Car dashboards are about to get more interesting, with Volvo’s electric performance brand Polestar revealing a sneak preview of the Android-based Google HMI that the companies have been collaborating on.Certainly, Android is no stranger to the dashboard currently.An increasing number of vehicles support Android Auto, the projection system which allows an Android phone’s display to be mirrored – with a driver-friendly interface – on the car’s own touchscreen.Volvo, Polestar, and Google are going several steps further than that, however.The deal, announced back in mid-2017, will see the the next-generation of Volvo’s Sensus infotainment platform be built on top of Android, co-developed by the companies and shared with Polestar too.Back in 2017, the goal was to build something that was instantly familiar to existing owners of Volvo cars with Sensus.
Gaming fans in the United States spent $3.4 billion on video game software, hardware, and accessories in December, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group.“Gains in accessories and game-card spending offset declines in hardware and software spend,” This is the highest total tracked consumer spend for a December month since December 2015.”Hardware and software, however, were down.Here are results from December 2018Total: $3.415 billion (up 2 percent from $3.338 billion in December 2017)Hardware: $1.168 billion (down 8 percent from $1.272 billion)
”Symphonic” – it should be the name of a series of connected speakers as Ikea and Sonas develop together with you.Now we know that the speakers will be launched in the summer.In the beginning of december 2017 came the news that Ikea will begin to cooperate with ljudföretaget Sonos.the Goal of the cooperation is to ”create the sound for the many people”, wrote the furniture giant, in a press release.just Over a year later, in June 2018, appeared the first sketches up on a series of connected speakers, under the name ”Symphonic”.Early prototypbilder showed among other things a loudspeaker model with the long, narrow shape that will serve as a wall shelf, or go to ask during a kitchen cabinet in Metodserien.
Facebook will donate $7.5 million for the creation of The Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, a research center being made to explore topics such as transparency and accountability in medical treatment and human rights in human-AI interaction.The announcement was made today during a speech by COO Sheryl Sandberg at the Digital Life Design (DLD) conference in Munich, Germany and is Facebook’s first investment in an independent center to study ethics in AI, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.The money will be doled out over the course of the next five years for the institute being formed now at the Technical University of Munich.Dr. Christoph Lütge, a professor at the school, will serve as director.Like initiatives undertaken by other AI research think tanks, the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence will work to share its research through conferences and symposiums with the wider community of AI practitioners.The center will also explore funding revenue beyond donations from Facebook.
Tesla is laying off 7% of its employees, CEO Elon Musk said on Friday in an email to employees, the second round of cuts the automaker has made in less than a year.The layoffs were the right move for a company that has major expenses ahead as it prepares to build a new factory and introduce a range of new vehicles, said David Whiston, an automotive analyst at Morningstar, and Michael Ramsey, an automotive analyst at Gartner."I think that this shows that finally, the company or Elon … recognizes that they cannot continue burning cash at the rate that they had been, or the money faucet will turn off," Ramsey said.Tesla had expanded its workforce by 30% in 2018 as it ramped up production of its Model 3 sedan, Musk said, even as it laid off 9% of its employees in June.Musk suggested the most recent cuts were necessary as Tesla seeks to become consistently profitable while introducing lower-priced vehicles like the long-awaited $35,000 version of the Model 3.Read more: Tesla's layoffs mean the company's lead on electric vehicles could be ending, one Wall Street analyst says
One of America’s oldest universities is launching a school for one of the world’s youngest disciplines.The University of Virginia announced today that it has received a $120 million private donation to endow a new School of Data Science.The donation is the largest in the university’s history, and will create the twelfth school at the university.The donation was offered by the Quantitative Foundation, which is based in UVA’s hometown of Charlottesville.Jaffray Woodriff, the founder and CEO of Quantitative Investment Management, is the trustee of the foundation, where his wife Merrill is a director.QIM is one of the hedge fund leaders in quantitative trading, and Bloomberg noted that the fund saw investment returns of 55% in the first few months of 2017.
After several years of slugging, the glorious 5G world is upon us.San Marino is live while it won’t be long before countries like China and Japan start hitting the green button.In total, Deloitte predicts roughly 20 handset brands will launch 5G-ready handsets across 2019, with shipments totalling one million.This is still a tiny fraction of the 1.5 billion smartphones which will be sold through the year, though 50,000 of them could be heading to the UK.Looking at the networks, there might not be much to choose from across the UK.One thing is clear, these will be incredibly limited deployments and it will be years until coverage reaches what the demanding user would consider adequate.
