Matthew Simmons

Matthew Simmons

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What happened: American multinational carmaker Ford and Chinese tech giant Baidu launched a project to test self-driving cars on roads in China.The two-year initiative will see the companies deploying cars on designated roads in Beijing by the end of the year, with the possibility of tests in additional cities in the future.The duo aims to develop level four autonomous driving capabilities, in which cars can drive themselves but only in certain conditions.Why it’s important: China has set the ambitious goal of ensuring 50% of cars in the country are autonomous or semi-autonomous by 2020.Chinese tech giants and startups are all looking at developing autonomous driving technologies.Baidu is developing an open self-driving driving platform dubbed “Apollo” in the hope of accelerating the development of the technology.
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At a conference in Beijing on October 31, JD.com reaffirmed its partnerships with social network giant Tencent, traditional retail giant Walmart, and to-home grocery delivery company Dada-JD Daojia.Omni-channel retail refers to the integration of online and offline commercial retail practices and related user experience.The model (also known as “new retail”) is now recognized as a major trend in the industry as customers are becoming increasingly picky about what and how they make a purchase decision.Li Kefeng, vice president at JD.com, said, “JD.com has acquired valuable retail experience in over 10 years…[Joint] omni-channel practices shows retail infrastructure built on our mature technology.”Li said Walmart and JD.com are already sharing some inventory data and logistics system.“Our delivery staff can now directly pick up items from Walmart’s warehouses and deliver them to our own customers.” Further, according to him, the partnership relies on Tencent for social-platform based communication and digital payment.
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Assembly, the MDC Partners-owned full-service media agency, announced the integration of social content shop Attention into its business, bringing creative capabilities in-house.“There is a trend of creative agencies trying to bring media in-house, but this is completely the other way around,” Martin Cass, CEO of Assembly and MDC Media Partners, told Adweek, noting that gone are the days of “big ideas” coming only from creative agencies.Media agencies have access to the data and analytics that today fuel most creative.(To all the naysayers refuting that claim, look no further than Adweek’s 23 Best Media Plans.)Being “able to put data and analytics into what is being produced” is “the real difference” here, Cass said, and the reasoning behind bringing Attention into Assembly.That, and both existing and “future” clients were demanding it.
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After 30 years, the video for the single-greatest spooky song is finally available to watch on YouTube."Nightmare on My Street" was the first song on DJ Jazzy Jeff and then-Fresh Prince Will Smith's 1988 album "He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper," and as you probably guessed, features Smith rapping about events similar to those of the Nightmare on Elm Street series happening on his street.Listening to that song has been as easy as going onto Spotify for years, but the video was thought to have been lost after a lawsuit between Nightmare on Elm Street studio New Line Cinema sued music label BMG over the flagrant use of Freddy Krueger and Nightmare on Elm Street iconography despite not actually being tied to the franchise.The song was considered for inclusion in the (awful) movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, but was passed over in favor of the The Fat Boys' "Are You Ready for Freddy?"It was assumed that the video had been lost to time, with no evidence of its existence to be found on YouTube, Vimeo, Liveleak or anywhere else random internet videos are found."I had a copy of the video and I had an old girlfriend that taped soap operas over it.
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In part the excitement is driven by predictions that the magnetic moments of electrons - known as "spins" - would no longer be able to align in perfectly clean systems.However, for more than a decade, materials known as "van der Waals" crystals, held together by friction, have been used to isolate single-atom-thick layers leading to numerous new physical effects and applications.Recently this class has been expanded to include magnetic materials, and it may offer one of the most ambitious platforms yet in scientific efforts to investigate and manipulate phases of matter at the nanoscale, researchers from Boston College, the University of Tennessee, and Seoul National University, write in the latest edition of the journal Nature.Two-dimensional magnetism, the subject of theoretical explorations and experimentation for the past 80 years, is enjoying a resurgence thanks to a group of materials and compounds that are relatively plentiful and easy to manipulate, according to Boston College Associate Professor of Physics Kenneth Burch, a first author of the article "'Magnetism in two-dimensional van der Waals materials."You can just try them.At that single layer, researchers have focused on spin, what Burch refers to as the "magnetic moment" of an electron.
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Samsung will unveil the UI for its foldable phone at its developer conference next week, clueing us in to how it will operate.However, the company may not unveil a working version of the device itself.Samsung hasn’t revealed when it is likely to release the phone.Samsung has confirmed it will unveil the user interface (UI) for its upcoming foldable phone at next week’s Samsung Developer Conference.The company’s Lee Kyeong-tae made the announcement in a conference call alongside Samsung’s quarter three 2018 financial results, reports Asiae.In other quotes from the call, this time reported by Chosun, Lee said the full difference between existing smartphone interfaces and the one Samsung will use for its foldable phone will be revealed at the event.
