William Mulcahy

William Mulcahy

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Yet one of Silicon Valley's most successful companies, Google's Alphabet, appears to be repeating Xerox's mistake with its self-driving car program.Their vehicles have top speeds of 25 miles per hour.Google founder—now Alphabet CEO—Larry Page, of course, knows all about Xerox's mistakes and is determined to avoid repeating them.The Apple II, released the next year, came pre-assembled and sold for $1,298 ($5,300 in today's money).That almost certainly means the company is losing money on every ride—which is probably why Waymo has only invited a few hundred people to use it.Waymo's cars have struggled with merging onto freeways and turning left on high-speed multi-lane highways.
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Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing around with Parcel, the zero-configuration web application bundler.I had a few issues with automagical dependency management, but for the most part Parcel has been a delight.This week we’ll look at building Parcel projects for production.I’ll cover some patterns and best practices for using Parcel in serious projects and outline some gotchas and issues to watch.[ Go deeper: How to get started with WebAssembly.• 8 projects that give WebAssembly a lift • So, What’s next for WebAssembly, exactly?
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Apple’s upcoming March 25th event will see the introduction of the company’s long-awaited video subscription service, according to a new report from Bloomberg.Yesterday, BuzzFeed News reported that Apple plans to announce its news subscription service at the March event, but it seems like the company has more than just that in the works.Apple has reportedly invited Hollywood stars, including “Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and JJ Abrams” to attend, in a clear nod to its video plans.The premium video subscription offering will be home to Apple’s original TV shows and movies as the company moves to take on Netflix and Amazon and further boost its services division.(All of the names mentioned above are attached to original Apple content.)Bloomberg says the video initiative is expected to launch sometime this summer, but our first look will come in just a few weeks.
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Former Apple lawyer Gene Levoff has been charged with insider trading by the SEC, which is accusing Levoff of exploiting his position at Apple to trade stocks ahead of earnings, via CNBC.Ironically, before he was fired, Levoff worked as the head of the corporate law group at the company and was “responsible for Apple’s compliance with securities laws.” In other words, his job was to make sure that Apple and its executives didn’t do the exact thing that he was caught doing.According to the SEC’s lawsuit, Levoff traded based on insider knowledge on at least three occasions in 2015 and 2016.He also had a history of insider trading, with at least three additional infractions in 2011 and 2012.The largest of those breaches took place in July 2015, when Levoff received information that Apple would miss its third quarter estimates for iPhone sales.As the lawsuit details, “Between July 17 and the public release of Apple’s quarterly earnings information on July 21, Levoff sold approximately $10 million dollars of Apple stock – virtually all of his Apple holdings – from his personal brokerage accounts.
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The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like.Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Like all of Fitbit's fitness trackers, the Versa can track your steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep.It also has smartwatch features, including the ability to show notifications, download apps, and play music.It's one of our favorite Fitbits, thanks to its sleek design and great feature set.Although it's about half the price of competitors like the Apple Watch, the Versa is a great buy.
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New technology companies are poised to transform the shipping and freight industry across Latin America.Startups like Liftit, a Colombian provider of trucking services, and Nowports, a Brazilian freight shipping startup, are angling to be the next Convoy and Flexport — at a time when shipping and logistics business in Latin America is booming thanks to increasing trade coming from China.In the first half of 2018, Chinese foreign direct investment in Latin America increased to a whopping $15.3 billion at the same time it plummeted in the U.S. to $1.8 billion.“The most exciting sectors for innovation in shipping are in trucking, consumer/third-party shipping options, and in last-mile delivery,” writes the venture investor Nathan Lustig, a partner with the Chilean investment firm Magma Partners.“Startups in the logistics industry have their work cut out for them in Latin America, and these sectors are the most prominent battlegrounds for innovation so far.”Some Latin American logistics companies — like the Brazilian trucking company CargoX — have gained the attention of investors like Goldman Sachs, The Blackstone Group, and Samsung Ventures thanks, in part, to being initially backed by Oscar Salazary, one of the minds that originally launched Uber.
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The space agency shared the New Horizons spacecraft's goodbye glance at weird Ultima Thule and decided it looked like a "giant pancake" attached to a "dented walnut."It's located about 1 billion miles past dwarf-planet Pluto, which New Horizons visited in 2015.The pancake and nut comparison is a departure from earlier images that showed the two-lobed object looking more like a snowman.NASA released a graphic showing how our understanding has changed thanks to additional data from New Horizons.The rounded snowman images came within a day of New Horizons' closest approach on Jan. 1.Images taken 10 minutes after the approach highlighted a view of the object's crescent, giving scientists a better idea of its actual shape.
