Bradley Cooper Irina Shayk no longer together will actor move in with

first_imgLady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is BornLady Gaga (@ladygaga/Instagram)Bradley Cooper will be reportedly moving in with Lady Gaga. A tabloid from Australia has reported that the co-stars of ‘A Star is Born’ will be taking this step in the next few days. The report states that Lady Gaga will be selling her Malibu home because she is searching for “a love pad” where she and her co-star can stay together. It is also being reported that Cooper led to Lady Gaga and Christian Carino’s split. And as Cooper’s relationship with Irina Shayk has also come to an end, they both decided to stay with the other. “They’re both so attracted to one another,” a source has claimed. Bradley Cooper (R) and his partner Russian model Irina ShaykGetty imagesThe report further argued that there is a reason why the two are discreetly looking for a home together and that their discretion does not surprise their friends at all. Cooper has a two-year-old daughter with Irina Shayk. He has been spending less time with Irina Shayk and more with Gaga to “dive into the next phase of their relationship.”However, this story has been debunked by folks at Gossip Cop. The fact that Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk were spotted along with their daughter and his mom dining at Jennifer Garner’s residence last week is proof that an actor is still a family man. Cooper has also purchased a $13.5 million townhouse in Manhattan. And despite having a house all to himself in Los Angeles, he spends most of the time in New York.This is not the first fake news that the tabloid has published about Cooper and Lady Gaga. A few weeks back, they had reported that Lady Gaga had proposed to Bradley Cooper and that Lady Gaga was pregnant with Cooper’s baby.last_img read more

Essar Steel gets Rs 800 crore interim financing from Edelweiss Group

first_imgEmployees walk past an Essar Group logo outside the company headquarters in Mumbai in this 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoThe Edelweiss Group, a part of the lenders consortium to Essar Steel Ltd., is willing to provide nearly Rs 800 crore by way of interim financing to help the steelmaker stay afloat during insolvency proceedings, according to a BloombergQuint report on Thursday.The report said that Edelweiss intends to fund Essar Steel for six months at an interest rate of 15-20 percent, out of its stressed assets funding business.Interim financing is essential to keep Essar Steel as a going concern till lenders and the IRP finalise a restructuring plan within the stipulated 270 days, the report said.It said that Edelweiss has discussed the proposal with Satish Kumar Gupta, the interim resolution professional in the Essar Steel insolvency case. It’s now awaiting approval from the committee of creditors, as is the norm under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, two of the three sources told BloombergQuint.In a meeting held on Wednesday, the insolvency professional apprised lenders of the Edelweiss offer. Gupta is from turnaround and interim management firm Alvarez & Marsal India, which was appointed by a consortium of lenders led by State Bank of India for the insolvency case.Essar Steel was among the first list of dozen companies that the Reserve Bank of India had identified for insolvency proceedings. The dozen companies drawn up by banks contribute a quarter of bad loans of Indian lenders. The steelmaker has among the largest insolvency cases with a debt of over Rs 40,000 crore, and has challenged the move in the Gujarat High Court but failed to get relief.Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd. is a member of the lending consortium to Essar Steel. The ARC had purchased the steel company’s loans from HDFC Bank Ltd., Federal Bank Ltd., Axis Bank Ltd. and ICICI Bank Ltd. However, the interim funding proposal has come from a different arm of the Edelweiss Group.last_img read more

Did NASA accidentally expose a hidden alien city on the moon

first_imgSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty ImagesConspiracy theorists have long been alleging that the moon, Earth’s only natural satellite is home to an advanced alien civilization. As per these conspiracy theorists, NASA, the United States space agency is well aware of alien existence, but they are covering up these mysterious facts for unknown motives. Adding heat to these bizarre claims, Scott C Waring, a popular conspiracy theorist based in Taiwan has now sensationally argued that he has spotted a hidden alien city on the lunar surface.Waring made these mindblowing claims in a recent post on his website ET Data Base. In the website post, the self-proclaimed alien researcher revealed that he made this discovery using Google moon map. He added that the alien city in the lunar surface stretches across more than 15 kilometres.”The alien structure is huge, over 15 km long and wide. The structure is seen in only one area of photos. Others photos of this crater have it edited out. In my video of this object at the end, I show how easy it is for NASA to edit out such alien artefacts. It took me a whole 4 seconds to remove it and make it appear natural. It is obvious to me that NASA missed editing out this huge structure, but after reporting it, I give it 6 months before Google edits it out for the US government,” wrote Waring on his website.Waring outlandishly claimed that these mysterious alien structures are still working, and it can be used by humans during times of lunar colonization. He also made it clear that Elon Musk’s SpaceX has a golden opportunity to use these alien bases to conduct moon mining in the future.Even though Elon Musk’s discovery is receiving positive reviews from his followers, sceptics have dismissed the alien angle, and they made it clear that the finding of Waring is a clear case of pareidolia. As per sceptics, pareidolia is a peculiar capability of the human brain to form recognizable images on unknown patterns.last_img read more

