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Ever since the Great Recession, the word “corporate” has had a negative connotation. The leaders of major corporations dismantled the world economy during the events prior to the financial crisis, and the wreckage sparked harsh animosity toward big companies that had an “Inc.” at the end of their name.
But contrary to popular belief, corporations aren’t just made up of a bunch of unethical executives who wear thousand-dollar suits to work everyday. Corporations are actually legal entities of their own, separate from the people who run it.
Incorporating a business or organization is incredibly beneficial for owners, employees, and, ultimately, the economy. Some of these benefits include shareholder protection from corporate liquidation, tax benefits, raising capital more easily, establishing stronger credibility, and easily acquiring health and financial benefits for stakeholders.
If you want a more concrete understanding of a corporation, here’s a formal definition:
What is a Corporation?
A corporation is a business or organization created and lead by a group of people, but is legally considered a separate entity from its stakeholders. It has most of the rights and responsibilities of a regular person, like the right to buy, sell, and own property, enter into contracts, hire employees, own assets, loan and borrow money, and be prosecuted. The state that issues a corporation their charter gives them the right to exist and do business. Corporations can choose to issue stock or not, and if they want to be for profit or not-for-profit.
Since they aren’t dependent on anyone, corporations can outlive any of their owners and leaders, enabling them to exist indefinitely. This distinction also offers shareholders limited liability, which legally protects them from being held personally responsible for the corporation’s debts, if creditors sue the corporation for unpaid debt. Creditors can only collect the corporation’s debt payments by seizing and selling its assets.
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Blitzwing is the third Decepticon in Bumblebee and not Starscream as previously believed. Paramount is shifting the focus and tone of Transformers movies after Michael Bay’s fifth film fizzled at the box office. They’re going back to the ’80s to tell the origin of Bumblebee, and have paired the mute Autobot up with Hailee Steinfeld. The film’s first trailer tugged at the heart strings of viewers and quickly made Bumblebee look like one of the surprise film’s of the year.
In that trailer, Transformers fans saw who they believed to be the famous flying Decepticon Starscream. It has since been announced that two fellow Decepticons will be the primary villains, but the identity of the flying Decepticon wasn’t confirmed.
During the Bumblebee panel at San Diego Comic-Con, director Travis Knight confirmed that the Decepticon in question is not Starscream, but instead Blitzwing. Although this Decepticon is traditionally seen with purple and gray colors, the trailer shows a changed look.
The decision to go with Blitzwing instead of Starscream could come down to an over-reliance on the latter so far. Starscream appeared in each of the first three Bay movies in prominent roles. There were even references to him in the latter two films. With so many different Transformers to pull from, the creators may simply have wanted to bring in fresh characters this time around instead of recycling ones audiences have already seen multiple times.
Blitzwing isn’t just a flier in Transformers lore, though. There are other instances where Blitzwing also has a tank form. The trailer only showcased his flying form so far, but they could have more surprises in store. The film’s two other Decepticons – Shatter (Angela Bassett) and Dropkick (Justin Theroux) – were confirmed to be triple changers during the panel too. If both of them have multiple transportation forms, then it is very possible that Blitzwing will also get the chance to adopt his other form.
The rest of Bumblebee’s SDCC panel wasn’t without updates on the film, however. Knight also confirmed that the home planet of Cybertron will be included in some fashion. They showed new footage of the movie too that isn’t expected to be released online. (Read Screen Rant’s Bumblebee footage description HERE.) With the various pieces of news and footage that were revealed at the panel, Bumblebee continues to make a strong impression – even if it won’t feature Starscream as some hoped.
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The era of truly pervasive media, where consumption – and control – flow around the home with its inhabitants, thanks to smart home technologies and AI is just around the corner, and the opportunity to create and deliver new services to support this is considerable.
Pervasive entertainment, or entertainment untethered and unencumbered by time, location and reality, has been gestating for some time. But new technology and innovation is on the cusp of delivering on not only the promise of entertainment delivered when, where and how you want it, but also provide a single point of control for a host of smart home systems and services. The single point of control is arriving fast.
