The Chinese telecom giant may have run into its biggest trouble yet in 2019.Late January saw the US Justice Department unsealed indictments that included 23 counts pertaining to the alleged theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran.The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies.Jan. 25, 2019: Colleges reportedly drop Huawei equipment to appease the Trump administration.Jan. 29, 2019: US hammers Huawei with 23 indictments for alleged trade secret theft and fraud.Feb. 17, 2019: The UK reportedly concludes that using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk.
On the latest episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler and DT video producer Riley Winn review the trending tech stories of the day, including the latest on the Huawei versus the U.S. saga, Amazon’s “social games” for workers, Ford’s team-up with Agility Robotics, Space X’s Starlink launch, and a milestone for Pac-Man.Later, Nibler welcomes Vivek Goyal, the co-founder of PlayShifu, to discuss the world of augmented reality, and how his company uses AR to combine gaming and STEM education.Patrick Sobalvarro, co-founder and chief executive officer of Veo Robotics, that joins the show to talk about the relationship between humans and robots who work side by side in the manufacturing environment.Finally, we talk with Arfa Rehman, CEO of Virtue Health, who develops digital products to improve health across a life span, and to help everyone live better for longer.
League of Legends has risen to become a major force in PC gaming since it luanched way back in 2009.Now, the wildly popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game may be making the move to mobile devices sometime in the near future.In an exclusive report supported by three sources, Reuters has revealed that Tencent Holdings and Riot Games are working together to develop a mobile version of League of Legends.Tencent has its hands in so many different pots across gaming and has already helped to establish a major mobile MOBA game.Arena of Valor is the international version of Wangzhe Rongyao, the Chinese mobile MOBA developed and published by Tencent.The highly successful game, also known as Honour of Kings, has reached more than 140 million active monthly users as of March 2019.
Agency network MDC Partners has continued to solidify its leadership team approximately three months after Mark Penn’s Stagwell Group acquired a minority stake and the former WPP executive took over as CEO.Today, Seth Gardner joined the company as its first chief operating officer, effective June 17.This announcement follows the appointments of Frank Lanuto and Jonathan Mirsky earlier this month to serve, respectively, as evp, chief financial officer and evp, general counsel and corporate secretary.It also hints at the priorities of Penn, who has effectively revamped the executive suite at MDC.Last month, Penn resolved an ongoing dispute with activist investor FrontFour Capital by agreeing to appoint two new board members in the form of former WarnerMedia and Snap executive Kristen O’Hara and an as-yet-unnamed individual described as “a Canadian resident chosen by the Company with significant industry experience.”Gardner was an attorney who specialized in corporate restructuring before he joined private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.
We compared it to the $25 EasySMX to find out which controller is better.But if you're just looking for a budget controller that works with PC, then you can save a ton of money by going with the EasySMX.The Scuf Vantage controller is packed full of features like back paddles, side buttons, and tons of customization, but all of those features don't come cheap.But what about something cheaper, more like $25?It has a decent weight to it, which will only get a little bit heavier when there are actually batteries installed.So this controller, it is wireless, but it doesn't use Bluetooth.
A Huawei executive was involved in a plot to steal trade secrets, claims California-based electronics startup CNEX Labs.Chinese telecommunications company Huawei and CNEX — which was co-founded by a former Huawei employee — have filed dueling lawsuits over trade secret theft.Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that high-level Huawei figure Eric Xu has been accused of helping oversee an alleged conspiracy.The Journal quotes a newly released hearing transcript that offers some details in a largely locked-down trial.According to its write-up, CNEX claims that Xu — one of Huawei’s rotating chairmen — “directed a Huawei engineer to analyze Cnex’s technical information.” The engineer then allegedly posed as a potential CNEX customer to obtain details about its operations.CNEX also says that Xu was briefed on a plot to surreptitiously gather information from Xiamen University, which had obtained a computer memory board from CNEX.
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Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Poe Dameron have been on an epic journey since 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.And in December, their adventure -- along with the entire Skywalker saga of nine movies -- will meet some kind of conclusion when Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker comes to theaters.And thanks to a big cover story revealed by Vanity Fair in May and debuts made at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, fans now have the first trailer, looks at brand new characters and plenty of hints about what the Skywalker saga's conclusion is going to bring.Here's everything we know so far.Many of the actors announced the end of production on social media, and director Abrams tweeted a photo of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac embracing as shooting ended in February.However, unlike the director change that befell Solo, where Ron Howard took over the project after original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were in production for six months, Abrams began work on the project during preproduction.
