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According to a Recode report, ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been telling candidates for his old job that he's planning on "Steve Jobs-ing" it — a not-so-subtle indication that he intends to return to Uber as chief executive.Indeed, the rise, fall, and return of Steve Jobs is a big part of the Apple founder's legend.Not long after, Jobs would become interim CEO, then permanent CEO, and Apple would go from tech industry punchline to the most valuable company in the world.The reality, however, is a little messier than that.Apple was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.Neither young man had any experience running a company, though.
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Editor’s note: This originally appeared on the China Business Cast.China Business Cast is a podcast featuring experienced entrepreneurs and business people making things happen in China.If you want to learn from on the ground accounts of how business actually gets done in China, this is the program for you.Mr. Ralf Willecke is VP Plant Engineering and Manager of Nanjing branch at consultancy IMIG China.Before he was Facility and Administration Manager at Qoros Automotive Plant Changshu, Technical Director of Facility and Maintenance at BS Home Appliances, and Technical Consultant and Project Manager at INGENICS AG.Mr. Willecke successfully realized projects in industries such as automotive, consumer goods, aviation, and logistics, among others with industry heavy weights Mercedes Benz, BMW, Bosch Siemens, Airbus/Eurocopter, or Brilliance.
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When Skynet and its Terminators come to slay us all we're going to need some serious firepower to protect ourselves.You can keep your rocket launchers and Uzis though: I'm going to defend myself with the Backyard's Scientist's latest implement of destruction:Yup, that is most definitely a hybrid water pistol that spews molten lava.I particularly enjoy the part where the Backyard Scientist does a little impromptu decorating with that poor vase.After seeing this awesomely lethal contraption, I'm not sure Super Soakers are ever going to cut it again.
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The Honor 6A is coming to the UK offering a full-metal body, a 13MP rear camera, Android 7 software and a 5-inch 720p screen for £149.99.Honor is putting pre-orders live for the phone on July 31, but you'll be able to buy it from Three for the same price on August 4.Further deals for the Honor 6A are currently uncertain.It features a metal-body design with an arched curved back to help the phone sit comfortably in your hand.It's also 8.2mm thick with other dimensions of 143.7 x 71mm.Under the hood it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with microSD support up to 128GB.
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Follow WIRED UK on LinkedIn to stay ahead of the curve with our picks of tech news, interviews with business leaders and insights into the European startup ecosystem.The rocket, which has had a number of previous anticipated launch windows, is a heavy-lift booster system based on three Falcon 9 cores, capable of thrusting payloads of up to 63,800kg into low Earth orbit and up to 26,700kg into geosynchronous transfer orbit.Meanwhile, SpaceX, now valued at $21.2 billion, has become the USA's fourth most valuable privately owned technology firm, after Uber, Airbnb and Palantir.However, Prof Janne Tolstrup noted: "Alcohol is associated with 50 different conditions, so we're not saying 'go ahead and drink alcohol'".Twitter's user numbers have stopped growing, prompting a drop in the microblogging network's quarterly revenue and share price (Ars Technica).The social network averaged 328 monthly active users over the past financial quarter: exactly the same as the previous quarter.
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Revenue was $14.8 billion in the quarter, up 9 percent from $13.5 billion a year ago.“Q2 was an outstanding quarter with revenue and profits growing double digits over last year,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, in a statement.With industry-leading products and strong first-half results, we’re on a clear path to another record year.”The good results will likely give investors a sense of relief about the world’s largest chip maker, which faces competition from Qualcomm in mobile, artificial intelligence from Nvidia, and core PC microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices, which launched its speedy Ryzen desktop processors and its Epyc server processors during the past quarter.The competition from AMD will be closely watched, as AMD also reported a good quarter and will likely generate more revenue in the coming quarters from recent launches.AMD’s Ryzen and Epyc processors are based on its advanced Zen processor architecture.
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Brands can also filter by date range to analyze the impact of their campaignsLinkedIn Wednesday announced the launch of LinkedIn Website Demographics, a new tool that enables brands to tap into data from the professional network to see who has been visiting their websites.LinkedIn Website Demographics will launch “in the coming weeks,” and it appears to function similar to the Facebook pixel, a snippet of code brands can add to their websites to mine similar information on Facebook users who visit.In order to begin using the feature, brands must have the LinkedIn Insight Tag—a lightweight JavaScript tag—on their sites.The next step is to sign into Campaign Manager, click on Account Assets and choose Insight Tag.Websites will be listed as Verified if the tag is properly installed.