Siddiqur flies to Chennai for treatment

first_imgSiddiqur Rahman. FIle photoGovernment Titumir College student M Siddiqur Rahman, who suffered serious eye injuries during a police action at Shahbagh, has been flown to Chennai in India on Thursday for better treatment.The health and family affairs ministry is bearing all the expenses of Siddiqur’s treatment at Shankar Netralaya in Chennai.Siddiqur’s classmate Sheikh Farid said they started for the airport from the hospital around 10:00am along with Siddiqur’s elder brother Nayeb Ali and Zahidul Islam, an assistant professor of National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital.Titumir College student Siddiqur sustained injuries in his eyes during a demonstration on 20 July when the police charged tear shells on agitating students of seven government colleges, affiliated with the University of Dhaka, at Shahbagh in the city.Siddiqur was undergoing treatment in the capital’s National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital where surgeries on both of his eyes were done on last Saturday.last_img read more

BCL activists attack IHT female students

first_imgA female student injured in the BCL attack being taken to hospital. Photo: Shahidul Islam/Prothom AloThe authorities have closed Rajshahi Institute of Health Technology (IHT) for an indefinite period to avoid untoward incident following an attack of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on female students.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).The authorities asked the institue’s male students to vacate its dormitories by 1:00pm and female students by 3:00pm.Female students alleged that a group of BCL activists entered the female dormitory and hurled abusive words at female students on 3 December as some of them could not turn up at a programme of the Medical Technologists held on the campus on the day.The female students of the institute on Wednesday morning went to the principal office to lodge a complaint against the BCL activists. The principle then assured them of taking actions after investigation.When the female students were about to come out of the principal office, BCL activists brought out a procession chanting slogans against them, frightening female students to return to their dormitories.At one stage, the principal of the institute himself escorted students to the dormitories.Students alleged BCL activists attacked some of them who fell behind while the principal was escorting them to the dormitory, leaving five female students injured.A police man trying to pacifying a BCL activist who was attempting to attack female students on Wednesday. Photo: Shahidul Islam/Prothom Alo The BCL activists launched the attack even in presence of the principal and the police. And police took no action, alleged the students.BCL, however, denied the allegation and the principal echoed it.BCL’s IHT unit president Zahidul Islam claimed that female students got frightened when BCL activists chased certain Mizan, who he claimed is a mentally retarded ex-student of the institute, after Mizan chanted slogans against BCL.“And some of the female students fell sick. Attacks were not launched on them and it will be proved in medical certificates,” he claimed.Later, the academic council of the institute sat for an emergency meeting and decided to close the institution for an indefinite period to fend off any unwanted situation.When approached, institute principal Sirazul Islam said, “BCL did not launch attacks on female students. Some of female students sustained injuries while hastily entering the dormitory.”last_img read more

British police arrest 18yearold in train attack probe

first_imgAn armed police officer (2L) and three military personel stand guard outside the Horse Guards Parade in central London on 16 September. Photo: AFPBritish police said they arrested an 18-year-old man on Saturday at a Channel port in their investigation into the bombing of a London Underground train.“The 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent Police in the port area of Dover this morning, Saturday, 16 September, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act,” police said in a statement that described the arrest as “significant”.“Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” police said.The man is in custody at a local police station and will be be transferred to a south London police station in “due course”.Thirty people were treated in hospital after a bomb detonated in a packed London Underground train on Friday morning, in what was Britain’s fifth terror attack in six months.The toll was revised upwards by one early Saturday.“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers,” police said.“For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.“This investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” the statement added.The Islamic State group said an IS “detachment” had been behind the bombing.Prime Minister Theresa May announced late Friday that the threat level had been raised to “critical—meaning another attack could be imminent—and said troops would take over guarding key sites to free police officers for deployment elsewhere.Four previous attacks in London and Manchester this year claimed the lives of 35 people.Three of those attacks involved a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians. The other was a bombing in May at a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester which killed 22 people, including several children.last_img read more

