled up using more conventional methods, too, although JLR didn’t dive too deep into the details.There’s plenty of time to hash out the specifics, because the system is just in the test phase for now. JLR is currently running cars with its Smart Wallet system at its software engineering center in Ireland. While it’s not a shoo-in for production, it’s a smart way to incentivize opting into vehicle-to-x communication, which does have the potential to save us all from daily commute frustrations.Originally published April 29, 7:37 a.m. PT.Update, 1:41 p.m.: Updated story to specify which cryptocurrency will be rewarded. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeedlast_img read more

Russia will Add 200 New Aircraft to Defense Arsenal to Maintain Higher

first_imgAs the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation becomes well entrenched in Eastern Europe, Russia has decided to boost its air capabilities, with almost 200 new airplanes and helicopters to be inducted into its air force and naval branches.Most countries do not have a fleet of 200 aircraft in their arsenal, to give a reference point.The Russians have also reintroduced long-range military air patrol to test the strength and weaknesses of air defences of NATO-aligned nations, an act reminiscent of the Cold War-era distrust between the West and the Russians.The Russian dominance in aircraft and space technology is well catalogued. The latest induction would see 126 new aircraft and 88 helicopters.According to a Sputnik news report from December 2014, the aircraft delivery would include Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) bombers, multipurpose Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) and Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets, Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) advanced trainers/light fighters and transport Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 (NATO reporting name: Candid-B) planes. The Russian Air Force is also expected to receive cutting-edge radar stations, such as Nebo-M and Sopka. A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near ParisReutersThe helicopter deliveries will include Kamov Ka-52 (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) and Mil Mi-28N (NATO reporting name: Havoc) attack helicopters, Mi-8AMTSh (NATO reporting name: Hip) assault-transport helicopters, Mi-35 (NATO reporting name: Hind-E) combat helicopters and Ka-226 (NATO reporting name: Hoodlum) utility choppers.”The serviceability status (will increase) up to 67%,” defense minister Sergei Shoigu said during a conference call. This would see two out of three aircraft at operational readiness at any given time. However, the US Air Force rate stands at 78% in 2013.Su-35 CapabilitiesThe entry of the Su-35s Flanker multirole fighter aircraft is expected to advance Russian air superiority significantly. The twin-engine, single-seat fighter is currently undergoing tests and is expected to be inducted in 2015.The Su-35 Flanker carries a $85 million export price, a comparatively lower price for a 4++ generation fighter. Currently, US is the only nation to field an operational fifth generation aircraft in the F-22 Raptor.The fifth-generation aircraft carry better stealth capabilities, with advanced radar evading technology allowing them to penetrate deep into enemy air defence and launch strikes. New Russian-made combat helicopter KA-52 nicknamed Alligator is shown for the first time for mass media in the Kamov company outside Moscow, November 19. The $12-14 million two-seat helicopter is equipped by a French-made night-vision device to allow it make reconnaissance and coordinate air and ground forces actions during the combat.ReutersThe US Air Force, Marines and the Navy are expected to induct the Lockhead Martin F-35, the most expensive weapons development programme ever, by December 2015. The F-35 is a fifth-generation fighter.Estimates suggest a single Air Force F-35A to cost $148 million. A Marine Corps specification fitted F-35B will cost $251 million. A lone Navy F-35C will cost $337 million. Average the three models together, and a “generic” F-35 costs $178 million.The Russians are developing the Sukhoi T-50 as their fifth generational multirole aircraft. While, the Chinese are developing the Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31.Defence BudgetsIn 2015, the Russian defence budget is expected to total $84 billion, which would also see soldier strength increase to 3,50,000 from 2,95,000 a year ago, read Huffington Post.For 2015, the US President Barack Obama is seeking a base defence budget of $495.6 billion.Russia is also reopening up its Soviet era Arctic air bases and has formed a separate Arctic command to oversee its troops stationed there. The move is strategically important given the melting of the Arctic ice cap not only opens up new trade routes between Asia and Europe, but also gives access to oil and gas reserves estimated to be available in the region, read Business Insider.The Russians have also decided to replace the Soviet era missile weaponry with more advanced missiles, while not only capable of delivering a nuclear payload, but can also penetrate the most advanced of missile defence shields.A single Topol M ICBM missile carries four MIRVed (Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle), nuclear warheads with 100-300 kiloton warheads, with a range exceeding 10,000 kilometer.last_img read more

