Apple has apparently lost three core members of staff in India as it struggles to understand the market demands.Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said Apple has “had difficulties understanding the country.”Meanwhile, Apple rivals Samsung and Xiaomi continue to thrive in India with the sale of lower-tier hardware.Apple is said to have lost three key members of staff in India in the past weeks as it grapples with the Indian market.According to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, Apple lost its “head of telecom carrier sales,” “head of commercial channels and mid-market business,” and its “its national sales and distribution chief,” for the region.Celebrity Doctor:"This Is The No.1 Danger in Your Diet—Not Carbs!"
The current worst-kept secret in the land of wearables is that Samsung is preparing a new smartwatch called the Galaxy Watch that could run a version of Wear OS instead of the Gear series’ Tizen operating system.Not to be outdone by its local rival, speculation is growing that LG is readying not one but two Wear OS smartwatches that new evidence suggests could launch in next few weeks.According to “industry watchers” cited by Yonhap News, the South Korean firm may reveal the two wearables — currently only known by their FCC codenames, the W315 and W319 — this July.Should we see the Wear OS-powered watches break cover this month, LG will enjoy a slight head start over Samsung’s highly anticipated wearable, as the Galaxy Watch is expected to break cover in August or September, potentially alongside the Galaxy Note 9.Details on the watches are scarce, but based on the FCC listings we can assume that both watches will run the Android Oreo version of Wear OS and support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, although neither listing mentions cellular support.LG 2018 smartwatches: What to expect?
DCC PLC, which is better known for its Exertis brand, has announced the acquisition of two companies, in a bid to expand and diversify its portfolio, for a total transactional value of £110m (around $145m), about a third of the total revenue the pair pulled last year.The first target was Stampede Global holdings which sells professional AV products and solutions and covers mostly North America and the US.The company's latest financial statement showed that it generated $280m in revenue in 2017 with a headcount of 210.UK-based Kondor, EE's exclusive partner for accessories, raked in about $145m last year (£110m) with 250 employees on its books.It sells audio and mobile accessories across UK and continental Europe and its purchase allows Exertis to become one of the most important players in the omnichannel distribution and supply chain market across Europe.Donal Murphy, Chief Executive of DCC plc, said in a statement: "The acquisition of Stampede significantly strengthens DCC Technology's position in the attractive and growing Pro AV market and also provides DCC Technology with a platform for growth and development in North America.
The new lower-tier unlimited plan delivers less value than the current Sprint unlimited plan.The new higher-tier unlimited plan adds some negligible features for $10 more per month.With the headway the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is making, one wonders why Sprint doesn’t just call it a day and coast along until the deal is approved.But here we are, with a press release on Sprint’s Newsroom blog announcing some big changes to its “unlimited” plan.Despite Sprint’s excitement about revealing these changes, it’s hard not to notice that what the company is really doing is taking its current all-encompassing plan and splitting it into two: one crappier version of the current plan at the current price, and one more expensive option that adds a few more features over the current plan.In other words, Sprint is raising the price of its current unlimited plan by $10, throwing in a few more features, and hoping you won’t notice.
We don't cover a lot of executive moves at CNET, but this one might pique your curiosity -- Apple has poached Google's former head of AI and search to help fix Apple's Siri voice assistant.Technically, the poaching part happened three months ago, but today the other shoe has dropped: As spotted by Mark Gurman, Apple's Leadership page now lists Giannandrea as "Apple's Chief of Machine Learning and AI Strategy."The page specifically says he's responsible for Siri, as well as Apple's Core ML machine-learning tech teams.Notably, Giannandrea reports directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.If you ask CNET's reviewers -- or honestly, many other reviewers across the industry -- Siri could kinda use some work."Siri has a lot of maturing to do before it can compete with Alexa or Google Assistant," wrote CNET's Megan Wollerton, in her review of the Apple HomePod.
Deal will connect 6,000 masts to fibreMobile network operator Three UK has inked an agreement with private telecoms network operator SSE Enterprise Telecoms to connect its network to 170 BT telephone exchanges.The deal comes after a plea by mobile network operators last month to regulator Ofcom for help accessing unused or “dark” fibre networks of infrastructure giant BT.The agreement will enable Three to connect some 6,000 mobile phone masts to its core network using fibre; laying the ground for future 5G infrastructure.Bryn Jones, Three UK’s CTO, said: “By significantly increasing our access to fibre, we are putting our network on the best footing possible to take advantage of the benefits of 5G technology.”He added: “Our customers use 3.5 times more data per month than the average UK consumer and this deal will help us maintain our leadership in providing a fantastic data service.”