This development is being powered by a host of major brands, including Amazon and Google (the latter’s Smart Display products, in partnership with Lenovo, JBL, LG and Sony) working together to harness the power of centralised smart home controls and pervasive media.
One particular strand of innovation is around the birth of the AI-integrated ‘third screens’ that are rapidly augmenting smart speakers as the smart home media centre of choice. That’s one reason why companies are starting to add screens to the next generation of home assistants.
Speaking to MIT Technology Review, Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu, also points out that, while a 2016 study by Stanford researchers and his own team showed that speech input is three times quicker than typing on mobile devices, “the fastest way for a machine to get information to you is via a screen”.
These smart displays not only respond to your voice commands, but they also have a usable screen, on which you can watch videos and make video calls, as well as immediately view information.
The Amazon Echo Show introduced the category to the mainstream last summer, and the trend is certainly continuing apace. There are several interesting elements to this category, on top of the faster and easier access to information, but the central theme is one of unification, of control.
Not only can internet-connected data sources be queried via voice commands, but so can any compatible smart home device be controlled, potentially by voice but also augmented by more granular touchscreen controls.
One of the shortcomings of pure-play voice control is the requirement for a call-and-response interaction, a binary control, which for adjusting volume or other logarithmic or linear controls can be a lengthy process.
This enhanced visual and voice-controlled point of contact in the home (alongside the ever-present smartphone) has begun to change the way in which media is consumed, as well as the way in which consumers expect to manage their devices.
For example, the established phenomenon of second screen use has evolved significantly over recent years. The Google Consumer Barometer Report, a five-year study that includes 625 thousand interviews with consumers around the world, found that three-quarters of the British population use a connected device while watching TV, a trend that rises to 93% in the under 25 age range.
Overall, in the UK, three in four people now use a smartphone – a number that has nearly doubled in five years, with the average Briton using 3.3 internet-connected devices.
Of course, the big screen itself has become increasingly ‘smart’ as TV manufacturers – and TV peripheral vendors – seek to own part of this smart home control relationship.
The new features include smart screens offering differentiation in an increasingly crowded marketplace. From Samsung’s upcoming integration of Bixby, its AI product, into smart TVs, through to the manufacturers of TV sound bars and systems such as Sonos, which recently embedded Amazon Alexa into the new Sonos Beam, the battle for user attention is far from over.
Deutsche Telekom has been tracking the market with avidity and has integrated Amazon and Google smart home functionality already, as well as planning to launch its own smart speaker during 2018 too.
These increasingly intelligent devices are designed to make our lives easier, keeping us informed about the weather, playing our favourite music and even running our home for us.
Integrating seamlessly with smart home security cameras is an obviously desirable use case for large and small screens alike, while sounding an alert and displaying a video feed from a smart doorbell in a split screen format is another desirable essential.
The increasing dominance of VoD (video on demand) solutions that allow for split screen alerts, multi-room viewing and restart watching from different devices is also compelling evidence of the pervasive media trend. From Sky to Netflix, Spotify to the BBC’s iPlayer, these facilities are a fixture of today and tomorrow.
Providing a clear and simple entry point to the smart home has already been a proven success story, and this new category perhaps exemplifies the consumer benefits of a single, simple point of control.
In addition, the ecosystem that is visible today will continue to evolve along these lines, delivering ever-more flexible content and entertainment alongside better and more powerful information and smart home controls.
Pervasive entertainment and smart home control are deeply integrated, both in the present and future…
Find out more about what Deutsche Telekom is doing with the smart home here.
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YG’s latest album, Stay Dangerous, comes loaded with big-name guest verses across its 15 tracks. Last night, he was joined by two such collaborators, 2 Chainz and Big Sean, for a performance of the collaborative cut “Big Bank” on Fallon.
The trio came out one at a time to deliver their verses from a sparse stage lined with skyward-facing lights that wiggled and pulsed to Mustard’s kiddy piano-based beat. Nicki Minaj appears on the album version of the song, but she was likely too busy promoting her new album, Queen, to come through for the performance. Check out the other three MCs do their thing below.