Cafe Coffee Day reports growth in Q3 despite demonetisation

first_img[Representational image]Reuters fileCoffee Day Enterprises Ltd. (CDEL) posted modest increase in its coffee business for the December 2016 (Q3) quarter, though the consolidated net profit rose 146 per cent YoY. The stock was trading 2.15 per cent higher at Rs 230 on the BSE at around 2.20 pm, lower than its issue price of Rs 328 when it raised funds through its IPO in October 2015.Read: CDEL shares near 52-week lowThe coffee business (Coffee Day Global Limited, or CGDL) reported net profit of Rs 7.6 crore and revenues of Rs 408 crore in Q3 in comparison to Rs 7.1 crore and Rs 359 crore, respectively, in the corresponding quarter the last financial year. “For Q3FY17, CDGLreported 6.08% SSG and an ASPD of Rs 14,815 (vs. Rs 14,043 for Q2FY17 and Rs 13,747 for Q3FY16) – a significant increase in the backdrop of demonetisation announced on November 8. Specifically on demonetisation, we did see some impact in our cafe sales in the pt and 2nd week post the announcement of demonetisation but subsequently our sales recovered with the ASPD approaching the Rs15,000 mark,” V G Siddhartha, CMD of CEDL, said in a statement.SSG refers to same store sale while ASPD is average sale per day.On a consolidated basis, CCDL reported net profit and revenues of Rs 12.3 crore and Rs 866 crore, translating into growth of 146 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.Coffee business contributes about 48 per cent to CDEL’s total revenues, with the rest coming from financial services (Way2Wealth), logistics (Sical), leasing of office space (Tanglin) and hospitality business.The company added 19 Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) oultets during Q3 to take the total number of outlets to 1,654 while vending machines stood at 40,013, an addition of 1,489 during the quarter.To put things in perspective, Starbucks had 22,557 global coffee shops at the end of calendar year 2015, followed by McCafe at 5,044, according to The Statista.last_img read more

India expresses concern about situation in Rakhine

India expresses concern about situation in Rakhine

first_imgA house is burning in Mayanmar’s Hyme para area is seen from the Nytang Para area of Teknaf on Friday evening. Photo: Ashraful Alam India has said it remains deeply concerned about the situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar and the outflow of refugees from that region, reports news agency UNB.India had earlier strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State.“The two countries have since affirmed their shared determination to combat terrorism and not allow its justification under any pretext,” said the Indian External Affairs Ministry in a statement after Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali called on External Affairs Secretary Dr S Jaishankar at his office on Saturday.They discussed the situation in Rakhine.During the Indian Prime Minister’s recent visit to Myanmar, he had expressed his concern at the casualties of security forces as well as other innocent lives, and urged a solution based on respect for peace, communal harmony, justice, dignity and democratic values.It was agreed during the Prime Minister’s visit that India would provide assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme in conjunction with the government of Myanmar,” reads the statement.“We would urge that the situation in Rakhine State be handled with restraint and maturity, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces. It’s imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the State restored expeditiously,” the statement added.last_img read more

ACC responsible for Jaha Alam ordeal

ACC responsible for Jaha Alam ordeal

first_imgAn ACC case kept the innocent jute mill worker Jaha Alam behind bars for nearly three years. File photo of Jaha AlamThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday submitted its probe report to the High Court stating that its investigation officers mistakenly identified Jaha Alam as Abu Salek, reports UNB.Jaha Alam languished in jail for three years instead of the real accused in 26 corruption cases.ACC also accused BRAC Bank and other banks for misleading the investigators.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam filed the report before the bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader and sought time. The court fixed 23 July for the next hearing.Deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Basar stood for the state while lawyer Md Asaduzzaman represented BRAC Bank.The court on 27 June directed the ACC to submit a report on 11 July on whether they have any liability in the case of Jaha Alam. Earlier on 6 March, the court asked for detailed documents of 33 cases, in which Jaha Alam was incarcerated, and bank statements as affidavits within 10 April.Jaha Alam was freed from jail on 4 February after the High Court acquitted him in 26 cases in which charges had been pressed.The jute mill worker had been in jail since February 2016 in ACC cases for misappropriating Sonali Bank money. The real accused, Abu Salek, is absconding.Jaha Alam was released after the High Court issued a suo moto order and asked the ACC to submit case documents in the form of affidavits.last_img read more