5G has been talked about for years, but the super-fast mobile technology has only just begun to get into people's hands.That's poised to change this year as carriers start to roll out mobile and home-based 5G in select cities around the country.So far 5G availability has been limited, it hasn't performed as fast as expected, and it remains to be seen if carriers will be able to deliver on the hype.We've rounded up all our 5G coverage to get you up to speed.You can read most of these stories all by subscribing to BI Prime.Here is a list of recent stories, organized by subject:
Calculations predicted that these materials, called hybrid halide semiconductors, would be stable and exhibit excellent optoelectronic properties.The team published their findings on May 22, 2019 in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.They show unique material properties that are not found in organic or inorganic materials alone.Seeking alternatives to perovskites, a team of researchers led by Kesong Yang, a nanoengineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, used computational tools, data mining and data screening techniques to discover new hybrid halide materials beyond perovskites that are stable and lead-free.Then they extracted 24 prototype structures to use as templates for generating hybrid organic-inorganic materials structures."A high-throughput study of organic-inorganic hybrid materials is not trivial," Yang said.
New research from the laboratory of Ozgur Sahin, associate professor of biological sciences and physics at Columbia University, shows that materials can be fabricated to create soft actuators--devices that convert energy into physical motion--that are strong and flexible, and, most important, resistant to water damage."There's a growing trend of making anything we interact with and touch from materials that are dynamic and responsive to the environment," Sahin says."We found a way to develop a material that is water-resistant yet, at the same time, equipped to harness water to deliver the force and motion needed to actuate mechanical systems."The research was published online May 21 in Advanced Materials Technologies.Soft robots are created with materials that don't use a rigid skeleton or electricity to provide mechanical strength.They are simpler to make and less expensive than hard robots, more capable of complex motions and safer to use around humans.
Over the last decade, Colorado State University researchers have led pioneering studies into improving the performance and cost of solar energy by fabricating and testing new materials that extend beyond the capabilities of silicon.In collaboration with partners at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, researchers at CSU's National Science Foundation-supported Next Generation Photovoltaics Center have reported a key breakthrough in how the performance of cadmium telluride thin-film solar cells is improved even further by the addition of another material, selenium.Their results were published in the journal Nature Energy earlier this month and are the subject of a "News and Views" article."Our paper goes right to the fundamental understanding of what happens when we alloy selenium to cadmium telluride," said Kurt Barth, a director of the Next Generation Photovoltaics Center and an associate research professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.Until now, it was not well understood why the addition of selenium has clocked record-breaking cadmium telluride solar cell efficiency - the ratio of energy output to light input - of just over 22 percent.Their experiments revealed that selenium overcomes the effects of atomic-scale defects in cadmium telluride crystals, providing a new path for more widespread, less expensive solar-generated electricity.
Over the weekend, Google announced it would cease all business with Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei.After Google’s announcement of this Huawei ban, other companies followed suit in one way or another, including Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, and even Arm.The Huawei ban is a result of multiple factors all coming to a head when United States President Donald Trump issued an executive order effectively forbidding Huawei from buying or selling products from U.S. companies.To catch up on how this all came to be, consult our roundup here.Project Dragonfly — Google’s supposedly shelved ambition to bring Search back to China — is at the very least proof that the company has its sights set on the country.While these companies losing revenue doesn’t directly affect the world of Android, it certainly does indirectly.
“What if you had 5 million videos with 5 million unique people signing with you, instead of 5 million YouTube views?” That question is how founder and CEO Jeff Smith pitches his social music application, Smule, to labels and artists.Smule has about 40 million users, and Smith said the nearly 11-year-old company brings in some $150 million in annual revenue, with investors including China’s Tencent and India’s Times Bridge.“I wanted to go be a professor of music, but fate had something different in store for me this time,” he said.Smith created the company while earning his doctoral degree in computer music at Stanford University.He says that he wasn’t planning to start another company, but he began creating music with a whole network of people via the then-new iPhone, and that initiative evolved into building prototypes of products running on iPhones.“I started the company with a mission to bring music back to its roots as more of a participatory creative medium,” Smith said, “to build a fabric kind of like Facebook but mostly anonymous—the music becomes the bridge.”