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In his recent adventures beyond the valley, Mark Zuckerberg has made a point of hammering on the issue of income inequality, saying the US should “explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things.” But Zuckerberg needs to look no further than his own workers who live just miles from Facebook’s Frank Gehry-designed campus to find striking examples of appalling income disparity.A new story from The Guardian sheds light on two Facebook contractors who live in a two-car garage with their children.Nicole and her husband Victor both work in Facebook’s cafeterias, but even though they earn well above Facebook’s $15-per-hour minimum (about £11.50), they say it’s not enough to provide for their three children—ages nine, eight, and four.“He doesn’t have to go around the world.He should learn what’s happening in this city,” Nicole said.Nicole makes $19.85 (£15.20) an hour, while Victor makes $17.85 (£13.70) an hour, but both say they don’t make enough to even afford the company’s health insurance.
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Säteilyturvakeskuksen (Stuk) pääjohtaja Petteri Tiippana väläyttää, että Fennovoiman ydinvoimalan rakentaminen Pyhäjoelle voi viivästyä, jos ydinvoimayhtiö ei pysty toimittamaan laitoksen suunnittelua koskevia asiakirjoja ajoissa.Tiippana kertoo Ylen Ykkösaamussa, että laitoksen teknisen tarkastus on vielä "aika alussa".Fennovoima on lykännyt suunnitteluaineiston toimitusaikataulua.Nyt Stuk ja Tiippana odottavat niitä syksyksi."Kyllähän niillä kiire alkaa olla.Fennovoima haluaa rakentamisluvan ensi vuonna.
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China’s Jiangsu province has initiated a tighter scrutiny on high-tech companies that have qualified for tax concessions, signalling a renewed hard-handedness by authorities that could expand to other regions across the mainland, to weed out any abuse or frauds.All local governments in the eastern coastal province will have to complete the inspections on recognised “high-tech” companies by the end of August, in addition to the businesses themselves conducting and submitting their self-assessment and rectifications, according to a recent notice from the science and technology department of Jiangsu.High-tech companies must check again on their own authenticity, that is, the amount of research and development (R) undertaken, intellectual property certificates and the revenue earned from their high-tech capabilities.In China, a firm endorsed by the government as “high-tech” can enjoy a corporate income tax of 15 per cent, compared with a standard 25-per cent corporate tax.To qualify, companies need to meet a series of requirements, including spending at least three per cent of all sales revenues on research.“Authorities are sending a clear signal that the unprecedented tax reliefs are meant for the regulated and qualified enterprises, not loopholes for tax drains,” said Hu Yijian, a professor at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
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Nyligen släpptes Google AIY som låter hobbypillare och utvecklare dra nytta av Google Assistant i sina produkter.Martin Mander drog nytta av detta och bestämde sig för att bygga om sin lokaltelefon till en retrofierad Google Home-enhet.Känner ni för att bygga om din lokaltelefon till en Google Home-enhet så hittar ni instruktioner och sådant via länken här nere till vänster.
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Yet thanks to some innovative scientists, they now share at least one trait: the ability to extend their reach.Inspired by the growing action of plants and other living things, researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Stanford University have developed a tubular robot that -- much like a sweet pea -- navigates its environment by extending its tip and controlling its growing direction based on what it senses externally.Such a machine lends itself well to a variety of purposes in constrained environments, from clearing arterial blockages to tunneling through rubble for search and rescue operations."But there's a big push right now to see if we can create robots that could actually live and help out in the human world."Robots, known for their precision and consistent, repeatable action in highly controlled spaces, are now being explored for their potential to work under variable circumstances.For instance, said Hawkes, these so-called "soft" robots may adapt their actions to the presence of obstacles (including humans) or change shape to interact in a variety of spaces.
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Apple gains support from Asia against Qualcomm.The ongoing stand-off between Apple and Qualcomm has got more heated with Apple's manufacturing partners joining the company against Qualcomm.Hon Hai/Foxconn, Compal, Wistron and Pegatron — all manufacturing partners of Apple in Asia —have filed a counter suit claiming that Qualcomm violated two sections of the Sherman Antitrust laws that exist to maintain fair competition within the US to benefit consumers."Qualcomm has confirmed publicly that this lawsuit against our clients is intended to make a point about Apple and punish our clients for working with Apple," Theodore J Boutrous, a lawyer representing the four companies, said in a statement.The counter suit is seen as a response to the suit that Qualcomm filed in May this year seeking licensing fees that these manufacturing partners had reportedly stopped paying at the Cupertino-based tech giant's instruction.Apple's manufacturing partners have called Qualcomm's lawsuit, "yet another chapter of Qualcomm's anticompetitive scheme to dominate modem chip markets, extract supracompetitive royalties, and break its commitments to license its cellular technology on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms," a Bloomberg report noted.
