Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Herm Edwards, ESPN NFL insider At 7-2, the Arizona Cardinals have the second-best record in the NFC behind the undefeated Carolina Panthers.But ESPN Analyst and former NFL head coach, Herm Edwards thinks otherwise when it comes to the Cardinals.“They’re probably the most talented team as far as both sides of the football,” Edwards told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 on Tuesday.Through Week 10, the Cardinals lead the NFL in total offense, averaging 421.1 yards per game. On the other side of the ball, they rank third in total defense, allowing an average of 316.1 yards per game. 0 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington leaps into the end zone for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling They also lead the league in interceptions alongside the Panthers and the Giants, with 14 so far this season.“They have offensive talent at the skill positions as well as the running backs. They’ve got an outstanding defense as well. So I think when you look at their roster, compared to everyone else’s roster, I would say they’re probably the most talented team,” Edwards said.However, Edwards said that there’s a difference between being the most talented team and being the best team. But he’s not counting the Cardinals out of the conversation.“Whether they’re the best or not, we’ll find out because the best will actually be in the Super Bowl,” Edwards said. “Because you’re going to have to go through a gauntlet of games and I think they’re applying to do that with Carson Palmer being healthy.”The Cardinals’ win at Seattle on Sunday was proof of how valuable Palmer is to Arizona. Edwards said that how Arizona head coach, Bruce Arians responded to Palmer’s two costly turnovers in back-to-back series in the fourth quarter was evidence of the confidence that the Cardinals have in their quarterback.“Most quarterbacks would go in the tank and the coach wouldn’t allow him to continue to throw the ball,” Edwards said. “That wasn’t the mindset of Bruce at all. He trusted the quarterback.” Palmer ranks second in the league in yards per attempt, passing touchdowns and passer rating in addition to having the top Total Quarterback Rating in the NFL.So where do the rest of the Cardinals fall on the NFL Leaderboards?Here are some of the standouts through Week 10.Carson PalmerQBR 82.3 (1st)Passer Rating: 108 (2nd)Total Yards: 2,749 (4th)Yards/Attempt: 8.9 (2nd)Touchdowns: 23 (2nd)Chris JohnsonRushing Yards: 734 (2nd)Rushing Yards/Game: 81.6 (4th)Larry FitzgeraldReceptions 20+ Yards: 14 (3rd)Receiving TDs: 7 (4th)Receiving First Downs: 41 (5th)Receiving Yards: 836 (5th)Receiving Yards/Game: 92.9 (6th)Chandler CatanzaroExtra Points: 34 (1st)Points/Game: 9 (3rd)Total Points: 82 (4th)David JohnsonLongest Kickoff Return: 108 (1st)Yards on Kickoff Returns: 469 (4th)Average Kickoff Return: 27.6 (4th)Deone BucannonTackles: 51 (12th)Tyrann MathieuPasses Defended: 12 (7th)Interceptions: 3 (9th)Tackles: 47 (17th)Rashad JohnsonInterceptions: 4 (3rd),Justin BethelForced Fumbles: 4 (1st) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Jean-René FourtouVivendi president Jean-René Fourtou has given a commitment to Bouygues proprietor Martin Bouygues to study his new offer for telecom group SFR before agreeing to a deal with rival bidder Altice/Numericable, according to French reports.According to Le Figaro, Fourtou told Bouygues earlier this week that Vivendi’s management will examine the new offer with “all necessary rigour” while conforming to its existing commitment to negotiate exclusively with Altice for a period of three weeks.Vivendi’s management are trying to judge what is seen as a difficult balance between maintaining their commitment to Altice, respecting the interests of minority shareholders and employees, and avoiding legal action threatened by Bouygues if its offer is not given proper consideration.It is believed that Vivendi is unlikely to sign a deal before April 4, when its exclusivity commitment with Altice expires.
Orange in Poland is to extend its fibre network to 10 additional cities, the company has announced.The operator plans to build out its network in the cities of Bielsko-Biala, Czestochowa, Gdynia, Gorzow Wielkopolski, Kielce, Olsztyn, Radom, Rzeszow, Toruń and Włocławek. Orange says that it plans to take its fibre network past 3.5 million homes by 2018, up from 820,000 today.The Orange fibre network is currently available in 16major cities including Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice, Lodz, Bydgoszcz and Elblag.The company’s 4G mobile network in Poland already covers 90% of the country’s population, with plans to extend this to 98% by the end of the year.