Alarms over facial recognition had already gained urgency in recent years, as studies have shown that the systems still produce relatively high rates of false positives, and consistently contain racial and gender biases.Yet the technology has proliferated unchecked in the US, spreading among law enforcement agencies at every level of government, as well as among private employers and schools.At a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the lack of regulation garnered bipartisan concern.Those mistakes disproportionately affect African Americans," marveled Representative Jim Jordan, the Republican of Ohio.Such a radical suggestion might have seemed absurd on the floor of Congress even a year ago.But one such ban has already passed in San Francisco, and cities like Somerville, Massachusetts, as well as Oakland, California, seem poised to follow suit.
Earlier this month, I shadowed several restaurants throughout New York and talked to restaurant employees across the US to see how they’ve received Google Duplex, the AI that makes life-like calls for reservations on your behalf.Most agreed that the AI sounded unmistakably human — and according to Google’s response to reporting by The New York Times, there’s a 25 percent chance that they were.Google says that a quarter of Duplex calls start with human callers, and 15 percent start with the AI and are later intervened by a person from the Duplex call center.The company told The New York Times that it uses a variety of signals to decide whether a call should be placed by a human or a robot, “like if the company is unsure of whether the business takes reservations, or if the user of the assistant might be a spammer.”Google Duplex works by first attempting to make reservations with restaurants that offer online booking tools through platforms like OpenTable, Resy, and Yelp.If those options are not available, then it will deploy the voice-calling AI.
If your iPhone comes into contact with liquid, dirt, dust, grease, chemicals, or other substances, time is of the essence in cleaning it.iPhone 7 and later models are water- and dust-resistant, so in most cases a spill or splash won't cause much damage, but you should still dry your phone quickly.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Your iPhone is probably not your cleanest possession.In and out of your purse or pocket, set down on tables and desks all over town, constantly handled by you and likely by others — our smartphones are constantly exposed to germs, dust and dirt.And that's not even considering that cup of coffee, glass of water, beer, or other beverage that's just waiting to spill, or the condiments waiting to drip on it.
Amazon shareholders voted down two proposals impacting its facial analysis technology, Rekognition, during the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Seattle on Wednesday.They sought to restrict the sale of Rekognition to government agencies, stemming from concerns the company “is enabling a surveillance system readily available to violate rights and target communities of color.”The first proposal requested the board prohibit sales to said agencies outright unless it concluded the technology “does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights.” In particular, it asked the board to assess the extent to which the technology may violate privacy and rights and disproportionately impact people of color, immigrants and activists, as well as the extent to which it might be sold to repressive governments.The second proposal asked the board to commission an independent study on the extent to which Rekognition may violate rights, the extent to which it may be sold to authoritarian or repressive foreign governments and the financial and operational risks associated with those human rights issues.“The recent failures of Facebook to engage in sufficient content and privacy management and the resulting economic impacts to that company should be taken as sufficient warning: It could happen to Amazon,” the proposal noted.There were also notes in all caps after each proposal, noting the board recommended a vote against it.
Google Duplex, Google's AI-powered reservation service, still relies on people working in call centers to ensure that the technology functions correctly, according to a recent report from the New York Times.While the service is advertised as an automated process using Google's virtual assistant and artificial intelligence, the report revealed that about one in four calls placed through Duplex were initiated by a human caller.The Times reports that about 15% of calls started by the AI service required human intervention.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Google's Duplex is a free service that uses artificial intelligence to book reservations through the company's virtual assistant, but a recent report from The New York Times suggests that Duplex still relies on people working in call centers to make sure that bookings are completed properly.Google told the Times that approximately 25% of the reservation calls made with Duplex are started by a human caller, and about 15% of the calls initiated by the artificial intelligence require human intervention.
Razer, which acquired Ouya in 2015, said Wednesday that it would end support for the console on June 25.After that, it'll deactivate accounts and players won't be able to access games on the server or games they've previously purchased.They also won't be able to buy new games.Players will, however, still have access to downloaded games.Players will want to use any funds still in their accounts before the shutdown, since they have no cash value, Razer says.Ouya's video game console and app store became popular with small developers when it launched in 2013.