Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't want his nephew using social media.Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out Friday about the overuse of technology, saying he wouldn't allow his nephew to use social networks.Cook is the latest in a long line of tech executives and others in the industry who have raised concerns about the downsides of technology products and services.Speaking at a school in England on Friday, Cook said he didn't want his nephew to use social media, according to The Guardian.He also argued that the use of tech in schools should be limited.And while technology companies such as Apple have for years pushed their products on schools, Cook acknowledged that sometimes an iPad is inappropriate in the classroom.
Consumers expect smarter connected products in the home, in the office and in our cities and towns.This is driving rapid evolution in the entire product ecosystem.To keep pace and remain competitive companies need to expand product functionality, increase product performance, and maintain high reliability - all while reducing costs and time to market.Making complex, high quality products in today's and tomorrow’s rapidly evolving market requires a superior digitalization strategy that leverages the best simulation alongside the best prototyping and testing methods.One of the 4 most common causes of failure in electronic systems is dust.The most visible effect of dust on electronics systems is the restriction of cooling air flow due to accumulation on inlet air vents, and the restricted air flow results in higher component temperatures.
Reuters reports that policymakers in South Korea’s parliament said that they’re considering shutting down domestic cryptocurrency exchanges, following the steep plunge in value of major virtual currencies over the past couple of days.The news comes just days after we heard just the opposite.After South Korean law enforcement agencies raided the offices of local cryptocurrency exchanges to investigate alleged tax evasion last week, various government bodies including the official residence of the President announced that trading wouldn’t be banned in the country the next day.Today, South Korea’s chief of the Financial Services Commission said:(The government) is considering both shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges or just the ones who have been violating the law.In addition, Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol said at a news conference that “cryptocurrency is not a legal currency and is not being used as such as of now.”
One of the biggest misconceptions about troubleshooting systems is that it requires deep, specific technical knowledge to locate and solve production issues.To start with, most assumptions about broad concepts are generally wrong because they are based on the expectation that there is a single, best way of doing things every time.There are certainly times when the developer of a particular solution can look at a problem a production application is having and instantly say, “I know why that is happening.” This happens not because the developer deliberately left an issue but because most solutions have multiple, valid approaches.There is also the psychological aspect that can occur in having the original developer investigate the issue.Yes, sometimes those intuitive assumptions are useful, so long as they are abandoned if they don’t quickly prove out.Once the issue is identified, deep knowledge may still hinder resolution and will not always be necessary.
After months of waiting, we finally know when Final Fantasy 15 will launch on PC.Today Square Enix announced the release date for Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition, detailing all of the extra content that will come with this version as well.The best news is that Final Fantasy 15 will arrive on PC a lot sooner than many of us were probably expecting.Square Enix revealed a March 6, 2018 release date for Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition today, delivering a trailer that shows off some of the enhancements we can expect.We’ll see support for 4K textures and Dolby Atmos sound, and those who are using an NVIDIA card will find compatibility with GameWorks features like TurfVision and Hairworks.Here are the minimum, recommended, and 4K HDR specs you’ll need in order to run the game on Windows:
Just like actors flock to Los Angeles and writers to New York City, eager young coders swarmed to San Francisco for their chance to make it big.VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech channel invites you to join us and other senior business leaders at BLUEPRINT in Reno on March 5-7.Companies from every sector (and every state) are starting to resemble tech startups, and the door has opened for founders without technical backgrounds — and who aren’t from San Francisco — to get in on the action.Y Combinator, the most successful accelerator in the world, openly favors companies founded by hackers.And until recently, many Bay Area investors refused to consider investing in companies that weren’t a 30-minute drive from their office.But between 2010 and 2015, Bay Area VCs increased their nonlocal investments by 103 percent, and having a computer science degree is no longer requisite.