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Are we in a bear market or a bull market? If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know that U.S. stocks have had a wild ride this year. The S&P got off to a horrible start in 2016, plunging 11% in just six weeks. But since mid-February, stocks have staged a huge bounce, climbing 13%. Regular readers know we’ve been skeptical of this big rally. We’ve argued that until the S&P 500 sets a new high, there’s little reason to be bullish. And we just got another clue that this rally is “suspect”…• The initial public offering (IPO) market is at financial-crisis lows… An IPO is when a private company goes public by selling stock to investors. The health of the IPO market can say a lot about the state of the stock market. Buying stock at its IPO is typically a high risk, high potential move. IPOs have a lot of potential because they’re often involved in a new or exciting business. Many investors who buy are hoping to get in early on the next Starbucks, Facebook, or Google. However, IPOs are also very risky. The companies are often based on new or unproven business models. Many companies with an IPO are losing money every quarter. Some barely earn any revenue at all. More often than not, investors who buy IPOs are buying hopes and dreams, not stable, profitable business. When markets are healthy, investors are more willing to take a chance at buying an IPO. But when markets are shaky, IPOs tend to do poorly, as investors seek safer, more stable investments.• The number of U.S. IPOs plunged to a seven-year low last quarter… Investor’s Business Daily reported on Wednesday. Just eight IPOs got out the door in Q1, down 76% from 34 in Q1 2015. That was the fewest IPOs since Q1 2009, which had just one. The $700 million in proceeds raised was the lowest total in 20 years, down 87% from the $5.5 billion raised in Q1 2015, according to Renaissance Capital, which manages two IPO-focused exchange-traded funds. Like us, The Wall Street Journal thinks this is a bad omen for the rest of the stock market.[I]f the pace of IPOs doesn’t accelerate, it could be a warning sign for the rally.• The U.S. IPO market is heading toward its worst year since the financial crisis… On Tuesday, VentureBeat reported that just 24 companies have filed for IPOs this year. You can see in the chart below that the IPO market is on track to have its worst year since 2008. • We warned that the IPO market was slowing in October… Back then, the IPO market was just starting to show cracks. The S&P 500 was coming off its first 10% decline in four years. Companies are hesitant to go public when markets are volatile, because nervous investors are less likely to buy shares in an IPO. We also noted that several high-profile companies either cancelled or postponed their IPOs. Supermarket chain Albertsons, which delayed going public in October, still hasn’t had its IPO.• Casey Research founder Doug Casey said to avoid one of the year’s most anticipated IPOs… The Italian carmaker Ferrari (RACE) went public on October 21. Days before the IPO, Doug urged readers of The Casey Report to not buy the stock. Ferrari is going to have an IPO on its stock soon. A smart move on their part; when the ducks are quacking, you should feed them. I wouldn’t touch it if your broker offers you some… Doug’s call was spot-on. Ferrari’s stock has plunged 25% since its IPO. • Most of last year’s IPOs have been huge disappointments… Investor’s Business Daily reports: Among all IPOs of 2015, their stocks are down 18% on average from their IPO price and down 28% after the first trading day, Renaissance says.• Instead of buying IPOs, investors have been buying “defensive” stocks… For example, utility stocks have jumped 13% this year. The S&P 500 is up just 1%. As Dispatch readers know, utilities tend to perform well when markets are shaky. No matter how bad the economy gets, folks still need running water, electricity, and gas to heat their homes. Investors often pile into utility stocks for safety. Consumer staple stocks, which sell things like groceries, toothpaste, and laundry detergent, have also done well this year. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP), which tracks 39 consumer staple stocks, is up 5%. It hit an all-time high on Wednesday. Like water and electricity, folks buy these items no matter what’s happening with the economy.• Investors are also buying gold… As we often say, gold is money. It’s preserved wealth through economic depressions, currency crises, and every other kind of financial disaster. Investors often buy gold when they’re concerned about the economy or stocks. This year, the price of gold is up 16%. Yesterday, gold closed its best quarter since 1986.• Gold is the ultimate defensive asset… Even though utilities and consumer staple stocks are less risky than most stocks, they’re still stocks. They generally move with the rest of the market. During the 2008 financial crisis, the S&P 500 plunged 57%. Utilities fell 49%. Consumer staple stocks fell 34%. Gold only fell 29%. And in the aftermath of the crisis, gold recovered much more quickly than stocks. It went on to surge 167% from November 2008 to September 2011.