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Photo/Ahn Young-joon Sometimes the consumer electronics industry tries to sell a new technology that consumers thoroughly reject — and as a result, it goes on the trash pile of products that were "before their time,"Here's a great example: 3D TV, which is officially dead.The last two TV makers to build 3D functionality into their sets, LG and Sony, will not build any new sets this year that can show
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Every January, Glassdoor publishes its list of the best jobs of the year.For the second year in a row, the top spot goes to data scientist."This report reinforces that the best jobs are highly-skilled and are staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation," Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, tells Business Insider.He explains that the skills helping workers stay ahead of automation are creativity, judgment, and flexibility."Those are aspects of work that are extremely difficult to automate, and having them allows workers to team up with technology to become more productive, rather than simply being replaced by it," Chamberlain says."Many of the jobs on this list require proficiency in these 'soft' skills," he explains.
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For Aryeh Bourkoff, the star tech, media, and telecom TMT banker and founder of the boutique bank LionTree, 2017 will be a year of uncertainty.But it will also be ripe with opportunity, especially in the TMTThat's the message Bourkoff gave his team in a year-end letter sent out in December.
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While Billboard says he and "each of the company's two dozen artist-owners like Rihanna will remain part owners," it seems he's planning an exit from the music-streaming game, with an eventual sale to Sprint.Sprint buying Tidal would be a best-case scenario for Jay Z.Apple and Samsung had both been tossed around as potential Tidal buyers in the last year, but neither seemed to bite.And the service remains much smaller than competitors like Spotify and Apple Music.All this is not necessarily Jay Z's fault.It's a tough business.But the question is, then, why is Sprint buying a big stake in Tidal at such a hefty valuation?How exclusive is exclusive?The best possible answer lies in one word: exclusives.From the start of Jay Z's tenure as owner, Tidal has relied on high-profile exclusives to juice its subscriber numbers.Here's the playbook.First, you get big-name artists to agree to give Tidal an exclusive window for their new album.Then you use that to sign up new users and then hope they don t cancel when the free-trial month is up.Tidal employed this strategy with three high-profile artists in 2016: Rihanna, Kanye West, and Beyoncé.
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Loyal, repeat customers boost an ecommerce company s bottom line without requiring expensive marketing campaigns or intensive customer service.Repeat customers convert at a higher rate than first time buyers.Repeat customers tend to spend more on each order than new customers, and repeat customers may be generally more satisfied with their purchases than first time shoppers.Finally, marketing to existing customers is much less expensive than trying to acquire new ones.For all of these reasons, it can make sense for growing ecommerce businesses to focus on encouraging customer loyalty.In some forms of poker, an ante is a forced bet everyone playing must make to stay in the game.
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Some of the Earliest Color Photos of Life Around the WorldPhotography as a means of capturing the world around us is barely 200 years old, and the concept of color photography even younger, by probably close to 100 years.Over at Timeline on Medium , Rian Dundon explores an archive of some of the oldest color photos of the world—not necessarily of the wealthy people who could afford them at the time, but taken by one of those wealthy people, who wanted a kind of photo archive of the world, and set out to take it between 1909 and 1931.From a Senegalese sniper in uniform to a portrait of three women in Kyoto to gorgeous photos of Egypt and Bosnia, there s a lot to take in—and a reminder that so much has changed in a very short period of time.Obviously the photos are copyrighted so I won t share them here the photo above is pubic domain —but they re more than worth a visit, and read of the story of the man who wanted them all taken and preserved for history.Packed with facts about each planet in our solar system and a little sight to see while you re there, you ll actually come away from it having learned a bit about how magnificent the other planets in our solar system really are, maybe a few things about our own, and even a bit about what lies beyond in other galaxies and how long it would take to actually make that multi-million-mile round trip.
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This week, Cowen and Company's Timothy Arcuri predicted that Apple's next handset will use a new front-facing laser-based facial recognition feature, and now we're hearing more about the mooted technology.Sometimes right, sometimes wrong KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via 9to5Mac has predicted Apple will add upgraded sensors, including several new biometrics technologies, to its iPhone range.Specifically, Kuo predicts Apple will add the facial recognition tech alongside a new optical fingerprint sensor which will take the place of the current Touch ID capacitive fingerprint sensor, though the report does not reference the iPhone 8 directly.This will allow the company to integrate the sensor into the display, which leaves Apple free to increase the size of the screen and reduce the size of the bezels – a design feature which is heavily rumoured to appear on the iPhone 8.The new KGI report states the under glass design of current fingerprint scanners aren't compatible with the kind of full-face display thought to be included on the iPhone 8.This new optical sensor will apparently be an under panel system, which won't use the capacitive tech provided by AuthenTec, which Apple purchased in 2013.
