The local government s irresponsible issuance of bonds and the decision by the U.S. Congress to cut corporate tax breaks have contributed to the current fiscal crisis and subsequent exodus of U.S. companies and Puerto Rican citizens from the island.Puerto Ricans also pay two to three times more for electricity than average Americans, due in part to their dependence on oil imports and because the government-owned utility company is plagued with billions in debt.Attracting businesses back to the islandIn 1976, Congress passed Section 936 of the federal tax code, granting U.S. corporations a tax exemption from income originating from U.S. territories.With the exodus of the big corporations, the workers soon followed.Technology is certainly one of the pillars of our economic development program, wrote Bacó in an email to me.
Samsung may have inadvertently teased the design of the Galaxy S8 in two new videos posted to YouTube.The company s screen-manufacturing arm, Samsung Display, has published two short advertisements showing off the capabilities of its displays.But what s interesting is that the handset depicted in both videos looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks we ve seen so far.The most notable feature is the lack of Home button, which is a design change widely tipped to be introduced on the Galaxy S8:It s expected that Samsung plans to integrate the functionality of the Home button into the display.This would involve embedding an optical fingerprint sensor below the glass on the phone.
Heather Wang in BeijingChinese tech giant LeEco announced a partnership with its strategic investor Sunac China on Sunday.Sunac was the major contributor of a RMB 16.8 billion USD 2.4 billion investment in LeEco, two months after the company confirmed its great capital challenge .This is the first time LeEco has truly gained a strategic investor.It will be a turning point for LeEco, said Jia Yueting, founder and Chairman of LeEco, at a press conference in Beijing on Sunday afternoon.It will help LeEco s ecosystem to fully grow and reach its next goal.Whether it is from the market value or revenue, LeEco aims to become one of the first Chinese companies to gain a trillion dollars.
The homepage shows your activity score, which is just a number goal translated from the total steps you've taken and the total amount of activity you've completed.I'm not the biggest fan of these point systems—I'd rather see my total step count and distance calculations and judge my daily activity goal off that.You can also tap on the moon icon to switch to sleep view.This is where your auto-tracked activities appear and where you can give them an exercise category if you wish.Most of the Phase's magic happens in the device settings.This is where you can turn on the vibrating Alarm feature, change app notifications, and turn on on Misfit Move, which is the inactive alert feature that will buzz the Phase when you've been sitting too long and wave the watchhands crazily, too, which is cute .
HP certainly can't be accused of the same thing with the Pavilion Wave.HP Pavilion Wave – Design and BuildHats off to HP for the Pavilion Wave's design; it's the most attractive desktop computer I've seen since the Mac Pro.With the soft-touch material finish and the B logo on the front, there's no doubting this PC's audio focus.Mounted in the top of the PC is a single speaker that fires upwards into a parabolic reflector that shoots audio out at 360 degrees.The Wave has an incredibly neat design that means there's not a cluttered side to it.
That doesn t necessarily mean the giant impact hypothesis is wrong.It could just be that the isotopes in the original planetesimal were already similar to those in the Earth.If that s the case, it wouldn t matter which body the bulk of the Moon s material came from; we d get the Moon we observe either way.But that explanation is .For one thing, the isotopes found throughout the Solar System aren t identical to the Earth s. So while such an Earth-like planetesimal could form, it s far more likely the planetesimal s composition would differ from the Earth s.
During this wee-hours run, Hume's mouth operates almost as briskly as his button-tapping fingers.Every action-based beat in a level is explained.Every odd thing about the game including its bizarre plot, in which a samurai loads his physical self into a computer program to "hack" it with his hair receives a lengthy explanation with the kind of warm-hearted mocking that made Hume's love of the game evident.Perhaps most importantly, most of the game's tricks and glitches, which Hume exploited to get through levels faster, are credited.After name-checking screen names like Vorpal, Dragondarch, TheSeaWolf1, and Tiki, Hume makes his case.But the world record, the friends he's made, the co-hosting he's started at Speed Gaming League, and the events he's played in, those are likely bigger reasons for his love.
