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Blaine Pilgrim

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Cheap solar cells and panels from overseas will now be subject to a 30 percent tariff, the Trump administration announced on Monday.But opponents say that the tariffs could drive increases in pollution and endanger jobs in America’s $29 billion solar industry.The announcement comes after the International Trade Commission’s ruling in September that the companies SolarWorld AG and Suniva couldn’t compete with cheap solar panel imports.Both companies manufacture panels in the United States but are in fact foreign-owned, Bloomberg reports: SolarWorld AG is the American arm of a German company, and Suniva has a Chinese majority owner.The solar industry employs more than 370,000 people in the US — more than twice as many as coal, according to the Department of Energy’s 2017 employment report.Suniva argues that stiffer tariffs would add yet more manufacturing jobs.
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HMD Global has done a lot of reformations to the new Nokia brand, and it is slowly becoming relevant again.The company is currently working on the Nokia 9 flagship smartphone as well as other devices that will be released this year.Recently, we reported that Nokia is working on a new Penta-camera Nokia Phone and the first details of this gadget surfaced online yesterday.Current reports suggest that Nokia and Japanese firm – NTT DoCoMo, has signed a contract for the development of 5G mobile network equipment.Finland’s Nokia division said on Friday that it signed for the first time, a major agreement to provide NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese telecom operator, with a new 5G wireless base station.NTT DoCoMo is one of Japan’s largest telecom operators, with nearly half of the country’s mobile subscribers.
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Many think every smartphone maker has entered this field to earn money, far from it.Say, the Japanese Sony always comes with great phones designed for every kind of customers.But its smartphones are not competitive.For example, last year it was the first to announce a Snapdragon 835-powered smartphone, while Samsung and Xiaomi were fighting to gran the title of the first position.Another interesting case, Sony was the first to come in with a 4K screen handset.We can talk about similar cases too long, but the truth is Sony doesn’t occupy an impressive market share.
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AI is everywhere but, in almost all cases, they are located outside or at least on your body.Smart speakers are left inside rooms and smartwatches stay on your wrist.But a new smart device that’s available exclusively in Apple Stores applies AI inside your body.Don’t worry, it’s not invasive, at least not in the “skin-piercing” sense.This new Colgate smart toothbrush uses a bit of artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing to analyze your mouth and your brushing method and tell you how to brush your teeth better.Either that or they don’t take brushing seriously enough to do it the right way.
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He co-founded Infosys with a bunch of friends 36 years ago and helped it grow into India’s second-largest IT company in terms of revenue.One of the few tech billionaires of the country, his net worth is estimated to be US$1.93 billion.Nilekani moved out of Infosys in 2009 to head the Indian government’s ambitious and controversial Aadhaar project to bring the country’s 1.3 billion people into the digital fold with unique IDs.In 2015, he founded EkStep, an educational initiative for underprivileged children, along with wife Rohini.He returned to the helm of affairs at Infosys in August 2017 after the ouster of Vishal Sikka, who had been brought in from SAP three years ago as CEO.Here’s an edited excerpt of the conversation with Nilekani:
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One of the coolest concept cars that we saw at the Detroit Auto Show was the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept car.That long and sleek four-door beauty wants to make the sedan cool again and if Infiniti builds it, cool it will certainly be.What we didn’t hear much about at the auto show was when we might see something based on the Infiniti Q.The automaker has now offered up more details on its timeline.Infiniti says that it will begin offering electrified powertrains in 2021.The very first Infiniti branded pure electric vehicle will launch in 2021.
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There could be a crisis in science, especially in the social and even medical sciences: Results are difficult to reproduce.Groundbreaking papers might reveal a first set of results, but attempts to repeat the studies reveal a different and sometimes even conflicting new set.The researchers behind the review think that these biases could skew the results of clinical trials and misrepresent how well medications work.The authors suggest some policies, like new kinds of reporting and experimental controls, that they hope will help the problem in the future.Chapman’s team’s paper in Scientific Advances finds a number of concerning correlations.Children seem to do better on IQ tests when experimenters are female.