Big Sean’s verse in “Big Bank” was recently revealed to have been edited for the song’s inclusion on EA’s Madden NFL 19 because of a line referencing blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick: “Feed me to the wolves now I lead the pack and shit/ You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.” Since being called out for censorship, the video game maker has issued an apologetic statement claiming the edit was a mistake. They have since issued a patch that restores “Big Bank” to its original form.
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You have the data to drive the CX program you want to create. But that data needs to be presentable. Bit-sized. Attractive. You need tools that present your data in a way that’s pleasing and simple to understand.
It’s time to visualize.
Gone are the days of whiteboards and posters. In the digital age, there are countless tools that make this job much easier and more efficient. But in a sea of technology, which tools do you choose? Here are our picks for data visualization.
Qlik boasts 45,000 customers worldwide who use its intuitive platform for data visualisation, analytics, reporting and more. Qlik offers a couple different option for data visualisation and analysis: There’s QlikView, one of its original products, and Qlik Sense, a newer offering. Both share a number of core capabilities but serve different customer needs. Qlik offers a simple comparison to help enterprises determine which product is best for them.
Qlik is one of the leading players in the market and is the biggest competitor to Tableau. Qlik uses an intuitive, user-friendly platform to make data analytics more accessible across your company. Regardless of a team member’s data literacy, Qlik should make visualisation a quick and easy process. Qlik has an active community, and there are many third-party resources available online to help upskill user and integrate it in their projects.
Qlik is also easily scalable and isn’t hardware bound. You can work from any device, with no limitations even on mobile versions. That flexibility is a big part of what makes Qlik an appealing choice for business owners and managers today, who tend to work from a variety of devices.
And for even greater flexibility, pricing is determined on an individual basis. Personalized quotes are designed for enterprise use of Qlik services, meaning there’s an option for every budget.
Tableau is one of the leaders of the business intelligence and data visualisation industries, and once you try it, you’ll see why. With a simple, clean, intuitive interface and some of the broadest analytics tools available, it’s clear what makes Tableau stand out from the pack. Tableau provides many features to make it quick and easy to dive into data and supports multiple data connection types, and it’s particularly well suited to massive and fast-changing datasets thanks to integrations with Hadoop, Amazon AWS, My SQL, SAP and Teradata.
Like Qlik, Tableau is usable on any size device, from desktop to tablet to mobile, giving you the freedom to access and analyse your data from wherever you are. It also offers scalable cloud-based solutions that make it easy to collaborate with other members of your team and work with your data from anywhere.
Tableau offers comprehensive training resources to make sure all customers are getting the most out of what they pay for the service, including more than 100 training videos, a community for users and more. A free trial will allow you to take Tableau for a test drive before you commit, and then tiered pricing ensures there’s a plan — and price point — customised to include only the necessary features and tools and to fit every business’ needs. Join the ranks of Honeywell, LinkedIn, Lufthansa, Lenovo and more and try Tableau today.
Founded in 2011 by the San Francisco Bay area Looker has experienced massive growth and has developed into a leading data platform company. Looker enables organisations to make better business decisions by providing real-time access to data. Looker analytics integrate with any SQL database or data warehouses, such as Amazon Athena, Greenplum, and Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
Looker removes barriers to entry in the data visualisation world and does not require analysts to have SQL knowledge. It removes complicated coding. Users can drill into the data across tables and charts regardless of experience. The platform includes self-service functions such as filtering, pivoting, and the creation of dashboards and visualisations. Similar to Tableau and Qlik, Looker has many features to enable collaboration between workers allowing easy sharing of dashboards and insights via URL or email and can integrate with excel, google docs and numerous third-party products.
Unlike other data platforms on the market, the deployment is faster than most tools available on the market. Instead of waiting weeks or months, Looker customers can have their platform implemented in hours, due to the platform being packaged in a .jar file. Looker also provides comprehensive training on the platform, with a first-rate customer service team guiding end users and training them to explore their data sets. Looker analysts will assist companies in building models on their data.
FusionCharts transforms bland data into delightful visualisations in your business dashboards. It can produce 90 different chart types and integrates with a large number of platforms and frameworks giving a great deal of flexibility. A standout feature is the user’s ability to pick from a range of live example templates by plugging in their own data sources as needed enabling new users to set up in less than 15 minutes.
