David Bowie exhibition to be turned into virtual reality tour

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Fans of the late singer David Bowie will soon be able to experience his extraordinary life, work, and legacy through the digital technology of augmented and virtual reality. The record-breaking museum exhibition, David Bowie Is, is being turned into an ‘augmented and virtual reality tour’ that brings the exhibition to viewers around the world through an application on their smartphones.

The augmented reality application of the David Bowie Is exhibition will be released for iOS and Android platforms on January 8th, 2019, to mark what would have been Bowie’s 72nd birthday, with the virtual reality version to be released at a later date with final additions being made by the VR company‌ ‌involved.

David Bowie was one of the most iconic singer-songwriters of the 20th century. His endlessly innovative music gained him artistic acclaim, commercial success, and worldwide stardom. In a music career that spanned 5 decades, Bowie pushed the boundaries of style and content, his unconventional approach always searching for new modes of creative expression.

Among Bowie’s, best-known albums were The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Diamond Dogs (1974), and Heroes (1977). Bowie’s ever-evolving image manifested itself in a host of alter egos – from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke.

The David Bowie Is exhibition toured 12 cities over 5 years – starting at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in March 2013 and ending at the Brooklyn Museum in July 2018 – and drew over 2 million visitors worldwide. It holds the record as the most-visited exhibition ever at the V&A Museum. Bowie’s death in 2016, while the exhibition was on tour, became a further draw factor for exhibition-goers, who viewed it as a grand tribute to the much-loved superstar.

David Bowie Has featured approximately 500 objects comprised of the superstar’s costumes, photographs, sketches, notes, handwritten lyrics, and original works of art music videos, multimedia installations, against a specially curated soundscape of Bowie’s music. The exhibition, organized by the V&A Museum, was made up of objects from Bowie’s personal archive.

An augmented and virtual reality application is a natural next step for the David Bowie Is exhibition. It will allow users to explore the exhibition at their own leisure and view objects closely, without the obstruction of crowds or gallery cordons. Displayed objects will be reproduced digitally in high-resolution 3D scans, to invite the user to view each object in great detail, without having to leave the sphere of their own phones.

The AR/ VR version of the David Bowie Is exhibition will add 60 new items not previously displayed in the museum tour. This one-of-a-kind digital experience will be offered in nine different languages, to reach a global audience. Besides delighting millions of Bowie fans worldwide, the immersive AR/VR experience is expected to attract new fans into the world David Bowie’s life and art.

Developed by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), in collaboration with the David Bowie Archive and the V&A Museum, the David Bowie Is augmented and virtual reality application is being designed by New York-based studio, Planeta. The David Bowie Archive will donate a share of the proceeds to the V&A Museum and Brooklyn Museum.

BATTERY STORAGE MARKET COULD BE HIT BY CAPACITY ‘STANDSTILL’

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As the capacity for the solar battery market in the UK enters a standstill period on the heels of a ruling by the European Court of Justice, storage developers are left wondering what comes next. On the morning of November 15th, the ECJ deemed that the Capacity Market scheme would no longer be granted state aid by the European Commission, rendering it ineffective for the time being. What that means for the long term of energy farming and storage, a growing industry worldwide and especially prevalent in long term business plans in the UK is not quite clear.

While some debate the efficiency of solar panels due to less efficient hot spots’ as the panels increase in temperature, solar and battery storage farms have been met with success in places like West Sussex, and projects are in the works across the UK that would integrate the idea of solar farming and battery storage that the capacity standstill could impact widely. In Llanwern, outside Newport, the Gwent Levels were chosen to house a solar and storage park as the surrounding area’s electricity transmission has a large volume of spare capacity and the land is of little agricultural use. There’s also been a push towards entirely self-sufficient housing and communities.

A Neath housing scheme has recently been given the go-ahead to begin construction using the concept of active buildings,’ buildings with panels integrated into the roofs as well as solar heat collectors fitted on one wall for water heating, with all excess energy being stored for later use or recycled. This community would be the first of its kind in the UK. Further on the industrial edge of the hot topic, the Coalville Amazon centre in Leicestershire is being fitted for an estimated 3.6MW solar array and a Tesla battery, an ambitious undertaking, but one that could revolutionize the operating costs and impact of the centre.

