Kenneth Childs

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Qualcomm might have some of the most battle-hardened legal experts in the technology world, but it can’t win every fight.In a ruling coming out of the District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled the chipset giant had violated the Federal Trade Commission Act.The judgment could have a significant impact on the Qualcomm business model, with Judge Koh suggesting it used its dominant position to impose excessive licensing fees.While this certainly won’t be the end of Qualcomm dominance in the chipset market, the firm houses too much competence and smarts, it might have a drastic impact on the spreadsheets.And investors seem to be fearing the worst also, with Qualcomm’s share price declining almost 12% in pre-market trading at the time of writing.“Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition in the CDMA and the premium LTE modem chip markets for years, and harmed rivals, OEMs, and end consumers in the process,” Judge Koh said in the ruling.
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Workers across the world are feeling frustrated by a lack of communication between themselves and their bosses, according to new research.A report from Workplace by Facebook has found that today’s workforce is more dispersed than ever, with a significant portion of employees away from company headquarters.Although good for productivity, this disconnect appears to be creating a disconnect between the two parties, leaving workers feeling alienated and lacking a voice.The best business accessories 2019: tech tools to help you be more productiveThe study, which surveyed over 4,000 frontline workers and HQ managers in the US and UK, discovered that only 14 percent of these felt connected to their business home.Despite 95 percent of business leaders recognising the value of collaboration tools, only 56 percent have rolled them out, leaving many employees feeling they lack a voice.
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Roku is rolling out a tool that will show advertisers how some of the ad dollars they're spending on traditional TV isn't reaching their intended audience.One buyer said the tool could persuade advertisers to shift spending from TV to OTT, where the value of viewers is still unclear.Roku is stepping up its advance on the $70 billion TV market.As more marketers start to shift budgets from TV to streaming video, Roku is pitching a new tool that claims to show buyers that the audiences that they're trying to target with TV ads aren't actually watching linear TV.Until now, Roku measured advertisers' campaigns after they ran; now, it's trying to work with advertisers in the planning stage.Roku hopes to grab some TV ad dollars from the billions that advertisers put into big upfront commitments with TV networks.
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Many Chinese tech firms are equipping the country's farms with artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and blockchain technologies to monitor their pigs' health.But none of this hasmanaged to curb the biggest epidemic facing Chinese farms today — the outbreak of the African swine flu, a gruesome and deadly disease that's poised to leave 200 million pigs dead.It shows the limit to China's technological ambitions, which many observers consider dystopian and Orwellian.China is the world's largest consumer and producer of pork, and the swine flu is expected to affect the world's supply, demand, and price of pork.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.China is rolling out artificial intelligence, facial recognition and blockchain technology across its rural farms to protect its pigs — but it still isn't enough to curb a deadly swine flu that's spread across the country and is killing a third of its hogs.
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The Trump administration's decision to blacklist Chinese tech firm Huawei could have an unintended victim: Apple.Chinese citizens are calling for an Apple boycott on social media, which could represent a threat to Apple's already fragile iPhone sales in the country.UBS warned that the moves against Huawei are "a risk for Apple and the supply chain."Apple could well fall victim to a retaliatory movement in China.There are signs that Chinese citizens are prepared to turn their back on the company, and analysts are predicting that fragile iPhone sales in the country could take another battering."At times, foreign consumer goods have been negatively impacted in China by nationalist sentiment (which social media potentially exacerbating this)," UBS said.
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Täglich werden Logistikeinrichtungen weltweit von Millionen von Paketen auf ihrem Weg zu Privathaushalten und Unternehmen durchlaufen.Allein im Jahr 2016 verzeichnete der globale Paketzustellungsmarkt einen Anstieg um 11 % auf fast 300 Milliarden US-Dollar – 2015 waren es noch 270 Milliarden US-Dollar.1 Im USamerikanischen Frachtsystem wurden 2015 täglich 49,5 Millionen Tonnen Waren mit einem Gesamtwert von mehr als 52,7 Milliarden US-Dollar umgeschlagen – das sind etwa 56 Tonnen jährlich für jeden einzelnen Einwohner der USA.Dieser kometenhafte Anstieg, der größtenteils dem E-Commerce geschuldet ist, hat viele Unternehmen dazu gebracht, ihre operative Geschäftsstrategien zu überdenken.Ein häufig übersehener Bereich, der jetzt verstärkt in den Fokus gerät, ist der Beladungsbetrieb.In dieser kritischen Umgebung müssen die Dock- und Frachtmanager zahllose komplexe Prozesse verwalten und dabei enge Zeitpläne und noch engere Budgetvorgaben einhalten.Selbst kleinere logistische Pannen im täglichen Betrieb können dessen Effizienz mehr und mehr beeinträchtigen und letztlich zu kostspieligen Fehlern führen.