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Kylan fick det amerikanska postväsendet att ställa in utdelningen i Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, samt North och South Dakota.Väderfenomenet har också riktat uppmärksamhet mot hur elbilars batterier påverkas av kallt väder.För CNBC berättade ägare av Tesla Model 3 och Chevy Bolt om hur räckvidden av deras elbilar hade halverats – men faktum är att det inte krävs några köldrekord för att batteriernas effektivitet ska minska påtagligt.En undersökning gjord av American Automobile Association har tittat på vad som händer vid 20 grader Fahrenheit – vilket motsvarar 6,6 minusgrader Celsius.AAA testade fem elfordon: Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf, Nissan Leaf och Chevy Bolt.Enligt undersökningen gör 6,6 minusgrader att räckvidden i snitt kortas med 41 procent.
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Land Rover has confirmed US launch details for the 2020 Range Rover Evoque, which makes its North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show 2019.The smallest of the automaker’s luxury SUVs, the 2020 Evoque will offer two engines in the US – including an all-new mild-hybrid – and kick off at $42,650.It’s not, of course, our first glimpse of the new Evoque.Land Rover announced it last November, promising a compact distillation of the best of the bigger Range Rovers for a more urban-friendly package.At the same time, though, it also claims to be more environmentally friendly, not to mention more tech savvy.The entry-level 2020 Evoque will have the 2.0-liter Ingenium TC I4 P250 gas engine, a four-cylinder turbo with 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.
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Three recent studies have shown initial public offerings have an impact on the prices of housing surrounding a company's headquarters, according to a report from San Francisco Chronicle.A handful of Bay Area tech companies with valuations in the billions are expected to go public in 2019, which will ultimately send CEOs with cash into the real estate market.San Francisco-based companies like Uber, Lyft, Slack, Airbnb, and Pinterest have either filed or expressed interest in going public in 2019.Tech execs flooded with cash and fresh off initial public offerings will likely flex their wallets in the real estate market, driving up prices and suckering out other buyers, according to three recent studies and a report by San Francisco Chronicle.A wave of Bay Area-based tech companies are expected to file for initial public offerings in 2019, a handful of companies with multi-billion-dollar valuations already doing so in recent weeks.What the authors found was that home prices within a 10-mile radius of a company's headquarters rose by 1%, compared to that of the rest of the country.
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While you might mostly associate Samsung with phones, tablets and TVs, the electronics giant is trying to make inroads into your love life by launching a dating app called Refrigerdating.The free app works with the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, a $4,000 appliance with a touchscreen on the door that you can use to view the family's schedule, and an ingredient-tracking camera that lets you double-check if you're out of milk.You take a photo of the inside of your fridge and swipe right or left based on how the contents of someone else's speak to you.Never fear, though, you can also just take a photo with your phone if you don't have the Family Hub."We hope people can meet under more honest or transparent circumstances with the help of the contents of the fridge, because that can tell you a lot about the personality," said Elin Axelsson, PR manager at Samsung Electronics Nordic based in Sweden.Nearly half of all households in the country are comprised of single adults without kids, according to Eurostat, the European Union's statistical office.
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According to a new report from The Intercept, Google hired gig economy workers to help build out a controversial artificial intelligence program that the company had paired with the Pentagon to build.The workers were hired through a crowdsourcing gig company outfit called Figure Eight, which pays as little at $1 an hour for people to perform short, seemingly mindless tasks.Whether the individuals were identifying objects in CAPTCHA-like images, or other simple tasks, the workers were helping to train Google’s AI that was created as part of a Defense Department initiative known as Project Maven.Project Maven is a Pentagon project intended to use machine learning and artificial intelligence in order to differentiate people and objects in thousands of hours of drone footage.By employing these crowdsourced microworkers, Google was able to use them to teach the algorithms it was running how to distinguish between human targets and surrounding objects.According to The Intercept, these workers had no idea who their work was benefitting or what they were building.
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Inbox by Gmail – the AI-driven, automated version of Gmail – is getting shuttered next month as the company switches its focus back to its original email client.Before that happens, it looks like Gmail for mobile might be getting some of the Inbox features.Specifically, bundles, reminders, and pinned items, all spotted in a screenshot of a test build of Gmail posted to Reddit (via 9to5Google).Google has already said bundles will be making their way over to Gmail – that's emails grouped together by particular topics, such as newsletters, travel plans, or messages related to finances.We've got no way of verifying that the screenshot (supposedly from Google's own internal testing) is actually genuine, but it would be a surprise if Google wasn't busy working on bringing some of Inbox's best features over to Gmail.A tale of two email apps
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Spending more than $5 million on a television ad during Super Bowl LIII is a great investment in some cases and a way to be part of the cultural phenomenon that Super Bowl ads have become, but brands are also turning to social platforms to deliver their messages before, during and after the Big Game.Facebook shared details on how Cars.com, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Colgate are incorporating its family of applications into their efforts for Super Bowl LIII.The social network said 62 million people worldwide spurred 270 million interactions on Facebook related to Super Bowl LII, and there were 198 million interactions from 53 million people on Instagram.For comparison’s sake, Facebook said that throughout 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia—June 14 through July 15 of that year—383 million people interacted on Facebook and 272 million did so on Instagram.Cars.com is not running a TV ad during Super Bowl LIII, instead teaming up with agency of record R/GA Chicago on The Big Match.The campaign drew some inspiration from Tide’s efforts during Super Bowl LII, as Cars.com will react to TV ads during the Big Game in real-time, with creative of its own, whether or not those spots feature vehicles.
