Johnathan Owen

Johnathan Owen

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Tesla's Q1 earnings report started off by looking a little grim.With nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in net losses, and automotive revenue that was down 41% from Q4 of 2018, it's hard to be super enthusiastic about things like Model Y and full self-driving tech.Tesla's deliveries of cars to Europe and China threw a wrench in its works, but that situation seems to be mostly resolved.The Chinese market should -- provided demand stays where it is -- prove to be a profitable one once the Shanghai Gigafactory opens its doors and fires up its production lines.In fact, Tesla plans to increase vehicle deliveries to between 360,000 and 400,000 per year in 2019.That would represent a 45-65% increase in deliveries over 2018 which would be huge, if it actually happens.
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The brilliant types at iFixit, who are all about taking broken phones apart and seeing what's gone wrong, have had a gander at the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and reckon they know what the issue is.In a detailed blog post, Kevin Purdy talks to the company's Lead Teardown Engineer, the awesomely-named Sam Lionheart (what is it with iFixit and amazing names?)and discusses the reported problems with review units of the Galaxy Fold – which have all been withdrawn – to find some potential explanations.We know the cause of one of the biggest issues, of course: people peeling off the top layer of the screen, thinking it was a screen protector.That much is obvious, and Samsung's already said it'll improve instructions on the packaging when the phone goes on sale.(It's delayed, but Samsung is still planning to release the Galaxy Fold later this year when the teething problems have been sorted out).
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OPPO – the Chinese smartphone manufacturer – has a history of trying to straight-up murder the notch.Its Find X device introduced a slide system, but, with the brand new Reno, it has something different in mind: the pizza-slice selfie camera.We attended the phone’s launch in Zurich and were able to get our hands on the Reno for a day or so.The latter phone is the one we got our hands on, so it’s going to be our focus.No matter how decent they are, the shots didn’t blow me away.Still, speaking to OPPO, there’s going to be a raft of software updates before the Reno goes live.
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China’s popular online retailer JD.com says sales of free-range chickens have doubled in the past two years, and blockchain technology has played a key role.Its initiative for putting chickens on the blockchain, called “Running Chicken,” sees professional breeders hired by JD.com to tend to chickens.Local farmers are also offered part-time jobs growing vegetables, fruit, and grain, as well as interest-free loans to spur growth.JD.com has tracked free-range chickens using distributed ledger technology (DLT) since early 2018.This allowed customers to scan labels with smartphones to access detailed supply chain information, including diet, rearing process, and origin.The system is designed to reduce the nation’s reliance on factory farmed poultry.
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Platform provides an automotive manufacturer-agnostic hub of transport/vehicle dataFord has contracted AWS to provide the backbone of its nascent Transportation Mobility Cloud project; a cloud-based infrastructure platform capable managing information flow and “basic transactions” for cities — from service providers, personal vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians and mass transit systems to city infrastructure.Autonomic says the platform “ingests and enriches vehicle data in real time”.It then standardises the data formats coming in, and provides a platform for software developers to access it via APIs.The automotive giant is making a major push into smart city services and sees the TMC as capable of supporting location-based services, identity management, payment processing and more.Autonomic’s website gives a flavour of the platform’s potential value: “[TWC] equips vehicle manufacturers to generate real revenue from the data locked inside their vehicles” [and] “gives developers secure and easy access to the processed data, be it telemetry, analytics, geolocation events or vehicle metadata, via APIs to support the rapid development of mobility services and applications”.
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The UK government is said to have agreed to let Chinese telecom kit maker Huawei join the building of non-core parts of the country’s 5G network.The Telegraph reported that the country’s highest security decision-making body, the National Security Council, chaired by the Prime Minister, has agreed to open the “non-core” parts of 5G to Huawei’s equipment, for example antennae.The report said the Prime Minister was in favour of the decision, despite concerns raised by her Home, Foreign, Defence, International Trade, and International Development secretaries.The government replied to media queries by claiming “we have conducted an evidence-based review of the supply chain to ensure a diverse and secure supply base, now and into the future.This is a thorough review into a complex area and will report with its conclusions in due course,” reported Reuters.The spokesperson also insisted that decisions by the National Security Council were confidential.