Security firm Check Point today revealed it had discovered malware on the Google Play store disguised as children’s games — malware that gives kids ads not suited for their age group.Checkpoint’s report on the malware warns it shows pornographic ads which would obscure the actual game, including one featuring a picture of Kim Kardashian — fittingly, the code is called AdultSwine.In some cases, the virus would prompt users to download fake anti-virus software.In others, it would try to trick them into entering their phone number.According to Reuters, the ads appear in apps with titles aimed at kids, like “Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago.” I’m assuming the thought process is that kids will mindlessly click on a pop-up if they think it will get them back to the game faster — not that adults don’t do that, too.The games named by the researchers have since been removed from the Google Play Store, though Check Point warns that it likely won’t be the last time parents see such malicious activity:
Atlas is the state of the art, and you might think that because Atlas has solved backflips, building a full-sized biped robot that can just walk around should be easy by now.But it’s very much not easy, especially in the home.For starters, there’s the noise.Even electronic servo-based robots can be loud.But more importantly, bipeds are expensive, fragile, and fall over a lot.The people at Ubtech, a China-based robotics company that sells a wide range of home and toy robots, are working on the impossible, and possibly the impractical: Walker, a human-sized biped for the home.
SpaceX’s latest rocket may have launched successfully – but the mission didn’t end as a win.The Zuma payload it was carrying, a mysterious classified piece of cargo for the U.S. government believed to be a spy satellite, was lost after it failed to separate from the second stage of the rocket after the first stage of the Falcon 9 separated as planned and returned to Earth.The WSJ reports, and we’ve confirmed separately, that the payload is thought to have fallen back through the Earth’s atmosphere after reaching space, because of the failure to separate.The failure is one that can happen when cargo doesn’t properly detach as planned, since the second stage is designed to fall back to Earth and burn up in re-entry.SpaceX had launched as planned on January 7 in its target window, and recovered the first stage of the booster with a landing at its Cape Canaveral facility.Because of the nature of the mission, coverage and information regarding the progress of the rocket and its payload from then on was not disclosed.
Asus has narrowed the bezels on its Vivo line of everyday all-in-one desktops, giving the already attractive systems a more modern look for 2018.On the inside, the 27-inch Vivo V272 ramps up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU.While that discrete GPU promises better performance than you'd get with just the integrated graphics in the Core i7, it's a notebook part so you can expect the system to perform more like a midrange laptop than a desktop.That's pretty common for all-in-ones, since most manufacturers insist on cramming the system into the back of the monitor where heat's a bigger problem.It has a touch display, though with a respectable 100 percent sRGB color gamut.It's only 1,920x1,080 pixels, which means the density isn't great and will likely look a little coarse.The company also announced a new model of its smaller -- too small?
Former Altice CEO Michel Combes wasted little time in moving on from his sacking by securing the CFO gig at US operator Sprint.Combes full job title is actually President and CFO, but he will still report into Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, so the first position seems somewhat redundant.This also feels like a backward step for Comes in terms of job role, having previously been CEO at French telecoms conglomerate Altice and before that CEO of Alcatel Lucent.The Sprint release insists Combes is an ‘accomplished telecom and cable industry executive’.It’s certainly hard to argue with a CV that also includes stints at Orange and Vodafone, but the extent of his accomplishments remains up for debate.Having overseen a halving of Altice’s share price in the space of just a week last November, Combes was thrown to the wolves, but Claure clearly thinks that was Altice’s mistake.
Going on a vacation without a good camera is a sin, and depending on your smartphone camera for long range shots is not a good idea.While expecting a decent optical zoom on smartphones is still far from reality, having solid zooming ability without compromising quality is a must while traveling.Check out our guide to the best compact camerasThis is what makes the 'travel camera' genre so popular.These are compact cameras barely larger than a regular point-and-shoot model, but with massive 20x or 30x zoom lenses.Rugged waterproof camera with 4K video recording capability
Anyone who’s read Fahrenheit 451 appreciates the awesome possible future where the walls of our homes are just televisions and we get to live in TV land.Well, Samsung just made that possibility a reality with a 146-inch MicroLED screen.First revealed at Samsung First Look, the Korean company’s big event at CES, The Wall lives up to its name not only because of its size but because of its promised functionality.The TV is bezel-less so it completely blends into whatever surface it’s hanging on.Samsung also describes the screen as the world’s first “modular TV” which is a phrase that only sort of makes sense.It’s not modular in the sense that you can break it up into little pieces in order to make it larger or smaller.
Innomdle Lab is a South Korean startup that was spun out of Samsung’s incubator, and it’s just about ready to launch its first product: Sgnl, a wristband-slash-watch strap that turns your fingers into a phone receiver.When paired with a phone, you can hear callers by touching your finger to your ear; the vibrations travel down your wrist to your fingertip.The device also has fitness tracking and notification functionality, and it can be fit to pretty much any analog or smart watch or worn by itself.The audio quality was decent in my brief testing, and Innomdle says that Sgnl should be shipping in March, so we shouldn’t have long to find out how well it works in practice.