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To enrich ourselves financially, and you spiritually.Then you need to get down on your knees and thank GATT.Well, it’s the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, of course!It was signed by 23 countries on 30th October 1947 in Geneva, precisely 71 years ago.Its purpose was to get nations to promote international trade, something it achieved by reducing or getting rid of tariffs and fees.In the end, trade tariffs were lowered and items all over the world got cheaper for consumers.
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Nobody knew they needed an iPhone in 2007 when Steve Jobs stood onstage and introduced the revolutionary device to a bewildered audience.Great marketers can differentiate in a crowded marketplace to create a competitive advantage and niche for their brand.It invented a new category of digital marketing – calling it “inbound” – and carved a niche for itself in the business software marketplace.Marketers must continue to generate more opportunities to support their companies’ growth strategies.Marketing teams exert tremendous effort to optimize content experiences for search terms and questions, and to be ever more different, persuasive, and faster for anyone who raises their hand to say, “I’m interested.”While this approach is important, the results inevitably flatten over time.
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Google Keep Notes is one of the simplest and best free note taking apps on mobile.It’s available on Android, iOS, and through your web browser.You can download the app to your Android device with the button just below.That includes the aforementioned name change, various UI updates and changes, and various feature improvements and additions.Lastly, the app is completely free with no in-app purchases, subscriptions, or premium versions.How to use Google Keep Notes: The basics
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But if China’s government, forward-thinking educators, and perhaps most of all, parents have their way, children will be more than just admiring observers of new technology—they’ll be on the front lines of China’s still-growing maker movement.Still, the movement has already come a long way since 2010, when the country’s first makerspace was established in Shanghai.Interest in the DIY philosophy first peaked in January 2015, when Premier Li Keqiang toured Shenzhen’s Chaihuo makerspace and declared makers “an inexhaustible engine for China’s future economic growth.”A couple months later, the Chinese term for maker—chuangke (创客)—had surged from hundreds to over three thousand hits per week on the search engine Baidu.In a Baidu search, top results showed programs where kids ages 3-18 can learn to write programs, build wonky-looking robots, or both.But according to professionals in the field, the concept is broader than that.
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China Fingers Xiaomi, Suning.Com for Tax Dodges – Yicai GlobalWhat happened: China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) has flagged a group of listed companies for accounting errors, including smartphone maker Xiaomi, retailing giant Suning.com and online video portal Le.com.The regulator’s audit, which covered calendar year 2017, also highlighted key features of the internet sector, including its asset-light business model, the prevalence of interwoven equity and bond investments, separation of management structures from legal entities, and the lack of geographical limits of operations.As a result, several internet firms are funneling profits overseas and thereby evading taxes, the ministry claimed in a statement.In response, Xiaomi said it had already rectified the errors outlined in the report, and denied the allegation that it was transferring profits.Suning blamed poor company practices for the accounting errors.
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Cesar Sayoc, Jr., the man accused of sending improvised explosive devices to Democratic leaders and critics of President Donald Trump, reportedly published more than 240 tweets threatening at least 50 public officials.Sayoc, an apparent Trump supporter, would also repeat his threats against political and media personalities around a dozen times in a row.While the FBI has made an effort to inform Sayoc's targets of the threats, social media giants like Twitter and Facebook have been criticized for being slower to take proactive measures.The package bombing suspect accused of sending over a dozen improvised explosive devices to Democratic leaders and critics of President Donald Trump published over 240 tweets threatening at least 50 public officials, according to a CNN report Tuesday.Fifty-six-year-old Cesar Sayoc from Florida, who was arrested and charged for mailing the devices to Trump's political opponents, made numerous threats on social media, including statements like "Your Time is coming" and "Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave you [sic] home."Sayoc's targets included Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels; David Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting; and comedian Kathy Griffin.
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You can watch one of Elon Musk's electric cars face off with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Dodge Hellcats, McLarens, Corvettes, and just about any supercar or muscle machine you can think of.These videos are much the same: Again and again, the instant torque of the EV's motors smokes the gas belcher off the line, leaving nothing but the squeal of the tires ringing in the reddening ears of whoever's watching its taillights pull away.At the SEMA automotive parts and aftermarket mods show now underway in Las Vegas, the company revealed a battery-powered version of the iconic muscle car so closely associated with American muscle, V8 engines, booming exhausts, and—above all—tradition.It's called the eCOPO Camaro, an apt spin on this new offering from the company's COPO high-performance racing division.Chevy says that should be good for quarter-mile times in at least the 9-second range, but its engineers are still running final tests.For reference, the 2017 COPO Camaro, shown a year ago in the same liquidy metallic blue paint, makes 470 horsepower from a 7-liter engine, and can put up a 9.2 second quarter-mile time.