• Today, gold is coming off a five-year bear market… It’s down 36% from its 2011 high. But as we mentioned earlier, gold has taken off this year. In case you missed it, Casey Research founder Doug Casey recently wrote an essay explaining why gold could easily triple. You can read it here. • There’s more risk than opportunity in U.S. stocks right now… The S&P 500 has climbed 205% since March 2009. That’s far more than the average gain of 136% for U.S. bull markets since 1932. The S&P 500 is also 56% more expensive than its historic average, according to the long-term CAPE valuation ratio. U.S. stocks have only been more expensive three times in history: before the Great Depression…during the dot-com bubble…and leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. Investors who buy U.S. stocks today are betting that the market keeps breaking records. That’s not a gamble we want to make. On top of owning gold, we encourage you to set aside cash. This will help you avoid major losses should U.S. stocks fall. And it will put you in a position to buy stocks when they get cheaper.• You could also make money “shorting” one of America’s most vulnerable industries… “Shorting” a stock is betting that it will go down. E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, recently recommended shorting a major American airline. The airline industry has been booming since the 2008–2009 financial crisis. But E.B. thinks the good times are coming to an end. In short, E.B. thinks the industry boomed on cheap credit, and that it will suffer huge losses when the easy money stops flowing. E.B is targeting the most vulnerable U.S. airline. The company’s stock has surged an incredible 1,600% since March 2009. That’s eight times the return of the S&P 500. But like most stocks, it’s gone nowhere this year. It hasn’t set a new high since May. E.B. thinks this stock could plunge more than 50%. You can get in on this trade by signing up for The Casey Report. Click here to begin your risk-free trial. Chart of the Day Investors have turned bearish on biotech stocks… Today’s chart shows the performance of the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB), which tracks 189 biotechnology companies. Biotech companies develop or manufacture new drugs. Some of these companies are trying to cure diseases like cancer, HIV, and Alzheimer’s. Because a successful new drug can be worth billions of dollars, biotech stocks can soar hundreds of percent in short periods. But they are also very risky. Most young biotech companies only have one or two products. And many biotech companies don’t make any money. Biotechs are the type of stocks investors like to own in a strong bull market. Between March 2009 and July 2015, IBB surged 574%. The S&P 500 gained 215% over that time. Since July, IBB has plunged 34%. It’s trading at its lowest price since October 2014. The selloff in risky biotech stocks is more proof that investors have gone on the defensive.
Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida’s Walton County, is a quiet place with sugar-white sand, a pleasant surf and signs warning visitors to stay out. The largely rural county on Florida’s panhandle is at the center of a battle over one of the state’s most precious resources: its beaches. Most of the 26 miles of beaches are already privately owned. As of July 1, homeowners with beachfront property in Walton County can declare their beach private and off limits to the public. The new law has sparked a standoff between wealthy homeowners and other local residents.In Walton County and in Tallahassee, where Governor Rick Scott signed it into law, an earlier version of the bill was known as the “Huckabee amendment.” Fox News commentator and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has a beachfront house in Santa Rosa Beach. Since the bill went into effect, opponents of the law have speculated about Huckabee’s role in getting it passed. In January emails to Kathleen Passidomo, the bill’s sponsor in Florida’s Senate, Huckabee thanked her for helping protect property rights from what he called “‘customary use’ abuse.” “Having grown up dirt poor in Arkansas, I never thought I would see saltwater in person, much less live on a beach,” Huckabee writes. But he says he’s been appalled on what he’s found on his beach property. “I’ve found used condoms on my walk-down, glass bottles broken, dog feces, litter. Sharp tent poles that can cut bare feet and worse. Large tents with large groups with boom boxes make using my own property very difficult during high season.”In a follow-up email, Huckabee accurately predicts a backlash to the law. “I’m certain there will be a flood of political pressure to stop your bill because there are only 900 beachfront owners and many of them only live part time there.”That political pressure was on display this past weekend when Governor Scott, who’s now running for the U.S. Senate, scheduled a campaign appearance at a donut shop in Santa Rosa Beach. About a dozen protestors concerned about beach access showed up and Scott’s campaign changed its schedule, skipping the donut shop.The protests have been going on since shortly after the law went into effect. Last month, Daniel Uhlfelder was part of a group enjoying the sun and sand on a private beach in defiance of the law. They had just begun unfolding their chairs and putting up their umbrellas when Uhlfelder says a security guard hired by a nearby development told them they’d have to leave. “I said, ‘We’re not going to leave.’ He called the police. The police came. The police took everyone’s drivers’ licenses and asked if we’re leaving. We said, ‘We’re not leaving.'”Uhlfelder and other beach access activists are determined to challenge the new law. Up to now, their fight has been largely focused in Santa Rosa Beach at an upscale development called Vizcaya. Large houses overlooking the beach here rent for thousands of dollars a week. The president of the homeowners association, Bill Hackmeyer, says, “There are a lot of public beaches and there are a bunch of parks around here for the public. But there are some beaches like Vizcaya that are private beaches.” Hackmeyer is a conservative and outspoken property rights advocate who on this day is wearing an Ayn Rand t-shirt. Because the beach here is privately owned, Hackmeyer says people who don’t live in Vizcaya are legally only allowed on an area of wet sand near the water’s edge. “People can walk up and down the wet sand and they can sit on the wet sand,” Hackmeyer says. “They can’t sit on the dry sand.”When they do, it’s considered trespassing. The homeowner association’s security guard asks them to move. If they don’t, he calls the sheriff’s department. Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson says his deputies explain the law and, when necessary, ask beachgoers to move to a public beach. Despite demands from Hackmeyer and other homeowners, no arrests have been made. Adkinson says, “No one has (gone) to jail in Walton County for trespassing on the beach ever.”Like Daniel Uhlfelder and other open beach activists, local county officials don’t like the new law. For more than a century, the public enjoyed largely unrestricted access to the beaches in Walton County. County attorney Sidney Noyes says, under a legal concept known as “customary use,” it doesn’t matter who owns the beach. “If we can establish that the public has customarily used the beach,” she says, “the idea is that the beachfront property owner cannot exclude the public as long as the public is using it for traditional recreational uses.”Over the last decade, big changes have come to this quiet stretch of the Florida panhandle. The area has caught the eyes of developers and wealthy buyers looking for a beachfront getaway, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and GOP political consultant Karl Rove. More and more “private beach” signs have sprouted at new developments in Walton County. Some even have erected fences and gates on their beaches.For County Administrator Larry Jones, it’s a troubling trend. Preserving public access to beaches he says is at the heart of the local economy. “Simply put, the beach is the attraction,” Jones says. “It’s a multimillion proposition that brings thousands and thousands and thousands of jobs, three million tourists a year that spend an awful lot of money here.” To protect its economic interests, the county passed an ordinance asserting the public’s right to access private beaches. In response, wealthy homeowners pushed for a bill that was approved by the state legislature, essentially undoing the county law. The county is now holding hearings and writing a new ordinance establishing the public’s right to use private beaches. But it’s likely to take many months and face legal challenges. In the meantime, activists like Rachel Reichenbach say they’ll keep pressuring the state to repeal the law and open the beaches to all. She says, “This is important not only for our access as people to our beaches that we’ve always had access to, but it’s critical for our economy.” For Florida Governor Rick Scott, who signed the bill into law, it’s also become a political issue. Scott is running for the U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. Nelson was on Santa Rosa Beach last month, calling on the Governor to convene a special session of the legislature to fix a law that’s now a hot button issue on the Florida panhandle. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Leading disabled figures have warned that the chancellor’s “ominous” failure to mention disability or social care in this week’s budget could be a sign that he plans to target disabled people’s support and services for fresh cuts.George Osborne promised £12 billion-a-year in further cuts from the welfare budget, and £13 billion in other cuts, without providing any detail on where they would be made.But there was also anger at the failure of the Labour leadership to mention disabled people in its response to the budget speech.GAlthough Osborne promised more money for mental health treatment, some disabled activists were also concerned at measures that hinted again that claimants with mental health conditions could face compulsory treatment if they wanted to keep their benefits.Osborne told MPs that the coalition had made £21 billion of welfare savings in the last five years, but that even more would be needed after the May general election.In addition to £13 billion of cuts to government departmental spending, and £5 billion from “tax avoidance, evasion and aggressive tax planning”, he also wants to see £12 billion more in cuts to social security by 2017-18, telling MPs: “We have done it in this parliament; we can do it in the next.”The Treasury said later that it could not provide any detail on where the welfare cuts would come from, as this would be a “political decision” for the next government.But in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Osborne repeated the pledge he made at last year’s Conservative party conference that he would freeze working-age benefits after the election.He told Today that this would not affect disability benefits, but when he made the same promise at the party conference, Disability News Service later confirmed that his plans would include a freeze – a real-terms cut – on some disability benefits.If the policy has not changed since the party conference, disability living allowance, personal independence payment, and the support element of employment and support allowance (ESA) would still be allowed to increase every year to take account of rising prices, but the work-related activity component of ESA and the main component of ESA would be frozen.The Conservative party has yet to comment on whether this policy has changed.Osborne did announce an extra £1.25 billion over the next five years for mental health services for children and new mothers.This will include funding to complete the roll-out of the Children and Young People’s Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies programme, which will, according to the budget document, ensure “talking therapists in every part of the country providing the best quality treatment for children”.But there was concern at the implications of a new package of measures to improve “employment outcomes” for people with mental health conditions.From this summer, the government will begin to locate “talking therapists” in more than 350 jobcentres, to “provide integrated employment and mental health support” to claimants with mental health conditions.And from early 2016, it will provide online cognitive behavioural therapy to 40,000 ESA and jobseeker’s allowance claimants, as well as individuals being supported by the new Fit for Work service.Rick Burgess, co-founder of New Approach, said he believed this would mean “wholly unethical” coerced treatment.The Conservative party has already commissioned a review to look at the possibility of cutting out-of-work disability benefits for people with obesity and addictions who refuse treatment, and has refused to say if the review will also consider mental health conditions.Although Labour leader Ed Miliband warned in his response to the budget that a Conservative government would force “massive cuts” to social care, he only spoke about older people, and not working-age disabled people, and there was no mention of disability elsewhere in his speech.Only two MPs mentioned disability – the SNP’s Stewart Hosie and Labour’s Sheila Gilmore – and even then only briefly, in the five-and-a-half hour debate that followed Osborne’s speech. The disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell said it was difficult to know how disabled people would be affected by the last budget before May’s general election, because Osborne had not referred to any groups that would be affected by cuts such as the £12 billion from welfare.She said: “I must admit, a chill went down my spine as I read the statement in full yesterday; the virtual absence of any tangible mention of the NHS, social care and poverty prevention measures, does not bode well.“It feels like one needs to be super fit, have an entrepreneurial drive and rely on as few public services as possible to be untouched by this budget.