R Kelly Responds to Spotifys Playlist Ban on His Music

R Kelly Responds to Spotifys Playlist Ban on His Music

first_imgIn response, a rep for Kelly said in a statement:“We appreciate Spotify for continuing to make R. Kelly’s songs accessible to millions of people, although it will stop listing his songs on its official playlists. Spotify is adopting a new ‘Hate Content & Hateful Conduct’ policy.  R Kelly never has been accused of hate, and the lyrics he writes express love and desire.“Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women.  He is innocent of the false and hurtful accusations in the ongoing smear campaign against him, waged by enemies seeking a payoff.  He never has been convicted of a crime, nor does he have any pending criminal charges against him.“Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit. It is acting based on false and unproven allegations. It is bowing to social-media fads and picking sides in a fame-seeking dispute over matters that have nothing to do with serving customers.“Meanwhile, though, Spotify promotes numerous other artists who are convicted felons, others who have been arrested on charges of domestic violence and artists who sing lyrics that are violent and anti-women in nature.“Mr. Kelly falls into none of these categories, and it is unfortunate and shortsighted that Spotify fails to recognize this.”XXXTentacion, the only other artist thus far to have music removed from the platform’s playlists since this morning’s announcement, questioned the company’s decision today as well.POPULAR ON VARIETY: R/ Kelly has responded through a representative to Spotify’s announcement this morning that it is removing the singer’s music from its editorial and algorithmic playlists as part of its updated policy toward hate content and hateful conduct. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful (for example, violence against children and sexual violence), it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator,” Spotify’s announcement reads in part.In a statement, Spotify said: “We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly. His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it. We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.” ×Tidal Accused of Faking Streams for Beyonce, KanyeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next Up’It: Chapter Two’ Cast Feeling Pressure For Box Office Success?01:44 facebook twitter reddit Email Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/r-kelly-responds-to-spotifys-playlist-ban-on-his-music-1202806395/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 720p1080p720p406p270p180pLive00:0000:5200:52More Videos01:44’It: Chapter Two’ Cast Feeling Pressure For Box Office Success?01:13Redman Supports Jay-Z’s Partnership with the NFL00:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2314:13’It: Chapter Two’ Stars Jessica Chastain and Sophia Lillis Describe Swimming in Fake Blood02:55Emmys: Why Your Favorite Shows Aren’t NominatedCloselast_img read more

Worldclass autism township set to come up near Kolkata

Worldclass autism township set to come up near Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: In a one-of-its-kind initiative, a private firm, in association with the state government, is set to build a world-class autism township near Kolkata, where children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder can receive training, treatment and boarding facilities. The India Autism Center (IAC) – a non-profit organization under Section 8 of Companies Act, 2013 – is expected to come up over a 52-acre plot at Sirakol in South 24 Parganas in the next five years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A joint effort by Ratnabali Group and the state – the estimated cost for building the township has been pegged at Rs 500 crore, a company official said. The soft launch of the project has been scheduled for January, next year, the official said. Suresh Somani, the joint managing director of Ratnabali Investment Pvt Ltd, said the project, announced during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) earlier this year, will also have provisions for training teachers, who would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, during the BGBS meet in January, had highly appreciated the initiative and promised all support to it, he said. “It will be the first centre of its kind, not just in India, but globally, with housing facilities for 350 residents and daycare centre for over 200 children, adolescents and adults. The construction work for the township will begin next year,” Somani said. IAC will also have an administrative wing and a guest house, where parents of those receiving training at the institute can put up for a few days, he said. “There will be international tie-ups and the institute will be absolutely different from any of the centres that we have now. The township, which is expected to come up by 2023, will ensure holistic development of those suffering from autism,” he added.last_img read more