Zimbabwe VP injured president escapes blasts

first_imgZimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa announces the date for the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe on 30 May 2018. — Reuters file photoZimbabwe’s vice president Constantino Chiwenga and his wife sustained minor injuries from a blast at a political rally, a source close to president Emmerson Mnangagwa told Reuters on Saturday.“Mrs Chiwenga was slightly injured. Her husband was also affected in a minor way,” the source said.Mnangagwa’s spokesman said earlier that the president was not hurt in the blast at a stadium in the second city of Bulawayo and was taken to safety.An explosion rocked a stadium in Zimbabwe where president Emmerson Mnangagwa was addressing a political rally on Saturday, his spokesman said, adding the head of state was unhurt and taken to safety.“There has been an incident at Bulawayo (White City Stadium) where the president was addressing a rally. This is now a police issue but the president is safe at Bulawayo State House,” spokesman George Charamba told Reuters.“We are still to get information on what exactly happened as we understand that some people could have been injured as this happened in the VIP tent.”The police were not immediately available for comment.Footage from Zimbabwe state television showed the explosion took place near Mnangagwa as he waved to supporters.Mnangagwa was speaking at his first rally in the second city of Bulawayo, an opposition stronghold where the ruling ZANU-PF has not won in national elections since 2000.Zimbabwe holds its presidential election on 30 July, with 75-year-old Mnangagwa and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, the main contenders.last_img read more

Commuters suffer as 10km tailback on DhakaChattogram highway

first_imgA 10-km tailback was created on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Daudkandi upazila of Cumilla on Friday, causing immense sufferings to passengers, reports UNB.The tailback was created stretching from Meghna-Gumti Bridge in Daudkandi point to Munshiganj point from Thursday night as two trucks went out of order over Meghna Bridge, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi highway police camp.The OC said, police removed the two trucks from the bridge and the traffic started returning to normalcy slowly.last_img

Florence toll rises to 8 in US

first_imgA motorist drives through high waters after Hurricane Florence swept through, in Bolivia, North Carolina, US, 15 September 2018. Photo: ReutersTropical storm Florence dumped “epic” amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.Florence’s intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the US mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane. But its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 3 miles per hour (6 km per hour), is expected to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Saturday.”This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.”This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said petty officer Michael Himes of the US Coast Guard. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of the risk of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in South Carolina.North Carolina officials said there had been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the state, with unconfirmed reports of a further three deaths.South Carolina authorities reported one death.The White House said president Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his “deepest sympathies and warmth” to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.Worst Yet To ComeAt 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over South Carolina.The center said the storm would dump as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain along coastal areas of the Carolinas, as well as up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia.In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.”If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.”The worst is yet to come,” he added.The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina’s Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti.Near the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, coal ash leaked from a Duke Energy landfill. The site lost enough material to fill around two-thirds of an Olympic-sized pool, the company said in a statement, adding that it did not believe the incident posed a risk to health or the environment.Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths. Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro.In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.”It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind,” said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern.South Carolina authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.As the United States dealt with Florence, a strong typhoon tore across the northern tip of the Philippines, wrecking homes and triggering landslides before heading toward Hong Kong and China.last_img read more

Indian warship arrives at Chattogram port

first_imgIndian warship ‘INS KORA’ arrived at Chittagong naval port on a five-day goodwill visit, BSS reports.Chittagong Naval Zone Chief Staff Officer Captain Kamal Nasser welcomed the ship in a traditional ceremony on Friday, said an ISPR press release.Indian naval officials are on the visit as part of the ongoing bilateral exchanges between Bangladesh and India.“The visit will further strengthen the friendship that has historically existed between the two Navies,” the release added.last_img

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 30 Speaker Straus Is Done

first_imgTexas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller wades into last week’s fight between President Trump and Gold Star family  Listen 00:00 /18:38 Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election. On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of: X Interim charges released by the Texas Legislature before they meet in 2019L.A. versus TX in baseball and a governors’ bet as the Dodgers take on the AstrosThen, the guys unpack the political bombshell of the week if not the century, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus decides not to run for re-election. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Rep. Dawnna Dukes has criminal charges dropped  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

