Robert Batten

Robert Batten

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Last week we reported on an LG smartwatch passing through the USA s comms regulator – and now two more have followed suit.On Friday, we wrote about a mystery device with the model number W280 becoming certified by the Federal Communications Commission FCC .That model number was in line with previous LG smartwatches, so it seems certain that this will be a wearable device.But we re now also aware of two other devices – W270 and W281 – having been certified by the FCC, which could mean there are three new smartwatches on the way from LG shortly.Generally, products only pass through the FCC when they re approaching the point where they re going to go on sale.In any case, none of this is particularly surprising; back in December, it was revealed that LG had applied for four smartwatch trademarks – Watch Style, Watch Pro, Watch Force, and Watch Sole.
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Chinese tech investor Kuang-Chi has invested $30 million £25 million in Dorset-based jet engine company Gilo Industries, valuing the firm at $80 million £67 million , according to The Financial Times.The deal, announced on Monday, marks the investor's first forayGilo, which makes rotary engines for jetpacks and unmanned aircraft, reported revenues of £915,000 and an operating profit
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DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — ManpowerGroup, one of the world's largest jobs companies, released a report detailing how the technological revolution is going to change the employment market forever.The company released the report, entitled "The Skills Revolution," on conjunction with the World Economic Forum's meeting of the most powerful political and business leaders across the globe in Davos, Switzerland.It surveyed more than 18,000 employers across 43 countries and six industry sectors.While technological developments will cause greater automation, a decrease in headcount or slow growth in hiring in some areas, it will actually create a lot of jobs too, according to Manpower.But the key to this is to make sure the world's workforce "upskills" to be qualified enough to take on new positions.Companies need to invest in their workers to make sure they are not being left behind."We are seeing the emergence of a Skills Revolution — where helping people upskill and adapt to a fast-changing world of work will be the defining challenge of our time.Those with the right skills will increasingly call the shots, create opportunities and choose how, where and when they work," said Jonas Prising, Chairman & CEO at ManpowerGroup.We cannot slow the rate of technological advance or globalization, but we can invest in employees skills to increase the resilience of our people and organisations."Those without will look to the future and not be able to see how their circumstances will improve.This polarization of the population that is playing out in front of our eyes is no good for society or for business.
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South Korean prosecutors are seeking a warrant to arrest Samsung Group s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on charges that include participating in payments that Samsung made to a close friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in exchange for government support in the company s succession planning. giant denies any wrongdoing; its stock was down 3% on the news.2.
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Sameer Al-Sakran is the founder and CEO of Metabase, an open source business intelligence company.How to join the networkWell, 2016 is officially in the past.Most sophisticated observers have come to grips with the fact that a SaaS company in hyper-growth mode chews up every available dollar and then some.Data of that fine granularity is something that your friendly neighborhood SaaS CFO is unlikely to include in their 10-Qs.LinkedIn had such an unfortunate moment in 2016, and managed to ruin a lot of other companies nights in early February.
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It might seem odd to those who live in more temperate climates, but snow is a thing that people eat, and it s mostly safe.With the right toppings, it can also be tasty.Maple syrup candy is a traditional snowy treat.Maple syrup taffy, maple syrup snow, whatever you want to call it, it s what happens when you pour maple syrup over freshly packed, fluffy, clean snow.The Kitchn has an easy recipe to follow, too.You boil a half cup of maple syrup in a small saucepan, allowing it to reach 235 F. From there, just drizzle over some packed snow.
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The convergence of IoT and in-vehicle technologies, like remote diagnostics, on-board GPS, collision avoidance systems, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots, has paved the road for new and exciting opportunities in this industry.In fact, the connected car market is expected to reach $155 billion by 2022, while 75 percent of the estimated 92 million cars shipped globally in 2020 will be built with internet connectivity.As the market grows, the biggest opportunity for profit comes from the ongoing services that can be offered and the ongoing revenue that subscriptions to these services can create.Although this is where the value lies, many consumers who purchase connected cars have been hesitant to turn on their connected services.Similarly, Kelly Blue Book found that 42 percent of consumers support cars becoming more connected, while 62 percent said they fear that cars in the future will be easily hacked.While there is evidence that the adoption rate for connected services is growing willingness to pay for connected services went from 21 percent in 2014 to 32 percent in 2015 , many consumers still have lingering concerns over the security of these vehicles.Then, in March 2016, the FBI, the Department of Transportation DOT , and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA issued a public service announcement warning consumers about potential cybersecurity threats to connected cars.Yet consumers may not realize that security is not solely a connected car issue — it is an inherent concern with IoT, given the copious amount of data collected and shared between devices.As networks evolve to better meet the needs of IoT devices and connected cars, automakers must take extra measures to ensure appropriate levels of connectivity at each step of the vehicle s life cycle.Security must be a top priority — from designing the vehicle to the moment the driver takes the wheel and beyond – if automakers are to improve adoption rates and drive profits.
