Lawrence Bowman

Lawrence Bowman

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For the approximately eleven-and-a-half years ago, we had Steve Jobs one of the most controversial talks ever.When Jobs introduced the iPhone had changed the face of a third product category in the foundation – the mobile phone.Before an excited audience tells he that he is now going to present the three products of the same caliber.Certainly he could not have anticipated that what started as a small side project would be to have sold over a billion copies in 10 years later.Features like multi-touch and s.k inertial scrolling was presented, which would eventually become standard on all mobile phones.After this the day began to clumsy Blackberries and Nokias with small screens are slowly being phased out.
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The iPhone maker, together with 10 of its suppliers, will jointly put almost $300 million into the China Clean Energy Fund over the next four years, it said in a statement Thursday.By 2020, Apple hopes to create 4 gigawatts of renewable energy across the world, it added.Apple intends to use the funds to invest in and develop clean energy projects that will power almost a million homes (or 1 gigawatt of renewable energy) across China.The announcement follows Apple's earlier statement that all its facilities globally now run on 100 percent clean energy.It's not alone in its mission to promote clean energy, with other US companies going green with deals for renewable energy sources too.Samsung also said in June it wants to be using 100 percent renewable energy at existing sites across the US, Europe and China in the next two years.
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Twitter announced on Wednesday that 'locked' accounts will no longer count towards people's follower numbers.Twitter said the change means people will likely see a reduction in their follower numbers, especially those with big followings.Twitter announced on Wednesday that this week it will no longer include 'locked' accounts in users' follower numbers in an attempt to restore faith in follower counts.In a blog post Twitter said that most people would see a drop of four followers or fewer, but that those with larger follower numbers will "experience a more significant drop."A spokesman told Business Insider the changes would impact tens of millions of accounts, representing around 6% of all follows.For celebrity Twitter users with huge followings like Katy Perry (110 million), Barack Obama (104 million) and Donald Trump (53.4 million) this could mean a sizeable culling of their follower counts.
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings could have come bad news for investors next week.Getty Images for The New YorkerNetflix has bet that its original series will draw in new subscribers and help retain older ones.If Netflix missed its subscriber targets for the second quarter, you can blame its lineup of original series — or, to be more accurate, the holes in that lineup.The streaming media giant released few notable Netflix Originals in the its most recent quarter, noted Michael Pachter, a financial analyst who covers the company for Wedbush, in a research note Wednesday.That could be problematic for the company and its investors when it reports its second-quarter results Monday."We expect domestic net subscriber additions ... to fall below our estimate," Pachter said.
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Integration a year behind schedule – IT system switch and culture clash blamedThe integration of HPE Software into Micro Focus is running a year behind schedule due to a clash of sales cultures and setting up new IT systems.So said Micro Focus chairman Kevin Loosemore and chief exec Stephen Murdoch, whose backside is still warming a seat vacated by predecessor Chris Hsu in January amid declining organic sales.Micro Focus has "completed and integrated" 17 buys in the past decade, including Attachmate in 2014, which it described as "transformational" because its assets were equivalent to more than twice the size of the existing Micro Focus business."The HPE Software business was a small division that did not move HPE's overall performance and was guided by the parent company's strategy and financial goals and as a result often invested in projects to support the hardware-centric HPE business at a group level," the CEO added."There have been significant integration issues in combining cultures as our people adapt to this more dynamic environment where execution is expected to be faster, operations simpler and people more accountable," said Murdoch.
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Like in a Tough Mudder, you've got a few strategies when it comes to the race to launch a taxi-like service with autonomous vehicles.You can start early and keep a slow but steady pace.You can show up a bit late, then try to sprint through it.The big automakers tend to fall into the third category.They may have taken a few years to recognize that shared autonomous vehicles could annihilate their business model—selling human-driven cars to individual humans—but they're now making real progress toward the finish line.It’s going to start out using a fleet of S-Class luxury sedans and B-Class hatchbacks, with long-term plans for vehicles designed for autonomous driving, like the F 015 “Luxury in Motion” concept it showed off a few years back.
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Government trumpets savings, Big Blue trumpets quantum blockchain innovation revolutionIBM and Australia’s federal government have signed a billion-dollar five-year whole-of-government procurement deal.Big Blue’s spinning it as a win because it runs for five years and means that government agencies who don’t already work with IBM now have a way to buy from the company without needing to strike new contracts.Australia’s government is also spinning it as a win, citing “significant savings over the next five years”.The deal will also see Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency and IBM run a joint innovation program that’s going to consider all today’s best buzzwords - quantum, blockchain and AI – and how they might catapult Australia towards its goal “to become one of the top-three digital governments in the world by 2025”.We asked IBM if the $1bn is more or less than the agencies' already-projected spend with IBM over the five-year period and the company offered a non-answer about access to innovation.