Screening of Dunbar High Documentary

first_imgGumshoe Rumpus Productions is scheduled to host a premiere screening of Dunbar: The Alchemy of Achievement, An Oral History of America’s First Black Public High School” on March 31 at 6 p.m. at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The screening will be about the history of Dunbar High School and its notable graduates, including interviewswith Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Pulitzer-Prize Winning Washington Post writer Colbert I. King. There will be a Q&A after the film. Tickets cost $10 and seating is limited.last_img

2017 United In Hope Candlelight Service

first_imgRoberta’s House, a family greif support center is hosting a service of remembrance on December 8th. Many who lost a love ones can come to honor the memory of their deceased. The pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the celebrations is at 7 p.m. Performances are by Kondwani Fidel, Kendall Isadore, the Sing Sensations Youth Choir and more.   For more information call 410-235-6633last_img

EPaper Technology Has New Possibilities in Japan

first_img RFID tags deliver letters safely to destination The Toppan Printing Company offered the e-paper displays to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Communications Kanto Bureau of Telecommunications. Field testing was performed by having them displayed inside the Toshima Post Office and Higashi-Ikebukuro bus stop. The electronic paper installed inside the Toshima Post Office measured approximately 3.28 feet by 10.5 feet. The e-paper display featured 240 x 768 pixels with a pixel pitch of 4mm. This pixel arrangement was made by arranging 48 x 96-pixel electronic papers in eight horizontal rows and five vertical rows.At the Higashi-Ikebukuro bus stop a smaller display was used measuring approximately 2 feet by 1.3 feet. The e-paper display featured 144 x 96 pixels with a pixel pitch of 4mm. This display was created by arranging pieces of 48 x 96-pixel electronic paper in three vertical rows.The e-paper display in Toshima Post Office will be remaining on display until Jan 29, 2009. The testing is also serving as a promotion for the Toppan Printing Company in using electronic paper for digital signage. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: E-Paper Technology Has New Possibilities in Japan (2009, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-e-paper-technology-possibilities-japan.htmlcenter_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — On January 23, 2009 e-paper testing was started in Japan around Toshima Ward Office, which is just east of JR Ikebukuro Station. A wireless network was set up at the Toshima Life and Industry Plaza and served as the emergency hub for disseminating disaster information. The test was to see how effective an e-paper display system would be in case of a local disaster.last_img read more

Quantum physicist explains 100K offer for proof scaledup quantum computing is impossible

first_imgScott Aaronson Citation: Quantum physicist explains $100K offer for proof scaled-up quantum computing is impossible (2012, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-quantum-physicist-100k-proof-scaled-up.html (PhysOrg.com) — MIT researcher Scott Aaronson has certainly riled the physics community with his offer this past Friday, of $100,000 to anyone who can prove that scaled-up quantum computing is impossible. His original reason for doing so was, as he describes in his blog, due to adding his two cents to an argument between skeptic Gil Kalai and researcher Aram Harrow about assumptions regarding the Quantum Fault-Tolerance Theorem, on another blog, where he argued that refuting the idea of scalable quantum computing would amount to more than just taking apart the QFT Theorem; it would he suggested, mean coming up with a new version of physical reality. Then, because of the response he got from the blog owner, he felt compelled to defend his assertions in a rather bold and some might say, foolhardy way. Thus was born the $100,000 bet, or prize. Explore further Now, after some time has passed and many hundreds of comments posted, Aaronson has posted to IEEE Spectrum, about the deeper reasoning behind the prize offer.First he answers a query from IEEE’s Rachel Courtland, who wants to know why the possibility of a scaled up quantum computer has come up, and why does there need to be a prize about it?From his answer it appears it’s because, as a quantum physicist whose goal is to find a way to create a scaled up quantum computer, he gets an awful lot of comments on his blog questioning his career choice in light of the fact that there is no certainty that his goal is even achievable. Many of the posts have clearly irked him and he now in response, appears to be hoping that his daring those who throw stones from afar, will either pipe down, or simply go away. Or, perhaps, miraculously free him from his dream by proving that it’s an impossible one that will lead him and the rest of his colleagues to eventual embarrassment.It’s clear that Aaronson believes a means of building a true scaled up quantum computer will be found one day, and that the problem at this juncture, as Courtland points out, is more one of pouring additional resources into figuring out how to make it happen, rather than sitting around wondering if it’s possible. He points out that as everyone in the small community of quantum physicists knows, tiny quantum computers have already been built that can perform small, rather insignificant operations; hence the need for the “scalable” part of the prize. To win the money, someone would need to prove that what has been done so far, will never be done on a larger scale, i.e. building a quantum computer that can actually do useful stuff.It’s all a matter of decoherence he says, where the quantum parts of the computer must of necessity interact with those that are not. Thus, the issue is whether that one little problem can ever be overcome. He clearly thinks it can, while others think not. Aaronson just wants them to back up their reasoning with actual science.center_img Researchers conduct experimental implementation of quantum algorithm © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Dont Believe These 4 Customer Experience Myths

