Public cloud providers surprised a great deal of people when they came out with proprietary private clouds.I’m pretty sure they don’t like me to call them that, but that’s really what they are: public cloud analogs that run on premises.They allow enterprises to use them as a stepping stone to the public cloud, but they are more about marketing than technology.Pretty much all the providers offer these cloud services—I mean “cloud” hardware and software that sits in somebody’s data center.[ IDG Research: The state of the cloud: How enterprise adoption is taking shape.| Keep up with the latest developments in cloud computing with InfoWorld’s Cloud Computing newsletter. ]
A proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has taken a leap closer to reality as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gives his backing.The $26.5 billion merger proposal would result in the combined entity having a similar number of subscribers to AT and Verizon.As the 5G rollout picks up pace, the pair argues this will enable them to be more competitive and speed up deployments.Opponents of the deal are concerned that reducing the number of major US operators to just three will be harmful to competition.One proposal is to freeze consumer prices for three years, but CEO John Legere resisted calls for an extension to four or five years during a House Judiciary Committee in March.As part of its $85 billion deal to acquire Time Warner, AT agreed to freeze its prices for seven years.
British investors lost £27 million ($34.38 million) to cryptocurrency scams over the last financial year, according to one of the UK’s financial regulators.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reports that between April 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019 the average loss per victim was £14,600 ($18,500).While last year there were X cases reported, the FCA notes the number has gone up to 1,800 this year.The FCA’s announcement states that fraudsters often used social media to promote “get-rich-quick” schemes.The FCA’s description of how these scammers rip off their victims is an all too familiar story.Social media posts are used to grab the attention of potential investors, often containing fake celebrity endorsements the ads redirect to professional looking websites which further persuade users to invest.
DENVER — You've seen the first close-up of a black hole.The international team responsible for the first-ever image of a black hole's shadow already has plans to take a better, more detailed image.And that image could reveal new details about the matter and magnetic fields wrapped around the supermassive, distant object at the center of galaxy Messier 87 (M87).More-detailed images, along with movies of the black hole that are already in the works, could help explain how black holes gobble up matter from the rings of hot gas swirling around them (called accretion disks) and how the objects produce bright jets of superfast matter on the scale of galaxies.[9 Ideas About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind]To image the M87 black hole in more detail, the researchers need to alter their approach, said Shep Doeleman, the Harvard University astronomer who lead the EHT team.
Search giant Baidu is reportedly seeking to spin off its autonomous driving unit, a move that comes just days after the company reported its first quarterly net loss since listing in 2005.The company is currently looking for external investors for the business amid increased financial pressures, Caijing reports, citing a person close to the company as saying.A Baidu spokeswoman denied the claims when contacted by TechNode, saying that Apollo, the company’s self-driving platform, is an important part of Baidu’s artificial intelligence (AI) strategy.The prospective spinoff comes after a tough first quarter for Baidu.The company reported a loss of nearly RMB 330 million (around $49 million) in the three-month period ended March 31.To compare, the company reported RMB 6.7 billion in net income during the same period a year earlier.
Google’s mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones have only been on the market a couple of weeks and some users are already complaining of random shutdowns.Those affected have been posting details of the issue on a number of online forums, though at this stage the precise cause is far from clear.It’s also impossible to determine how many of the new handsets are suffering with the problem.Reports suggest that after the phone shuts down, users have to perform a hard reset by holding down the power button for up to 30 seconds to get it working again, though it doesn’t necessarily prevent further shutdowns from occurring.In a Reddit post, one owner described it as a “weird issue” that may be linked to Wi-Fi.“Whenever I connect to my work Wi-Fi and let the phone sit for ~10 minutes it will require a reboot,” the owner wrote in the post.
Silicon printer Toshiba Memory Holdings is reportedly planning to buy out major shareholders including Apple, Dell, Kingston and Seagate, as it prepares to try its luck in the public markets.The company could spend to the tune of ¥500bn ($4.5bn) to liberate itself from the yoke of investor oppression.The plan is made possible by a ¥1.3tn ($11.8bn) funding package from three Japanese banks.The deal was reported by the Wall Street Journal Monday, which cited sources familiar with the matter and said it could be finalized by the end of this month.The four investors – all of them long-standing customers of Toshiba Memory - were a part of a consortium led by Bain Capital that purchased a majority stake in the memory-maker from Toshiba Corporation for around $18bn almost exactly a year ago.Flash memory was originally invented at Toshiba in the 1980s and released to the market in 1984.
Today is the day that the OnePlus 7 Pro arrives into the world, assuming you weren't one of the many people who queued up outside the London pop-up last Friday.Obviously if you're planning on picking one up (and why wouldn't you?), and not waiting for the significantly cheaper OnePlus 7, then you're going to want to shop around for the best deals.Fortunately we did most of the hard work for you, looking at all the retailers and networks and seeing what's on offer.The OnePlus store is the obvious place to go for a SIM free OnePlus 7 Pro, and it just happens to be the place where you can get the phone and a whole bunch of accessories.John Lewis ( & Partners, lest the PR people start pestering me to use the 'proper' name) was the location of the London pop-up event, so it's natural it would also be selling the OnePlus 7 Pro.
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No sooner than news broke that Google had rescinded Huawei’s Android licence, worried customers – especially in the UK – began to trade in their Huawei handsets.However, the Chinese tech giant’s Australian arm has released a statement saying customers Down Under have nothing to worry about.According to Huawei Australia’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Jeremy Mitchell, being blacklisted by the US won’t affect Australian customers currently using the company’s smartphones and tablets.In fact, Mitchell adds, “those that are planning to buy a Huawei device in the near future” also won’t have anything to worry about.Australian consumers will continue to receive operating system and security updates, and will have access to Google’s apps and services, like the Play Store, Gmail and Search.Mitchell has also confirmed that the manufacturer will continue to provide after-sales services for all existing Huawei devices, including those that are currently still stocked with retailers.
