US President Trump is increasingly living up to his name by poking his nose into business deals, and has blocked Broadcom’s attempted acquisition of Qualcomm.We previously reported that Qualcomm’s board seemed to have played a blinder by getting the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) involved in Broadcom’s hostile takeover bid for it.The sudden stampede by various governmental agencies to be nice and protectionist and treat anyone who doesn’t have an American accent with sullen suspicion has served as a reminder of the power of patronage.If you want to keep your nice public sector position and maybe even get promoted, then you can do a lot worse than bang on about China stealing our jobs and generally playing dirty.The US President has issued an Executive Order declaring “The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser is prohibited.” In the US an Executive Order is effectively an instant law, imposed by the President without having to bother with Congress, Senate, etc.It seems to be a legal fait accompli that is almost impossible to appeal.
An executive order, handed down by the Trump administration on Monday, says that at the urging of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the President has decided to prohibit the deal and to block all 15 of Broadcom's nominees for Qualcomm's board of directors."There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Broadcom Limited ... through exercising control of Qualcomm Incorporated … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," president Trump's order stated.Broadcom did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The House Committee has reviewed the deal since late February 2018 over worries that a merger between the two companies would give foreign control to vital parts of the US telecoms market.Broadcom, based in Singapore, is in the process of moving its base of operations to the US.Earlier today, the company sped up the clock on the move, promising to legally reside in the US full-time by April 3 (and no longer be subject to CFIUS scrutiny).
On the 29th birthday of the World Wide Web its founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee has written an open-letter condemning the dominance of the big tech players, pointing out the negative impact on competition and society on the whole.While no specific names were named, it’s not hard to guess which companies he is talking about is you read the comment below.“The web that many connected to years ago is not what new users will find today,” said Berners-Lee.“What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms.This concentration of power creates a new set of gatekeepers, allowing a handful of platforms to control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared.”The issue here is that the internet does not serve the little man which Berners-Lee hints was its purpose in the first place.
Today, a group of 180 female CEOs, chief creative officers, chief strategy officers and other top agency executives announced the launch of Time’s Up Advertising, an official “vertical” aimed at discussing and addressing the industry’s pervasive problems with sexual harassment and gender inequality.Time’s Up Advertising said in a statement it will “drive new policies, practices, decisions and tangible actions that result in more balanced, diverse and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe cultures within the advertising industry.”Specifically, the group said it is committed to fixing policies “that have failed us,” leveraging the experiences of industry leaders with diverse backgrounds and adopting employee training to make the ad industry more inclusive and safe.The initiative began at the end of January with a group of just 14 C-suite women, Time’s Up Advertising explained in a letter today that began with the phrase, “Hey, sisters, we know.” The letter states that one night of open discussion turned into “more meet-ups and phone calls, and hundreds of emails.According to the letter, the group quickly grew from just 14 executives to 180.Those leaders include Alyson Warshaw, chief creative officer of Laundry Service; Debby Reiner, CEO of Grey New York; Andrea Cook, president of FCB/Six; Andrea Diquez, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New York; Kirsten Flanik, president and CEO of BBDO New York; Kate Weiss, executive vice president of human resources and partner at Universal McCann; Sarah Thompson, global and New York CEO of Droga5; Wendy Clark, global CEO of DDB Worldwide; and Kristen Cavallo, the CEO of The Martin Agency who was appointed in December after the agency’s former chief creative officer Joe Alexander departed amid a wave of sexual harassment allegations.
Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, is moving beyond driverless taxis.The company announced on Friday that its self-driving trucks have begun hauling real cargo in the Atlanta area.A safety driver in the truck will take over if anything goes wrong."Over the past year, we’ve been conducting road tests of Waymo’s self-driving trucks in California and Arizona," Waymo wrote in a blog post.Now the trucks are going to haul loads to Google's data centers in the state of Georgia.Earlier this week, Uber announced that its driverless trucks would begin hauling freight in Arizona—also with a safety driver in the truck.
Waverly Labs has a lofty goal: to eliminate language barriers with the help of technology.The company's first product, the Pilot translating earpiece, started as an Indiegogo campaign in 2016.Now, the Brooklyn-based startup says it has sold 27,000 units and has begun shipping to its early customers.The Pilot looks like a fairly standard pair of wireless earbuds.They fit snugly in your ear canals and can be used to play music from your phone.But Waverly Labs says they can also translate languages in real time, enabling a conversation between two people who speak different languages.