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It's not every day you see a newborn planet being formed out of the ether of gas and debris.Actually it's the f day.Above is footage taken by European Southern Observatory using, the aptly named "Very Large Telescope" in Chile, one of the most powerful telescopes on the planet.The footage in itself is incredible.Perhaps even more incredible is the final image:Zooming toward the orange dwarf star PDS 70...
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Vega+ scandal lingers as desperate board delays crunch-time vote againThe ZX Spectrum reboot scandal will drag on for at least another month as Retro Computers Ltd’s embattled directors have again delayed a showdown that could lead to their dismissal.The company, as regular readers know all too well, raised £513,000 from nearly 5,000 members of the public via crowdfunding website Indiegogo to produce a ZX Spectrum-themed handheld gaming console.The Vega+ was originally advertised as being ready for delivery by Christmas 2016, the money being raised earlier that year to put the final design into production.RCL’s shareholders, who each have a 25 per cent stake in the firm, are Levy, former MD Paul Andrews, former CTO Chris Smith and Sinclair Research Ltd, Sir Clive Sinclair’s corporate presence.The meeting had already been adjourned for a month prior to this.
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Even the other Amazon Go-the deal ends up in Seattle, just as pilotbutiken, reports Geekwire.the Plan is to open in the fall.Amazon Go has drawn a lot of attention since it opened in January.the Store is using the AI and the amounts of cameras and sensors to read of what products customers collect and then charge you automatically when they leave the store.The new store will be significantly larger than the last – close to 280 square meters, compared with the first store 170 square meters.Although Amazon has come furthest with its concept for an automated grocery store so there are the contenders.
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Bees and other pollinators are pretty important to, you know, life as we know it.Unfortunately, things aren’t always rosy for our buzzing friends.Aside from habitat loss, parasites, and pesticides, they also have to deal with a burgeoning population of bee-eating Asian hornets.But humanity might’ve found a solution: radio-tracking.In a world first, scientists from the University of Exeter have attached tiny little tracking tags to Asian hornets, allowing them to follow the creatures back to their hives and, uh, mercilessly crush them.The technology was tested in the south of France and Jersey, where there are already established Asian hornet colonies.
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Exactly 54 launches later, SpaceX has become famous the world over for its reusable rockets, with their discarded boosters landing dramatically back on their launch pad, or on drone-ships offshore.So far about 20 first-stage boosters, complete with engines and fuel tanks, have been recovered.Technically known as a 'two-stage-to-orbit medium-lift launch vehicle', this fifth and final version of the Falcon 9 enables each first-stage booster to be used 10 times, and just as importantly they can be cleaned up and ready to go again within weeks rather than months – in the rocket business, that's revolutionary."Falcon 9, along with the Dragon spacecraft, was designed from the outset to deliver humans into space, and under an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is actively working toward this goal," says the SpaceX website.As well as manned spaceflight missions, the Block 5 improvements will also allow SpaceX to bid for more contracts from the Pentagon, such as the US$290 million deal it just struck to launch three next-gen Air-Force Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, dubbed GPS-III.“Apparently SpaceX hasn’t flown its final Block 5 rocket – it decided after that launch that it’s going to add a final component that the Falcon 9 needs to meet the very stringent requirements for NASA for what’s needed to safely fly NASA astronauts,” says Laura Forczyk at Astralytical, a space research, analysis and consulting firm in the US.
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If you think you have seen every ridiculous thing on blockchain possible, you’d be wrong, so wrong.Because they just keep coming.Roeland P. Lanparty, a blockchain developer, integrated Steem cryptocurrency payments with an artificial whale fountain in the Netherlands.Users can go to steemwhale.io to make a small donation and watch the whale spray water live.The users can pledge any amount between one and 100 Steem (1 Steem = $1.61 at the time of writing) to see the whale squirt..The whale fountain only operates from 09:30 AM and 9:30 PM Central European Time (CEST), though — so make sure you don’t make a payment outside of these timings (Lanparty has since clarified that all donations sent outside of operating hours will be refunded).
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The consensus: Discussions are ongoing and the public will have to wait.[Roscosmos: Russia's Historic Space Centers in Pictures]No NASA commitment past 2019All people going to the International Space Station must do so through Kazakhstan today.Since the space shuttle retired in 2011, there's no other ship capable of carrying people up there besides Soyuz, the Russian workhorse of many decades.NASA purchases seats for its astronauts; each mission is worth tens of millions of dollars.