first_imgOctober 6, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Who is most qualified to weigh in on the quality of your mobile app’s experience? Hint: It’s no one on your dev team. It might not even be anyone at your company. The best judge and jury of your app’s user experience are real users. They’ll rate their experience later, when they finally get their hands on it. But, later isn’t the ideal time for you to find out you’re not delivering the goods.Related: I’m Buying Your Customer Experience, Not Your ProductThe biggest and best tech companies bring real users into every stage of their research process, from concept to release. Yet most companies have room to improve their customer experience, probably due to a few remaining myths surrounding how QA is done. Having built a career as a software tester and founded my own testing company, I’ve discovered that it pays to think differently when it comes to perfecting the customer experience. Here are a few of the myths I’ve debunked over the years:Myth 1: User stories deliver the best customer experience.Engineering and development teams know how their product works best. They made it, after all! In the testing stage, though, that kind of familiarity is like looking in a mirror. You can only judge your own image according to your own expectation of what you’ll see. What you need to know, however, is what other people see when they look at you.User stories tell how a feature should work in a given scenario. Internal testers can validate it. External testers, however, tell us if a feature worked in the scenario that matters most: theirs. User stories, after all, are speculation. Without external testers, you don’t know how users truly experience or fix your product. We’ve helped CBS Interactive, for example, to reproduce bugs that they may be aware of but don’t immediately know how to fix. Without an outsider perspective companies waste countless hours trying to reproduce bugs instead of actually fixing them, but it doesn’t have to be that way.User experience is inherently personal. Think about who really knows how you, personally, use each room in your home — whether you like to read in the sunroom, or do most of your socializing at the kitchen counter. It’s not the architect, nor the contractor — it’s you. Similarly, the people who know the real paths they take in your product’s workflow may not your dev team. It’s the people you hope will take the journey.Related: If You’re Asking Customers How You Can Help, It’s Too LateMyth 2: Beta testers make great QA testers.Your beta testers share something very special with your developers and QA team: experience and understanding of your app. That experience is a great thing until you’re looking for a fresh perspective. Knowing how you have used an app in the past will influence how you use it today. Another analogy: The first time a child sees a gate, she doesn’t know that the latch opens it, much less how. In fact, she might not even want to go through the gate at all. She might even try to use it for something else, like a climbing ladder.Your app’s beta testers are no different. They have expectations and familiar routes. They are already conditioned to working around what might have once been less intuitive. A lot of the time they don’t know how to reproduce issues or don’t know how to find the key technical causes of a bug. Since beta testers tend to look at the app from their point of view — which may be different than most of your customers — they don’t always make a difference in QA.New users are a blank slate. They can tell you that your gate’s lock is not intuitive. They are much more aware when anything isn’t the best it can be — or when what they needed was a ladder, but you gave them a gate.Related: You Can Collect Customer Data and Deliver a Better Experience Without Violating PrivacyMyth 3: QA teams can perfectly envision the customer’s perspective.The best customer experience improvements come from a combination of internal resources and real-life users. You want quality pros at the helm whenever possible. They provide structure, process, consistency and guidance. But, recruiting a fresh perspective for feedback can help broaden the narrow view of internal testers. Whether they’re validating app functionality or providing feedback about your implementation, real users across a range of demographics, devices and experience levels give great insight into your app by simply executing their tests in the wild, as only they can.Apart from the service we provide, our clients find value in our weekly bug reports and regular check-ins so they can understand their strengths and weaknesses in the development cycle, not simply check another box on the way to a build release. Teams like Outlook Mobile and Salesforce know that a single test cycle could reveal a bug that capable of upending development priorities or even causing teams to recognize and fix it. Reporting doesn’t just save time — it saves money, too.Related: Why Customer Experience Is Your Key to SuccessMyth 4: Enhancing customer experience isn’t a development priority.The inherent speed of agile methodologies doesn’t negate the need for a killer customer experience — just as having timely QA doesn’t negate the need for testers to crush hidden bugs. While some organizations save QA for the end of development, it deserves the budget and resources of the whole engineering team. Consider this: Most companies spend 31 percent or more of their IT budget on QA and testing. If you’re not there yet, you definitely have the opportunity to enhance QA’s impact on the customer experience.Companies like Lyft are now competing exclusively on the customer experience. They realize that quality is so essential to their brand that they can’t afford for testing to be a “nice to have.” If your QA team is overwhelmed with projects or your app rating has plateaued, ask yourself: Which customer experience myth are you buying into?Related Video: The Difference Between Customer Service and Customer Experience Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Asia by Goway launches Romance Thailand campaign

