Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard

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The Samsung consumer business might have gone down in a ball of flames last year, but 2017 is proving to be a different type of game as the semiconductor business unit reports impressive growth.Revenues across the second quarter rose an impressive 19% year-on-year to KRW 61 trillion, with operating profits jumping a whopping 72% to just over KRW 14 trillion.The growth here has been led by semiconductor business, which has been eating up market share over the last couple of quarters, with increased 46% to KRW 17.5 trillion.The IT & Mobile Communications unit, continued to recover from the flaming disaster of the Galaxy Note7 with 13% growth across the quarter.The IT & Mobile division accounted for roughly 49% of total revenues for the quarter at just over KRW 30 trillion.While this would be deemed a successful quarter for a business which almost faced disaster, the future certainly looks brighter for the mobile team.
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Feeling fatigued or stressed at work?Conventional wisdom says you might want to take a break, but new research finds playing casual video games can actually be more restorative than just passively zoning out in a break room for five minutes.Researchers from the University of Central Florida had 66 study participants use a computer to perform a repetitive and boring task designed to induce cognitive fatigue, which involves a decline in working memory and decision making.Subjects were then given a break during which some participants played a casual pachinko-style game called "Sushi Cat 2," while others did a guided relaxation activity and a third group sat quietly without access to any devices.Of the three groups, only those who played the game said the break made them feel better.Those that did the guided relaxation had the highest scores for working memory, but interestingly the relaxation activity led to an increase in feelings of worry.
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If you spent the previous weekend playing through the Destiny 2 beta on PS4 or Xbox One, you may have encountered a particularly tough section of the beta’s “Homecoming” mission.Many players got stuck trying to complete the part of the mission that tasks them with destroying a set of power turbines.It was a difficult segment, with a number of players dying a many times trying to finish it.Obviously, we want a degree of difficulty in our video games, because being able to waltz through them without much in the way of opposition is boring.This segment of the Homecoming mission, however, was decidedly too difficult.On Reddit, a number of beta participants openly hoped that this part of the mission would be tweaked for the full release.
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Costume designers working on television shows and films set sometime in the future have given audiences some strange yet goofy yet brilliant (see: Back to the Future and Nike) ideas when it comes to future fashion.And some of the best costume work we’ve seen has come from Star Trek, so it seems fitting that Gucci would pay tribute to the beloved science fiction world with its Fall/Winter 2017 campaign.The spot, from photographer and director Glen Luchford, does exactly what a fashion film should: It makes you want to slip into every piece Gucci showcases—even the floppy hat that looks almost as wide as the UFO it’s next to—while also immersing viewers in a pleasurable, rich visual world.Along with Star Trek, the sci-fi programming from the 1950s and 1960s also inspired Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, who came up with the campaign, according to a release, which noted that the brand wanted to portray a “retro-futurist” world.Set to 1974’s “Space 1999” by Vic Elms and Barry Gray, the ad beautifully depicts a retro idea of the future, one where CGI has yet to ruin our space epics.
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IBM kills off its v1 Cloud Object Storage service and advises customers to move data and applications to its v3 service for usage.IBM has announced that it will be shutting down its Bluemix Object Storage v1 service, almost two years after its launch.Despite the growth of cloud, the company has decided to shut down its first cloud object storage service with no specific explanation as to why.The service, which was launched in December 2015, was only made private in February 2016 but IBM’s Rohan Vaidyanathan said in a statement: “We will now be deleting all existing instances after 30 days i.e.We recommend users to unprovision the Object Storage v1 service and switching to v3, before August 24, 2017.”Object storage rose in popularity this year amongst cloud providers, and clearly IBM is more focused on its most recent v3 server which it says will remain available for use.
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Arqiva and Samsung has kicked off what the pair claim is the first field trial of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) technology in the UK.The primary objective of the test is to demonstrate the stability of the FWA service, and its potential as a fast-to-market and cost-effective alternative to fibre for connectivity to homes and businesses.The pair has said the system has established a stable two-way mmWave link with downlink speeds of around 1 Gbps at the CPE, despite travelling a link distance of several hundred meters.“One of the most exciting prospects that 5G is expected to bring to the table is the exploration of powerful new use cases outside of traditional smart device mobile connectivity,” said Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, Head of the Next Generation Communications Business Team at Samsung Electronics and owner of one of the longest jobs titles we’ve come across.“Our trial efforts with Arqiva give us the chance to demonstrate this first hand, and we view this demonstration as a door-opener for new and compelling connected service opportunities in the UK, Europe and worldwide”A Radio Access Unit, located on the rooftop of Arqiva’s London office, wirelessly links to a CPE, located by a window inside Arqiva’s nearby headquarters.