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Here we go again: the Australian government is the latest to plan new laws that will require companies to be able to unscramble encrypted communications.In particular, the government wants tech companies to be able to hand over communications currently protected by end-to-end encryption, which scrambles messages so they can only be read by the sender and the recipient, and not by the tech company itself."The laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that," Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters.At the time it was making its way through Parliament there were warning the law, known either as the 'Snoopers Charter' or "the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy", would spark copycat legislation elsewhere and this was clearly correct.It's not realistic to legislate encryption out of existence.Even 20 years ago, when it was relatively rare and harder to use, governments accepted that that the benefits of encryption -- like privacy and security -- vastly outweighed the genuine concerns that encryption could help bad people to do evil in secret.
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The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have a lot to offer: long displays, curved edges, a convenient app drawer on the edge, and more.You can find all of these features if you spend enough time swiping through the apps and menus, but there’s one you may not know about because there’s no way to find it.We’ll give you a hint — it offers totally free music, no data necessary.If you guessed that it is an FM tuner, you’re right.The US version of both the S8 and S8+ feature an unlocked FM tuner that is ready to be used, but few users know about it due to the lack of an FM radio app.While FM tuners are still common in budget phones, they’ve become increasingly rare amongst the highest of the high-end consumer handsets.
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Netgear's Arlo line consists of security cameras for indoor, outdoor, and on-the-go monitoring.That generic design is intentional, though; the camera serves as a generic body for several cute critter attachments that allow the camera to blend in with nursery decor.Beneath the kid-friendly kit are the robust features we’ve seen in Netgear’s Arlo Q indoor security camera: 1080p full HD video, night vision, sound and motion detection, two-way audio, 24/7 recording, and free cloud storage.To wit: A multicolored LED nightlight sits on the back of the Baby’s head unit, where it can help parents maneuver a darkened room without it disturbing a sleeping baby.Lastly, a pair of sensors monitor indoor temperature, humidity, and air quality levels and alert you when they’re out of range, so you can maintain an optimum nursery environment.If you need more, you can upgrade to the Premier plan, which gives you 30 days of cloud recordings for up to 10 cameras for $10 per month or $99 per year, or the Elite plan, which bumps it up to 60 days of cloud recording for up to 15 Cameras for $15 per month or $149 per year.
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The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken the rare (and possibly costly) decision to relocate an upcoming meeting out of America.IETF 102, scheduled for mid-2018, was booked for the San Francisco Hilton, but instead will be held in the Fairmont Hotel in Montreal.The reason, as announced by IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) chair Leslie Daigle, is the President Donald Trump administration: American travel restrictions make attendance uncertain.The 'net standards-bearers first started reviewing the status of US meetings in March, citing “uncertainty about the ability of U.S.-based IETF participants to travel to and return from IETF meetings held outside the United States”.Since then, the travel restrictions have been bounced around between the US legal system and the White House, and the Oversight Committee hasn't seen anything to reduce that uncertainty.At this point in time it is impossible to know or predict the extent of the restrictions placed on individuals attempting to attend IETF 102 twelve months from now, or the level of uncertainty that will exist, and the impact that will have on the ability for the IETF to hold a successful meeting in the United States at that time.
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I hope this means we get a sequel in the Dark Materials movies of which there is sadly just the one so far.
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Last week, SoundCloud announced layoffs of 173 employees (about half of its staff), as well as the closing of its offices in San Francisco and London.TechCrunch’s Josh Constine later found out that those layoffs and other cost-cutting measures only gave SoundCloud enough runway to Q4.I took that to mean that SoundCloud was at risk of shutting down, but its CEO Alex Ljung says the company isn’t going anywhere.“Last week we had to make some tough decisions to let go of some of our staff, but we did this to ensure SoundCloud remains a strong, independent company,” Ljung wrote yesterday in a post titled, “SoundCloud is here to stay.”Ljung’s post came shortly after Chance the Rapper (pictured above), an artist who got his start on SoundCloud, posted on Twitter that he was “working on the SoundCloud thing.” After a “fruitful call” with Ljung, Chance tweeted “@SoundCloud is here to stay.”TechCrunch reached out to SoundCloud in an attempt to figure out what happened on that call, and if Chance invested in the company to save it.
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