Conference series recognized for innovative format, record attendance and high attendee satisfaction
LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Cetera Financial Group (Cetera), an at-scale wealth hub that offers financial professionals and institutions the latest solutions, support and services, announced today that its popular Connect2Peers event earned a Silver Stevie® award in the events category in the 21st annual American Business Awards®. This is Cetera’s fourth Stevie events award since 2019. More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and across industries were submitted for consideration in a wide range of categories.
“This repeat award is a testament to the tireless efforts of our events team and the collaborative spirit of our advisors, who are committed to helping each other learn and grow,” said Michael Zuna, chief marketing and communications officer at Cetera. “Connect2Peers delivered an engaging and unique peer-to-peer growth-focused learning format that is resonating with our advisors and we look forward to delivering an exceptional experience with some exciting new additions again this year.”
Held in Dallas in August 2022, Connect2Peers hosted record attendance, with advisors traveling from across the country to participate. Attendees reported high satisfaction, with a net promoter score of 77 and an overall event rating of 4.8/5 with 96% of attendees saying they plan to attend Connect2Peers again in 2023. Connect2Peers 2023 is scheduled for July 24-27 in Denver, with event registration nearing capacity several months prior to the event.
The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott
The new version of Bing launches today on desktop in limited preview. Mobile version also coming
Microsoft’s new versions of Bing and Edge are available to try beginning Tuesday.
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Microsoft said the new AI-powered Bing search and Edge browser will launch on Tuesday for desktop in a limited preview. That means users will get a limited number of queries to search during the initial period.
The company said a waitlist will be available for the full version and said it will be available to millions of people in the coming weeks. Microsoft also plans a mobile version of Bing.
Later, during a Q&A session with reporters, the company said that it plans to eventually bring its AI-powered chat features to all browsers, though it’s starting with Microsoft Edge first. Edge will also have some unique features that won’t be offered on competing browsers.
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OpenAI’s Sam Altman confirms Microsoft is using its GPT AI to power these tools
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at Microsoft’s event
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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman confirmed that Microsoft incorporated some of OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 language technologies into Bing to improve its capabilities.
So, there you have it. Microsoft is using OpenAI’s GPT technologies to supercharge the new and improved Bing. But not the ChatGPT tool itself, which has taken the world by storm. Still, the functions seem quite similar.
“I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for 20 years so I’m very happy it’s here,” Altman said.
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Microsoft announces new AI-powered Bing homepage that you can chat with
Bing with Chat
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Microsoft just announced a new AI-powered Bing
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William F. White Backlot in north Pickering
The film industry is a multi-billion dollar industry in Ontario and the City of Pickering – ‘Hollywood North-East,’ as it is sometimes called – has worked hard to get a big slice of that lucrative pie.
Home to the biggest backlot in Canada, a 23-acre ‘town’ created in 2021 for the Amazon Prime series ‘Reacher,’ as well as the 180,000 sq. ft. TriBro Studio, Pickering has been one of the more successful cities in the GTA for attracting filmmakers to town, both for the diverse locations and now for the production facilities available.
Catherine Hodge, the Senior Co-ordinator and Development Liaison for the City, said they’re only getting started and wants local businesses to learn how to take advantage of the opportunities the sector can provide.
Invest Durham – Film Durham and Pickering’s Economic Development Department are hosting an event February 23 – ‘Your Business. Their Next Film’ – to give companies a few tips on how to do business with the television and film world.
“We have experienced so much growth in the industry in Pickering over the past five or six years,” Hodge said, noting that even during the pandemic the film business in Ontario was quick to establish protocols to continue making movie magic.
“Production was reduced, absolutely, but Pickering never shut down. The protocols just made it a little more challenging.”
Hodge said the movie sector needs services and supplies during their stay and industry experts such as producers, directors, location managers and union representatives will all be on hand to guide local business people in getting a foothold in the