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Nintendo has finally shown its hand to the world and let the media test out the new home-portable hybrid.The hardware deserves to be a success, so I really hope Nintendo can conjure up the games to make it so.Nintendo Switch release date: March 3, 2017Nintendo Switch price: £279 / $299Nintendo Switch – The ConsoleNintendo had me completely sold on the Switch concept from day one.
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There's no shortage of food delivery startups out there, but Goldbely wants to tap into something more than nourishment:The 4-year-old startup ships dishes from some of the best-known restaurants in the nation, like Joe's Pizza in New York, Prantl's Bakery in Pittsburgh, and Honolulu Fish Company in Hawaii. food arrives chilled in just a couple of days, ready pop in the
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Amazon is getting one step closer to dominating department stores.The ecommerce giant is about to tap into one of America's biggest clothing trends by launching its own athleisure brand, making it a competitor to Lululemon, Gap's Athleta, Under Armour, Nike, and other top sportswear brands.The move will also make Amazon a bigger threat to department stores like Macy's, Nordstrom, and JCPenney, which have been battling years of declining shopper traffic to malls.Prior to news of its new athleisure brand, Amazon was already expected to surpass Macy's to become the biggest apparel seller in the US this year, according to a 58-page report published by Cowen & Co. in October.The company's clothing and accessory sales are expected to grow nearly 30% next year, to $28 billion, according to the Cowen analysts.Macy's apparel sales, by comparison, are expected to drop 4%, to $22 billion, in the period.As Amazon's sales grow, so will its share of the apparel market in the US.Amazon currently claims about 6.6% of the market.That share is expected to increase to 8.2% by next year and further expand to 16.2% within five years, according to Cowen analysts.By 2021, Cowen expects Amazon to generate $62 billion in annual apparel sales.TJ Maxx is expected to be the No.
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Housed in a rugged metal housing with a tough scratch-resistant sapphire lens, this waterproof device will shrug off sand, sea and spray and can still work at a depth of 100 metres.The beauty of the fenix Chronos goes beyond skin deep.Like other smartwatches it will count your steps and monitoring your sleep.The watch uses the heart rate sensor to provide information on calories burned to help you track the intensity of your fitness activities.The fenix Chronos eschews Google s Android Wear platform, relying instead on the company s own Garmin Connect app to receive notifications such as incoming emails, WeChat messages and other alerts from your smartphone.Like the previous models from Sony s Action Cam family, the compact FDR-X3000 resembles a miniature camcorder and weighs just 114 grams including the supplied battery.
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NASA has contracted with both SpaceX and Boeing as part of this commercial crew program.The present development plan calls for each company to fly an uncrewed, "demonstration" mission, and then a 14-day crewed test flight, before finally beginning operational missions to the station.The latest "no earlier than" for the crewed test flights are May, 2018 SpaceX and August, 2018 Boeing .Such launches would allow one or both companies to begin operational flights before the end of 2018, which NASA is counting on.
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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.
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According to an official statement by Lenovo officials today, the company plans to unveil several new devices during Mobile World Congress 2017 next month, and more specifically the unveiling will take place on February 26.We have no idea yet which new devices will be unveiled at the event, but some rumors insist that one of them will be the Moto G5 Plus, the successor to last year s Moto G4 Plus.Among its rumored specs we can expect Android 7 Nougat, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, and a 3080 mAh battery.Some say that Lenovo will also unveil a flagship at MWC 2017, but we don t think that s the case, since the company prefers to make this big announcements before summer or right after the end of it.
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When an apartment or penthouse isn't big enough for wealthy New Yorkers, they get creative.In recent years, a number of them have combined multiple townhouses or building floors to create supersized homes, or Frankenmansions, as New York magazine's S. Jhoanna Robledo calls them.To construct these Frankenmansions, some prospective buyers purchase multiple buildings at once, while others approach their neighbors to offer multimillion-dollar buyouts.In either scenario, they need the city's subsequent approval before combining properties.Check out these nine Manhattan Frankenmansions owned by big names — including Madonna, Sean Parker, and Sarah Jessica Parker — outlined below in red.