Are 4K TVs worth it and should you upgrade?A good format war always helps, like it did three years ago when there was a legitimate arms race between plasma and LCD panels.Moreover, LCD manufacturers have been really clever over the last few years and many of the technology s inherent flaws have been addressed – everyone now has their own take on local dimming, differing numbers of lighting zones, distinctive dynamic contrast modes, and so on.In fact, in 2016 my job was damn hard because at times they seemed impossible to perceive.With all that in mind, here are four things you should know if you're considering upgrading your TV.OLEDs aren't just for oligarchs anymore
UK based companies aren t a thing we regularly report about on Gizchina.Wileyfox however is one company that I like to keep tabs on.Their devices are often interesting but simply not ideal for the attached prices on them.Still, I follow the company hoping that they ll eventually make something great, though this probably isn t it.The company s latest device is the Swift 2X, successor to last year s Swift.The device features a 5.2-inch full HD device with Gorilla Glass 3, along with the lower-end Snapdragon 430.Backing that is 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
You may have already read about the first Galaxy S8 'leak' of the day, which suggests the phone may not do away with the headphone jack, and now we've got another one for you.This one could be a tad more exciting, though.New images from a third-party smartphone case maker seem to reveal the final Galaxy S8 design, which is expected to launch at MWC 2017.The renders, from Ghostek, show a Galaxy S8 wrapped in the company's Atomic 3 waterproof case, and while parts of the phone are obscured, the overall design is mostly visible.And the design lines up with many of the rumours we've been hearing in recent months, including a curved display which takes up most of the front of the device.There's also no home button, which has been one of the biggest S8 rumours doing the rounds.
Nintendo also confirmed its range of accessories, including coloured variants of the Joy-Con controllers and an Xbox-style pro controller featuring a more traditional button layout.Orders are limited to one per customer and should reach buyers by 3 March.Odyssey will be exclusive to the console and is expected to go on sale before Christmas.Included in the list is Ubisoft's Just Dance and an unnamed Mario game, as well as several ports from the Wii U such as Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Mario Kart 8.Documents leaked on NeoGaf claim a vast array of extras include a gaming controller similar to that of the Xbox One S, an arcade-style controller for fighting games and even a car power adapter.If the rumours true, the basic Switch will be around £10 cheaper than the 500GB PlayStation 4 Slim and £20 less than the entry-level Xbox One S.
Its timely rise and fall comes as highly symbolic as its once rival, Twitter, continues to struggle, years later, with monetization, content management and harassment.Today s announcement of its closure isn t hugely surprisingly since App.net had been in maintenance mode since May 2014.CEO Dalton Caldwell and his co-founder Bryan Berg put the social network on autopilot after it failed to generate the revenue necessary to support a full-time staff.A strong community bought into the promise of an ad-free, subscription-based, Twitter clone that would remain friendly to developers and users, no matter how big it got.Unfortunately for everyone, the network just didn t make money.By 2013, App.net needed institutional capital to make the fight competitive.
Ecommerce sales surpassed $3 billion on both Black Friday and the following Cyber Monday, setting new records for both days, according to Adobe Digital, which estimates that online sales topped $1 billion every day this past holiday season.Some 56% of smartphone owners and 53% of tablet owners used their devices to assist with Thanksgiving weekend shopping activities, according to the NRF/Prospect Insights survey.It is estimated that by 2020, 80% of the world s people will own a smartphone, and they ll expect to do business with retailers, at least part of the time, from those devices.What s interesting about that 80% is it s changing the experience that consumers are having with retailers and which brands they're engaging with, says Jeffrey Warren, vice president of solutions management with Oracle Retail, who notes that retail customers are increasingly impatient with a less-than-perfect shopping experience.During the 2016 holiday season, dissatisfied mobile shoppers abandoned their transactions within 2 seconds of initiating them, on average, down from the previous holiday benchmark of 2.4 seconds, according to the SOASTA report.Among the hardest hit of late: Macy s plans to close about 15% of its locations; Kmart and its Sears brand plan to close more than 100 stores; and apparel retailer The Limited is closing all of its more than 250 stores in favor of an online-only strategy.