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Another year, another CES rolls in and out of Las Vegas, one of the most suitable locations on earth to host such an event.Thanks to the 100s of emails I received every day, I can still present a handful of ‘What the(s),’ ‘hits,’ ‘misses’ and ‘maybes,’ and I’ll be interviewing some of these (and more) in greater detail over the coming weeks.It was late Friday afternoon before CES week, and I was waiting for an important parcel, so when a UPS delivery turned up at my door, I expected it to be mine.No, it was a curious package from Croatia with a mysterious black box containing, well, two sets of alien catapults and a sealed envelope.So far, pretty cool, if odd marketing, so I was interested to see what the product was and found myself disappointed.As an aside, I have lost count of the number of times I have had to criticize press releases for not telling me what the device (or project) does quickly enough; I read nearly two pages of content before anything told me what Lovebox actually did.
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A few months ago, Xiaomi released the Mi A1 under Android One program.This smartphone was scheduled to receive the Android Oreo update last year.True to its words, Xiaomi initiated the Beta testing of Android Oreo for Mi A1 and by December 31st, it commenced the official rollout of this update.However, there were a lot of irregularities regarding the update and users pointed out the following after installing the updateInert camera and dialer appActive Bluetooth drains battery massively
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It’s rare that I pay much attention to automaker infotainment and multimedia system updates at CES – usually there’s too much going on with autonomy, electrification and mobility services to give it much thought.This year, however, Mercedes-Benz had one of the most interesting announcements at the show with its new MBUX smart multimedia system and in-car voice activated assistant.MBUX is not the underpowered, underwhelming voice input system carmakers have been pushing on consumers for around a decade now.Instead, it’s a learning, smart and connected platform built upon Nvidia’s powerful GPU technology.Part of that is just the fact that the computers powering the system are capable enough to drive high framerate visuals, on screens with a high resolution that doesn’t leave things pixelated.Scrolling and animations on the MBUX system’s two dash mounted displays (one in the center, and another behind the steering wheel) are silky smooth, and feel as responsive as an iPhone to touch input, which is a major achievement relative to typical first-party car touchscreen performance.
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Aftermarket touchscreens for your car aren’t new by any means, but this one is pretty clever.It lets you put a touchscreen in cars where one otherwise wouldn’t fit.Alpine’s new head unit floats the display slightly in front of the unit itself, allowing you to pack a 9” touchscreen into a single DIN slot.Once installed, the screen can be slid in or out to make sure it’s in just the right spot, or tipped up or down by up to 45 degrees to help with glare.It works with CarPlay and Android Auto, and has Bluetooth, SiriusXM, and HD Radio — but no CD slot, as there’s not really anywhere for one to go.It’s got the standard USB/AUX ports you’d expect, and, if you feel like getting fancy with further customizations, there’s an HDMI port for adding whatever your heart desires.
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A Twitter profile linked to suspected Russian hackers, which last year pushed out stolen health documents of athletes, resurfaced Wednesday (10 January) after a period of silence to leak alleged emails belonging to officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).The 'Fancy Bears Hack Team'– seemingly linked to same notorious group known as APT28, previously credited with infiltrating the Democratic National Committee – posted an image of an Illuminati eye symbol alongside the caption: "Are you ready for some new stuff?"The picture also featured the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) Sir Craig Reedie and the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach.A lengthy statement read: "It is apparent that the Americans and the Canadians are eager to remove the Europeans from the leadership in the Olympic movement and to achieve political dominance of the English-speaking nations."The spiel also accused sporting chiefs of "fighting for power and cash".From its website, the hackers previously published what it claimed was proof that famous athletes had been "taking doping substances".
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Apple has confirmed plans to relocate mainland Chinese customers’ iCloud data to China.The Cupertino company revealed that it will begin migrating data to a local datacenter from February 28, after having opened a new facility in Guizhou last July to comply with cybersecurity laws introduced last June.Indeed, Chinese regulators have been tightening rules on foreign data and cloud services while implementing surveillance measures and scrutinizing cross-border data transfers.Amazon recently announced it was selling off the hardware infrastructure from its public cloud business to a Chinese partner called Sinnet to comply with the same laws.Similarly, Apple’s iCloud business in China will be operated by Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), a company owned by southern China’s Guizhou provincial government.Despite this, Apple has previously stated that it would create no backdoors for governments or other organizations to access customer data, a claim it maintained today when it announced its plans for transferring data to local servers.
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SpaceX launched a top-secret US government payload, codenamed "Zuma", on Sunday, 8 January, late in the night using one of its Falcon 9 rockets.Reports have now emerged claiming that the satellite is lost in space, but it being a secret mission, it is unlikely that the truth will ever be revealed.SpaceX shared a series of tweets and a video saying that the launch was successful.However, experts have claimed that after separation, the satellite was lost in space, the Daily Mail reports.The paper quoted a series of tweets by Peter B de Selding, of Space Intel Report, claiming that Zuma "may be dead in orbit after separation".The launch was not livestreamed by SpaceX as is the custom, but videos were later shared on its website.
