It’s easy to get distracted by the whole Vivendi/TIM saga, but Iliad is another French business looking towards the land of pizzas, Vespas and slicked back hair for future fortunes.Looking at the financials first, the French telco had a positive 12 months adding just short of one million subscribers to take its total market share up to 19% of the French market.On the broadband side, the business is looking pretty positive as well.Iliad currently boasts of 6.5 million broadband subscribers, 556,000 of which are FTTH, up from 310,000 at the end of 2016.Looking at the spreadsheets, total revenues for the year increased to €4.987 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.6%.Iliad is a company we rarely speak about in the UK, partly because Orange is a more dominant player on the wider European space and the Vivendi/TIM situation is too unusual to pass on, but these are some pretty solid results.
There has been a long battle between two chip-making giants, Broadcom and Qualcomm.Considering the consistent successes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips which are the desire of most smartphone makers, the company is not interested in selling.At the time, the sum was seen as “whooping” and many felt both companies would benefit from the merger since Broadcom is the biggest Wi-Fi chips maker in the world, while Qualcomm is the largest maker of Modems.However, on February 9th, Qualcomm rejected a second bid from Broadcom worth about $121 Billion (cash and stock bid of $82 a share).Qualcomm stated through its Chairman, Paul Jacobs, that Broadcom’s current offer does not reflect the acquisition of NXP Technologies which only needs approval from Chinese regulators for the closing formalities of the deal.March 5, 2018 – Qualcomm Prepares For AGM: Restates Its Stands
No 'legitimate users' of modded Blackberries, says FBIAn arrest by US authorities last week has brought to light alleged associations between encrypted phone supplier Phantom Secure and international drug trafficking.The arrest followed an Australian Federal Police bust of a cocaine shipment from the United States to Australia.Rather than merely being a passive supplier of phones, the affidavit attached to the arrest warrant for Phantom Secure's CEO Vincent Ramos, a Canadian resident, claimed he participated in drug deals facilitated by encrypted communications, and that the company's phones are used exclusively to evade law enforcement.Ramos is charged with RICO violations (that is, racketeering) and drug trafficking.Others were named in the arrest warrant, but their names have been redacted.
For decades, fast-food chains have chased quick sales with limited-time promotions and products (R.I.P.McDonald’s McPizza and Wendy’s 2012 luxe hamburger with lobster claws and caviar) and revenue-minded marketing intended to drive incremental foot traffic to restaurants.But with changing consumer tastes for healthier options and new technologies that streamline ordering and delivery, quick-serve restaurants are ramping up their digital game to compete with the slew of fast-casual eateries like Shake Shack, Chipotle and Whataburger.“Smaller brands are frequently more nimble and able to execute better site merchandising features like nutrition facts and dietary filter than many of the big brands,” said Bill Duffy, associate director of CPG at L2 Research.Burger chain Whataburger, for example, lets users filter the menu on its website by nutritional and type of sandwich, Duffy noted.According to data from Deloitte Digital, 40 percent of consumers prefer to order food online.
Software already used by Coca-Cola Femsa to reduce liquid waste from the soft drink bottling process has cut water waste due to leakage by 2%, equivalent to 2.5 million cubic meters per year, in distribution to a region comprising seven municipalities in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, whose sanitation services are provided by private concessionaire Prolagos.The system is called Leaf and was developed by I.Systems, a firm supported by PIPE, the Innovative Research in Small Business Program of the São Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP.The technology developed by the startup controls several variables in a production line based on fuzzy logic (a branch of Artificial Intelligence, or AI) and is currently used by more than 35 companies.According to Santiago, Leaf system's main advantage when paired with Brazilian sanitation industry standard technology has to do with its ability to monitor the entire distribution network in real time and in an integrated manner.Prolagos, the private company responsible for providing public sanitation services for the municipalities of Araruama, Armação dos Búzios, Arraial do Cabo, Cabo Frio, Iguaba Grande, São Pedro da Aldeia and Saquarema, had been pursuing an integrated and automated solution to control boosters and PRVs in its distribution networks in order to reduce leak losses.The problem is that this may have an impact downstream, such as lack of water in taps or a pressure jump that could lead to a pipe burst," Santiago says.
