Google didn’t violate labor laws by firing engineer James Damore for a memo criticizing the company’s diversity program, according to a recently disclosed letter from the US National Labor Relations Board.The lightly redacted statement is written by Jayme Sophir, associate general counsel of the NLRB’s division of advice; it dates to January, but was released yesterday, according to Law.com.Sophir concludes that while some parts of Damore’s memo were legally protected by workplace regulations, “the statements regarding biological differences between the sexes were so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive as to be unprotected.”Damore filed an NLRB complaint in August of 2017, after being fired for internally circulating a memo opposing Google’s diversity efforts.Sophir recommends dismissing the case; Bloomberg reports that Damore withdrew it in January, and that his lawyer says he’s focusing on a separate lawsuit alleging discrimination against conservative white men at Google.NLRB records state that its case was closed on January 19th.
The relationship between Uber and Transport for London at the moment is strained, at best, thanks to the former's operating licence not being renewed - effectively banning it from the city.While Uber dismissed claims it wasn't "fit and proper" to hold a licence and set about appealing the ban in court, it seems it's not above trying to curry favour with the regulator by making changes to the way it operates.It's probably some good timing on Uber's part as well, since TfL just released a new policy document detailing some new requests it has for all private hire vehicle operators - a lot of which involved safety.My impression is that Uber isn't willing to place all its bets on winning in court, and is putting measure into place to ensure it's able to continue operating within the capital regardless of the eventual outcome.Plus it decreases the likelihood of other cities following London's example if the changes are rolled out worldwide.Tom Elvidge, Uber's UK general manager, said:
Google’s Gmail Go is now available in the Play store for Android devices, bringing most of the functionality of the original app, while shaving off half the file size.It’s part of the company’s Go suite of apps, which are designed to work well on low-end phones with low memory and storage.That, in turn, is part of the Android Go program, which brings a streamlined version of the OS to said handsets.According to Android Police, the lightweight Gmail Go is practically indistinguishable in terms of features and functionality from Gmail; the only major difference is that it’s available for Android Go from Google Play; however, if your device is running Android Oreo 8.1, you can sideload the app by installing it from APKMirror.You’ll find the installer to be roughly 10MB lighter than standard Gmail at 9.5 MB; when installed, it takes up 24.8 MB – about half of Gmail’s 47.28 MB.That raises the question: why does the original Gmail app require more space?
Remember the big PSVR deals Sony’s rolled out for Black Friday and Christmas?The company is back with even more, offering its standalone virtual reality headset at the sub-$200 price point.The deal starts in a few days and will continue to run through March 3, giving all PlayStation 4 owners (original console through Pro) the chance to get the maker’s VR gear at a big discount.The PlayStation VR headset, more commonly called the PSVR, gives PS4 owners a way to play their favorite games in an immersive environment.Sony says its PSVR holiday deals were massively popular, and so it is bringing them back starting on Sunday, February 18.Once that date arrives, the PSVR headset will be priced at $199.99.
The first car arrives over two hours before the hulling station officially opens in Jeffersonville, Kentucky.By the time that Renee Zaharie appears and starts the hulling machine, four more vehicles have pulled in and are waiting under the darkening evening sky.The steady murmur of conversation (and the occasional guffaw) hums beneath the tent protecting the machine from the elements, as walnut hullers shoot the breeze after a long day of picking.Occasionally, a plaintive mew announces the otherwise-silent arrival of one of the 40 cats that Renee and her husband, William, foster.While some may dread black walnuts for these reasons, for many others, the annual harvest is a welcome time of the year: a sign of the changing seasons, the return of a beloved baking ingredient, and, perhaps most importantly, an opportunity to earn extra cash.There, hulling operators use specialized machinery to remove the hulls (which can make up to half of a black walnut’s weight), weigh the hulled walnuts, purchase them, and send them to Stockton, Missouri for shelling and further processing.
For example, the vilification that Stephen Elop received on receiving a "$26m payoff" was completely unwarranted, the authors conclude, since the figure (and much of the reporting) was wildly inaccurate.And Elop's time at Nokia cost him his marriage, don't forget.The core question is whether Elop was correct to ditch Nokia's existing platforms, Symbian and Meego in favour of the Windows Phone.Careless PR gave the market the impression that Symbian was being axed, despite Elop's expressed intention to sell 150 million Symbian phones before it was finally shunted off to the glue factory.This proved catastrophic: network operators demanded that their contracts with Nokia be renegotiated.We also learn how the Burning Platform memo – details of which emerged first at El Reg – hurt employees pride, and caused disquiet even at board level.