China’s pioneering into electricity-generating roads has taken a step back after a section of the road was stolen just five days after it opened, local media has reported (in Chinese).This setback comes just as China announced record solar electricity generation.The world’s first solar panel paved highway opened in Jinan in Shandong on December 28 last year.But on January 2 a routine daily inspection found that a stretch of the solar panel surface was missing and the police were called.The Qilu Evening News reported that a piece 15cm by 185cm was removed with damage to surrounding panels.The report quoted road staff as saying that the incident was clearly not simply damage or a rough job, but a planned and carefully executed plan.
So much of our extremely online lives now revolves around things like the president of the United States threatening to either nuke North Korea or show them his genitals (not sure which!)or worrying about massive security breaches.But hey, some of it also rules.Per NPR, one of the hottest trends on Chinese social media is now live-streaming rural life—things like agriculture, picking weeds, taking care of animals, or fishing and trapping freshwater creatures in rice paddies.Credit Suisse data shows China’s live-streaming industry is approaching $3 billion a year, according to NPR, and the result has been rural denizens like 26-year-old farmer Liu Jin Ying making bank and minor celebrity status with nice videos of the simple life.Liu’s making an astonishing £1,100 a month from 200,000 subscribers, the most anyone in his hometown of Three Stones Village has ever made.
We can't plan for a bug-free October or a six-month production environment change freeze.The problem is when we are two-thirds of the way through Q2 and the vendor hasn't updated that release timeframe.Will that thing really land within the next four weeks?Oh, and global Software-as-a-Service vendors – you can improve your rollout dates.None of this "US & UK now and everyone else sometime within the next 12 months."", including specific use cases and environmental integration challenges.
Aurora, the startup founded by Google self-driving car program and Tesla alum Chris Urmson, has signed up two high-profile automaker partners despite its relative youth – both Volkswagen and Hyundai are planning to incorporate Aurora self-driving technology in production cars by 2021.The Volkswagen is also hoping to put autonomous test cars on the road later this year, in a limited initial test, and then expand that to hundreds and then over one thousand test cars by 2020 ahead of the production rollout, per the Wall Street Journal.The plan for its initial deployment of production vehicles is then to field a fleet of self-driving cars in as many as five cities in a ride-hailing service, which is similar to how Ford, GM and Waymo all are looking to initially deploy their own self-driving programs.Hyundai, too, is hoping to begin with driverless taxis in a service offering launching at “commercial scale” by 2021, per the WSJ.Using Aurora’s tech is only one way that the automakers host to potentially make this happen, however, since the deal is non-exclusive, and both automakers revealed in the report that they’ve also been talking to Waymo about potential partnerships.Aurora’s been working with Volkswagen for six months already, which, for a company this young, is a sign of how much appetite there is among automakers for technology enablers that can help them reach their self-driving goals.
Last September, Nintendo released the SNES Classic Edition.The November before that, we got the NES Classic Edition.Over the holidays, retro game stores reported that the N64 was their best-selling old console.The system is home to some of Nintendo’s biggest classics ever, including Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.During the N64 era, this Nintendo-owned studio made many of the console’s most popular games, such as Banjo-Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and Perfect Dark.But Microsoft now owns Rare, and Nintendo doesn’t own the rights to the games the studio made that didn’t feature established Nintendo characters.
Every year, China’s president Xi Jinping delivers a New Year’s Eve address, outlining the country’s plans for the months ahead.But Chinese netizens don’t just pay attention to his words; they also scour the bookshelves behind Xi, analyzing the titles and authors found there to try and gain some insight into his mind.And the big additions this year?Well, two new texts on artificial intelligence — a topic of huge interest for the Chinese government.As reported by The Shanghaiist (and seen via Quartz), the books on AI were Pedro Domingos’ The Master Algorithm and Brett King’s Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane.Both deal with the potential impact of artificial intelligence on society, with King’s book providing a futurist’s slightly fantastical overview on this and other technologies, while Domingos’ offers a more grounded and practical look at the rise of machine learning.