It’s certainly not the only business set to undergo big battery changes: even the Hyundai group has announced that select Hyundai and Kia models are to be released with the introduction of solar roof charging systems (which would not only be fitted to vehicles with electric systems, but would be integrated with hybrid and internal combustion systems alike), and the Van Nuys Airport, in a large display last month, showed off the installation of its first solar rooftop and canopy, leading an astonishing six of its tenants to unveil their plans to do the same.

With solar and wind officially deemed the cheapest source of energy, and given what an essential source of additional power for high demand that solar battery storage is able to provide, where this decision goes is essential to be aware of. A projection by Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimated that the global energy storage market would grow to a steep demand of 942 gigawatts by the year 2040: a demand that could cost a booming £485 billion. Looking at this as an ultimate probability, the logic behind the battery storage market makes plenty of sense, and raises the question: is the capacity standstill helping or hurting the energy market as a whole in halting the storage market scheme?

Kleenex tissues to get rid of their ‘Mansize’ option after criticism

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Following criticism, Kleenex drops its tissues brand name. It is said that after sexism complaints and accusations, the company is to rename its product as ‘extra large’. The company had chosen a branding name ‘Mansize’ tissues which it is accused of being sexist. Now the company said the tissues will be called Kleenex Extra Large instead.

Kleenex products have been in the US and UK markets since its launch in the 1920s as an ice cream and makeup remover. In 1956, the company introduced “Kleenex for men” in 1956 while claiming the tissues would “stay strong when wet”. A growing criticism has now forced Kleenex to change its branding. Looking at some of the comments tweeted, one can clearly see that people are concerned about the name. It makes one think the company should have consulted a branding agency. People are wondering why a product would be named in “Mansize” in the rapidly changing world.

A spokesperson for the Kleenex’s parent company, Kimberly-Clark said the Mansize tissues have been in the market for the past 60 years. The brand, which is characterised for it’s much larger size is also soft and durable. According to the spokesperson, the brand was launched when large cotton handkerchiefs were still popular, and it is at this time that Kleenex provided a unique disposable alternative. To this day, the brand has remained as one of the most popular products. The tissues get more than 3.4 million sales every day.

According to the spokesperson, Kleenex is grateful to customers who take time to review their products and offer suggestions on how to improve their products. The company consider all suggestion carefully. It is now rebranding its Mansize tissues to Kleenex Extra Large to fit its description.

Soon, consumers will see the new name on the boxes in stores. It looks like having a branding agency is really important. Waitrose had announced that it was changing its product name following complaints. The British food retailer changed its gentleman’s smoked chicken Caesar roll. Despite the claims and the changing of the branding name, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said it had yet to receive any complaints about the Kleenex Mansize tissues.

Nevertheless, the spokesperson said that since the topic of gender as portrayed by the Mansize ads is a “live issue” that calls for action even if the ASA did not have a breakdown of complaints, especially those touching on sexism in adverts.

Adding on their comments, the spokesperson said that the ASA has in the past 18 years undertaken a significant amount of work around gender stereotypes in adverts. The Authority has even researched into public opinion and consultation on a new rule proposed for mitigating the spread of harmful gender stereotypes. You might need to find a reputable branding agency which will get you an ideal name for your product.

Studies suggest the Business Intelligence market is growing well worldwide

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Establishing a business intelligence company is likely to be the next big thing and one of the most viable ideas in the business world. The major players in the business intelligence sector include Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM. A new report titled “Global Business Intelligence Market in the Healthcare Sector 2018-2022” provides in-depth analysis, practical strategies, prospects and competitive analysis of the industry. The report provides an in-depth geographical analysis that covers various regional markets in the world including Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America.

The comprehensive report provides potential investors with critical insights, future growth prospects, and future trends in the next four years. The market report was compiled by HTF Market Intelligence consulting Private Ltd, a reputed and well established business intelligence company. According to HTF, the major players in the international business intelligence sector, healthcare segment include: SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM.