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Saminvest starts a new cooperation with incubators and business angels in Sweden.The state venture capital company has earmarked 150 million kronor to startupsektorn – with the opportunity to match the selected affärsänglars individual investments.The state venture capital company Saminvest devotes upwards of $ 150 million for investments in Swedish startups together with business angels, can Di Digital tell.the Money should in the first instance, to establish affärsängelfonder along with three incubators in Sweden, from north to south.It is about the Sting in Stockholm, sweden, Minc in Malmö, and the Arctic Business Incubator in the city of Skellefteå, Luleå and Piteå.the Funds will typically invest in startupbolag which is linked to the inkubatorerna and their applications.
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Organizations are always looking for efficiencies and ways to tighten their financial belt, and marketing departments are among the first to be placed on the chopping block because it all comes down to ROI—something many modern marketers find hard to proveIn fact, according to a recent report from Demand Gen Report and BrightFunnel, 58% of B2B organizations surveyed said their current ability to measure and analyze marketing performance “needs improvement” or worse.This is the time to evaluate and prioritize your efforts so you can revamp your integrated digital marketing strategy to include a tactical mix that will not only refocus your strategy to reach your objectives, but also improve how you measure and achieve ROI.Here are four key actions you’ll want to take: 1 – Evaluate your existing data against your goals.So, when the next budget cut comes along, you can better prove the ROI of your marketing activities and make a stronger case for keeping your budget.
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Förra året så var det Samsung som fick uppdraget att tillverka OLED-skärmarna till iPhone X men nu rapporterar Bloomberg att LG Display kommer få vara med på ett hörn.Enligt källorna till Bloomberg så kommer LG tillverka mellan 2-4 miljoner OLED-skärmar som en första omgång, och dom kommer användas i en av dom nya modellerna Apple släpper nu i höst.Anledningen till denna manöver är att Apple inte vill vara så pass beroende av Samsung och med en till tillverkare blir det även enklare för bolaget att förhandla om priserna.Tvåbarnspappa bosatt i Stockholm med en förkärlek till all teknik.Just nu väldigt insnöad på hemautomatisering.
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It can land on and take-off from shorter runways than similar jets, as well as unpaved surfaces like grass, gravel, or dirt.The number one advantage is flexibility."Mid-flight, you can decide 'actually, let's go to this place instead' and land somewhere else," said George Antoniadis, founder and CEO of PlaneSense, a fractional aircraft ownership company.Of course, owning a plane can require a major investment of time, energy, and resources.Fractional aircraft ownership basically means instead of owning an aircraft outright and having to manage maintenance, operations, staffing, licensing, and so on, you own a share of an aircraft which is managed by a company like PlaneSense."Because we operate an entire fleet, there are no outages during maintenance, or when a pilot is out, like if you own and staff your own aircraft," said Antoniadis.
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Synthetical chemicals are ever-present in modern life--in our medications, cosmetics and clothing--but what happens to them when they enter our municipal water supplies?Although found in extremely small concentrations, just nanograms or micrograms, the toxicity is not well understood in human bodies and ecosystems.Worse, we know even less about the effects on human and ecosystem health of byproducts created during advanced oxidation water treatment processes; thousands of chemical byproducts can be created in just minutes.Therefore, it's crucial that scientists and treatment plant managers understand the mechanisms by which chemical byproducts are created during the treatment process.Daisuke Minakata, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Technological University, with coauthors Divya Kamath and Stephen Mezyk, sought to understand those mechanisms using acetone as a test case.The authors built upon a 1999 experimental study of acetone reaction pathways during treatment, using quantum mechanical calculations to predict the chemical byproducts that occur as acetone degrades during the advanced oxidation process.
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Tiny sensors being developed in a Simon Fraser University lab could help to give a pre-emptive head's up, enough to secure critical infrastructure, such as bridges or power lines, and potentially save lives.Researchers in professor Behraad Bahreyni's Intelligent Sensing Laboratory at SFU's Surrey campus are creating ultra-sensitive accelerometers--tiny microsystems (less than 1cm2) that are capable of capturing the most sensitive seismic activities.Bahrenyi says the high cost of existing seismic sensors limits their application to very few locations, attached to the main pieces of infrastructure."A few seconds to minutes of heads-up warning to the public could drastically reduce the negative impact of an earthquake, both in terms of saving lives and also protecting infrastructure."Bahreyni's lab began developing its accelerometers as a solution to making underwater sonar systems more compact and cost-efficient.Bahreyni soon realized that the high-performance, micro-machined accelerometers being tested and developed in his lab could have additional applications in detecting sound waves.
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