Very few Star Trek fans believe that the first seasons of Deep Space Nine—focusing on the unstable relationship between the Bajoran government, its spiritual leaders, and the only-sort-of welcome Federation—are its strongest.Above: Neela attempts to assassinate Vedek Bareil in 'In Hands of the Prophets', one of the major catalysts of Deep Space Nine’s early conflict over the Bajorans.There comes a point in any Star Trek fan’s re-watch of Deep Space Nine where they think to themselves, “Man, I could just skip all this Bajoran drama and get straight to the Dominion stuff.” It’s inevitable—the early seasons aren’t bad, really, they just have to compete with some of the best long-form storytelling in Trek’s entire history.I’ve been rewatching DS9 myself recently—thanks to the bug biting me again after Star Trek Online’s wonderful anniversary expansion—and am still in those early seasons, full of Bajoran turmoil and enough Vedeks you can shake one of those silly three-pronged pope hats at.Despite being a franchise laden with alien species being discovered and explored, Star Trek usually moves around so much from episode to episode that we don’t really get to dive into a lot of those alien societies beyond a surface level.Even the more regular aliens we see across Trek shows—primarily Vulcans and Klingons, and then smaller staples like the Bolians, the Ferengi, the Betazoids in The Next Generation, and the Trill in DS9—are often framed by the perspective of a single member of that species, and they’re seen almost wholly within the structural confines of the Federation.
While these three countries saw varying amounts of tech funding and have vastly incomparable startup densities, the challenges their populous face are giving rise to startups in interesting verticals.Indonesia saw 14 exits last year, compared to Malaysia’s four exits.This means startups based in Malaysia have the best chances of finding meaningful connections with other startups and potential investors.Indonesia’s comparatively large share of funding can be attributed to the attention brought by the success stories of its unicorns – startups valued at US$1 billion or more.“Though one could argue that Grab is a Malaysian company that is just registered in Singapore, they still put their headquarters and a lot of their talent in Singapore rather than in Malaysia.”He also says that a country’s population size can make all the difference, especially in the case of consumer-facing startup business models.
The vibrant Chinese tech and startup ecosystem is attracting huge attention from investors and institutions hoping to grab a place in the heated innovation competition.According to Crunchbase’s latest analysis, in the second quarter of 2018, Chinese startups raised 47% of all reported VC dollar volume whereas North American companies raised 35% of the whole pie.James Chou, CEO at Microsoft for Startups Shanghai, Garnett Ge, Head of Cross-Border Ventures at Plug and Play, and Vivian Law, Corporate Innovation Director at Chinaccelerator, talked about incubation investment yesterday at TechCrunch Hangzhou.The accelerators and incubators on the panel independently hold different investment philosophies and follow their own capital deployment strategies.Chou introduced that Microsoft for Startups Shanghai is not taking return as the priority of ann investment.This Microsoft-based incubation VC’s wealth and intelligence is built on Microsoft’s technology background and diverse range of resources.
This guide on Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is for administrators responsible for controlled software distribution in enterprise environments or backup administrators willing to understand alternative Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows deployment options.When protecting cloud workloads or physical servers, workstations and laptops require backup software running on a protected computer.Distributing software to computers of different software and hardware configurations often residing in physically different or logically separate sites from a centralized location is a requirement for many IT organizations.In addition, an organization may need more control over software deployment, for example, to restrict a user’s ability to install / update / uninstall software or to limit the potential impact on target machines, such as avoiding unexpected reboots.This is where Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is especially useful.In this guide, you will learn:
A report from the Wall Street Journal has shed light on the fact that app and software developers can access a users’ Gmail account, with the ability to read emails, and that the practice is a common one across email providers.The article explains that Gmail users that sign up for certain services – particularly shopping and travel price comparison tools – will have to agree to terms and conditions that allow the content of their emails to be read, both electronically and physically, by the developers of these services.Ostensibly, Google only allows vetted third-party developers to request such permissions, and the intention of these companies is to use this information for targeted shopping suggestions and advertising, but the concern remains over how closely these companies are monitored once they’ve been granted access.Almost exactly a year ago, Google promised to stop scanning your inbox to serve up ads in Gmail, but as the Journal’s article details, executives of the vetted third-party companies claimed that their employees would read millions of emails and that it was “common practice”.The companies that had spokespeople quoted in the article claim that all their employees must adhere to strict guidelines when checking user data, and while there are no signs of misuse amongst other developers, the potential is certainly there.Although the story specifically mentions the free Gmail service, the same is true of similar services from Microsoft and Oath (formerly Yahoo and AOL), which allow the same degree of access once the user has granted permission.
There has been increased crackdown globally on illicit uses of Bitcoin over the last few years.But it seems that has not deterred one of the virtual currency’s earliest adopters — the “dark web users” — from using it to buy and sell illegal things online.The recently concluded year-long ‘undercover operation’ of the US Department of Justice against narcotic vendors found that most of them were using Bitcoin as means of financial transactions.It’s worth noting that there’s a massive difference in the price of Bitcoin now and when the arrests where made in the past year.Most of the Bitcoin seems to have come from two vendors arrested in Maryland.While the authorities haven’t given the number of Bitcoin they seized from them — it was reportedly worth $22 million at the time.