Independent creative agency HarrimanSteel, which orchestrated the lauded wall mural campaign for Patagonia and counts Nike, Converse and Toms among its clients, will shut its London agency after 19 years and relocate to Amsterdam amid a ‘dramatically shifting political scene’.It will now follow many of its existing clients in setting up a new headquarters in Amsterdam, a city which it said “is better-positioned to further its scope.”Founder Nick Steel has already moved to Amsterdam while Julian Harriman-Dickinson will continue to work from London to manage its network of freelancers.“With an eye to the dramatically shifting political and creative scene, we believe it makes total sense for us to focus our efforts on expanding our Central European agency in Amsterdam,” said Harriman-Dickinson.Despite this, HarrimanSteel said the United Kingdom will remain a “strong” region, with the agency launching a campaign this week for shoe brand Toms.Toms marketing director for Europe Lisa Hoggs said: "For the first time ever, we have hired a creative agency to deliver the first UK/Europe specific campaign for one of our biggest key accounts.
It’s always fun to watch concept videos of upcoming smartphones I guess.You know they are not official, not confirmed, but somehow you end up building your expectations on them… well at least that’s what happened to me (I guess) when I first saw this Nokia 7 Plus concept video below.It was recently uploaded to the official YouTube channel of Concept Creator and shows an exceptional, symmetric device, that pleases the eye (at least mine).The design is based solely on leaked images/renders and rumors and according to these it should boast a dual camera on its back (with Zeiss logo), along with really slim bezels.The concept is made out of metal and glass, and packs a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm headphone jack placed on top, and all the typical buttons on its sides.If you take a look at its display, you might see that the top and bottom bezels are noticeably thicker than the device’s side bezels, but still, if the real deal ends up looking like this, it will definitely sport the thinnest set of bezels of any Nokia-branded device thus far.
Ironically this pushes Uber drivers more into employee territory from contractor.
In a rather surprising turn of events, Amazon has announced that it will be changing its Prime Exclusive phone program in significant ways.It has promised to remove lockscreen ads, and only the lockscreen ads, on its phones, though in exchange for a slightly higher price tag.But that is only going to happen with an update that hasn’t rolled out yet to all users.If you’re feeling a bit impatient, you can actually get rid of those pesky ads now just by sideloading this APK.Prime Exclusive phones are almost Amazon’s answer to carrier subsidized phones.Available exclusively to its Prime club, it only has a few models available in its selection.
Reports in January from cybersecurity company McAfee claimed that organisations associated with the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were targeted by a hacking "campaign."Perhaps unsurprisingly, that wasn't the last cyberattack aimed at the Winter Olympics.Officials confirmed Sunday that the Winter Games were hit by a cyberattack during Friday's opening ceremony, though they opted not to reveal the attackers."We know the cause of the problem but that kind of issues occurs frequently during the Games.We decided with the [International Olympics Committee] we are not going to reveal the source," Pyeongchang organising committee spokesman Sung Baik-you told reporters, according to Reuters."All issues were resolved and recovered [Saturday] morning."
Maybe you’re sitting at a MacBook or other modern PC right now, typing away in near silence on a keyboard that provides no real satisfying response to your human fingers.Maybe, once in the distant past, you remember when keyboards offered something in return: A “click clack” that stood as an auditory proof of productivity.If you miss that and want it back, the new Azio Luxury Retro Classic keyboard with Bluetooth is a fantastic option, and one that’s relatively affordable compared to some of the more extravagant typewriter-inspired keyboards out there – but with all of the same charm, and a mechanical typing action that you’ll love if you’re a fan of really pounding those keys.The $219.99 ($189.99 if you don’t need wireless connectivity) accessory comes with a lot in the box you won’t get from comparably priced premium keyboards, including replaceable keycaps for both Mac and PC, as well as backlighting, and genuine metal, wood and leather finished surfaces.The wireless version works in both wired and Bluetooth configurations, and the 6,000 mAh battery on board can last for up to two months between charges.The keyboard uses USB-C for charging, with a cable included (braided, no less) and it just works out of the box with both macOS and Windows thanks to the convenient mode switch at the back and the aforementioned interchangeable key caps (no tools required, either – just pull them off and push on the replacements.)
El Basque Culinary Center abre una nueva convocatoria de sus CA!El objetivo de estos galardones es premiar el talento emprendedor y los modelos de negocio disruptivos del sector Food.En concreto, para estos premios se buscan startups nacionales en áreas como food delivery & on demand, Internet of Food, impresión de comida 3D, agricultura de precisión, alimentos sustitutivos, alimentos medicinales, espacios y restaurantes smart, experiencias gastronómicas, aplicaciones móviles, etc.Startup Prizes es necesario contar con un producto mínimo viable (MVP), un modelo de negocio validado y con métricas de clientes dentro del sector de la gastronomía y la alimentación.“Nuestro objetivo -explica Joxe Mari Aizega, director general del BCC- es identificar y premiar soluciones con potencial para cambiar el mundo de la alimentación y la gastronomía.También queremos reconocer la labor de emprendedores que trabajan día a día para sacar adelante sus negocios, que tienen visión y proyección internacional.”
