Metson toisen neljänneksen oikaistu ebita-tulos laski 70,0 miljoonaan euroon vuoden takaisesta 77,3 miljoonasta eurosta.Se jäi pahasti analyytikoiden 85 miljoonan euron ennusteesta.Ennusteet vaihtelivat 80 ja 95 miljoonan euron välillä.Liikevoitto laski 14 prosenttia vertailukaudesta 59,8 miljoonaan euroon.Factsetin mukaan analyytikot odottivat noin 80 miljoonan euron liikevoittoa.Osakekohtainen tulos oli 0,24 euroa, kun vuosi sitten tulosta tuli toisella neljänneksellä 0,28 euroa osakkeelta.
If you own a smartphone, chances are it's powered by chips designed by a company called Qualcomm.For years, the company has dominated the market for microchips for mobile devices.Late Tuesday, Foxconn and three of Apple's other manufacturers filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, just one of at least half-a-dozen legal actions Qualcomm is currently involved in.The news of this latest litigation overshadowed the good news in the company's quarterly earnings report on Wednesday: the company did better than expected, but revenue was still down, largely due to its many legal disputes.A Song of Patents and LicensesQualcomm's current troubles date back to 2015, when China kicked-off a string of antitrust cases against the chipmaker with a $975 million fine.
LG has just announced the Q8, the latest member to join the company’s Q lineup of smartphones.But I wouldn’t quite describe it as a “new device.”It was only a week ago that the South Korean electronics company announced the LG Q6, Q6 Plus, and Q6a.Taking design cues from the company’s current flagship, the LG G6, the Q6 lineup was essentially LG’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy A series – midrange smartphones that are both attractive and capable.Well, today, LG has taken the wraps off the latest member to join the Q family: the LG Q8.If the LG Q8 or LG H970 looks extremely familiar to you, you’re not alone.
After months of delays, Samsung’s much ballyhooed voice assistant Bixby is here—and users on social media are already noticing the company’s loaded, sexist characterisations of its female and male voices.Inside Bixby’s “language and speaking style” menu, Samsung describes its female voice as “chipper” and “cheerful,” while the male voice is described as “confident” and “assertive.”The words appear in the main Bixby menu where users are asked to pick a gender for the service’s voice.Samsung’s Bixby assistant is rolling out today, although not all S8 owners will get immediate access to the service.In our own tests, we couldn’t get the Bixby assistant to work, but we were able to access the above menu.We’ve reached out to Samsung for a comment, who has told Gizmodo that it’s “working diligently to remove the hashtag descriptions from the Bixby service.” The company said it’s “constantly learning from customer feedback.”
Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos, are not so good.In fact, Mars’ bigger moon, Phobos, is slowly crumbling apart due to stress, which is perhaps its only relatable quality.So how did Mars—a nice, round planet—give rise to such garbage moons?The answer may lie in its turbulent youth, when it was possibly pelted with a large asteroid.A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder offers more evidence for the “single impact hypothesis” around Mars’ geographical mysteries.The idea is that Mars’ unusual topography—like its wildly different Northern and Southern hemispheres—could be explained by a giant asteroid that blasted Mars about 4.43 billion years ago.
Mercedes-Benz plans to launch its first wireless charging system for its electrified cars in 2018, aiming to cut out a lingering headache for plug-in EV owners.Expected to be offered as an option for select vehicles in the automaker’s range, the wireless charging tech will require hardware changes to the car.A pad is placed on the floor of the garage or driveway, which transmits power to a receiver plate mounted on the underside of the vehicle.Mercedes has been working on the inductive charging technology for some years now, in collaboration with BMW.The automaker has also worked with Qualcomm on similar systems.The goal is to reduce the requirement for electric car and electrified plug-in hybrid owners to have to remember to actually put their vehicle back on charge when they get to their home or office.
LiveStories, which provides software that simplifies access to civic data on poverty, health, economics, and more, today announced that it has raised $10 million in funding.Ignition Partners led the round, with participation from returning investors True Ventures and Founders Co-Op.The Seattle-based startup sources data from federal, state, and local governments, including The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census, and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.“The civic data workflow is fragmented across multiple tools and vendors,” wrote LiveStories founder and CEO Adnan Mahmud, in an email to VentureBeat.“For example, you might use Google to find the data, Excel to clean it up, Tableau to explore it, and Word to create a static report.”According to Mahmud, LiveStories’ software allows customers to find and communicate civic data in a more interactive way — across charts, videos, and images.
