According to reports from various countries with a strong presence of Chinese phone brands, the Meizu M5 and the M5 Note could be heading out of China very soon.The phones are expected to launch in Indonesia and India very soon, along with a possibility of them hitting the European market soon after.The devices were spotted at Postel, which you can think of as the Indonesian cousin of the FCC.However, details provided by the authority were scarce.Thankfully, the devices have been around a while so we know what to expect.The Meizu M5 comes with a 5.2-inch 1280 x 720p display, and is powered by the mid-range MediaTek MT6750 SoC.Along with that, it has a 3070mAh battery, and features either 2GB or 3GB of RAM along with 16GB or 32GB of ROM respectively.The M5 Note, on the other hand, comes with a larger 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display and runs on the newer MediaTek Helio P10 SoC.With that, it has 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage and a beefier 4000mAh battery.
While emojis look odd in formal writing - think important emails, and online articles like this one - they are used by almost everyone in text messages and on social media.However despite their widespread use, the study of emoji use is in its infancy.So, in an article recently published on Trends in Cognitive Sciences, a group of international researchers from Australia and the UK are calling on other researchers to study our use of emojis.Emojis provide us with an insight into human behaviour in the digital age, Australian Catholic University researcher Dr Stephanie Malone said.Dr Malone, who has already done some research into emojis with counterparts in the UK, said their research has turned up interesting findings - including the fact that people are discerning in their emoji use.Our research shows that despite people being aware of how useful emojis can be, they are aware that using emojis in some contexts - for example, email - may be less appropriate, she said.
Amazon is rolling out a new training program this week aimed at helping underperforming employees placed on the company's infamous performance improvement plan, according to an internal email obtained by Business Insider.The new program, called "Pivot," pairs the underperforming employee with a "subject matter expert" called Career Ambassadors who give guidance and support for a fixed period of time, the email says.The program comes as Amazon's hard-charging work culture and its impact on employees faces increasing scrutiny."Pivot is a program for employees who show a sustained period of underperformance, despite coaching and support.The program provides employees with options to 1 improve performance, 2 voluntarily leave Amazon with severance, or 3 appeal their manager s decision to place them in Pivot," writes the email."Throughout an employee s time in the Pivot program, they receive process guidance and support from a dedicated team of Pivot subject matter experts called Career Ambassadors CAs ."The new program is the first step Amazon is taking to improve its notorious performance improvement plan, more commonly known as "PIP," which is designed to put pressure on those deemed to be failing to reach their goals.The Pivot program is available to those placed on PIP.
Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%00:00The ScenePlayMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenNeed TextNo compatible source was found for this video.Advertisement 0:15NAIAS 2017: the future of EV motors with Bosch Ars TechnicashareplaysaveI am a skip button.I thought the primary downside to the in-hub electric motor idea was the unsprung weight it imposes on the suspension.Edit: duh, axle is not hub... Never mind!If I believe the salesman at 1:04, the torque starts at 1000Nm and goes up to 6000Nm rather than 'up to 1000Nm' googling for 'axle torque' works startlingly badly, because it gets you lots of hits on what settings should be used for your torque wrench when assembling an axle; on the other hand, 1000Nm is rather more torque than the Tesla P85D is advertised at, so I suspect I'm confused about units here .What I was hearing was a 5-10% cost efficiency, not power efficiency, due to the integration.
Samsung tonight confirmed that it s chosen January 23 to announce the long awaited findings into its investigation surrounding the Galaxy Note7.The date had been floated earlier this week in a story that also pinpointed the root cause of the explosions as, predictably, a faulty battery.The press conference will be held at the company s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea at 10AM local time, which actually puts it in the afternoon/evening of the 22, here in the States.The presentation will feature Samsung executives, alongside independent expert organizations who took part in the investigation.The company will also be live streaming the presentation on its site.The company announced that it would reveal its findings soon during a somber introduction to its CES press conference a few weeks back.
Yet, ironically, upgrading one of the most customer-oriented technologies available to businesses doesn t seem to be a high priority.I m not talking about that old wall phone your grandfather used to have nailed to his shop wall.I am talking about Voice over Internet Protocol VoIP ; this technology has been around for many years, yet it s surprising how many organizations have not fully transitioned from their traditional analog phone system to VoIP technology.Beyond the price paid for lost business opportunities as the pace of competition increases, consider also the mounting costs of maintenance as legacy systems age and grow ever more obsolete.Maybe phones have a familiarity that makes them easy to ignore with all the other moving parts of IT operations.Sure, those other technologies are important, but when an issue arises, many customers who need to interact with you still reach for the phone.