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this trick has worked since iOS 12 was launched with the function to ”Hear everything”.the Tool is designed to help the hearing-impaired – but for those with good hearing (and few scruples) can Hear everything instead be used to listen in on family, colleagues, enemies or friends.the function to Hear everything is working your iPhone like a microphone and picks up all sounds around it.Thanks to the AirPods range, normally of about 15 meters (longer under good conditions, but no official figure is available), can tjuvlyssnaren leave the phone and go out of the room but still hear everything that is said in the midst thereof.in other words: the iPhone, with the ”Hear everything” turned on, is placed in the vicinity of the conversation you want to hear, and the sound is sent to the wearer of the AirPodsen.as long As your moral compass pointing in the right direction according to you, there is no obstacle to getting started with tjuvlyssningen.
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When considering the structural impact of technology companies on our economy and society, we tend to focus on questions of scale and monopoly.It’s true that the FAANG companies and more recent winners (Airbnb, Uber) have surfed a combination of network effects, preferential access to capital and classic efficiencies of scale to generate tremendous value for their shareholders — to the detriment of new entrants who attempt to unseat them.But is the narrative of tech companies in the 2010s only a story of economic consolidation and growing inequality?As a refresher, a fixed cost stays constant regardless of output, and variable costs scale with the output of a business.When my father started his software consulting business in the early 1990s, I remember the giant boxes of AIX servers that arrived at our apartment, and tagging along to office tours in central New Jersey before he decided to run the company out of our spare bedroom.Want to become a freelance designer?
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Unhappy with the life of your smartphone battery?Help could be on the way from one of the most common, yet poorly understand, forms of power generation: static electricity."Nearly everyone has zapped their finger on a doorknob or seen child's hair stick to a balloon.To incorporate this energy into our electronics, we must better understand the driving forces behind it," says James Chen, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo.The finding could ultimately help technology companies create more sustainable and longer-lasting power sources for small electronic devices.Supported by a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant, Chen and Zayd Leseman, PhD, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, are conducting research on the triboelectric effect, a phenomenon wherein one material becomes electrically charged after it contacts a different material through friction.
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Today, T-Mobile is launching the Coolpad Surf, a mobile hotspot that’s notable for being the world’s first with access to the coveted 600MHz spectrum (a.k.a.Band 71 is one of T-Mobile’s most-prized pieces of spectrum, as it allows for faster data speeds in rural areas — where T-Mobile coverage is notoriously spotty.The Coolpad Surf can access that 600MHz spectrum and can also access 4G LTE Bands 2, 4, 12, 66, and can even access 3G Bands 1, 2, and 4 just in case there’s no LTE available in your area.Inside the Coolpad Surf is a 2,150mAh battery which the company claims can give you 48 hours of standby time as well as over five hours of continuous use.The device can also handle up to 15 connections at once.Here’s a photo of the Coolpad Surf:
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I’ve been a fan of the Jabra Move wireless headphones for years.Jabra just released an updated version of the headphones, the Move Style, with improved battery life and a new range of colours.The best part is they’re still really good and really cheap.There is good sound quality, but it won’t blow your mind.Once the Jabra Move Style headset pairs with your device, it will quickly link back up any time you power on the headphones.While I’ve seen much more expensive wireless headphones struggle in this regard, my time with the Jabra Move Style seemed virtually effortless in terms of staying connected.
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If you want to make a fashion statement in 2019, put a meme on a ballgown.Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf (run by designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren) with their spring 2019 collection in Paris, revealed on Jan. 23.The oversized, bold-colored tulle gowns are visually grand on their own, but the addition of phrases such as "I'm not shy, I just don't like you" and "I am my own muse" made the dresses even more expressive.According to the designers' official Facebook page, the new collection called Fashion Statements is "an investigation into the expressive power of clothing.""Each dress provides the backdrop for a bold text which is executed in layers of laser cut tulle," according to statement from Viktor & Rolf."These texts are mainly one-liners: slogans with the kind of simplification typical of social media captions or souvenir t-shirts.
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