NASA has the spacecraft Juno in orbit around Jupiter right now collecting scientific data about the gas giant and sending it back to Earth for study.The scientists say that the findings will improve our understanding of the interior structure of Jupiter, core mass, and its origins.Part of the scientific data sent back recently has to do with massive cyclones that surround the north and south poles of Jupiter.The image here is a composite image derived from data collecting by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper and is of the central cyclone at the north pole of the planet.The large central cyclone is surrounded by eight other cyclones and are said to be like nothing else discovered in our solar system.Data collected by Juno is also giving insight into the roots of the zones and belts of Jupiter.
In the real world, fatal animal encounters are more "My Girl" than "Jaws."The New York Times reports that researchers — in a study published in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine — found hornets, wasps and bees killed 478 people between 2008 and 2015.That's 29.7 percent of the 1,610 people killed by animals during that period.It's also the reason Dr. Jared Forrester, the study's lead author, says in a press release that it's "critical" EpiPens and other epinephrine auto-injectors be affordable; their price has quadrupled in recent years.Dogs were also responsible for a high number of human deaths — 272 people, including 95 children under 10 — during the study period.The fatality rate in dog attacks for children under 4 was nearly quadruple that of other age groups.
(Reuters) — Apple, the world’s most valuable publicly listed company, is in danger of being beaten by Amazon.com to the $1 trillion mark.Wall Street’s optimism about last year’s 10th anniversary iPhone had propelled Apple’s stock 24 percent higher over the past 12 months, giving it a market capitalization of $893 billion.That is $141 billion more than the $752 billion market value of Amazon, the world’s second most valuable publicly listed company, but Amazon has been closing the gap.Amazon’s stock has surged 83 percent over the past year, bolstered by scorchingly fast revenue growth as more shopping moves online and businesses shift their computing operations to the cloud, where Amazon Web Services leads the market.In January, Amazon announced that it, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co would form a company to cut health care costs for their employees, which was widely seen as a threat to the existing U.S. healthcare system and underscored Amazon’s ability to disrupt markets.Amazon dislodged Microsoft as the No.
It’s an idea that’s been propagated since Hollywood’s Wild West-era of film., and from our own experience, horses are great and riding is hugely fun.Specifically, you’ll want Polaris’ brand new RZR XP Turbo S.According to Polaris, the RZR XP Turbo S is the company’s “baddest” side-by-side yet, and based on the technical hit list of the new RZR, we’re inclined to agree.Based around the RZR platform, the XP Turbo S has been strengthened and beefed up in almost every aspect.The tires have been sized up for better traction and ground clearance — 16-inches of ground clearance in total.Connected the tires to the chassis are heftier axles for better durability over uneven terrain and the pounding Polaris envisions RZR customers delivering.
The Fyre Festival gave us an incredible opportunity to watch rich people who paid as much as $400,000 (£288,228) for an exclusive concert meltdown on social media when they were greeted with cheese sandwiches and no plumbing.Now, the festival’s founder has pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud, with each count carrying a maximum 20-year prison sentence.Billy McFarland is the young, enterprising founder of Fyre Media Inc. and along with hip-hop star Ja Rule, he launched what was to be the first annual Fyre Festival last April.Acts like Blink-182 and Rae Sremmurd were scheduled to perform, luxurious private tents were to be waiting for attendees’ arrival, and gourmet food was to be served.Nothing went as planned, and it was all summarised by a now iconic photo of a cheese sandwich.Literally slices of bread, cheese, and salad with no dressing.
It’s been a rough day for Oculus Rift owners.Many users around the world discovered today that their headsets are having trouble running software, which kind of defeats the entire purpose of owning a VR headset in the first place.As you can guess, that’s a pretty major problem, and for the moment, it all seems to stem from something as minor as an expired certificate.Oculus hasn’t given us a direct reason for this problem yet, but VR Focus reports that users and developers may have figured it out.Apparently, the error – which reads “Can’t Reach Oculus Runtime Service” when owners attempt to use their headsets – can be blamed on a .dll file named OculusAppFramework.dll.A security certificate associated with with that file has expired, thereby crippling Oculus Rift headsets all over the world.
If you own a smart speaker running Amazon’s Alexa and you’ve recently heard a disturbing child-like giggle in your home, don’t freak out.Amazon has acknowledged that its digital assistant is currently experiencing some sort of issue that causes it to randomly giggle and it is looking into a fix.The company’s confirmation follows reports from some Alexa users claiming their speaker has let out a random laugh.One may be tempted to think ghosts when a disembodied laugh echos through their home, but in this case it is literally an Echo behind the sound (or any other smart speaker running Alexa).Some owners have reported hearing a seemingly random laugh from their device; this bug may be related to using voice commands to turn off a connected light.Reports about the issue began surfacing online a couple weeks ago on Twitter, Reddit, and similar social platforms.