The CIA posted almost a million declassified files online this week, offering a fascinating record of unexplained UFO sightings and the agency s secret operations.Around 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12 million pages, have been posted online.Previously, the files were only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland.Spanning early CIA history, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, the archive also details a number of UFO incidents.A UFO search of the archive at Electronic Reading Room on the CIA s website returns 1,738 items, the earliest of which is dated 1942.Strange sightings are described in files such as a 1966 file detailing an unusual phenomenon on the horizon near the border between Iran and the former Soviet Union.
Amazon has been granted a patent for a system that attempts to deal with the problem of autonomous vehicles navigating reversible lanes.The firm filed the patent in November 2015, and had the filing granted this week.It focuses on self-driving cars and how they would operate in a lane where the direction of traffic changes depending on traffic flow.Amazon's patent focuses specifically on communications between autonomous vehicles and road management systems, detailing methods of sharing lane direction information with driverless cars.The system laid out in the filing is applicable to any type of vehicle, including but not limited to cars, trucks, vans, buses, street cars, helicopters, trains, subways, aircrafts, boats, etc., regardless of how powered or driven.There's nothing in the patent that addresses Amazon developing its own driverless cars, but such a move would make sense given the company has its own fleet of semi-trucks that deliver products between Amazon warehouses.
A huge wave has been spotted in the upper atmosphere of Venus, baffling scientists because it's staying so still above the planet's surface.Usually clouds in that region move at about 328 feet per second, whereas this cloud is stationary compared to the planet's rotation.New work suggests that the wave was created in the lower atmosphere when it flowed over a mountain, which would be similar to a phenomenon on Earth called a "gravity wave."The feature, related to atmospheric flow over mountains, has nothing to do with the similarly named "gravitational wave," which refers to space-time ripples in the early universe."Although it is unclear whether gravity waves induced by mountains can readily propagate upwards to the cloud tops of Venus, the observations suggest that the atmospheric dynamics of Venus are more complex at depth than previously appreciated," the journal Nature's statement on the finding said.Japan at Venus: Photos from the Akatsuki Spacecraft
This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers.To learn more and subscribe, please click here.At the World Economic Forum in Davos, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty argued that AI and automation will render some professions obsolete, but, in the long run, create jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports.She made these comments as part of a panel discussing the role AI will play in various spaces moving into the future.As more jobs and tasks are automated, especially in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, AI will become more crucial to industrial operations, creating a larger need for programmers and developers, which is what Rometty seems to be suggesting.Rometty appears to be arguing that AI and automation won't be the job killers many fear them to be.While many individuals in attendance at Davos are concerned that these factors could produce a long-term backlash, Rometty seems to disagree.She elaborated that it's the relationship between AI solutions, such as Watson, and human workers that will create new jobs in the long run, and that platforms like Watson can only succeed in adding to what people are able to do, rather than taking over for them entirely.While Rometty sees reasons to be optimistic in the long term, the growing role of AI and automation is poised to disrupt much of the economy.Workflow automation leads companies to seek out IoT solutions; 52% of IoT users highlighted it as a driver that led their companies to the IoT, according to exclusive results from BI Intelligence s 2016 Global IoT Executive Survey.This disruption to result from automation is just beginning, and will fundamentally reshape workplaces and operations across the globe.The Internet of Things IoT is disrupting businesses, governments, and consumers and transforming how they interact with the world.
Alibaba s payment affiliate Ant Financial is aiming to have 2 billion customers in 10 years, the chief executive of the US$60 billion firm told CNBC, adding that the Chinese giant is exploring further uses of blockchain technology.Ant Financial runs the Alipay mobile wallet in China which has over 450 million users.But Eric Jing, the CEO of Ant Financial, said the aim is to more than quadruple that over the next decade.We have an ambition to be a global company, Jing told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos.So my vision is that we want to serve 2 billion people in the next 10 years by using technology, by working together with partners … to serve those underserved.Ant Financial also offers other financial services including micro finance.
Not that they should applaud—he gets enough applause when he performs stand-up or when he gets recognized from Atlanta, the TV show he both writes and stars in.Maybe it s like church, he says, like gospel music.In many African American churches, clapping hands and tapping feet were requirements for attendance.A team of creative advisers and managers helps, but Glover was early to the multiplatform artist party.Coat by Gucci; shirt by Cos; chain and ring by Cartier; jeans by Ksubi from Barneys New YorkGlover grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, about 20 miles east of Atlanta; his mother ran a day care center and didn t much care for music, but his father, a Postal Service worker, played everything from Hall & Oates to Funkadelic to the Police.