“For those who don’t fit this profile, well, they will probably be consigned to the same invisibility as the missing areas in the budget…”Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives and professor of social policy at Brunel University, said there was little if any mention of disabled people in the budget, with the focus instead on the “divvying out of large cash sums to buy votes”.He said the need for austerity was only mentioned “when it’s in line with Conservative ideological ambitions to hack away the welfare state… but not when it’s all hands to the pumps to make sure the Tories can get re-elected to continue with this terrible task”.He said that the Institute for Fiscal Studies had suggested that the Treasury would need to find “unprecedented” welfare savings over the next three years for the government to achieve its public spending plans.He added: “What this will mean for disabled people, let alone the country as a whole, doesn’t bear thinking about. This must be the most divisive government and budget in recent memory.”Philip Connolly, policy and development manager for Disability Rights UK, said: “In his budget speech the chancellor says Britain is walking tall again.“There are two ways of walking tall, firstly by getting up off the floor and secondly by climbing on the backs of others. The budget contains elements of both.“In the former, we support the new funding for mental health services; in the second, we oppose the cap on welfare spending and projected £12 billion of planned cuts in welfare spending of which the only detail the chancellor has so far made public is a freeze on working-age benefits.“Of course, the right way to walk tall is through being voluntarily lifted by all those able to contribute to the lifting.“In this approach, disabled people would be given agency to contract for effective support and wider choice over who and where to obtain it from.”Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, a crossbench disabled peer, highlighted the lack of clarity in where the cuts would be made, such as social care.And she said she would like the “very major changes” already made to the social security system to “bed in before we go through it all again” with further welfare reforms, while she wanted to see the problems with the number of appeals and poor decision-making on benefit claims addressed “as a matter of urgency”.John McArdle, co-founder of the Scottish-based, user-led group Black Triangle, said that disabled people “were dying due to the cuts already carried out to disabled people’s support, estimated by a Scope report to be more than £28 billion [by 2018]”.He pointed to comments this week by Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, who said that social care was “on its knees”, with budget cuts meaning that “there are now 400,000 fewer people getting publicly funded social care help”.McArdle said: “It’s clear that disabled people are bearing the brunt of Osborne’s austerity. His long-term economic plan means long-term misery for sick and disabled people in Britain.”But he said that the refusal of Labour’s shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, to promise to reverse any of the budget measures was “even more disturbing”, and he suggested that “the cuts that are to come will be far larger than anything we have seen over the last five years, under either Labour or the Conservatives”.He said: “The only hope that we hold out is that there will be a strong representation of SNP MPs at Westminster to fight back against unconscionable policies that are destroying the lives of sick and disabled people throughout Britain.”Michelle Maher, from the WOWcampaign, said Osborne’s budget speech was “ominous”, because it failed to mention the words “sick”, “carer”, “disabled” or “disability”.She said: “What did feature was the £12 billion welfare cuts which for sick, disabled and carers means more cuts to services and support.“I believe Osborne purposely avoided using the word ‘disabled’ so as usual his plans could not appear inhumane.”And she accused the government of hiding behind “a rhetoric of spin and lies”, illustrated by its failure to carry out an assessment of the cumulative impact of its cuts and reforms on disabled people.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said it was “profoundly disappointing” that there was no mention in the speech of the impact that £12 billion of welfare cuts might have on disabled people.She added: “There was also no mention in the speech about providing money to get step-free access installed at the 80 per cent of UK railway stations and 75 per cent of tube stations that have no proper access.”19 March 2015