Google's virtual reality painting software, Tilt Brush, just became much easier to use thanks to an update that adds a beginner mode for new users.Tilt Brush is great fun, letting you 'draw' in 3D using a VR headset and controllers, but its interface and floating palette of brushes are unlike anything you'll have used before, and can be daunting if you're drawing your first virtual masterpiece.Thanks to an update that's rolling out now, Tilt Brush now lets you choose between Beginner mode, which just gives you the essentials you need to get started, and Advanced mode, which offers everything and the VR kitchen sink.Google has also added 12 new brushes for painting with different textures and volumes, plus a pinning tool to lock specific items in place.The mirror tool has received an update too.Mirrors let you replicate brushstrokes in multiple planes of symmetry, which can create impressive effects, but it's easy to lose them in a busy scene.
Are you ready for some football?CBS will let you stream the NFL 2018 season live from your phone or tablet.(Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)On Monday, CBS announced that it will stream all NFL On CBS games, which includes football games produced by CBS Sports, starting in 2018 and through 2022 season.The network will stream the games across all CBS All Access platforms including CBS.com, the CBS mobile app and through its smart TV apps.CBS All Access subscribers will be able to stream the games broadcast in their local areas, beginning with the 2018 season.
Is the TV set in your living room just not cutting it anymore?How about watching TV in virtual reality (VR)?Starting today, Oculus TV for the Oculus Go standalone VR headset is now available around the world.The app brings a television-viewing experience to VR, all on a virtual screen that Oculus says is equivalent to a 180-inch TV that's propped up in your den.Oculus TV sports a wide range of content, from Facebook Watch originals like Ball in the Family to live and on-demand TV shows like The Daily Show.You can also tune into streams and movies from Red Bull TV, Pluto TV, Flicks of Fury and Horror 24/7.
Today we’re having a peek at Kiwi, a web browser based on Chromium, but made to be a whole lot better than Chrome.This web browser is for Android only – for now – and it’s got features the likes of which most users will likely be glad to utilize.One of these features is a full-fledged dark mode, made for easy access and non-intrusive deployment.Two of the most important features in this browser are ad-blocking and cryptocurrency mining blocking.That’s something we’ve only had to start dealing with in the last couple of years – cryptocurrency mining on tiny devices like Android phones.But wait, you might be saying, why would someone try to mine Bitcoin on a phone?
Update: HTC sent out a statement to Android Central, stating that some Amazon orders of the HTC U12 Plus were hit with a system error that made it look like customers’ orders were canceled.HTC said it’s now working directly with those affected customers to make sure their U12 Plus orders will be shipped out sometime soon.Original Story: If you pre-ordered your HTC U12 Plus from Amazon, you may not be getting your phone for a while.According to a report from Android Central, many people who purchased HTC’s latest flagship have stated their orders may not be shipped out until as late as August 3.Those customers report that Amazon was supposed to begin shipping the HTC U12 Plus this week, but now they are being told by company reps that the phone was actually still on back order.The good news is that, according to reports from the XDA Developers forums, people who ordered the U12 Plus directly from HTC’s website are receiving their phones this week.
We’ll take Amazon Alexa’s creepy laugh any day over her latest bizarre antic.On Monday, June 18, an Amazon Echo device apparently made an unprompted and terrifying statement at the home of 30-year-old Shawn Kinnear.The San Franciscan told Metro U.S. that the smart assistant suddenly activated herself and said, “Every time I close my eyes, all I see is people dying.” Yikes.Kinnear added that this horrifying declaration was “followed by the uncomfortable silence I have ever felt,” which frankly, seems like an understatement.I walked back in from the kitchen and she made her statement.” Because it was a longer sentence, Kinnear said that he purposely stopped to listen.Needless to say, when he realized exactly what the smart assistant was saying, he was horrified.
Aside from the new dark mode UI in Mojave, one of the most useful additions to the next version of macOS is Stacks, a feature that automatically sorts and arranges all the files on your desktop into tidy little groups.It’s a quick and easy way to declutter all the photos, PDFs, random downloads, and whatever else is making your computer screen look like a garbage dump.But in some ways, Stacks makes cleaning up your junk a little too easy, which is why we were so excited to learn that in Mojave, there’s a hidden option that brings back the chaos.So many fantastic improvements and features to MacOS Mojave, but there's one feature that wasn't announced during the keynote that I just discovered.— Chris Morris (@ChrisMorrisOrg) June 15, 2018It was first discovered by @ChrisMorrigOG on Twitter, but we were able to replicate it in house as well.
The court will decide whether iPhone users can sue Apple for locking down the iOS ecosystem, something the suit’s plaintiffs say is creating an anti-competitive monopoly.The Supreme Court isn’t going to make a call on that specific issue, but its decision could affect people’s relationship with all kinds of digital platforms.Apple Inc. v. Robert Pepper is the latest salvo in a legal fight over Apple’s iOS App Store.Apple v. Pepper began as a broader antitrust complaint in 2011.Since then, the class action case has focused purely on the App Store.But the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision in early 2017, allowing the case to move forward.