Power BI is a business intelligence tool released by Microsoft in 2015. Power BI can help your company turn data to insight in minutes. It does a great job of combining powerful user analytics and data visualisation capabilities with a highly intuitive UI making the learning curve remarkably short.
Power BI provides numerous integration with a suite of third-party of tools ranging from MailChimp, Salesforce and Redshift meaning you can run power queries aimed at multiple apps. Users can share their dashboards company-wide to consume on the web or mobile devices.
Customers have a choice between a limited free version or the professional version which is $9.99 per user per month. The free service offers 1(GB) of storage along with daily refresh cycles. The professional version offers 10(GB), faster data refresh cycles (hourly) and impressive collaboration features. It’s a strong competitor to Tableau and is one of the best BI tools on the market.
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Tesla whistleblower Martin Tripp took to Twitter on Wednesday night, tweeting photos he alleges came from inside the company.
He told Business Insider he feels they are central to his ongoing legal battle with the company.
They include images he says are of battery scrap, trailers containing battery waste, and documentation of punctured battery parts in Model 3 vehicles. Tesla denies that any punctured battery parts made it into vehicles.
Tesla also told Business Insider that Tripp’s claims are false and that he “does not even have personal knowledge about the safety claims that he is making.”
“Are you ready,” Martin Tripp tweeted on Wednesday evening, before sending out dozens of photos that he alleges came from inside of Tesla.
Tripp told Business Insider he feels the photos are central to the legal battle between he, a former process technician at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory, and the electric carmaker. He claims they support allegations that he has made about the safety and quality of Tesla’s parts, specifically the batteries that go into all of Tesla’s vehicles.
“I decided to send this info out because I have been humiliated by Tesla and Elon Musk,” Tripp told Business Insider.
In June Tesla sued Tripp for alleging that he hacked the company and transferred secret information to third parties.
Earlier this month, Tripp filed a countersuit. He denies Tesla’s claim that he’s a hacker, and says the company intimidated and harassed him after he was fired.
“As we’ve said before, these claims are false and Mr. Tripp does not even have personal knowledge about the safety claims that he is making. No punctured cells have ever been used in any Model 3 vehicles in any way, and all VINs that have been identified have safe batteries. Notably, there have been zero battery safety issues in any Model 3,” Tesla said in a statement to Business Insider.
Tripp tweeted screenshots of dozens of Tesla VIN numbers. He claims that these cars contain damaged battery modules, and he further claimed an errant robot puncturing cells and affecting battery modules. He told Business Insider that this was related to a robot that malfunctioned in February. Tesla previously confirmed to Business Insider that an incident with a malfunctioning robot occurred in February, but said it had affected fewer parts than Tripp claimed and denied that any batteries were then reworked and put into cars as Tripp claims.
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1029837413265231872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Are any of these VIN’s YOUR car? If so, you have a module(s) that IS punctured/dented/damaged. #TSLA #TSLAQ @elonmusk (Subsidy Fraud-Boy) pic.twitter.com/pOZWDeeXcO
He then tweeted screenshots of Tesla’s “containment,” alleging that one of the damaged batteries made it into a Model 3.
In Tripp’s suit, he alleges that Tesla kept battery waste in trailers on the Gigafactory property. He tweeted out photos of what he claims are in these trailers, as well.
Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1029838917850165248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Hmmm.. #TSLA commented several times that all their scrap/waste is being stored in climate controlled warehouses…could this be true?! Let these pics speak for themselves: HUNDREDS of trailers at the new parking lot at GF1… pic.twitter.com/4Agz80j5Ow
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The ‘mini’ fad came and went, and these days we get quite a few ‘Lite’ smartphones that want to capitalize on the clout of the high-end devices that bear the same name. Xiaomi felt like doing practically the same thing this year, but using the Apple-inspired ‘SE’ moniker for the lowest-end model in its Mi 8 lineup.
That’s not to say that the Mi 8 SE doesn’t bring a lot to the table – and for an affordable price, which is something most people have come to associate with Xiaomi. So what’s our verdict on it? Well, our full written review goes into all of the minute details. If you don’t have…
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