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Big data analytics — where vast troves of information are structured and used to help businesses gain more insights into their operations and customers, to develop new products, and to run more efficiently — are a cornerstone of how many tech-centric enterprises run their businesses today.Now the focus is on building solutions that the rest of the enterprise world can use, even if the business itself is not necessarily tech-centric.We understand from sources the company’s valuation is around $100 million.This latest Series B was led by Pitango Venture Capital, and others in the round included four strategic investors: Verizon Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), trading platform CME Ventures and Dell Technologies Capital.Other previous investors (from its $15 million Series A when it was still in stealth) that participated in this round include Magma Venture Partners and Jerusalem Venture Partners (Dell was also in this first round, although that news was not made public at the time).Each strategic investor in this latest round points to verticals where Iguazio believes its business has the potential to develop, CEO and co-founder Asaf Somekh told me in an interview.
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Governments wanting to spy on the people they’re meant to serve is hardly new – but China is taking things to a whole new level by injecting itself into citizens’ phones.Based on articles from Radio Free Asia, Mashable reported last week that authorities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang – home to a majority Muslim population including millions of Uyghurs who have roots in Turkey – sent out a notice instructing citizens to install a ‘surveillance app’ on their phones, or be detained for up to 10 days if they’re found to have disobeyed the order at random spot checks.The app, known as Jinwang, is said to monitor files on your phone and “automatically detect terrorist and illegal religious videos, images, e-books and electronic documents.” If it finds any such content (by matching the files’ MD5 digital signatures with those in a database), users will be prompted to delete them.It’ll also grab your Weibo and WeChat records, SIM card info and Wifi login data and relay them to a government server.That’s about as invasive an app I’ve heard of in recent memory.Not only is the app keeping tabs on the files you store and share with people, it also snitches on you.
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Southeast Asian ride-hailing service Grab expects to raise US$2.5 billion in a record round of fundraising to cement its lead over Uber Technolgies in the region and grow its payments platform.Southeast Asia has become a key battleground for technology startups vying for a market of more than 600 million people, with a burgeoning middle class as well as a youthful, internet-savvy demographic.Grab’s Chinese peer Didi Chuxing and Japan’s SoftBank Group, both of which are existing investors, will contribute up to US$2 billion to lead the current financing round, it said in its statement on Monday.The firm expects to raise an additional US$500 million, bringing the total to US$2.5 billion in this round, which it said would be the largest ever single financing in Southeast Asia.Grab will be valued at more than US$6 billion at the close of this round, according to a source close to company.With Didi’s and SoftBank’s support, Grab will achieve an unassailable market lead in ride-sharing
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Nintendo could struggle to sell you Splatoon 2 through its digital store tonight.The game just launched in the last couple of hours, and Switch owners have rushed the eShop to buy it.But that traffic has seemingly overwhelmed the Nintendo servers, according to a wave of complaints on social media.Splatoon 2 is arguably the biggest Switch launch since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild debuted alongside the system in March.Our review called it fresh and fun — even if we have some qualms with Nintendo’s online infrastructure.But for now, the biggest problem is that many people want to play the game but can’t even buy it.
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Putin's on-screen portrayals reportedly put on hold amid fears of hacking retaliation.Despite the popularity of Russia-themed movie blockbusters these days, filmmakers are reportedly reluctant to depict the country's president, Vladimir Putin, over fears that his so-called "patriotic hackers" could take revenge by launching cyberattacks in retaliation.That's according to the Hollywood Reporter, which this week revealed how multiple in-production feature films with source material containing the controversial ex-KGB leader had dropped his inclusion in the movie versions as it may be considered provocative.One movie, Red Sparrow featuring Jennifer Lawrence, is about a Russian intelligence officer who is assigned to seduce a rookie CIA agent.Despite Putin playing a role in the book it's based on – by former CIA spy Jason Matthews – he was discarded in the movie from Chernin Entertainment.Insiders told the Hollywood Reporter that the exclusion was simply "creative choices" by studio heads, but the outlet teased that another reason could be to assuage any potential anger from hackers unhappy at Putin's on-screen portrayal.
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As platform's popularity rose, so did its allure to miscreantsThe comforting notion that iOS devices are immune to malicious code attacks has taken a knock following the release of a new study by mobile security firm Skycure.Malicious mobile apps in Apple's App Store are mercifully rare (XcodeGhost aside) compared to the comparative "Wild West" of the Google Play store, which has come to exist despite the Chocolate Factory's best efforts to clamp down on the problem.However, hackers have found other ways to get malware installed, Skycure points out.The number of iOS vulnerabilities patched in the first quarter of 2017 is already greater than the total number of iOS vulnerabilities discovered in all of 2016, according to Skycure."Fortunately, Apple is still very fast at patching the OS and distributing updates," their report added.
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Perennially popular city transport app Citymapper is ramping up its efforts in the hardware realm with the launch of its first proper commercial bus service.The London-based company first started trialling its own smart bus and transport service in London back in May, serving a limited circular route in the heart of the city.Similar to traditional buses, Citymapper’s green own-brand incarnations followed a pre-set route, with passengers able to jump on and off at bus stops.While the vehicles (there were two variants) came with all the typical trappings of a standard bus, including driver, bells, wheels, and the like, they also boasted some technological smarts, including a large screen that shows riders where they are in real time.Travellers were also encouraged to charge their devices via the built-in USB charging ports.The initial tinkering was entirely experimental, and, importantly, the company wasn’t licensed to operate commercially — meaning the service was offered for free.