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Tim Cook, CEO of the world’s largest tech company Apple, has once more called for greater regulation of the sector.Speaking at an event organised by Time magazine, Cook said “We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working.Technology needs to be regulated.There are now too many examples where the no rails have resulted in a great damage to society.”Now it must be stressed that Cook was referring to privacy and data protection, which happen to be far greater concerns for Apple competitors such as Google, Facebook and Amazon than Apple itself.On the matter of gadgets he was much less strident, noting only that it isn’t Apple’s aim for people to be glued to their devices all the time, which could be interpreted as another dig at its internet competitors.
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Samsung will invest 133 trillion won (£89bn) in its logic chip business over the next decade as it looks to counteract a decline in memory chip prices and take on rivals.The South Korean tech giant today said it will invest roughly 11 trillion won per year until 2030 in its divisions that manufacture logic chips, which are used as core processors in computers.Read more: Samsung warns of 60 per cent drop in profitsThe move marks an active effort by Samsung to diversify its revenue away from memory chips amid ailing performance in its business division that manufactures parts for smartphones.Earlier this month the firm warned its first-quarter profits are likely to drop 60 per cent on last year, driven by a fall in memory chip and display panel prices.“The investment plan is expected to help the company to reach its goal of becoming the world leader in not only memory semiconductors but also logic chips by 2030,” Samsung said in a statement.
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With every advance in technology there seems to be a corresponding advance in the exploitation of that technology for nefarious means.This is especially true within financial services, where the methods of how we interact with our banks have produced a completely new form of “bank robber”.When transacting consisted solely of visiting the bank branch, the threat of financial loss consisted mainly of the armed robber.No surprise then, that these techniques have also been attacked through techniques such as SIM Swap attacks and even the hacking of the global telecommunications network SS7.There is a now a new technology known colloquially as Deepfake that, whilst having its origins far removed from financial services, we believe will have the capability to be used as a new and powerful fraud vector.It uses a technique known as a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) which can generate new data from existing data sets.
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Captain America wasn’t exactly on the sidelines in Avengers: Infinity War, but for a character of his importance, he certainly played a smaller role.According to Infinity War and Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, this was done on purpose.“When I was talking about [Infinity War], I very often said that sometimes we gave ourselves permission to tell more story for a character in Endgame than in Infinity War,” McFeely told Gizmodo.People counted Cap’s lines [in Infinity War] and he had like 20.So Cap steps forward, as you can probably tell, pretty dramatically in Endgame.And that’s because we knew some people had more interesting stories after [the Snap] than before it.
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Tencent-backed China online healthcare venture raises $250 million – ReutersWhat happened: Online healthcare platform Tencent Trusted Doctorwork said on Wednesday it has raised $250 million in a fresh round of funding.The investment was led by Chinese real estate developer Country Garden Holdings, Tencent, and Sequoia Capital.The company was established through a merger of two China-based e-medical startups — Tencent Doctorwork and Trusted Doctors in August 2018.This latest round values it at $1 billion, said Reuters citing a person familiar with the matter as saying.Why it’s important: An internet-driven healthcare service provider, Tencent Trusted Doctorwork offers online consulting and pharmacy services to upwards of 10 million patients with its access to 440,000 certified doctors, the company said.
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With just weeks until the 2019 Mobile Industry Awards, we are delighted to announce the shortlists for all this year’s awards.From Phone of the Year and Hottest New Phone for 2019 to Best High Street Retailer and Best MVNO, the Mobile Industry Awards look to recognise the top performers across the whole UK space.Now celebrating its 17th year, the Mobile Industry Awards ( MIA2019) represents the highest standard of excellence in the UK mobile industry - from the boardroom to the grassroots.This year’s winners will be collecting their trophy on the 6th June 2019 at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel - so who is up for this year's awards?Managed Service Provider of the YearCSR Initiative of the Year
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“This is a problem that crosses national borders”Chinese IT workers have been using the open-source code platform GitHub to air their frustration at inhumane working conditions and hours, in a development that could potentially be an international political snafu for Microsoft.GitHub is one of the few western collaborative platforms not banned in China, which is highly sensitive to any signs of organised dissent and which restricts Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and does not allow non-Chinese cloud providers to run their own data centres.The starting shot came with a post uploaded by Chinese IT workers on the 25 of March, to a repository dubbed 996.ICU.It includes a blacklist of companies practicing a 996 culture, as well as a whitelist.That’s where developers will end up if they work this much, the post notes, making it explicitly clear that Chinese state law sets the amount of hours one can work in a week at 44; overtime legally cannot exceed thirty-six extra hours in a month.)