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It s already been a busy year for cybersecurity, as U.S. President Barack Obama warned NATO allies last weekend to closely monitor their impending elections for the kind of suspected Russian hacking that afflicted the latest U.S. presidential election.All the passwords, tokens and other forms of strong authentication are meaningless if a person is tricked into handing over their credentials, inadvertently installs rogue software on their device that performs certain actions, or unwittingly gives a criminal access to their machine or account.These cybersecurity fundamentals have certainly become a failure point, and the unrelenting escalation of cyber-attacks has prompted the Federal Reserve, FDIC and others to propose new standards for cyber-risk management, according to The Hill.Machine Learning to the RescueHigh-tech cyber-defense will place a new emphasis on detecting attacks, as opposed to simply preventing them, according to Nextgov, which tracks how technology and innovation transform government agencies.It s clear that hackers have refined their art, and are outpacing enterprise security defenses, Nextgov stated last month.
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Hong Kong Broadband Network HKBN , the city s second-largest fixed-line residential broadband services provider, plans to sharpen its focus this year on delivering more integrated services amid efforts to expand its business customers.William Yeung Chu-kwong, the chief executive at HKBN, said the company s recent initiatives have transformed it into a competitive quad-play operator with broadband, traditional telephone, mobile and over-the-top OTT streaming video services.An industry player can t survive long term with just a fixed-line- or mobile-only strategy; it has to be integrated services, Yeung told the South China Morning Post.For this financial year, we will focus on revenue growth ... and mobile will help us a lot to be more competitive in the corporate market.An industry player can t survive long term with just a fixed-line- or mobile-only strategy; it has to be integrated servicesHKBN s strategy gives it more firepower to compete against tycoon Richard Li Tzar-kai s PCCW-owned HKT and NowTV operations, as well as i-Cable Communications and Wharf T, which was acquired last November by private equity firms MBK Partners and TPG Capital from property giant The Wharf Holdings .
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Eager as ever to make the most of available technology to enhance its live sports coverage, Fox Sports will once again offer something a little different during its next major broadcast.As part of its Fox Sports Lab tech initiative, the company is planning to give viewers point-of-view perspectives from players on the field during Super Bowl LI in February.No, it doesn t involve strapping GoPros to players helmets they wouldn t last five minutes , or even fitting tiny cameras inside.Instead, Fox has teamed up with Intel to create what it calls a Be the Player experience, a feature that displays POV footage from any player on the field without the need to attach a physical camera.If that sounds pretty darn clever, that s because it is.The system involves Intel s 360 Replay technology, which uses a raft of cameras placed around the stadium, all facing the action.
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Nintendo didn t disclose everything about the specifications for its Nintendo Switch game console tonight, but it did share more details than it has at any time before this event in Japan.The Switch preorders start on January 21.The hybrid home game console and portable will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, for $300 in the U.S. We know that Nvidia is making the processor inside the system, but Nintendo didn t even mention the graphics chip maker at its event tonight.One piece of news: the Nintendo Switch s 6.2-inch screen has capacitive multitouch capabilities, meaning you can tap the screen with multiple fingers at the same time.Nintendo confirmed to us that the Switch has 32 gigabytes of internal memory, and it is expandable via microSD cards.Nintendo spent a lot of time talking about the Joy-Con controllers.There s a left and a right version, and Joy-Con grip that connects them so they can be used as one controller.The right Joy-Con also has an infrared camera sensor that can detect shapes and objects a couple of feet away.The right Joy-Con also has a near-field communications read/write wireless sensor, which can read or write data to and from an Amiibo toy.The left Joy-Con has a capture button that can be used to take instant screenshots of gameplay and share them with friends on social media.Nintendo didn t say anything about the horsepower of the machine.
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Apple s AirPods have already captured an astonishing 26% of the wireless headphones market, according to new research published on Wednesday.According to Slice Intelligence via AppleInsider , the £159 cable-free buds have accounted for a quarter of all wireless headphones sold since they became available last month.The research also claimed Apple-owned Beats racked up 15.49 per cent of the trade in that time, giving Cupertino over 41% of the market overall.Prior to the belated launch of AirPods, Beats had 24.1% of the market, according to the figures, so there is evidence the W1-enabled buds have cannibalised Apple s other business somewhat.Meanwhile, there has been significant loss of market share for the likes of Bose, Jaybird and Plantronics during the last month.That, of course, is likely to even out once the initial rush to snap up Apple s AirPods has died off.
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