A senior analyst from HTF has affirmed that the most popular trend in the market is the fast-growing nature of mobile BI. Consumers continue to fast adopt smart devices including tablets and smartphones. Additionally, many organizations have continued to embrace the idea working-from-home to boost the mobility of workers. As a consequence, employees working from remote areas have remarkably increased in the recent past.

The HTF report also suggests that the main driver for the business intelligence (BI) market is the vast acceptance of data analytics. The healthcare industry is adopting data analytics to make cost savings, enhance revenue, and optimise the efficiency. Data analytics also assist in eliminating the strenuous process of assessing the requirements of patients and tracking the health data. Therefore, data analytics is helping many organizations to assess the data patterns to provide patients with personable healthcare services and optimise the levels of patient satisfaction.

The report also points out that the existence of many open-source BI vendors hinders the growth of the BI market. The number of open-source vendors providing a wide range of BI applications and BI tools has remarkably increased in the market. The major vendors include JasperReport, KNIME, SpagoBI, BIRT, and Pentaho. The many open-source vendors provide a vast assortment of products that can provide diverse functionalities provided by on-demand or on-premises BI software.

In essence, the HTF report combines both primary and secondary data including feedback from the core participants in the market. The report also includes in-depth vendor and market analysis to reinforce the SWOT analysis of the major vendors. A business intelligence company needs to be strategically positioned to help potential investors identify and exploit the available growth opportunities. Successful BI companies have vast experience, the right research tools, and exceptional leadership that assist prospects to realise their business goals as soon as possible.

Reports suggests Oculus Quest will clock 1 million sales by early next

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SuperData, a firm specializing in analysis and research, has recently released its latest report on the different kinds of immersive technology, like virtual reality (called VR), augmented reality (abbreviated as AR) and mixed reality (MR). The report focuses on revenues for sales of hardware and software for various products and also provides insights and projections for revenues for this sector.

In the report, SuperData remains confident that one of the major events in the immersive technology sector will be the launch of the stand-alone Oculus Quest Virtual Reality system. The firm predicts in its report that the sales of the newly launched Oculus Quest will be three times that of the Oculus Rift in the first year that the Quest will be available, a major step forward for the potential of VR CAD.

Superdata Reports suggests Oculus Quest will clock 1 million sales by early next year, which has the potential to make Virtual Reality a mainstream technology. Superdata expects that the combines sales of Oculus Go and Oculus Quest will ensure that the total virtual reality sales are more than doubled, with the total sales of these products expected to be approximately two and a half million units in the year 2019 throughout the world.

Other major developments which have been mentioned in Superdata report on the immersive media sector are the massive growth in Augmented Reality and VR entertainment based on location. The report claims that Mobile Augmented reality revenue is likely to double over the last year, and at the end of the year 2018, the revenues are estimated at approximately $2 Billion (USD). By the year 2021, VR software revenues will be surpassed by mobile AR revenues for the first time and these mobile AR revenues are likely to exceed $17 Billion.

The Head of SuperData XR, Stephanie Llamas claimed the latest research and analysis of industry data by the firm indicated that 2019, will be the year of virtual reality. The firm has integrated the research and market data it already has, and finds that VR is becoming increasing popular among consumers. She said that launch of the popular Oculus Quest and sales of the product in large quantities, will make it a mainstream product.

SuperData has also noted the increase in the user base for Augmented reality, and the combined number of customers for ARCore and ARKit have reached a total of 117 million monthly. Additional information on the immersive technology sector report can be obtained from the official website of SuperData.

How do I get my business info in one place?

Steam Software write and distribute proprietary Sales, Marketing and Knowledge Management software that operates via the internet to speed up system implementation and reduce system costs. One simple over riding principle is because there is no hardware, software or network equipment to purchase and because our applications are accessed through a standard Web browser, your IT department will not need to implement or maintain our solution, saving you money. Many of the “usual” PC based costs simply do not apply with a browser based Business Builder solution. There is no need to be concerned about specifications of your PC’s because if you are running a reasonably recent browser, for example IE or Firefox, your PC’s are already capable…

Although just CRM can be purchased, Steam has written and distributes a family of business integration products under the brand Business Builder. All systems are written in Java 2 and access via the web, from simply anywhere with browser access to the internet (thin client technology). Options include renting the applications, or if required configured and customised to your specific business need, the model for all Steam Software installations is that we are happy to take our robust, proven products and cost effectively configure or customise them to your requirements..and a licence can be purchased.