The Drum Search Awards 2018 judging has been and gone and the nominations can now be announced.This year’s submissions saw a mix of categories stand out to the judging panel including, Rising Star, Best Use of Data, Best B2C Campaign, Best Retail/eCommerce Campaign and Best Financial Services Campaign.According to GoCompare head of external communications, Anders Nilsson, the judging has been a really difficult process as the standard from the entries has been very high.Google agency head, Oliver Illing said: “The Rising Star category was the hardest to judge because the bar was set so high.It was really impressive to see the amount of young talent in the industry.There were a lot of entries, which is a testament to the business, but the ones that have been chosen were exceptional.”
Disney plans to include Star Wars and Marvel TV shows as part of the lineup in its upcoming streaming service, but details about those shows have been scant until today, when the company announced that Jon Favreau will be writing and producing a live action Star Wars series.While Favreau is best-known for directing films like Iron Man, The Jungle Book and the upcoming Lion King remake, he’s also worked in television, most recently on The Orville, where he directed the pilot and serves as executive producer.Plus, Favreau is already an actor in the Star Wars universe, having voiced a character named Pre Vizsla on The Clone Wars.And he apparently plays an unannounced role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.“Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in the announcement.“This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”
With the coming of spring, people will be putting away the extra blankets that kept them warm through a chilly winter.Others in Switzerland will be blanketing a glacier.As E News reports, huge white blankets of canvas will be used to cover the Rhone Glacier in the Swiss Alps this summer, as in the previous eight years, to slow its rapid melt.In the last century and a half, Rhone Glacier has retreated 4,600 feet, per Live Science.It's continuing to shrink by as much as 8 inches on a hot day, and has retreated some 20 feet in the last three weeks, Swiss glaciologist David Volken tells AFP.The dirty blankets, easily mistaken for ice from afar, reflect sunlight and may help reduce melting by up to 70%, per Quartz.
Electrify raises US$30 million in token sale (Singapore).The startup is developing a blockchain-based marketplace for household energy supply deals, in the run-up to the liberalization of Singapore’s energy market next month.Electrify said that prospective token buyers pledged the equivalent of US$1.3 billion during its ICO.However, APACIG portfolio company Zen Rooms – which dismissed around 10 percent of its team last week – is reportedly being shopped around to potential buyers as its funding runway is close to drying up.But investors filed police complaints against the startup last December, saying it had stopped making payouts in June and that its bank accounts had been suspended.RateX nets US$2.3 million for app launch and regional expansion (Singapore).
Photo by Dan Seifert / The VergeMicrosoft is altering the way you activate its Cortana digital assistant with your voice.The first Cortana-powered Invoke speaker now lets users simply summon the digital assistant using “Cortana” instead of the usual “Hey Cortana” command.The change isn’t live on Cortana for iOS, Android, or Windows 10, but it will likely appear there soon.Microsoft says it implemented the change last week for the Invoke speaker.Moving to just Cortana makes Microsoft’s assistant as easy to summon as Amazon’s Alexa.
He was ousted as Ukip leader after just five months, has never won election to so much as village council and has a colourful personal life…but Henry Bolton really does believe the UK needs him.The former soldier has decided to set up his own political party less than a month after Ukip members ousted him as leader of the so-called ‘People’s Army’.Bolton was axed as the party’s fourth leader since the 2016 EU Referendum after he refused to resign over racist messages sent by his 25-year-old model girlfriend, Jo Marney.But despite not inspiring the confidence of a party which is currently languishing at around 2% in the opinion polls, Bolton believes he does have a future in politics.He told the BBC his “OneNation” party will be “a truly professional political party that believes in Britain, that preserves our national identity, culture, heritage and confidence and talks our great nation up rather than down; a party dedicated to the full independence of the UK in all areas of law, government and public administration.”In a press release sent out announcing the party’s creation, Bolton said: “The colour of OneNation is British Racing Green.
Honda’s adorable little Urban EV Concept stole hearts at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the automaker confirmed that it’s making a production version of the car, with a target street date of late 2019 for the cute little guy, though it’ll be a European exclusive at first.The Honda Urban EV concept features a two-door, four-seat design, and a look that evokes virtual pets more than maybe automobiles.It’s a natural fit for the European market, where its quirky styling and maximum use of minimum space are a good fit for street conditions and use cases.We still don’t know the target range fo the vehicle or its final design, but hopefully Honda doesn’t stray far from the concept when it comes time to produce the car.