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Samsung Electronics has finally revealed what caused all those Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch on fire last year, prompting flight bans and a multi-billion dollar recall.During a press conference in Seoul on Monday, the South Korean electronics giant announced that two separate sets of batteries used in the device had significant design flaws.The company, alongside three independent analysts, said it tested more than 200,000 phones and 30,000 batteries over the past several months to discover the errors.We ve identified the cause of the Galaxy Note7 cases.Find out what happened and why it won t happen again.— Samsung Mobile @SamsungMobile January 23, 2017
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Without a doubt, the potential Snap IPO this year is one of the most anticipated developments for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.With the IPO market hitting a slump the last two years, despite a decent economy, hope abounds that a strong Snap could repair the broken relationship between tech startups and Wall Street.In advance of a possible Snap IPO, the data visualization specialists at Geckoboard have pulled together a range of interesting data about which tech IPOs have been winners and losers over the past decade.The numbers contain some surprises, as well as offering good perspective about how some of the most familiar names performed.First, it s worth noting that of the 100 largest tech companies that went public over the past decade, 67 percent are currently trading up.That s a pretty good track record.What are the odds that Snap will end up on the right side of the winners-losers line?According to Geckoboard, the projected $25 billion valuation of the Snap IPO would make it the fourth largest tech IPO in the past 10 years.That number would make it bigger than the IPOs of notable names like LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, and Atlassian.Indeed, it would be the biggest U.S. tech IPO since cough, cough Twitter, which has lost about half of its valuation.So, which are the most successful IPOs?
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The filmmaker responsible for The Sixth Sense is back on top of the box office, but Star Wars prequel Rogue One crossed a major milestone this week, too.The Signs and The Sixth Sense filmmaker scored another win over the weekend with Split, his new film that casts X-Men franchise actor James McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities.Not only did the film win the weekend by a wide margin, but it also went a long way toward proving that the success of Shyamalan s 2015 low-budget thriller The Visit was anything but a fluke, and that the director — who was widely written off after a string of big-budget flops — still has a knack for making compelling and scary movies.More: xXx: Return of Xander Cage shifts into high gear as a fast & furious spy movieFollowing Split on the box-office chart was Vin Diesel s franchise kick-starter xXx: Return of Xander Cage, the third film in the series and the first to feature Diesel since 2002 s xXx.Although Xander Cage only earned around $20 million in U.S. theaters — not too far off pundits expectations — the film added more than $50 million overseas, giving it an impressive worldwide gross of $70.5 million after only one weekend in theaters.
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Samsung s investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 battery issues that caused a disastrous recall will reveal multiple issues, according to the Wall Street Journal.Samsung has arranged a press conference for January 23 where it will explain conclusions found by several months of comprehensive investigations.However, the WSJ claims to have obtained the report and has dumped the findings before Samsung has a chance.The report claimed the initial batch the batteries were irregularly sized, which caused some of them to overheat and catch fire.After the initial recall, the phones with Samsung-made batteries also contained a manufacturing defect that led to further issues once the phones were replaced.That, of course, would explain by why the switch in batteries failed to halt the problem and why Samsung ended up having to fully recall the handset.
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As the likes of Hyperloop One move toward implementing their technology, competitors around the world are showing an interest in similar high-speed transportation systems.Having apparently taken note of Elon Musk s plan for a super-fast Hyperloop transportation system, engineers in South Korea are now working on their own remarkably similar technology.The Korea Railroad Research Institute KRRI recently revealed plans for a near-supersonic train that d be capable of whisking passengers between Seoul and the southern Korean city of Busan 200 miles away in just half an hour.That s about the same mileage as between Washington, D.C., and New York City, a journey that can take nearly four hours by car or just over an hour by plane.We hope to create an ultra-fast train, which will travel inside a state-of-the-art low-pressure tube at lightning speeds, a KRRI official told the Korea Times, adding that it ll be ready in the not-too-distant future.The proposed system could reach speeds of up to 620 mph 1,000 kmh .