Bigger Isnt Always Better But With the iPhone X It Is

first_imgDecember 7, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The holidays came early this year — Nov. 3, to be exact — for lucky entrepreneurial techies. Not only did those early birds snag their preordered iPhone X models, but they enjoyed quick access to the newest Apple gadget while competitors had to wait up to six weeks for theirs. And what those first buyers discovered is that the iPhone X has shattered the mold once again, offering significant opportunities to businesses wanting to up their game.Aside from the X’s myriad aesthetic improvements — like no home button on the frame, to nearly edge-to-edge display — iPhone X reviewers agree that Apple has cemented itself as the influential leader in driving technology, even at the gulp-worthy starting price of $999.Related: Will X-gen iPhone Axe the Exiting?Behind all the bells and whistles, though, is the whisper of what could be — and what will be — for entrepreneurs prepared to lean on the iPhone X as a personal and professional tool. Not only is it a social media and web-browsing monster, it’s also a platform that can launch the next generation of sales, marketing and customer-experience opportunities, even while it springboards startups into 2018.A lookalike that sets itself apartNo one can look at the iPhone X without recognizing its enhancements. The taller screen, with its 19.5:9 aspect ratio and approximately 20 percent space increase, is sleeker and bigger than the screens of previous iPhones. But that’s not even the best part: That status belongs to the phone’s hardware and software, which are ultimately blowing users’ minds.With the addition of Face ID, enabled by the inclusion of a front-facing and infrared 3D camera, the days of Touch ID seem like a bygone era. Using a system that recognizes a user’s face, the iPhone X can be unlocked — day or night, with or without sunglasses — when its user simply looks at it. And because Apple keeps face maps out of the cloud, it’s secure against hackers who might try to use two-dimensional photos or create 3D masks. In addition, the iPhone X’s rear, 12-megapixel camera offers greater image stabilization and a smarter portrait mode through AI, for adding visual effects and recreating lighting scenarios.Nor are these attributes playthings, either. They’re radical, sociological experiments that, if Apple’s history is any indication, will transform the way consumers, and therefore entrepreneurs and businesses, interface with devices. In fact, according to Recode, the iPhone has a long history of changing the world: 85 percent of photographs are now taken on cellphones, and what was once an App Store containing 500 apps is now a spectrum of 5.5 million app offerings, if you total those available from the App Store and Google Play. Even the newly introduced gestures, swipes and movements used to access the iPhone X will likely become the new normal.Making today’s difference tomorrow’s normEntrepreneurs need to recognize these features not as novel, then, but rather as the soon-to-be, de facto standard around which they should already be structuring their operations. As in years past: When Apple rolls out new gestures, entrepreneurs should roll those new iPhone X traits into their company software.Related: How iPhone X Can Make an Entrepreneur’s Life EasyFurthermore, the iPhone X’s gorgeous display and Dolby Vision-rated color experience are things content-creators should embrace. While color correction and accuracy have never been one of the biggest selling factors for mobile devices, Apple’s HDR-capable screen adds a degree of color accuracy that lends a new level of nuance and flexibility to technology concepts, as well as interface elements.Moreover, having more screen real estate for software puts more things within the view of a user — from task lists to emails to social media posts. In daily usage, this means a user can get through more content quickly without the need to refresh or scroll as often.All of these new interface features and experiences disrupt the marketplace, and founders who use them to pursue their business goals and address the needs of their target audiences are the only ones who’ll be able to keep pace with the changes already here.To seize the business opportunities your iPhone X presents, you should:1. Run existing applications through heavy-duty screen tests. With the new screen resolution and size, certain applications are guaranteed to function differently on an iPhone X versus other business equipment. Some applications will have major problems, such as overlapping text, and getting these problems fixed quickly is vital, especially when it comes to sales and marketing.Even if the software works perfectly, businesses can take their investigation a step further to see if the new screen real estate opens doors to unheard-of user interface or user experience concepts. For example, older navigation paradigms might be best abandoned in favor of more natural, modern ones. And, as augmented reality is already changing how consumers shop, entrepreneurs should look to the possibilities of the iPhone X and its augmented reality platform to better understand what their businesses should offer and how they should offer it.2. Work emerging gestures into UX. With all the new muscle memory that will be developing among iPhone X users, entrepreneurs should see how that can be leveraged for UX. For example, if gestures that users are comfortable using provide them with shortcuts to an application’s key features, they’ll be more likely to prefer those gestures and perhaps that brand.Related: 10 Things You Need to Learn From Apple’s MarketingObviously, leveraging these features for your own business means experimenting with the control-less screen and 3D facial-mapping software, as well as that software’s far-reaching capabilities (if Apple provides this ability to developers, that is). While some users will always want to have click-ability and a sense of touch — hence the password protection that backs up iPhone X’s Face ID — many will expect to be able to engage with other software á la their devices.3. Consider how face-mapping can engage your customers. Interestingly, 3D-mapping software is ideal for use on human faces and on objects. This opens new possibilities: Could tapping into the new hardware enable people to try on items, as glasses purveyor Warby Parker has already done? Might facial gestures unlock accessible interfaces for the hottest new brands? Down the line, it may even be possible for face-mapping software to send personalized content to users based on the expressions they make.So . . . is it worth shelling out a grand so that every employee of yours has an iPhone X to explore and innovate with? Probably not. But figuring out the advantages of these evolutions is essential. Today’s marketplace is as dynamic as it’s ever been, and if the iPhone X teaches entrepreneurs anything, it’s that failing to keep up with these changes is the quickest route to backsliding in 2018. Register Now » 7 min readlast_img read more