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Artificiell intelligens används i en mängd produkter idag, bland annat av Apples rösttjänst Siri och Amazons motsvarighet Alexa.En mängd svenska, och utländska startups, använder sig av AI i olika sammanhang och området är hett för investeringar.I början av maj kunde Di Digital till exempel berätta om den nystartade fonden Norwegian.ai som siktar på att ta in en miljard kronor för att investera i nordiska startupbolag som är verksamma inom AI.Läs mer: Ny miljardfond ska satsa på AI-bolagAnalysfirman Gartner, som håller koll på trender inom IT-sektorn, beskriver i en färsk rapport hur många mjukvaruföretag försöker haka på hajpen kring artificiell intelligens, AI, på ibland lösa grunder eller genom överdrifter.Gartner kallar det ”AI-washing” och jämför med begreppet "greenwashing" som syftar på företag som av affärsskäl överdriver sin egen miljövänlighet.
Finland
Lääkeyhtiö Orionin tulos huhti-kesäkuulta jäi selvästi analyytikkoennusteista.Orionin liiketulos laski 71,8 miljoonaan euroon viime vuoden toisen neljänneksen 83,5 miljoonasta eurosta.Analyysipalvelu Factsetin mukaan analyytikot odottivat Orionin liikevoiton nousevan 84,1 miljoonaan euroon.Orionin osakekohtainen tulos heikkeni 0,40 euroon 0,47 eurosta.Analyytikot ennustivat tulokseksi 0,47 euroa.Liikevaihto jäi 272,4 miljoonaan euroon.
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Shift, an online secondhand car marketplace that lets potential buyers arrange test drives direct to their home, has raised $38 million in a series C round of funding led by BMW’s venture capital (VC) arm, iVentures, with participation from DFJ, Highland Capital, DCM Ventures, G2VP, and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners.Founded out of San Francisco in 2013, Shift operates out of three main locations, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles (all of the Valley and Orange County), and San Diego.Anyone living in those regions can buy or sell cars, but those located elsewhere across the U.S. can still buy pre-owned cars through the platform for delivery, albeit this represents a small part of the company’s business.Through the platform, sellers are given the real market value of their vehicle in less than two minutes, with Shift taking care of all the listings, test drives, and paperwork — it essentially manages the laborious administration while promising sellers the “best private party” price.Buyers, on the other hand, are promised that each vehicle has passed a 200-point inspection, and again they don’t have to worry about paperwork, while Shift can also arrange financing.Prior to now, Shift had raised around $74 million in funding, and with its latest cash influx the company said it plans to continue growing its team, investing in its technology, and entering new markets.
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Those multi-colored Google bikes may look kind of cool and funky being ridden around the Googleplex, but it’s a different story when they end up in a creek covered in muck and bleaching in the sun.The bikes are supposed to be for Googlers only.But because multitudes of them are typically left unlocked in and around Google’s headquarters campus, they’re sometimes taken for a joy ride by tourists – or pilfered by the ill-intentioned.One or more of the latter, it appears, has taken to disposing of stolen Google bikes in a local creek.Local residents are decrying a new eyesore, with one complaining that Google should be doing a better job at preventing the problem.“Some were covered in algae and sun-bleached, indicating they had been there for no short amount of time.”
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Bad news for all you Magisk users out there.Google’s SafetyNet has detected the latest version Magisk (13.2).This means that when you open up Pokemon GO on your rooted device, for example, you’ll see an error message and won’t be able to play the game.Before you get too frustrated, let me give you some good news.Magisk’s developer topjohnwu has said that he’s working to fix the problem and get things back to the way they were before soon.When exactly will that happen is anyone’s guess right now, topjohnwu didn’t share a specific time frame.
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Rolls-Royce announced in June that it would roll out several historically significant Phantoms to help usher in the eighth-generation of the automaker's flagship ultra-luxe sedan.This week, it's all about John Lennon's wild Phantom V.Lennon took possession of his Valentine Black Phantom V on June 3, 1965 -- the same day the first American walked in space.He customized it in some wild ways, replacing the rear seat with a double bed and adding a television and refrigerator.At that point, it was still black.But in 1967, Lennon approached JP Fallon, a coachbuilder from Surrey, about a new paint job.
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There aren’t many Android phones that you can buy for less than $100 but Chinese brand Homtom is offering one of its finest for just $99.99!The HomTom HT50 is a large battery smartphone that can be found online for the low-cost of only $99.99 until July 10th when the price will go back to the original RRP.For smart smartphone shoppers, the HT50 is a great buy handset and comes with a Mediatek MT6737 chipset, rear 13 megapixel camera and front 13 megapixel camera to capture perfect selfies.Despite the low-cost, HomTom also sells the large battery phone with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory and a 5.5 inch HD display with flagship standard 2.5D curved display.The real plus point though is the fact that this 8.9mm Android smartphone coms with such a huge 5500mAh battery meaning huge battery life.Anyone wanting to get their hands on the Homtom HT50 for just $99.99 visit Aliexpress now.
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