The product family sits on the proprietary rapid application toolset NetNucleus and incorporates a full functionality CRM system, Knowledge Management and ecommerce solutions, which share common reporting and product database modules. Using Steam Technology the full supply chain can be automated and managed via the web: Supplier and Customer Portals are often incorporated into the business system, with legacy system data seamlessly integrated into your on line single Business Builder database to graphically provide an automated view of key business analytics.

Problems with ecommerce?

Trading on line isn’t really the problem nowadays. Many vendors can provide a solution that works and tells you when you have an order to fulfill. The very real problems are in two areas: Managing the staff tasks to get goods out the door in a timely manner and keeping track of stock requirements can be a real headache. By definition orders placed on line happen automatically and it can be easy to lose track of the actual stock position, leading to orders unfulfilled and unhappy customers. Also, over time it is easy for prices on line to drift out of synch with your “traditional” price lists, as both databases have had to be managed separately. Marketing data from on line sales has so far had to be imported into PC based Customer management systems, or re entered, which is slow and inefficient. This approach often generates staff tasks rather than freeing up time.

Solution

The latest generation of on line shops (such as Business Builder) are integrated shops and CRM / marketing systems, sharing EXACTLY the same product database and reporting modules all on the internet. This means the staff tasks required to manage the fulfillment process can be automatically allocated and tracked so bottlenecks can be easily identified. Orders placed on line can be viewed real time behind a single Order Pipeline database system, with orders to supplier automated based on reorder levels being hit. Nothing to import as they are a single system! Any product database changes you choose to make to text, pictures, pricing or stock on your “normal” system are reflected real time on your on line shop and marketing data is viewed as it happens behind CRM systems.

How will technology make me more profit?

On its own technology won’t. but modern technological advances do allow your existing, multiple databases to be viewed on the web on one Business Builder database system. (This is known as systems convergence). Web based technology can greatly simplify your business systems, putting business information in one place at your fingertips in simple to understand graphs or allow on the fly analysis of your existing databases. Your infrastructure costs and dependence on internal human IT support also reduces compared to traditional server / client systems, as all that is required is PC access to the internet and we host, support and upgrade your Business Builder system as part of the package.

By making the right information more readily available you will be able to make better decisions more quickly. Better knowledge = better decisions = more profit !

Business Builder systems are available just like a secure website. And as nothing is downloaded onto viewing PC’s or laptops your data is more protected.

Depending on the module(s) used, Business Builder analytics can tell you – real time – about customer performance, cross selling opportunities, which are the best prospects, staff activity against KPI’s, which type of marketing is working for you, automate stock management and ordering from suppliers and automate staff tasks around ecommerce AND allow you to run multiple on line shops from a single product database.

How will technology make me more profit? Less infrastructure cost, better decision making, better staff activity control, simpler systems.

How do I make sales activity more productive?

Sales or telesales productivity relies on motivated staff and accurate tracking & management of activity to enable management and sales staff to make better decisions. It is a balance between providing the information staff need to do their job better (assuming they are fully skilled) and tracking their activity against KPI’s (assuming they may need developing) to identify non performance and subsequent training needs where appropriate. The less time sales staff spend producing call reports and crunching numbers the more free time they can spend in front of customers & prospects.

Business Builder can present key business information to field, telesales and management automatically. This is updated realtime, can be viewed in simple to understand graphs, and is accessible from anywhere on the planet that has access to the internet. With full Outlook integration and mobile / Blackberry / PDA access to BB databaes available, all the information needed to do their jobs better can be seen in one place.

Staff no longer need to fill in call activity reports. Business Builder analytics track call activity, identify open tasks, manage quotes and the order pipeline objectively warn you of key accounts performance when theres a problem and flag up cross selling opportunities. No more excuses – by making this information available at your fingertips decision making will improve.

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