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Tencent CEO warns companies must keep innovating to survive amid US-China tensions – TechCrunchWhat happened: Pony Ma, founder and CEO of Chinese tech giant Tencent, said at a Tencent event Tuesday that he is keeping a close eye on whether the escalating trade dispute between China and US will turn to a tech war.The tech tycoon also stressed the importance of investing in fundamental research and key technologies.Without innovation in these key aspects, China’s digital economy will be a “high-rise built on sand” and “hard to sustain.”“China has come to the forefront of development.There is less and less room for taking the best from outside and improving on them,” Ma said.
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The race to bring 5G to the UK is coming to a head, and with the finish line in sight, it looks like we could have a winner in EE.At a press event in London, EE announced it's set to flick the switch on 5G on May 30, cutting way ahead of Vodafone's 5G launch date on July 3.The networks will launch in six cities - London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast, with plans to expand to more by the end of 2019 and even more in 2020.EE is still in the process of announcing features of its 5G network, including which 5G handsets it'll offer and what price we can expect for them and the connectivity, so we'll update this article when we get more information.
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The US administration is ratcheting up pressure on China’s technology champions amid reports that it is also considering restrictions on the ability of video surveillance group Hikvision to buy American products.The move would likely inflame tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.Coming hot on the heels of US President Donald Trump’s decision to add Huawei to a US trade blacklist, which is threatening to put the Chinese telecoms giant out of business outside of China, it is now looking at similar limits on Hikvision, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.The US Commerce Department may require that American companies obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision, limiting the company’s access to technology that helps power its equipment, according to The New York Times.China has promised to retaliate against American industries.The combination of more traditional surveillance equipment with new technologies like AI, speech monitoring, and genetic testing is helping make monitoring networks increasingly effective – and intrusive.
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What happened: HSBC is planning to add more than 1,000 new employees this year at its China technology development centers in Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Xi’an.The technology centers, which currently employ around 7,000, have become increasingly crucial to HSBC’s China and fintech strategy.The bank has been using its China centers to develop risk and fraud management technologies, mobile apps, and other technology products for its global markets.The European bank said it will invest up to $3.5 billion in its group technology operations annually over the next few years.Why it’s important: The move comes as HSBC expands its operations in Asia, and more specifically, China.The bank is looking to ramp up its technology capabilities and offerings to improve its profits and has been eyeing opportunities in China, where fintech development and adoption is considered ahead of the curve.
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The agency breathlessly speculated this morning that existing airports could develop the capability for spaceplanes to take off and deploy satellites, or send vehicles on sub-orbital jaunts.We, however, would point out that $2m could just about purchase a pokey-looking three bedroom flat in Fitzrovia, London, let alone be used to build the infrastructure and training needed to further Brit ambitions of derring-do outside of the atmosphere.Rather than build actual infrastructure, the money is more likely to disappear into the production of endless PowerPoint presentations or, as the UK Space Agency put it on Wednesday, "help develop ambitious proposals".Still, the UK does have several launch sites in varying states of development.In 2018 Spaceport Cornwall was bravely trumpeting a partnership with Virgin Orbit to bring its LauncherOne to UK shores.LauncherOne consists of a rocket slung beneath an old Virgin Boeing 747, fired at 35,000ft and capable of delivering between 300 to 500kg to orbit.
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Have you found yourself staring at pictures of Bentley's Bentayga SUV and wondering what it would look like if that vehicle had a wine-fueled weekend-long tryst in Santa Barbara with the Mercedes G550 4x4 Squared and the result was another new SUV?However, someone clearly has because a company in Spain is building it.It's called the Bengala Bentayga, and it's weird and awful and also kind of wonderful in a "Some men just want to watch the world burn" sort of way.The basic recipe starts with a Bentayga (obvs) and then slaps some massive and wide off-road tires and wheels on it.They're almost like those Icelandic trucks that Top Gear took to the North Pole.Then Bengala slaps some big carbon fiber fender flares on for good measure.
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Keeping to its promise of semiannual updates, Microsoft today announced it’s made the next big version of Windows 10 available.The simply-named Windows 10 May 2019 update isn’t as packed with features as its predecessors, but there are still a few things to note.In particular, it includes a new ‘Light’ theme; dark mode haters rejoice.The Light theme was first announced back in November, but it was only available to members of the Windows Insider Program – essentially beta testers.While Windows 10’s default theme largely includes light and white elements, major components like the Task Bar and Start Menu use a dark transparency that might mess with your minimalist mojo.There’s also a lighter default wallpaper to go along with it.