St. Paul, Minn. (July 2017)--For many years, it was believed that the only nitrogen-fixing organisms of legume nodules were rhizobia.However, there is a strikingly diverse population of non-rhizobia bacteria often detected within nodules obtained from soil, revealing a complex phytomicrobiome, whose interactions likely affect the behavior and fitness of the host plant.But are they in any way responsible for any benefits to the Rhizobium-legume nitrogen-fixing symbiosis, or are they parasites/saprophytes, contaminants, or commensals?Pilar Martínez-Hidalgo and Ann M. Hirsch of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to conduct a research review.This fully open-access research review published in Phytobiomes, a new journal of The American Phytopathological Society, highlights various studies from throughout the world on these lesser-known bacteria living in nitrogen-fixing nodules.In short, this review is a one-stop shop of research and discussion on non-rhizobia bacteria and its interactions on the root nodule, often highlighting literature from various countries often not seen or cited in the United States.
Artificiell intelligens är det största hotet mot vår civilisation, säger Elon Musk.Nu efterlyser Teslagrundaren nya lagar kring utvecklingen av tekniken.Det var under ett tal hos National Governors Association i fredags som serieentreprenören Elon Musk målade upp en becksvart bild av vad som kan hända om utvecklingen av artificiell intelligens tillåts fortsätta utan regulatorisk styrning.Enligt Elon Musk underskattar makthavare i dag grovt hotet som artificiell intelligens, ai, kan utgöra mot vår civilisation, rapporterar Wall Street Journal.Två scenarier som han i synnerhet varnande för var att alla jobb som görs av människor i dag kan tas över av ai, samt att ai även på sikt kan bli orsaken till att krig startas.Elon Musks uppmaning till publiken, som bestod av amerikanska politiker, var att USA borde inrätta en särskild myndighet med uppdraget att övervaka och vägleda utvecklingen av ai-tekniken.
SaaS startup Black Lake (黑湖科技) that aims to reconfigure manufacturing with IoT, mobile and data solutions has announced that it has completed its RMB 10 million Series A financing.The round was led by GGV Capital and included the company’s angel investors Zhen Fund and China Growth Capital.The company was founded in early 2016 and completed its $ 1 million angel round of financing in June of the same year.Black Lake is a part of China’s push to modernize its manufacturing and bring it to the 4th Industrial Revolution.The Shanghai-based company uses cloud data coordination with monitoring and analysis software to make use the data made by factories which would otherwise be wasted.The data helps manufacturers better understand how to optimize equipment use and the production process.
It’s the gold standard of scientific research and late last month a team at Sichuan Agricultural University finally achieved it – publication of a study in one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals.Since the gene occurs naturally in rice, the researchers found that existing species could be tweaked safely and quickly to acquire the trait, passing it on to future generations.But it was the publication – rather than the research itself – that prompted the university to give Chen’s team a 13 million yuan (HK$ 15 million) reward, the biggest ever to a Chinese team for a paper in an international journal.The university said most of the money would go to Chen’s laboratory as research funds over five years.Like other tertiary institutions around the country, Sichuan Agricultural University offers the rewards to its staff as part of a broader push to foster excellence and research on a par with the best in the world.For Chinese papers, the rate is below the global average, according to People’s Daily .
Cykla för välgörenhet tillsammans med investerare och andra europeiska techbolag?Det är idén bakom Nordic Makers cykelfärd mellan Köpenhamn och Berlin, som ska bidra med större nätverkseffekter.”Bolagen har mycket att lära av varandra”, säger Benjamin Ratz.Techbikers startades i London 2012 och organiserade cykelhelger där deltagarna skulle ta sig mellan Paris och London i grupp.”Startupkulturen skiljer sig otroligt mycket åt mellan de olika länderna och vi tror att bolagen kan lära sig mycket av varandra om de ges chansen”, säger Benjamin Ratz.Hittills har ett 90-tal personer ansökt om att vara med på cykelturen men Benjamin Ratz uppger att det endast är ett 60-tal personer kommer att väljas ut, varav hälften ska vara investerare eller affärsänglar.
Cheap add-on turns Raspberry Pi into music centre, dicoball, and adds Amazon Alexa capabilitiesThe Raspberry Pi 3 micro computer can be equipped with a number of new technology options thanks to the arrival of a cheap add-on device.Start-up pi-top has released the add-on device called the pi-topPULSE.This device costs just £40, and will add music, lightshows, and Amazon Alexa capabilities to the Raspberry Pi 3.It comes after Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi was awarded the UK’s top engineering accolade when it won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award last month.The pi-topPULSE add-on board is housed with a nondescript box measuring 60x67mm, and it functions as a high-end Raspberry Pi Speaker.
