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Uber To Offer Benefits Package To Drivers In Britain

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Uber To Offer Benefits Package To Drivers In Britain

Workers driving for Uber in Britain will be able to access illness and injury cover under a new scheme from the San Francisco-based company, which has faced legal obstacles over the way it treats its staff. Uber, which allows users to book and pay for a taxi via a smartphone app, said on Thursday it would help fund a program which provides benefits to those workers also willing to contribute. “Drivers who make money through Uber tell us they love the freedom of being their own boss and choosing... 

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Nintendo Betting Record Profit On Switch Console

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo Betting Record Profit On Switch Console

Nintendo Co Ltd is predicting its new Switch console will more than double annual operating profit and end the eight-year sales decline that plagued its previous offering just as players were turning to smartphone gaming. The Japanese firm entered the mobile gaming market last year to the relief of shareholders fretting about diving console sales. Now the early success of the Switch has fueled hope of a long-term earnings recovery and sent the firm’s share price about 20 percent higher since... 

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BlackBerry’s KeyOne Android Phone To Launch In May

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s KeyOne Android Phone To Launch In May

The BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android-based smartphone with an integrated physical keyboard, will be available in the U.S. and Canada from May 31, the phone’s maker said Thursday. TCL Communications, the Chinese company that acquired rights to produce BlackBerry-brand handsets, originally had said the phone would go on sale in April, so the delay may disappoint potential users. This could be a bad time to test the patience of potential buyers, as Samsung and LG are both heavily promoting their... 

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Oracle Planning ‘Solution Centers’ To Focus On Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Oracle Planning ‘Solution Centers’ To Focus On Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality

Oracle is looking for new employees for a “new startup organization” inside its North America operation that will focus on key technology trends, including cloud computing, internet of things, artificial Intelligence, and augmented and virtual reality. The Solution Engineering organization the company is setting up will consist of Solution Engineering Centers in Reston, Virginia, and Denver, Colorado. The database and enterprise software company has previously indicated its interest... 

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Automakers Urge California To Relax Rules On Self-driving Cars

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Automakers Urge California To Relax Rules On Self-driving Cars

Automotive manufacturers are urging the state of California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars. At a public hearing in Sacramento monitored via webcast, automakers urged California to drop some additional proposed regulations and leave much of the oversight to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But safety and... 

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Twitter Finally Reports User Growth In More Than A Year

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Finally Reports User Growth In More Than A Year

Twitter Inc has announced that it has had its strongest growth in monthly active users in more than a year and a much better-than-expected quarterly profit, despite heavy competition from Facebook and Snapchat. The microblogging service said average monthly active users increased 6 percent to 328 million in the first quarter from a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected 321.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount. Revenue fell 7.8 percent... 

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New Wikitribune Website Aims To Stop Fake News

April 26, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
New Wikitribune Website Aims To Stop Fake News

Jimmy Wales, the founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has launched a new website focused on stopping the spread of fake news by bringing together professional journalists and a community of volunteers and supporters to produce news articles. The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to access and carry no advertising, instead relying on its readers to fund it, while the accuracy of news reports will be easily verifiable as source material will be published, Wales said. “The... 

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IBM Teams With Swiss Engineering Firm ABB On Artificial Intelligence

April 26, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
IBM Teams With Swiss Engineering Firm ABB On Artificial Intelligence

ABB has inked a collaboration agreement with International Business Machines Corp, the Swiss engineering company said on Tuesday, the latest move to increase its presence in digital technology and the internet of things. In a joint statement ABB said it would combine its digital offering, which gathers information from machinery, with IBM’s expertise in artificial intelligence featured in its Watson data analytics software. The two companies will jointly develop and sell new products. “This... 

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Netflix Gains Entry Into China With iQiyi.com Deal

April 26, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Netflix Gains Entry Into China With iQiyi.com Deal

Netflix will finally be able to introduce original content in China in a licensing deal with local video streaming service iQiyi.com, the U.S. company said on Tuesday. Netflix has struggled to break into the Chinese market, where streaming services are subject to strict data storage regulations and foreign films and television are routinely censored. Content air times will parallel other regions, a spokeswoman said, who declined to say comment further on the tie-up. Netflix has played down the possibility... 

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Nikon Files Patent Lawsuit Against Carl Zeiss And ASML

April 25, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nikon Files Patent Lawsuit Against Carl Zeiss And ASML

Japan’s Nikon Corp announced that it has taken legal action against ASML Holding NV and Carl Zeiss AG, saying the Dutch and Germany companies used its lithography technology without its permission. Nikon, the world’s eighth-largest chip equipment maker, said it had filed patent infringement cases in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan against ASML, which makes semiconductor lithography machines, and Carl Zeiss, ASML’s optical supplier. “ASML and Zeiss employ Nikon’s... 

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FCC Votes To End Pricing Caps On Business Data Services

April 25, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
FCC Votes To End Pricing Caps On Business Data Services

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved plans to deregulate the providers of the business data lines connecting broadband service to many small businesses, schools, hospitals and ATM machines. The deregulation of business data services, or BDS, could mean broadband price increases for those businesses as well as for mobile phone customers, critics said. BDS provides the backhaul that connects mobile towers to the wired internet. The commission’s 2-1, party-line vote ends price... 

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink Corp Wants Human Brain-Machine Link

April 25, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Elon Musk’s Neuralink Corp Wants Human Brain-Machine Link

Tesla Inc  founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk announced that his latest company Neuralink Corp is developing a way to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices. Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer lesion etc, in about four years, Musk said in an interview with website Wait But Why. “If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual... 

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Security Researcher Develops Method To Test For NSA Spying

April 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Security Researcher Develops Method To Test For NSA Spying

Wondering lately if your PC has  been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that will find out. Luke Jennings of security firm Countercept wrote a script in response to last week’s high-profile leak of cyberweapons that some researchers believe are from the National Security Agency. It’s designed to detect an implant called Doublepulsar, which is delivered by many of the Windows-based exploits found in the leak and can be used to... 

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Expected To Do Robust Enterprise Business

April 24, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Expected To Do Robust Enterprise Business

Enterprise customers are expected to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in large numbers, given the phones’ strong focus on worker productivity as well as security. IDC analyst Bryan Bassett predicted that “millions” of enterprise customers will buy one of the devices, some of them partly out of the pent-up demand created when the enterprise-focused Note7 was recalled globally after some units overheated and caught fire. “Samsung won’t have any trouble selling these... 

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Want To Digital Share Your Drink Over The Internet?

April 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Want To Digital Share Your Drink Over The Internet?

Researchers in Singapore say they have invented a “virtual lemonade”, using electrodes to emulate the flavor of the beverage and LED lights to imitate its color, that could one day allow people to digitally share drinks over the internet. “We are primarily motivated by the fact that our current digital interactions are not supportive for sharing beverages and food, which is something very common in our everyday lives,” said Nimesha Ranasinghe, who led the team that did the... 

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