As the vp of brand marketing and culture at Hulu, Nick Tran leads a team in charge of defining and shaping the overall customer experience and relationship with the brand.From previous stints with Taco Bell, Samsung and apparel startup Stance Socks, Nick carries a diverse background with the common thread of keeping brands at the forefront of cultural happenings.And with Hulu’s steady growth—such as seeing an increase in subscribers to more than 25 million last year, a 48 percent growth—and cable viewership on the decline, it’s more imperative than ever for streaming companies to appeal to free agent consumers.Read on to learn how Nick’s leadership style enables him to serve as team captain while letting others lead and how he and his team are tapping into trends to get more people talking about (and subscribing to) Hulu.For example, we know that Alexa users watch more hours of TV than non-Alexa users on Fire TV.What are you working on now that you think is innovative?
Starting today, when you ask Alexa on your Amazon Echo speaker “what’s the latest?”, you may notice its voice sounds different – or more natural – than before.This is because Amazon has rolled out a fresh new speaking style to Alexa users in the US, modelled on the way newscasters deliver the news.First announced in November 2018, Amazon’s developers utilized developments in Neural TTS (Text To Speech) technology to create the updated voice, which allows the voice assistant to tailor its speaking style to different commands and requests.In this case, Alexa’s newscaster-style voice has clearer intonation and emphasizes words in a way that sounds less robotic than its default voice.To determine how important a natural-sounding speaking voice is to consumers, Amazon conducted a large-scale experiment, finding that people preferred Alexa’s newscaster voice when hearing the news.However, subjects still preferred the voice of a human newcaster over Alexa's new sound, suggesting consumers still feel more comfortable with voices that sound more like their own.
Yes, it plans to appeal againApple has, for the fourth time now, lost an appeal against a $440m patent-infringement damages award, payable to VirnetX – and pledged to appeal the decision.On Tuesday, a US appeals court denied Apple's request to overturn a 2016 verdict; just the latest in a long game of legal ping-pong that the tech giant appears to be playing in the hope that VirnetX will go out of business before it can get the funds.The tech giant was sued back in 2010 for infringing VirnetX's network protocol patents (US 7,418,504 and 7,921,211) with its FaceTime videoconferencing app and iMessage.But Apple decided to fight the issue to the death, even going to the trouble of cutting off some of its own users from FaceTime and claiming it was the result of a "bug."Since that first award, Apple has done everything in its power to delay payment:
The SIOP Foundation, Inc. launches their first ever Visionary Circle to fund innovative research on industrial and organizational psychology science and practice that will have a lasting impact in the workplace.Operated in collaboration with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc. (SIOP), the SIOP Visionary Circle is a charitable program of the SIOP Foundation, and the program's goal is to secure at least $100,000 to fund a grant in 2020.Its purpose is to serve as a dependable and renewable source of grant funding for I-O research and development.According to Milt Hakel, SIOP Foundation Board President, "I am thrilled with the response that we've seen from those joining the Visionary Circle already.The pacesetter campaign among SIOP leaders, has secured $25,000 and the momentum is growing as we reach out now to our 10,000 members and the greater community."At the 2020 SIOP Conference, Visionary Circle donors will be invited to review the proposals of the finalists and vote for the proposal that will have the greatest impact in the field.
Writer Aaron Sorkin thinks there should be a sequel to the Facebook origins film he wrote, "The Social Network."He said "a lot of very interesting, dramatic stuff" has happened since the movie came out in 2010.The film's producer has also floated the idea of revisiting the subject.There should a sequel to "The Social Network," the 2010 film on the origins of Facebook.That's the view of the man who wrote it, Aaron Sorkin, who said there is plenty of new material for another movie after a nightmare year for Facebook, in which it has made headlines for all the wrong reasons."I know a lot more about Facebook in 2005 than I do in 2018, but I know enough to know that there should be a sequel," Sorkin told AP Entertainment.
The Alienware Area-51m is a gaming desktop replacement with the ability to change out both the CPU and GPU, but the prices might be too high for consumers.Some of the top-end components for the gaming laptop are expensive, pushing up the final costs for those who are looking to purchase the latest parts and get the best performance out of games.According to a new configuration page, the fully specced-out Alienware Area-51m with the newest Intel Core i9-9900K desktop processor, Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics, 32GB RAM, and the 144Hz display would come out to $4,250.Fortunately, there is also a lower-end base configuration available, which comes in with a 60Hz display, the 8th-generation Intel Core i7-9700 processor, 8GB RAM, and 1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive.At $2,550, paired with the modularity, this means the end consumer could technically still opt for this base configuration and upgrade later, but there’s a catch.The GPU is proprietary and uses the Dell Graphics Form Factor, and consumers can’t buy their own.