For fans of NASA space program, the contents of a deceased engineer's basement turned out to be quite the treasure trove.A couple of NASA computers dating back to the Apollo mission era have been recovered from the basement of a deceased engineer in Pittsburgh.The revelation comes from a NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report, which was released with the engineer’s name redacted in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.Hundreds of tape reels — many of them unmarked — were found alongside the computer.The labeled tapes appear to contain details of space science-related missions such as NASA’s Helios and Pioneer 10 and 11, which first flew by Jupiter and Saturn.NASA was first contacted about the objects by a scrap dealer who had purchased them from the engineer’s heir.
Senator Al Franken wants to make sure that deep-pocketed broadband companies can't hijack the internet.Franken, along with several other Democrats in the Senate, have been turning up the pressure on the FCC as the Republican-controlled agency considers a proposal to dismantle the rules.Franken, who's long been a leading voice on Capitol Hill supporting strong net neutrality, participated in the online "Day of Action" protest Wednesday to encourage the public to file comments with the FCC to keep the existing rules.The regulations have been controversial because the FCC changed the classification of broadband so that it's treated like a public utility.In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal that would return broadband to its previous classification and wipe away the existing rules.Net neutrality supporters, like Franken, say that doing this would give broadband and wireless companies too much control over the internet and would kill innovation.
There’s been an interesting development on the iMac Pro front with Intel’s revelation of its full line-up of Xeon server-grade processors from the Purley platform.These new CPUs are rumored to drive the powerful all-in-one, but there doesn’t appear to be a top-end CPU in the range which matches the specifications Apple previously stated.Apple said that the iMac Pro would use eight, 10 and 18-core processors with a maximum Turbo speed of up to 4.5GHz, but as Mac Rumors observes, the fastest CPUs in the revealed Purley chips only run up to a Turbo clock of 4.2GHz.Specifically, the quickest chip that matches Apple’s mentioned core counts is the Intel Xeon Gold 6144 which is an eight-core CPU with a base clock of 3.5GHz and Turbo to 4.2GHz.So that leaves room for a bit of head scratching here: these Purley processors may be fine for most of the machines in the range, but when it comes to the top-end iMac Pro, what processor is Apple planning to use exactly, given that there is no 4.5GHz model in existence?Mac Rumors offers up a simple explanation: Intel hasn’t announced all its Purley models yet, and there’s a beefier one in the pipeline which is destined for the higher-end iMac Pro.
It’s been very helpful for FringeSport.I addressed email marketing, in fact, in my previous two posts: “Lessons on starting an email list” and “How to get your first 1,000 email subscribers.”However, I’m also a huge fan of the phone.Certainly you can answer questions over email.You send an email, they receive it, maybe they respond, and maybe they don’t.You’ve likely been in situations where you were selling, and you sent an email with a minor bit of information.
This week, Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Bitcoin trading site Mt Gox pleaded not guilty on charges of embezzlement.Once the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox fell from grace following the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in one of the biggest cryptocurrency scandals to date.Founded by Jed McCaleb sometime in the 00s, Mt Gox began life as an site for Magic: The Gathering Online fans to exchange cards.The name of the site comes from an acronym for “Magic: The Gathering Online eXchange.”The site went from game cards to Bitcoin exchange fairly quickly.In McCaleb’s own words, cards were only traded on the original Mt Gox site for three months.
Amazon is offering in-home consultations to customers interested in installing smart-home technologies.The service, first reported by Recode, is aimed at consumers interested in new Internet of Things gear but perhaps intimidated about setting them up.The move is consistent with a pattern Amazon has shown this year of introducing offerings or taking bold steps that offer new competition for its retail-chain rivals.The company announced plans to buy Whole Foods Markets, causing supermarket stocks to tumble.And a partnership with Nike to sell shoes caused sporting-goods stores to lose value.The latest retail chain in Amazon’s crosshairs is Best Buy, which has been one of the rare companies to thrive despite a direct threat from Amazon.
The Focal Listen Wireless offer phenomenal sound but little else.But one of the biggest drawbacks of the Listen was the fact that it was a wired headphone in an increasingly wireless world.To bring the Listen up to speed with the wireless trend, Focal released the Listen Wireless this year.This isn’t a bad thing as the headphones still manage to feel robust and premium.The biggest visual difference is that the Wireless have a piano-black finish where the Focal Listen featured a matte silver finish.Here's some good news: the Focal Listen Wireless feature soft leather pads that wrap around your ears creating a good seal for bass response and noise isolation.