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As mentioned last month, the US software super-biz has decided to let users of its operating system have more say in how and when updates get applied.The new humility comes after hearing feedback that update problems in April and October last year were not appreciated by netizens.If and when the update appears – Microsoft is throttling availability so the version bump may not be immediately accessible to everyone – customers can select "Download and install now," provided they're running Windows 10, version 1803, or version 1809 with the May 21 updates or later.The download will then proceed and once it's stored, the system will display a notification that the installation can be completed with a reboot, at a convenient time.In keeping with that plan, Microsoft has made a Windows release health dashboard available, to provide insight into the status of the update rollout and any issues being reported."If Windows detects that your machine cannot start up successfully, it will try to diagnose and resolve failures due to disk issues, system file corruption, invalid registry keys, or other such causes," the company explains in its support documentation.
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Apple has announced a new Backlight Service Program for the 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro model.The program addresses the ‘very small percentage’ of MacBook Pro laptops that experience one of two display issues: complete backlight loss or intermittent/continuous vertical bright spots across the bottom of the display.Laptops covered by the program were sold from October 2016 through February 2018; these units can be serviced for free at Apple Stores and authorized service providers.The service program addresses what some 2016 MacBook Pro owners have referred to as ‘flexgate’ — an issue in which some units had display issues typically resulting in uneven lights spanning across the bottom of the screen.Some users experienced complete display failure.The problem was called out by iFixit, which had implicated the thin flex cables used with these displays as the cause.
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A 4K TV is an investment, albeit one that won’t appreciate over time.For that reason, it’s important to choose a television that will last, like the 43-inch Vizio D43-F1, which is on sale right now through Walmart for $240 — down $130 from the usual $370.Here’s the kicker: Walmart has its own 43-inch 4K TV that retails for $200 and lurks miles behind the D43-F1, lacking what Vizio’s branded a Spatial Scaling Engine, which transforms HD and Full HD content into 4K Ultra HD, among other things.There are few TVs that offer more in the smart department than a Vizio, and that’s because they’re filled to the brim with useful features, including the firm’s WatchFree service — a free resource that’s home to more than a hundred live TV channels.The newest models, including the D43-F1 on offer, also come with a Chromecast baked in for one-click access to a number of leading streaming services, like Hulu and Netflix, though Amazon Prime Video isn’t supported (but there is a workaround).The screen is crisp, clear and has a fantastic viewing angle; action scenes are handled with ease, thanks to its blazing fast 120Hz refresh rate; and there’s multi-format HDR for extracting extra detail.
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Welcome to your weekly Advertising and Media Insider newsletter, where we catch you up all the big stories we worked on this past week.The direct-to-consumer boom was a big theme in our reporting.Yet TV still is a big hurdle for many DTC companies that are used to low-cost, performance-based advertising.Today, DTCs represent a scant 3% of TV advertising, but it's only poised to grow, having doubled over the past two years.Lauren Johnson broke down Google's moves against advertisers' use of third-party cookies.Ad experts think the Facebook move could have a bigger impact on advertisers because it would limit their ability to target people based on all their browsing data that Facebook collects.
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When it comes to the best high-caliber devices, such as Apple’s iPad, MacBook, HomePod, or Apple Watch, people either love them or hate them.This is undoubtedly owed to the excellent build quality of Apple’s hardware, as well as the devices’ sleek modern aesthetics, its minimalist style, and highly functional and intuitive software.A new iPhone can cost you a pretty penny without a deal, though, which is one of the reasons that Android still commands the lion’s share of the smartphone market.The SE model has a lot more going for it than its low price, however, as it’s a fantastic little wireless phone in its own right.Its compact frame sports a four-inch display, harking back to the older model iPhones.Plus It runs on hardware similar to the iPhone 6, and features a 1.85 GHz dual-core CPU and 2GB of RAM.
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The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has broken cover, and the three-row SUV is getting upgrades both in the shape of a mild-hybrid powertrain and a more tech-savvy cabin.Set to hit dealerships in the US this summer, the new Discovery Sport also gets a more aggressive exterior than the regular Discovery.Inside there’s what Land Rover describes as “5+2” seating.In short, the 2020 Discovery Sport is really intended as a two-row SUV – with the second row having a 40/20/40 split along with slide functionality – while two further seats can be folded out of the trunk.As well as leather, there’s also now a Luxtex fabric option that’s made from recycled polyester microfiber.Storage nooks have been increased and enlarged, with new cup holders and more for third-row passengers.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2019 -- Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of male cancer deaths worldwide.Deaths from prostate cancer are primarily due to metastasized cancer, in which cancer cells have migrated through the body and begun to grow in other areas.Results reported in Biomicrofluidics, from AIP Publishing, promise a new way to detect this deadly disease through a simple, inexpensive device.The device forces cell samples through tiny channels less than 10 microns wide.When prostate cancer cells are forced through these channels, the metastatic cells exhibit "blebbing," in which portions of the cell's outer layer bulges outward from the more rigid inner layer.The resulting bulges, known as blebs, allow the cell to migrate the way amoeba do.
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