Old tweets betray sensitive data under new toolsAnalysis Researchers have demonstrated yet again that location metadata from Twitter posts can be used to infer private information like users' home addresses, workplaces, and sensitive locations they've visited.Computer science boffins Kostas Drakonakis, Panagiotis Ilia, Sotiris Ioannidis, and Jason Polakis affiliated with The Foundation for Research & Technology in Greece and the University of Illinois in the US published their findings in a paper titled "Please Forget Where I Was Last Summer: The Privacy Risks of Public Location (Meta)Data," which is scheduled to be presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in February."We show that location metadata enables the inference of sensitive information that could be misused for a wide range of scenarios (eg: from a repressive regime de-anonymizing an activist’s account to an insurance company inferring a customer’s health issues, or a potential employer conducting a background check)," they claim in their paper.The privacy risk associated with Twitter geolocation data was explored in academic research published in 2015 and since then Twitter has provided users with more control over location data and limited the precision of recorded coordinates.Some progress, but not enough
Innovation & Cooperation in the Era of Great ChangeLAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 8, 2019–Jointly hosted by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco and the Organizing Committee of China Information Technology Expo (CITE), “China Night” unveiled on January 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, and introduced CITE 2019, the largest comprehensive electronic information show in Asia, to be held from April 9-11, 2019 at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Shenzhen, China.View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190108005436/en/At the China Night, Wang Donghua, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco expressed:” I hope that the guests will exchange ideas and discuss the future development of the electronic information industry and explore new opportunities for cooperation”.He pointed out that China is at the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up and is the world’s second largest economic entity.
Dudes, let me tell you: Bras are expensive, and no matter what your cup size, finding one that actually fits is incredibly difficult.No seriously – some 80 percent of women are wearing ill-fitting bras.There’s a lot of bra calculators on the internet and tutorials about how to measure your cup size, band size, and sister sizes in case a store doesn’t have what you’re looking for.Some people swear going to a fancy boutique and letting a mystical clerk fondle your girls to figure out your ‘actual’ size.(And you haven’t really experienced pain until an underwire decides to stab your boobs in the middle of the day.)But Soma, an intimate apparel brand from Chico’s Fas, is here at CES to ease the plight of women everywhere.
On Thursday, the US State Department issued a new travel advisory urging Americans to "exercise increased caution" when traveling to the People's Republic of China.China may issue exit or travel bans in instances where there are business disputes or legal issues.However, people not directly connected with or even aware of the dispute may still be subject to the ban.Thursday's advisory is based on concerns that the Chinese government may arbitrarily enforce local law and prevent US citizens from leaving the country.Here's what you need to know if you're going to China.Sign up for our best stories delivered to your inbox
God of War creative director Cory Barlog is sitting on top of the world after winning Game of the Year at The Game Awards.After a five-year journey (which was more like seven years for him), his story about a father-son relationship came together as both a gameplay and storytelling masterpiece.I did a long interview with Barlog, who’s the creative director at Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Santa Monica Studio, about God of War.This is the first of four parts, with our full interview running on Sunday.GamesBeat: With the game industry doing so well now, what would you say as far as advice for creators out there, people who are coming up?Barlog: An agglomeration of the best advice I’ve ever gotten.
In a letter to investors on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, said that his firm did “not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China.”A potential global economic slowdown aside, there has been some criticism of a lack of “must have” features in the latest versions of Apple hardware, as well as its focus on making its flagship handsets even more expensive than they already are.In the letter, Apple lowered its revenue forecast for its fiscal first quarter (ending 29 December) to $84bn (£67bn).This was down from the $89bn to £93bn revenue it had forecast in November, a figure that had already disappointed Wall Street, which had on average been expecting revenues of $91.5bn.Reuters also pointed out that this is also the first time that Apple has issued a warning on its revenue guidance ahead of releasing quarterly results, since the iPhone was launched way back in 2007.Apple’s Cook admitted that the firm had been expecting a tough quarter.
While it’s yet to be seen how specific industry predictions will present themselves at the Cannes Lions this June, it’s clear that this year’s jury presidents have their eyes, ears and brains trained on what could emerge as Grand Prix victors.But it all comes down to each jury president setting the tone and bar of expectation for the work, which is very high.To that end, we asked some of Cannes’ 2019 jury presidents their thoughts on what they expect to see, and what they look forward to most in their category.Trevor Robinson, founder and executive creative director, Quiet StormAdweek: What excites you most about the past and present work in your category?What I’ve always enjoyed most is the way that a great piece of work can make time seem to slow down, and it’s as though I’m observing a piece of art.