Next Article Memos on the Go Add to Queue How to capture ideas and reminders when you’re in transit–using tools you may already have. Brought to you by PCWorld You’re in the car. Jogging in your neighborhood. Or snorkeling in Hawaii. Boom–you get a great idea. How do you capture it while it’s still fresh?If you’re snorkeling in Hawaii, poor thing, you’ll just have to scribble something in the sand. In those other scenarios, however, recording a brief voice memo often does the trick. There are several ways to accomplish that–often using the cell phone you may already have with you.Get Your Voice Mail TranscribedMany people call their own phones to leave themselves voice memos and reminders. But here’s a new twist: Have those memos automatically transcribed into text.For example, I use Vonage’s VOIP phone service (plans begin at $15/monthly). Vonage offers a Visual Voicemail feature that automatically transcribes each voice-mail message into text, which is inserted into the body of an e-mail. The transcriptions cost 25 cents per message. In my experience, the service usually does a good job of accurately transcribing messages. You can compare an example of a voice memo with its transcription on my blog Traveler 2.0.I’ve used Vonage to dictate memos and reminders. Using my Palm Treo, I speed-dial my office number, hit the # key to bypass my greeting, and start talking. Within a few minutes after I hang up, an e-mail arrives with the memo transcribed. The recording of my memo is attached as a .wav file, which I can delete, archive, or forward to someone else via e-mail. (A .wav file offers slightly better audio quality than MP3 voice recordings, but .wav files tend to be bigger, too.) For more on Vonage’s offering, read my review.Vonage is only one way to get voice mail transcribed into text. Jott is a free online service that lets you send messages to yourself and others over the phone. Messages are transcribed into text and sent to you via e-mail and text message. You must go to the Jott Web site to play the audio recordings, however. Read Steve Bass’s review.Other options include GotVoice Premium or Business services, SimulScribe, and Phonewire. (Worth noting: Vonage uses SimulScribe’s speech recognition technology.) Each of these services works with cell phones and landlines. You’ll pay a monthly fee, about $5 and up, and may be charged for messages or phone minutes used beyond your plan’s allotment. For example, Phonewire’s $9 monthly plan includes only 30 minutes; additional minutes are 69 cents each. You have to set up call forwarding for Phonewire to retrieve your messages, however.Aside from additional costs with some services, the memo-as-transcribed-voice-mail strategy has other downsides. Airline travelers can’t leave themselves voice mail while in flight. Lengthy voice-mail messages may not be entirely transcribed; Vonage has sometimes thrown in the towel with messages longer than half a minute or so. Also, when you’re calling from a noisy environment–such as an airport departure gate–transcription accuracy suffers a bit.Use Your Smart Phone As a Voice RecorderSome smart phones, such as the Palm Centro and most Windows Mobile devices, come with basic software for recording voice memos. Third-party software for recording voice memos offers additional features. Among them:VR+ ($25) is a voice recording utility for BlackBerry and other phones. The software lets you capture and e-mail recordings, and the developer (Shape Services) lets you upload and store messages to a Web server at no charge.CallRec 5.2 ($20) gives Palm OS users more features than the Voice Memo program included on many Palms, such as the ability to record phone conversations (always ask the other party’s approval first, of course).Resco Audio Recorder ($25) for Windows Mobile devices records voice memos and music. The software maker claims the program will also automatically record phone calls.Apple’s iPhone currently doesn’t come with voice memo capabilities. But the iPhone Voice Memo from MyVox, a Safari widget, promises to fill that void.Carry Around a Digital Voice RecorderIf you need to make lots of lengthy voice memos, it’s probably time for a digital voice recorder. If you go this route, get a recorder that works with Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software on a PC, to transcribe your recordings into text.Note: Consumer software such as NaturallySpeaking can transcribe only one person’s voice at a time. You can’t hit the Record button in a meeting and expect to get an accurate transcription of what every attendee said.Last fall I reviewed Sony’s ICD-SX57; in most cases I was satisfied with the memo-to-transcription results. The ICD-SX57 is about $124 to $144 online. Sony has announced a newer model, the ICD-SX68DR9; the main difference is that the newer model has twice the internal memory of the older. As of this writing, the ICD-SX68DR9 was available from SonyStyle.com and Amazon.com for $200 but not many other online retailers.Mobile Computing News, Reviews & TipsBlackBerry Pearl 8120 Sets a New Standard: RIM’s latest Pearl, the 8120, is the first BlackBerry device to offer Wi-Fi and memory expansion with a MicroSD slot. The handheld offers superb software for multimedia management and an improved camera that captures video and stills. Alas, the Pearl 8120 is available only to AT&T Wireless corporate customers ($200 with a two-year contract; $350 unlocked).What Will $1K Buy in a Laptop? Get a look at some of the latest sub-$1000 laptops in our photo gallery. Among the notebooks featured are HP’s Pavilion dv2660se, which offers so-so performance but great battery life and easy expansion.The MacBook Air’s a Hot Laptop–Literally: Apple recently issued a software patch designed to address complaints about the MacBook Air’s tendency to freeze up due to overheating (and if you understand how overheating can cause a freeze, you’ve been using computers too long). Some MacBook Air users complain the patch isn’t helping, though.Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. 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Marketers Can Now Join Multiple Data Sources into a Single Source via Snowflake Secure Data Sharing for Real-Time, Scalable, and Secure Data InsightsBraze, the leading global customer engagement platform, and Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, announced a partnership that will provide marketers with improved data agility and customer engagement benchmarks. For the first time, Braze and Snowflake customers can now join multiple sources of data via Snowflake Secure Data Sharing, giving brands the ability to examine customer engagement data across their ecosystem. In addition, Braze is launching Braze Benchmarks, a new, interactive data tool powered by the Snowflake Data Exchange that gives any marketer access to customer engagement benchmarks.Consumers expect seamless brand experiences regardless of touchpoint. In order to meet these expectations, brands need to be able to synthesize data from disparate sources and locations for a holistic view of their customer. Through Secure Data Sharing, brands can now leverage Snowflake’s patented data architecture to combine multiple data sources into a single source and share data instantaneously through a framework that eliminates the need for costly and labor-intensive manual data sharing approaches. This industry-first capability will result in real-time, scalable data for brands and more human and personalized experiences for consumers.“When we started using Snowflake, we realized the benefits of the company’s unique architecture through superior time-to-value, scale, and security,” said Jon Hyman, cofounder and CTO of Braze. “We quickly saw two immediate opportunities to work together: we could provide a turnkey business intelligence solution for our customers, and we could help our customers benchmark their engagement performance against their industry.”Marketing Technology News: US Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic $479 Million in 2018, an Increase of 53% over Prior Year, According to IAB & PwC ResearchTo build, sustain and optimize an effective customer experience strategy, marketers need to have a comprehensive view of how campaigns perform against the rest of the industry. However, there hasn’t been a single source of truth, until today. Braze Benchmarks examines anonymous, aggregated mobile, web, and email engagement data from more than 600 brands across our EU and U.S. clusters to calculate monthly, quarterly, and yearly engagement rates by industry. These statistics span two years from the current date and include data from over 1,380,000 marketing campaigns to give marketers access to customer experience benchmarks in real-time. Marketers will be able to access these benchmarks in Snowflake Data Exchange or on Braze’s website to have a comprehensive view across:Channel: push notification and email;Platform: Android, iOS, and web; andThirteen industries: delivery services, eCommerce, education, entertainment, finance, gaming, health, lifestyle, restaurants, retail, technology, transportation, and travel.Marketing Technology News: Box Maintains Aggressive Revenue Growth in Q1; Reveals Loyal Customers Continue to Drive Sales“Data is the lifeblood of Braze’s business, as their customers need to have access to huge datasets in order to build compelling experiences,” said Justin Langseth, vice president of data sharing business development at Snowflake. “It’s been exciting to work with Braze as a customer and now as a partner. We are thrilled that our efforts will result in better experiences for leading global brands.”Braze will be presenting at the Snowflake Summit on June 4, 3:30 p.m. PT. In the session titled “How to Create New Data Products That Accelerate Time to Insight,” Hyman, Braze VP of Growth Spencer Burke, and Turner Senior Tech Director Vikram Marathe will discuss how access to real-time data can unlock new opportunities for brands.Marketing Technology News: Jeff Herrera Announced as Chief Marketing Officer at Annex Cloud Braze Partners with Snowflake to Provide Customers with Improved Data Agility and Customer Engagement Benchmarks PRNewswireJune 5, 2019, 11:35 pmJune 5, 2019 Brazecustomer engagement platformMarketing TechnologyNewsSnowflakeSnowflake Secure Data Sharing Previous ArticleFormAssembly’s New $10 Million Series A Funding Aimed at Helping Organizations Safely Navigate Data Collection in an Age of RegulationNext ArticleDemandGen Launches New Data Management and Implementation Services for RingLead Customers