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Rockstar Games released Red Dead Redemption 2 on Friday, Oct. 26.The cowboy epic was one of this year's most anticipated video games.It takes place in a huge open-world format, and includes both a dense single-player campaign and an online multiplayer mode coming in November.Rockstar Games, the studio behind Red Dead Redemption 2, calls the game "the biggest entertainment launch of 2018" -- which compares it to other video games, movies, music and books.Over $725 million in worldwide sales in the first three daysMost preordered full game on the PlayStation Network
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Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, which has held two press events in the last two months to announce new products.Yves Herman/ReutersIf you were hoping that Apple would unveil an updated version of its popular AirPod headphones at its press event on Tuesday, you were out of luck.The company used the event to refresh its lineup of iPad Pro tablets and to finally update its aging Mac Mini desktop and MacBook Air computers.Although Apple has held two press events in the last two months to showcase updates and show off new products, it's left a slew of notable gadgets in its lineup untouched or unannounced.Apple generally holds no more than two fall press events and sometimes only one.Whatever significant products it planned to launch this year almost certainly would have been announced at one of those two events — though Apple could, of course, still have some surprises up its sleeve.
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It's hard to imagine you'd find the regular Ford GT to lack performance, but for those customers who do want some extra punch, there's now the Carbon Series.The limited-edition version of the car drops 39 pounds off the GT's curb weight.It follows up the earlier Gulf Heritage special edition.The weight-loss regime doesn't go quite as far as the GT Competition Series.Where that's a car that a track-day nut might tow to a favorite circuit, the Carbon Series is meant for people who drive their GT to and from the track.That's mainly because the Carbon Series retains the GT's radio and air conditioning, both of which are eliminated in the Competition.
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NASA's Mars Opportunity rover has had a rough year.A sustained dust storm on Mars caused the rover to lose contact with NASA and things have been on struggle street ever since.In August NASA gave Opportunity, the little Mars rover that could, 45 days to get back in contact.That time frame has come and gone, but NASA has once again made the call to not abandon hope.In mid-October, NASA said it was hopeful strengthening winds would blow up the dust it thinks is interfering with Opportunity's ability to get back in contact."A windy period on Mars -- known to Opportunity's team as 'dust-clearing season' -- occurs in the November-to-January time frame and has helped clean the rover's panels in the past," explained NASA.
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Volkswagen and Intel's Mobileye are teaming up to launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in Mobileye's home market of Israel, according to a Reuters report published Monday.The two companies plan to launch what they're weirdly calling "Mobility-as-a-Service" in 2019, with the goal of commercializing it by 2022.The companies will work with Israeli car importer Champion Motors to manage the fleet of electric vehicles and oversee operations.The Reuters report also states that the Israeli government is on board for this venture, having already signed off on the proposal and agreed to share traffic data with the companies.This could set a precedent for cooperation between government and self-driving tech companies, an arrangement that could be beneficial here in the US.Volkswagen's decision to partner with Mobileye could be a good one in our estimation.
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Over 200 Google employees reportedly plan to walk-out on November 1.The walk-out is in response to Google’s alleged payouts to Andy Rubin and other employees involved in sexual misconduct.Rubin called the report and Google’s response to the report a “smear campaign.”Even though Google tried to play damage control in response to last week’s damning report, it looks like that was not enough.Buzzfeed News reported that over 200 engineers plan to organize a company-wide “women’s walk” later this week in response to the alleged sexual misconduct from several former Google employees.According to four people familiar with the situation, Google executives brought everyone together to explain how it treated Android co-founder Andy Rubin and apologized to employees.
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The camera is sensational, I like the size and the design, and the newest Android 9.0 operating system feels intuitive and fast.So it's not an Apple obsession that keeps me loyal, and it's not because I think iPhones are superior to their competitors in every single way.Here are the four factors making it tough to give up my iPhone for a Pixel 3:The Pixel 3 charges over USB-C. That's great, but it still hasn't become standard.While USB-C is steadily gaining in popularity, it's not ubiquitous yet — and that makes it harder to choose the Pixel 3.USB-C is generally considered superior to other connection methods, including Apple's Lightning port, because it's sort of a jack-of-all-trades: Not only can a USB-C cable charge supported smartphones, tablets, and laptops alike, but it's also a standard connector for a new breed of accessories like monitors and headphones.
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