Google increases its efforts to become an AI first company as it opens up its AI and machine learning courses to everyone.The newly launched ‘Learn with Google AI’ portal allows anyone with interest in the area, specialist or basic, to learn how to best adopt the technology and better services and outcomes.The aim of broadening the scope of availability of the course is to better equip the population with knowledge in AI and machine learning, to help them with business processes or understand the benefits of the technology.Zuri Kemp, Google AI, said in a blog post: “AI can solve complex problems and has the potential to transform entire industries, which means it’s crucial that AI reflect a diverse range of human perspectives and needs.That’s why part of Google AI’s mission is to help anyone interested in machine learning succeed—from researchers, to developers and companies, to students.”The portal provides ways to learn about the basics that make up machine learning, develop machine learning skills and apply these to real world scenarios.
Kell Brook makes his eagerly-awaited return to the ring tonight as he faces Sergey Rabchenko.Brook makes his super-welterweight debut against the Belarusian at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield tonight, and is aiming to become a two-weight world champion.31-year-old Brook, the former IBF welterweight holder, is aiming to bounce back from back-to-back defeats to Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr.However the so-called 'The Special One' faces a tough task against former European title-holder Rabchenko, who hold a 29-2 career record.If you've not managed to get tickets for the big fight, and can't get to a TV, here is TechRadar's guide to watching all the action online, wherever you are in the world.This is the best way to watch Brook v Rabchenko online - from absolutely anywhere in the world - without any commercial breaks:
A drunk North American New Jersey native reportedly went out with friends in Morgantown, West Virginia, last Friday, and then called an Uber to take him home.Kenny Bachman says he thought he was going back to the place he was staying during his trip, near the West Virginia University Campus.Except, the Uber driver took Bachman to his home in Gloucester County, New Jersey.That 300-mile drive cost Bachman $1,635.93 (£1,184.86), according to a report from NJ.com.Bachman apparently didn’t sleep through the whole ride in the 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan.“And I’m thinking, ‘Why the fuck am I in the car next to some random ass dude I don’t even know?”
For years, Google’s “featured snippets” have offered quick answers to users’ search queries by pulling information from web pages and placing it in a box above the search results.This week, Google began rolling out a new snippet experience for web searchers with multiple answers to the question posed in the search box – something that addresses the problem of Google not always understanding the intent behind your query.As the company explains in a blog post, there are some questions that can be interpreted in different ways.For example, “tooth pain after a filling” could mean the searcher wants to know why it’s hurting, or how long it will hurt.But Google says the plan is to expand these multifaceted feature snippets to cover even more query types over time, including to guidance-seeking queries.A query of this type means the web searcher is looking for an answer to a question where many factors could come into play.
(Reuters) — Microchip Technology Inc said on Thursday it would buy Microsemi Corp, the largest U.S. commercial supplier of military and aerospace semiconductor equipment, for about $8.35 billion.The deal comes amid a new wave of consolidation in the semiconductor industry that included Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom Ltd unveiling a $117 billion bid to acquire U.S. rival Qualcomm Inc.Aliso Viejo, California-based Microsemi supplies high-performance analog and mixed signal integrated circuits and semiconductors to the aerospace and defense, communications, data center and industrial sectors.Microsemi, which has grown in the last few years through a wave of acquisitions, has said it wants to expand further in aerospace and defense.Microchip currently gets about 2 percent of its annual sales from the aerospace and defense markets.The deal would also strengthen Microchip’s base in the computing and communications sectors, which together accounted for less than 15 percent of its full-year sales.
Spanish start-up Escudo Web announced a smartphone geared toward kids.Parents can use a remote application to restrict which apps their child has access to.It has been found that smartphone dependency can result in diminished social interactivity, increased risk of depression, and sleep depravity.Shown off at MWC 2018, the smartphone comes with a remote application that lets parents control what is accessible on the phone at any time.For example, if your little scholar needs to study for an exam the following day, parents can restrict usage so the phone only shows education-related apps like Microsoft Word and Calculator.Parents can even block access to the home screen altogether and replace it with an activity command, such as “time to study” or “time to brush your teeth.”
Whether it's malicious websites, annoying ads, web trackers or just someone grabbing your device when you're not looking, there's plenty to be concerned about.Stay extra secure online with one of our best VPN servicesGerman-based Avira is one of the most effective antivirus engines on the desktop, and although Avira Mobile Security doesn't have the same malware-hunting focus, it's still crammed with useful features.Phishing protection does a good job of blocking malicious websites, an excellent first step in keeping you safe online.An Identity Safeguard automatically scans the email addresses of you and your contacts to check whether they've been leaked online, and alerts you to any security breach.An unusually versatile Contacts Backup feature can protect your address book by emailing the details to yourself, or backing them up directly to Google Drive or Dropbox.
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