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Asia by Goway launches Romance Thailand campaign Posted by TORONTO — Asia by Goway has launched its Romance Thailand Campaign with bonus upgrade offers.“What the world needs now, is ‘love, sweet love’! You would think it was February with all the love that Goway is showering around,” says the company.Goway has chosen four of its most popular programs for the campaign, highlighting Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.Goway has secured bonus upgrades for these destinations, starting with room upgrades from plunge pool suites to pool villas, and deluxe river view rooms.Goway says its partners in Thailand have also offered some great value for these superior room types so that clients can get the full comfort of a romantic stay.Each resort and hotel – eight in total – is also offering value-adds to enhance each couple’s stay. These include 60- and 90-minute massages, spa treatments, dinner options (including one that comes with butler service), cooking classes with an executive chef and plus food and beverage credits.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backA variety of packages are available, either pairing Bangkok with one of Thailand’s famous beach destinations, or delivering the full Thailand experience with an additional stay in Chiang Mai. Prices start at $2,189 out of Vancouver for City and Beach with Phuket.To be eligible for this offer, clients must book by Sept. 30.center_img Tags: Asia Pacific, Romance & Weddings, Thailand Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Rep Kelly announces three area recreational grant recommendations

first_img19Dec Rep. Kelly announces three area recreational grant recommendations State Rep. Tim Kelly today said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended funding for three Saginaw County park projects.Kelly, of Saginaw Township, said the proposed grants totaling $881,200 will pay for two trail improvements and one land acquisition. Funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“This is an excellent use of money generated from land leases in concert with local governments that provides recreational opportunities for families across the state,” Kelly said. “Projects like this enable families to go outside and play among our abundant natural resources.”Recommended projects are:Purchase of three acres in Thomas Township to expand the township nature preserve. The land will become the main entrance to the park with parking and a building for the nature center. The cost is $372,000.A $209,200 grant to develop a trailhead with a parking lot and amenities, providing access to the south of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail.Development of an observation trail at Riverfront Park in Saginaw, that includes a universally accessible trail from the parking lot to the top of the large hill located in the center of the property. This project will offer people the chance to observe seasonal colors at the park as well as the abundant wildlife in the area. The development will cost $300,000.Kelly said the Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.##### Categories: Kelly News,Newslast_img read more

Russian service provider ERTelecom had 1747 mill

first_imgRussian service provider ER-Telecom had 1.747 million TV subscribers at the end of last year, up 43% compared with 2010.Broadband internet customers numbered 1.899 million, up 39%, while fixed-line phone subscribers numbered 265,000, up 98%. ER-Telecom made a number of significant acquisitions in the course of the year.Revenue from TV services amounted to RUB2.868 billion (€72 million), while broadband revenues amounted to RUB6.166 billion.Overall revenues were RUB9.688 billion, up 43%. The company has set a target of winning a 20% share of the country’s internet and pay TV business by 2014. ER-Telecom envisages further investments to the amount of US$500 million (€381 million) to help it reach this target.ER-Telecom’s customers base at the end of the year was 3.9 million.last_img read more