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The UK will block Huawei from core parts of its 5G network and restrict its access to non-core areas, Reuters reported today, citing a security source.The ban comes despite media reports late last night that suggested Prime Minister Theresa May has given the green light to the Chinese tech giant.Huawei has come under intense scrutiny in recent months amid fears its equipment could be used for spying by Chinese authorities, an allegation it has always denied.The US has led calls to roll out a ban on the firm and has warned its allies intelligence-sharing agreements could be affected if they cooperate with Huawei.The UK is yet to issue a formal verdict on the issue, but is due to publish a telecoms supply chain review in the coming weeks.The National Security Council, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, yesterday gave approval for Huawei to participate in 5G networks, the Telegraph reported.
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Japanese talent recruitment technology startup Grooves raised US$3 million today from local travel agency JTB Corporation and the All-Japan Tourism National Fund.The company, which claims to have a network of over 5,000 corporations in Japan on its platform, plans to use the fresh funds to focus on boosting employment in the country’s tourism segment.The startup also aims to promote its growth in all of Japan’s provinces through the investment, according to a statement.Grooves, which aims to connect Southeast Asians to job opportunities in Japan, also said it looks to leverage the capability of foreign workers to strengthen the country’s tourism industry.“We believe that the linguistic and management skills of these foreign workers will help elevate the tourism experience in Japan,” said Grooves CEO Yukihiro Ikemi.The HR tech startup said earlier this year that it received US$920,000 from the PNB-Inspire Ethical Fund.
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Just a few years ago, there was a debate about which fueling technology would win long term: all-electric vehicles or hydrogen-powered vehicles.That debate appears to be over.The final holdouts were Japanese automakers Toyota (NYSE:TM), Hyundai(NASDAQOTH:HYMLF), and Honda (NYSE:HMC), who make three fuel-cell vehicles that they thought would eventually upend all-electric vehicles.Giving up on a dreamNo one investing in fuel cells has officially given up on the technology because there are applications for it even if it's not for passenger vehicles.But there are plenty of signs that automakers are moving on to more fully electric options.
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Web pages today are a far cry from their ancestors.Many of them offer rich experiences that come at a literal price of data consumption and load times.That is why Google developed a Data Saver feature for Chrome to help ease the burden at the expense of sending your web traffic through Google’s servers.Despite calling it a success, Google is ironically killing that feature for Chrome on the desktop while giving it a new name on Android.Data Saver performs a two-fold function, at least in its current form.First, it reduces data consumption by as much as 60%, Google claims, by compressing the pages before sending them to the browser.
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May to ban Huawei from providing ‘core’ parts of UK 5G network – The GuardianWhat happened: Britain will allow Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei limited access to the country’s next generation of mobile networks, known as 5G.Prime Minister Theresa May ordered the ban after a meeting with ministers on the National Security Council (NSC).Huawei will be allowed to supply some “noncore” parts of the 5G mobile infrastructure like antennas.However, some May’s cabinet ministers, including the foreign secretary, the home secretary, and the defense secretary, raised concerns, arguing instead for a total ban on the supplier.Why it’s important: While Huawei can say that it has avoided a complete ban from supplying 5G equipment to the UK, providing only “noncore” equipment is not exactly an endorsement of its repeated claims that it is free of interference from the Chinese government.
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How much range is enough range in an electric car?It wasn't that long ago that 200 miles was considered a luxury, but that bar was only ever going to get higher.Tesla just hiked it up another notch, upgrading the Model S sedan to a whopping 370 mile EPA-rated range on a single charge.The Long Range Model X SUV, meanwhile, now does 325, all thanks to a new drivetrain that ekes out more miles from the 100 kilowatt-hours of battery at its disposal.A new, permanent-magnet motor up front and induction motor on the rear, plus a number of other smaller changes hinted at in a new blog post, offer this enhanced utilization of the capacity slung in the low-mounted battery pack.Tesla claims a 93% efficiency in the cars, along with "significantly" more torque and power to increase performance.
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Apex Legends, the battle royale game that skyrocketed to popularity amid Fortnite‘s continued domination in the genre, offers several playable characters, each with their own traits and abilities.Most players have their favorite legends, but contention exists over which are truly better than the rest.Stats trackers have revealed the (possible) answer.A new infographic from stats tracker Play-Apex.net recently caught the attention of Apex Legends fans.Based on data on more than one million matches, the service found that Wraith is the most popular character with a score of 22.2%.The second most popular character is Lifeline with 16.4%.
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