Has controversial YouTuber Logan Paul changed?It seems YouTube doesn’t think so.Citing his “recent pattern of behavior,” the Google-owned platform announced this morning that it had “temporarily suspended” ads on Paul’s channels — stopping an income stream estimated to be worth more than a million dollars a month.Paul’s “recent pattern of behavior” could mean a few different things though.The YouTuber caused international controversy when he filmed a suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest at the beginning of the year, and stopped producing his daily vlog for a month in response to the outcry.He returned to the platform late last month, claiming he had learned from his mistakes and grown as an individual.
COLLEGE PARK -- Engineers at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) have found a way to make wood more than 10 times times stronger and tougher than before, creating a natural substance that is stronger than many titanium alloys."This new way to treat wood makes it 12 times stronger than natural wood and 10 times tougher," said Liangbing Hu of UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering and the leader of the team that did the research, to be published on February 8, 2018 in the journal Nature.It's also comparable to carbon fiber, but much less expensive.""Soft woods like pine or balsa, which grow fast and are more environmentally friendly, could replace slower-growing but denser woods like teak in furniture or buildings," Hu said."The paper provides a highly promising route to the design of lightweight, high performance structural materials, with tremendous potential for a broad range of applications where high strength, large toughness and superior ballistic resistance are desired, " said Huajian Gao, a professor at Brown University who was not involved in the study."It is particularly exciting to note that the method is versatile for various species of wood and fairly easy to implement."
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said at a press event for the just-launched Falcon Heavy that SpaceX will now begin focusing in earnest on “BFR,” the code name for its next big space launch vehicle.BFR (aka “big f*cking rocket,” in case you lack imagination) will be designed to be a vehicle capable of using a single stage to make it all the way to orbit, with fully loaded tanks.Musk said that BFR might be ready for “short hopper flights with the spaceship part” of the rocket by maybe next year.These will essentially be flights of “increasing complexity,” with the intent being to go out of Earth’s atmosphere and then “come back in hot to test the heat shield,” because BFR’s primary purpose will require it to survive planetary entry, on Earth, Mars and beyond.“There are a lot of uncertainties around this program, but it is going to be our focus,” Musk said on a press call following Falcon Heavy’s launch.“We’re almost done with Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.
Remember the OnePlus X that launched in 2015 when OnePlus was still in its baby days?Well, new rumours have sprung up from nowhere that OnePlus might bring the X-factor to life again.The OnePlus X tried to invade a territory which was a fortress of the Moto G series in 2015.And now it’s 2018, OnePlus never came up with a successor.According to techpp, a person aware of OnePlus plans stated that the brand might be planning a reboot of the OnePlus X series.According to another source, it might come even earlier than that, priced in the Rs 15,000 to Rs 17,000 category.
We're guessing by now you've noticed that Samsung has a couple of new phones on the way: the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus.The latest in a long line of leaked details about these much-anticipated phones comes courtesy of a couple of S9 Clear View cases that third-party retailer MobileFun has managed to get hold of.Case specs may not be as interesting as phone specs, but the two demos that MobileFun has put online do tell us that the the upcoming phones are going to be almost exactly the same size as their predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.That means your new phone might squeeze snugly into your old case, though from these quick hands-on videos it looks like the S9 variants are going to have edges that are slightly less rounded.Thanks to spec listings leaked out on the web, we already know battery sizes are going to match up with last year's models.The new videos also confirm rumors the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will have a fingerprint sensor under the rear camera sensor rather than alongside it – which is good news – and that you can expect a dual-camera setup on the back of the bigger S9 Plus.
At $350, Bose's comparatively expensive QC35II headphones aren't for everyone, especially if all you want is a simple, good pair of Bluetooth headphones.If you're in the market for noise cancelling headphones, the QC35II should certainly be near the top of your shortlist.They deliver premium audio quality, but they're not my favorite headphones for music, as I personally prefer a little bit more bass than they deliver for bass-heavy music.But their excellent noise cancellation and extreme comfort make the QC35II my go-to pair of headphones for every day use.It might not seem like they do a great job in a noisy environment, but they do.It's the same experience as during my commute.
The nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier by subscribers spent much of 2017 in preparation for a merger with No.It was a shocking development because most in the industry believed the deal made sense, creating a larger combined player to better face off against larger Verizon and AT Sprint, in particular, appeared to need the support of a larger company -- especially as the industry makes the investment to jump into 5G.It seemed like the transaction was a foregone conclusion, with both companies canceling their earnings conference calls in October because of the merger speculation.But a deal with T-Mobile was not to be, leaving Sprint on its own in a particularly competitive field where carriers are bending over backwards to win your business with freebies like Netflix and HBO service.The good news for consumers is carriers will likely stay aggressive when it comes to promotions and incentives to switch.Still, the company's fiscal third-quarter results, released Friday, underscore the difficulties of running as a standalone business.