Kaggle, the nearly ten year old startup that hosts competitions for data science aficionados, is hosting a competition with a $1 million purse to improve the classification of potentially cancerous lesions in the lungs.The funds are being provided by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton as part of the 2017 Data Science Bowl.This isn t the first time that major prize money has been given away to accelerate research in targeted areas.The Data Science Bowl featured a competition last year to identify signs of heart failure with a $200,000 purse and the year before it tasked data scientists to assess ocean health.The $1 million going towards this year s competition will be the most ever given out as a prize on the site.The first place winner will receive $500,000 with second, third and forth getting $200,000, $100,000 and $25,000 respectively.
But as we ve known for a few months now, this all-you-can-eat setup is being phased out.While existing owners will still get to charge up for free, anyone who orders a Tesla after January 15th would get around 1,000 miles worth of charging credit each year then pay for anything beyond that.But how much would they pay, exactly?Turns out there s not any single answer to that question — due to variations in regulations around the world, the pricing varies a bit depending on where you are.Tesla started outlining how it works in a blog post tonight:In most of the world, Tesla owners will pay per kWh — that is, you ll be charged for the actual amount of electricity you receive.
And depending how the Switch goes over with consumers, it could mean the end of Nintendo as we know it.It's not that Nintendo is at risk of going out of business any doesn't deliver the goods with the Switch, Nintendo's investors are likely to pressure the gaming legend into shifting focus away from its own hardware, and towards making more
Snap One of the longstanding knocks against Snapchat is that the app's design is confusing to use.And with the company preparing for a massive IPO, that's something that might not sit well with investors looking for theOn Thursday, Snapchat took the first step to making its app easier to use and more accessible to the general public.
Apple was the manufacturer that shrunk its PC shipments the most in 2016, with its Mac laptops and desktops ceding 9.8% market share to other companies, according to a report from analyst firm IDC.Overall, 2016 marked the fifth consecutive year of decline in the overall PC industry, with a 5.7% dip in PC shipments from 2015.Dell was the biggest winner for the year, showing a 4.3% gain in shipments.Check out the chart:We already had some signs in the middle of 2016 that it was going to be a rough year for Apple: In the second and third quarters of the year, shipments of Apple's Macs were declining way faster than industry average, as people waited impatiently for the company to release a new MacBook Pro.The fourth quarter of 2016 went a little better for Apple.That new MacBook Pro, which arrived in October 2016, stabilized things for Apple, and it saw a meager .8% decline over the same period in 2015, according to IDC.But it wasn't enough to totally regain the ground that Apple had already lost to Windows-based PCs earlier in the year.Meanwhile, some of Apple's biggest fans feel forced to buy 'pathetic' and 'old' Macs from 2013, as the company doesn't offer desktop and laptops to suit their needs.
This box of 1,200 pounds of remaindered DS cartridges isn't literally what's being sold by GameStop, but it gives you the general idea of what's available in this sale.We can't these DS game prices will inflate in a decade or so, when the kids that grew up with the Nintendo DS suddenly have a lot of disposable income to throw at a nostalgia-chasing collection of old cartridges.That said, we can pretty much guarantee these games are never going to be sold for much than they are today.As Nintendo prepares to cut off the DS line in favor of , this is the time for value-focused gamers and collectors to strike.
This photo shows a rusty patched bumblebee on Aug. 14, 2008, in Peoria, Ill. AP Photo/Johanna James-Heinz If Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov had been prescient, he may have named his famous orchestral piece "Plight of the Bumblebee."The rusty patched bumblebee, or Bombus affinis, is now the first US bumblebee placed on the endangered species list, the Guardian reports.Seven other bees from Hawaii previously made the list, but they weren't bumblebees, reports the New York Times.Per the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the population of the rusty patched bumblebee—which once buzzed happily around 28 different states, DC, and Ontario and Quebec—has plummeted 90% since the late '90s, with pesticides, climate change, and habitat issues among the culprits.Today, "scattered populations" remain in just 13 states and Ontario, reports the AP.