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If a 75-inch TV isn't big enough for you, Sony has the answer.The new X900F series of LCD TVs comes in sizes ranging from 49 all the way up to 85 inches.That's bigger at the high end than last year's X900E series, which topped out at a measly 75 inches.The X900E was one of the best-performing LCD TVs CNET reviewed last year.The key was its full-array local dimming LED backlight, something the new X900F keeps.Also new for 2018 is Dolby Vision high dynamic range compatibility, an extra that last year's X900E missed.
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In a large study conducted this year by Insight Avenue on behalf of vendor Suse, 66 percent of respondents expected hybrid cloud growth to continue, compared to 55 percent for private cloud and 36 percent for public cloud.Part and parcel of a hybrid cloud strategy is hybrid storage.As far back as 2016, IDC reported that 68 percent of enterprises had either implemented hybrid cloud storage or were planning to do so.Multicloud storage provides primary data services that operate simultaneously across different cloud environments, and can be colocated with compute and application resources.James Alan Miller, executive editor of TechTarget’s Storage Media Group, includes multicloud storage in his list of five hot storage technologies to watch in 2018.A strong candidate for use by local data centers and cloud providers is storage-class memory.
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At CES 2018, Toyota is trying to turn the entire concept of the auto industry on its head.The Japanese automaker unveiled a radical new concept vehicle that will be the basis for an equally unorthodox mobility service.The automaker is assembling a diverse group of companies — including Amazon, Pizza Hut, Uber, Mazda, and DiDi Chuxing — to form the e-Palette Alliance.Toyota hopes the Alliance will eventually blend ridesharing with other businesses.That’s exactly what Toyota’s partners want.Uber is developing its own self-driving cars, Pizza Hut tested an autonomous delivery vehicle with Ford, and Amazon seems hell bent on automating home delivery.
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Three class action complaints have been filed against Intel over the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws that were discovered by researchers earlier this year and widely publicized earlier this week.The three lawsuits—filed in California, Indiana, and Oregon (PDF)—cite not just the security vulnerabilities and their potential impact, but also Intel's response time to them.Now, Intel faces a big headache.The vast majority of its CPUs in use today are impacted, and more class action complaints may be filed beyond these three.The three complaints also cite suggestions that devices using Intel's CPUs will see significant slowdown as a result of addressing the security flaws.However, that point is in some dispute.
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Wearables today can tell you just about everything you want to know about your body, and some stuff you’d rather put off until tomorrow.They can monitor your steps, your heart rate, and even let you know how drunk you are by analyzing the alcohol molecules in your skin.There are entire lines of wearables designed for kids and pets.A team of engineers from Iowa State University has developed wearable sensors, some specially designed for our photosynthetic friends, allowing growers to measure how their crops use water.The innovative new device — which its creators are calling “plant tattoo sensors” — is designed to be low-cost, using the revolutionary material graphene, which allows it to be thin and adhere to surfaces like tape.“Wearable sensor technologies have been researched and applied in biomedicine, healthcare, and related industries, but are still relatively new and almost unexplored for applications related to agriculture and crops,” Liang Dong, an Iowa State electrical engineer who helped develop the technology, told Digital Trends.
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While Intel, Google, ARM, and Microsoft rushed to issue both public statements and patches addressing the Meltdown and Spectre processor security exploits, Apple took the opposite tack, waiting more than a day to quietly downplay the gigantic story using a tech support document — without a corresponding press release or public statement.In short, the number of affected Apple products is huge, and the company doesn’t yet have fixes ready for all of them, but it’s working on them — there’s no need to worry.The particularly bad news for Apple and its users: “All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected,” according to the support document.This stunningly broad admission erases any ambiguity as to whether Apple’s custom-designed A-series chips and more recent products were protected — they were not.Worse: tvOS devices and Apple Watches running on Apple-designed chips also appear to be affected, though with varied vulnerabilities.On the other hand, Apple was ahead of its rivals in saying that “there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.” Apple has already patched its iOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems against Meltdown, which means that any device running iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, or tvOS 11.2 was partially protected before most people knew there were issues worthy of concern.
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