While the media has spent the last few years gushing over OLED TV tech, Samsung has steadfastly pushed the advancement of conventional LED/LCD TVs through its own take on the format, QLED.By using quantum dot technology to wring performance out of LCD panels that rivals OLED, Samsung has managed to create a highly competitive line of TVs, distinguishing itself from its competitors.At a global launch event in New York today, Samsung unveiled its full line of 2018 QLED TVs, and, once again, we find ourselves extremely impressed.While an excellent line of TVs, the 2017 QLEDs still suffered the same poor off-angle performance and compromised black levels common to all LED/LCD TVs.But this year, it is starkly apparent Samsung has cracked a code no other TV manufacturer has managed to decipher.Aside from picture quality, Samsung has also improved on what we consider to be the most user-friendly TV line on the market.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie, which is being produced in conjunction with Red Bull Racing, is one of those cars that you don't ever expect to be real, yet here it is at the Geneva Motor Show in extra special track-only AMR Pro guise complete with 1,100 horsepower and 2,200 pounds of downforce to match its 2,200-lb curb weight.Oh, and it's highlighter yellow!The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is an even more extreme of the standard Valkyrie that is supposedly going into production next year.Aston and Red Bull Racing ditched all the silly luxuries like infotainment, glass windows and regular carbon fiber body panels.Instead, your radio is the naturally-aspirated V12, your windows are made of plastic and the carbon fiber is an even lighter blend (possibly containing vibranium, though this hasn't been verified).All this is good for a curb weight of 2,200 lbs.
Arc System Works is our modern version of 2D mastery; a developer whose 2D art direction is so strong that it’s just a given that their project is going to look fantastic.They were in town to show off their next release, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, scheduled for release in North America on June 5th on the Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 4.To briefly introduce, we obviously have BlazBlue characters and Persona 4 Arena characters we developed, and also the Under Night In-Birth game characters, and finally RWBY characters.This is a new game, and young players — I want new players to come and have fun with a BlazBlue title.We want a global audience to have fun.In certain cases you can do certain things to overcome your opponent.
This Sunday the 90th Academy Awards take place, marking the end of another Hollywood awards season with what is sure to be a night of glitz, glamour, emotion and the organisers repeatedly checking envelopes.It's been a fairly predictable Oscar season so far with the same four actors winning the respective acting categories at both the Golden Globes and Baftas, in turn making them the clear favourites for success at the Oscars.The race of Best Director is similarly predictable, leaving only the Best Picture category - which has certainly been unpredictable in recent years - with a chance of offering up a surprise.Instead of predicting who is going to win on Sunday night, we're instead going to go through each of the major categories and pick the winners we believe should win on the night - even if they don't stand a realistic chance.Allison Janney is favourite to win the Best Supporting Actress for I, Tonya, and despite fantastic turns from Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread and Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird, she would be our pick as well.Likewise when it comes to Best Actress, we'll go with the likely winner in Frances McDormand, whose towering, career-defining performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri warrants the win.
Cheap TV deals are on our radar throughout the year as we check through the most reliable retailers to find you the finest bargains every week.4K TVs have generally taken over nowadays and have come down in price much faster than HD TVs did.There's also a super cheap TV over at Tesco where you can get a 50-inch 4K TV for just £349 and we've found some cracking prices on increasingly large TVs too.Take a look at our carefully curated selection below.Whatever your budget, we're sure we can find something for you.Now's a great time to upgrade with a cheap 4K TV deal, especially with Netflix, Amazon, BBC and Sky all increasing their 4K content.
The world's largest aircraft, designed to one day fling rockets into space, has tested out its taxiing capabilities at the Mojave Air and Space Port in New Mexico.The 500,000lb (227 metric ton) "Stratolaunch" is the brainchild of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and advanced materials aviation wizard Burt Rutan.The pair plan to carry rockets up to high altitude before they fall free, fire up, and deliver cargo into low-Earth orbit.Using Bernoulli's Principle to do the heavy lifting for the first few kilometres saves rockets the fuel-intensive and very stressful early moments of flight.Allen has sunk $300m into the much-delayed project, but on Sunday it rolled out of the hangar.With six engines usually employed by the Boeing 747 providing the power, the outing tested taxiing speed and stability.
David Jaffe’s game studio, The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, has closed its doors, Jaffe has confirmed.GamesIndustry.biz reported that the shutdown occurred a month after the company announced that it let go much of its team because its next game was cancelled.Just the nature of the beast,” Jaffe said in an email to GamesBeat.“We had a cool game going with a publisher and as that game is no longer happening- and since all of our funding came from publishers- we just couldn’t keep the place going.I so loved our team and loved working with that crew and remain crazy proud of what we created with Drawn to Death.That title debuted on the PlayStation 4 in April 2017.