With all the focus on Huawei’s fate vis-a-vis the US ban, there has been less attention on other phones that are just coming out of the woodwork.Even less on phones that exist only in rumors and speculation.The Galaxy Note 10 belongs in the latter and now that the dust around Huawei has settled down a bit, there is a bit more room to talk about what could be Samsung’s oddest Galaxy Note yet in a long time.Perhaps nothing still beats the Galaxy Note Edge.Although curved edge screens are now Samsung’s mark for premium phones, a one-sided slope that is actually a separate display is still a pretty odd design.The Galaxy Note 10 could come second, changing the way Samsung has designed its phones for years.
Australia-based freelance marketplace Cavalry Freelancing has raised a six-figure in a fully subscribed seed round.The funding saw participation from McCann Australia’s ex-CEO and chairman Ben Lilley, MullenLowe Profero’s former co-founding partner and global CEO Wayne Arnold, and Ironbridge Capital’s founding partner Paul Evans.Through its platform, Cavalry enables companies to connect to available freelancers with its network capabilities.Meanwhile, freelancers can also search for companies looking for people with their specific skill set.Cavalry said the seed round will serve as a precursor to its planned series A capital raise in 2020.The startup plans to use the fresh funds to support product development and to extend its services to small and medium-sized businesses.
When Google revealed version 2 of its Material Design language, one of the most immediate reactions of users was that it was too white and bright.Never mind how it threatened to sear images onto people’s retinas, it seemed almost antithetical to the whole “dark mode” movement that’s trying to save batteries and eyes.since then, Google has started updating at least its mobile apps to offer dark themes and the two latest to get that option are Google Calendar and Google Keep.Dark mode isn’t just about looking pretty, though it does look striking, depending on your preferences.The light on dark theme has two-fold benefits.One is the reduction of strain on the eyes, especially in low-light environments, like at night.
When Marta Martinez was in college in Barcelona, she attended a school known for its math and qualitative sciences programs.“I became determined to bring the science into what’s considered more of an art,” she said.One theme of Martinez’s career: She’s never had a straight path.Instead, she’s chosen to zig and zag while connecting the dots, which has also helped clients connect their own dots.A native of Spain, she said she has a knack for explaining tools and ideas with a bit of flavor.That’s how you explain a piece of technology or a marketing program.”
A massive natural gas leak at a storage facility in Southern California was caused by microbial corrosion of well equipment, according to a new independent report from analysis firm Blade Energy Partners.The report blames the storage facility owner, Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) for failing to conduct follow-up inspections of equipment, despite knowing about 60 smaller leaks at the facility that had occurred since the 1970s.(A larger loss of methane occurred in 2004 in Texas, but a corresponding fire immediately combusted the methane into carbon dioxide.)But the California leak at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Field was particularly devastating because methane, unfortunately, is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.The new report (PDF) was commissioned three years earlier to find the root cause of the leak.According to a press release from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Blade Energy Partners found that the leak came from a seven-inch outer well casing which had corroded due to exposure to microbes from groundwater.
Personal data is collected through so many services and applications, it’s overwhelming to keep track of it all.It’s even more unsettling, though, when it happens without our knowledge or consent.The tracking goes beyond just online purchases you might have made via one of its own sites, like Google Play.If you have a Gmail account and you’ve used your Gmail account to receive receipts or other payment confirmation emails from other vendors, Google has aggregated all of that information for you in a Google Account web page no one knew existed called Purchases.Google insists that the data collected in this manner isn’t being sold or being used to deliver ads to its users, yet other questionable aspects of the Purchases have us scratching our heads.As CNBC reports, Google says the feature was intended to be a helpful tool that lets people “easily view and keep track of your purchases, bookings and subscriptions in one place.” However, the Purchases page is not at all easy to find for those who might use it.
35,000 customers signing up weekly says MonzoMonzo has hit two million customers, in a company milestone that has seen the challenger bank add 1,250,000 customers since last summer.When Monzo published its 2018 annual report last June, it boasted 750,000 customers.The bank has managed it with little apparent pressure on its largely custom-built stack.While we couldn’t reach the company’s CTO today, a combination of existing blog posts, interviews and job vacancy requirements give a pretty comprehensive idea of its current stack.Monzo, which built its own back-end, has scaled up using the open source Apache Cassandra as its transactional database, with its application code written in Go.
A US preliminary report into a fatal Tesla crash in March involving its Autopilot self-driving technology has found that the tech was engaged for 10 seconds before the crash.The driver had apparently removed his hands from the wheel about 8 seconds before the crash, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is carrying out the investigation.The roof of the Tesla Model X was sheared off and its 50-year-old driver was killed when the vehicle drove under the trailer of a semi truck that was crossing its path in March 2019.The driver was previously named as Jeremy Beren Banner, 50, with the incident having taken place on a highway in Delray Beach, Florida.“Tesla drivers have logged more than one billion miles with Autopilot engaged,” the company said.The March incident has similarities to a May 2016 crash in which a Model S also drove under the trailer of a semi truck crossing its path.
For many companies the appeal of the public cloud is very real.For tech startups, the cloud may be their only option, since many don’t have the capital or expertise to build and operate the IT systems their businesses need.Existing companies with established data centers are also looking at public clouds, to increase IT agility while limiting risk.The idea of building-out their production capacity while possibly reducing the costs attached to that infrastructure can be attractive.For most companies the cloud isn’t an “either-or” decision, but an operating model to be evaluated along with on-site infrastructure.And like most infrastructure decisions the question of cost is certainly a consideration.