The camera market has long been segmented into three basic categories: Cameras for professionals, models for the so-called serious hobbyists, and models for the newcomer.The market for aerial photography aka drones with real cameras on them is about 150 years younger, and therefore somewhat less segmented.This compact, low-priced $500, cheap for a UAV flyer is the drone equivalent of a cellphone camera, complete with an over-emphasis on selfies.As someone who falls somewhere between the professional and serious amateur markets which is to say I make money off drone cameras, but have not, thus far, felt the need for a pro level drone like the DJI Inspire 2 my first instinct was to scoff at the Breeze.Would I bring it to a high-end real estate photo shoot?The Breeze is lightweight and designed to fit in a backpack, though at 13 ounces, it still needs to be registered with the FAA.
With his term beginning tomorrow, Trump remains adamant that construction will begin soon.A wall helps to an extent.But it s limited at best, impractical at worst, and impressively expensive.While focusing so narrowly on a physical barrier may have been politically expedient, it belies the technological innovations and staffing solutions that have actually worked for US Customs and Border Protection.As it turns out, there s no universal solution to securing the southwest border, or any border for that matter.For starters, topographical constraints on the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border make it difficult to erect any physical structure all the way across.
Netflix surprised Wall Street on Wednesday when it reported fourth-quarter earnings and subscriber growth.In the US, net additions totaled 1.93 million, much better than the consensus forecast among analysts of 1.38 million and Netflix's own prior estimates.Earnings per share were $0.15, two cents above the median forecast.Netflix's performance drove its stock higher in after-hours trading.On Thursday, it hit an all-time high of $143.45, up by 6%, in the first few minutes of trading.The streaming service is making a major push outside the US and investing heavily in original content that works for audiences everywhere."We are in no rush to push margins up too quickly, as we want to ensure we are investing aggressively enough to continue to lead internet TV around the world," the company said in its earnings letter.Below are some analysts' reactions to the earnings results and their ratings of the stock.
Gmail users are being targeted by a new phishing scam that has been fooling even the most informed tech enthusiasts.As Mark Maunder, CEO of Wordfence, explains, users are being sent an email with an attachment, which when clicked, opens a new window to what looks like a Gmail login page.The page is, of course, a fake, and entering your login details will immediately send them to the hackers behind this latest email scam.But what's most troubling about the email is that the hackers have managed to make it look like it comes from one of your own contacts – i.e.The subject of the email will likely be based on a subject you've discussed with the contact previously, and the name of the attachment will probably have been given a convincingly familiar title.What's more, the URL that opens when you click the attachment looks very similar to the legitimate Google login page address.
Serial entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson offered his unique perspective on business disruption, women in the boardroom, and a range of other topical issues during an on-stage Q at the National Retail Federation show in New York on January 16.The colorful Branson, a philanthropist, adventurer, and relentless self-promoter as well as founder of Virgin Group, the holding company for about 400 different businesses, entertained the NRF audience with anecdotes from more than 50 years in the business world.Every day there s something that makes me think, We could do that better, he said.Branson related some of his own experiences on the back end of disruption, citing an April Fools prank he pulled on the record industry in the 1990s, while he was overseeing record retailer Virgin Megastore.Virgin issued a press release at the time claiming that the company had invented a box that could pack every single song and album ever recorded.Apple s Steve Jobs had the last laugh, releasing the iPod in 2001.
Caspian tigers were some of the largest cats ever to roam the Earth, but they went extinct in the 1960s. want to bring them back.A new study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, lays out the plan to reintroduce the tigers using a subspecies, the Siberian tiger, which is
DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma on Thursday announced a 12-year, three-part digital partnership with the International Olympic Committee at the World EconomicThe partnership, Ma said, will help the IOC attract aAs part of the partnership, Alibaba's cloud services will aim to help the IOC operate in a more efficient and secure way.
The cofounder and chief technology officer of food delivery service Deliveroo has built a new startup called Peanut that is expected to launch next month, TechCrunch reports.Greg Orlowski, who cofounded Deliveroo in 2012 with former Morgan Stanley investment banking analyst Will Shu, quietly leftHe "wanted to spend more time with his wife in