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Samsung Electronics on Monday blamed batteries supplied by two manufacturers for the overheating and even explosions of some Galaxy Note7 phones, as it tried to provide a long due explanation for the issues surrounding the smartphone.The announcement by the company, a day ahead of it reporting its fourth quarter results, had experts from TUV Rheinland, Exponent and UL stating that internal manufacturing and design defects of the batteries, including missing insulating tape in some cases, and not the design of the phones were responsible for the battery issues.The negative electrode windings in the battery of an unnamed manufacturer A, who first supplied the batteries for the Note7 phones, were found in some cases to be damaged and bent over because the cell pouch did not provide enough volume to accommodate the battery assembly, said Kevin White, Exponent s principal scientist, at a press conference that was webcast.Samsung turned to Amperex Technology in Hong Kong to supply batteries for the replacement Note7 phones after issues were reported with batteries supplied by affiliate Samsung SDI, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Samsung's team of investigators checked the Note7 s features such as fast charging, water resistance and its newly-introduced iris scanner for a possible role in the explosions but found those had not had an impact, said D.J.More than 700 Samsung researchers and engineers tested over months over 200,000 Note7 phones and 30,000 phone batteries before arriving at their conclusions, he said.
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Don Basile is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with more than 20 years of executive experience in technology, healthcare and telecommunications.With one foot in its science fiction past and the other in the new frontier of science and tech innovations, AI occupies a unique place in our cultural imagination.In October, then-President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, which focused on the leading global technologies featured in the November issue of WIRED, which was guest edited by Obama.Given that our country was founded by innovators and disruptors who envisioned and executed exciting new technologies of their time — like the postal service, the precursor to our inbox struggles — it feels like we re coming full circle to have our then-current president comment on the next wave of technology that will keep the U.S. on the forefront of innovation.There are no real reasons to believe technology s rapid pace will slow much, and the same goes for AI.So far, we ve seen just the tip of the AI iceberg through technology such as virtual personal assistants, self-driving cars and credit card fraud prediction technology.
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Amazon is currently offering UK shoppers £10 off every order over £50.The company is celebratingfinishing top of the UK Institute of Customer Service rankings for the second year running.All shoppers need to do is add the promo code BIGTHANKS when they checkout.Save £10 on every £50 on Amazon right nowThere are some exceptions, the code cannot be used to buy gift cards, AmazonFresh orders, digital products, baby formula and Marketplace orders.However, if you wanna save a tenner on a piece of gadgetry you've been eyeing for a while, here's your chance.
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Given Android Wear smartwatches are still a relatively niche product, the $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected looked like a tough sell.However, it turns out the most premium smartwatch on the market, modelled after the classic Tag Carrera, might represent Android Wear s greatest success story to date.CEO Jean-Claude Biver said via 9to5Google , the company sold 56,000 Connected watches when internal expectations topped out at 20,000.As a result, there are now plans to launch a sequel in May, running the updated Android Wear 2.0.It ll offer Android Pay, GPS, boast a longer battery life and an improved display.Biver also revealed there ll be a smaller model designed for female wearers and a greater number of color options.
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was widely expected to at least be named interim chairman after outgoing boss Tom Wheeler announced he would depart the agency on Inauguration Day.A formal announcement could come as soon as Friday, according to the report.Pai would be able to take the
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To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Echelon and the IBM Watson IoT group will collaborate to develop an enhanced streetlight control platform for smart cities, the companies announced in a release.The platform will allow cities to use connected lighting that responds to observed behavior and trends in a way that can both reinforce public safety and reduce energy consumption.The platform will enable cities and municipalities to gather data from sensors and other connected devices, and leverage the power of IBM Watson s AI to make smarter decisions.In particular, Watson will power adaptive decision-making processes, taking sensor data and using it in real time to automate public lighting.Smart lighting platforms can provide cities with a number of clear and tangible benefits.Lights can be activated when there's a person nearby, providing a sense of security and added visibility that may serve to reduce crime by keeping people alert.Enhance automotive visibility: Using a smart lighting platform, municipalities can adjust streetlight output based on traffic volume as well as weather conditions.With low-power LEDs, the lamp can modulate output, so in cases of fog, it can decrease light levels so that visibility isn't further reduced.When typically low-trafficked areas see high volume, lights can adjust to provide output beyond normal hours.Reduce energy costs: By using a connected adaptive lighting platform, cities are able to realize benefits like those listed above while also reducing electricity usage and energy costs.The adaptive nature of a smart lighting platform allows it to only use lights that are needed, transitioning lighting from timing-based to need-based.
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AT added 1.5 million wireless subscribers for a total of 133 million.The carrier did lose 268,000 postpaid phone subscribers, but the majority of those losses were customers with cheaper feature phones.AT posted a US wireless operating margin of 29.6 percent "and a best-ever US wireless service EBITDA margin of 50.1 percent," .Even so, the total wireless revenue of $18.2 billion was down 0.7 percent year-over-year, "due to decreases in service and equipment revenues."Raising the activation fee will help AT get a little more from each customer.
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Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, and as the chief executive, he's put the restoration of American manufacturing at the top of his agenda.Countless Europeans grew up with small Ford cars inThe Japanese and German automakers have been building cars in US factories for decades.
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