Robert Holloway

Robert Holloway

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Beleaguered outsourcing badass DXC Technology has just reported another uneventful year in which $1bn in revenues evaporated, and it saved $500m in overheads, in part, by chopping 10,000 employees.The corporate strategy since CSC crashed into HPE’s Enterprise Services business in April 2017 to create DXC, has seemingly been to cut costs faster than turnover can shrink, and try to spin up cloud and other lines ASAP.For DXC’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, which ended on 31 March, revenues declined 5.4 per cent to $5.28bn: Global Business Services fell 7.2 per cent to $2.361bn; and Global Infrastructure Services dropped 4.2 per cent to $3.233bn.CEO Mike Lawrie – who last month paid $6.8m for a second Palm Beach house in Florida – said on a conference call the company is still trying to build a “digital” business (cloud and related services) to offset traditional outsourcing.“This balance between digital growth and traditional decline will continue to be lumpy as we go through next [fiscal] year," he said."But this is the dynamic….
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Analysis Just as the US Environmental Protection Agency allows up to 9 mg of rodent waste per kilogram of wheat and 0.15 μg/m3 of lead in the air over three months, Facebook expects toxic content will always be a part of its service.When CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the issue in a post last November, he said the antisocial network's content cleansing efforts will never be perfect but can be expected to improve.The media call focused on the US web titan's third Transparency Report, which offers more information about awful content than ever before.After Zuckerberg's overview, Guy Rosen, VP of integrity for the social ad biz, likened the company's role to that of an environmental regulator."When measuring air quality, environmental regulators look to see what percent of air is nitrogen dioxide to determine how much is harmful to people," the company explained in a blog post on Thursday.Lacking the same sort of legal liability, Facebook nonetheless has taken it upon itself – after public prodding and political threats – to limit users' exposure to murder videos, child exploitation images, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, harassment, drug sales and related ills.
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The Google Home is a good smart speaker, but the Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max are just as smart and capable.The Google Assistant voice control built into each of these now powers a number of smart home gadgets, including a variety of third-party smart speakers and a growing crowd of smart displays.Of course, while sorting smart speaker options, Amazon and its Alexa voice assistant still cast a formidable shadow and it's worth considering several models from the Amazon Echo line of smart speakers.It sounds surprisingly good for its size and can send music to your own setup over Bluetooth.It's the same set of voice-enabled features with a much bigger speaker capable of fuller sound.The Sonos One just added Sonos support for Google Assistant after promising the update for years and Bose is now bringing Google into its own line of Bose smart speakers.
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Along the Mississippi-Alabama coast here in the United States, tiger sharks can be found.This shark is second only to the Great White Shark in recorded attacks on humans that’ve turned fatal.The tiger shark is not particularly picky about what it happens to find to eat when it is hungry.If we take a peek at the International Media Services document “Fact Sheet: Tiger Sharks” by Dr. Erich K. Ritter, we get an interesting list of foods that tiger sharks are known to have eaten.Tiger sharks known foods (documented stomach contents):Over the course of the study published this week, researchers studied the contents of the stomachs of 105 tiger sharks.
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Apple has sent out invites to the press for its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote—or as the invite calls it, a "special event."The event will take place on June 3 at 10am PDT.Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 4Sometimes the invites Apple sends out contain hints as to what will be announced.It seems members of the press received various graphics depicting neon emoji and animoji images set against midnight blue backgrounds—perhaps to evoke iOS 13's rumored Dark Mode.We're expecting extensive details about the company's major three OS releases that are expected later in the year: iOS 13 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; macOS 10.15 for the Mac; and watchOS 6 for the Apple Watch.
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The 10th release since Mozilla’s big Firefox Quantum launch in November 2017 doubles down on performance and privacy.Firefox 67 includes deprioritizing least commonly used features, suspending unused tabs, faster startup, blocking of cryptomining and fingerprinting, Private Browsing improvements, voice input in the Android search widget, and more.Firefox 67 for desktop is available for download now on Firefox.com, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically.The Android version is trickling out slowly on Google Play.According to Mozilla, Firefox has about 300 million active users, making it a major platform for web developers to consider.Finally, Firefox 67 promises faster startup for users that customized their browser with an add-on.
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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.
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US president Donald Trump’s move to effectively ban Chinese telecommunications firms from doing business with American companies is going to impact both the nations and the global tech industry alike, industry experts said.Huawei and ZTE have been added to the “Entity List” from Friday and prevents it from buying parts or technology from US suppliers without government approval as its equipment is considered potential tools for Chinese espionage.“With this executive order, both the US components providers and the Chinese vendors would be impacted, it’s definitely a ‘double-edged sword’,” Mo Jia, research analyst at Canalys, told TechRadar Middle East.But at this stage, it’s unlikely that any other major European country would ban Huawei, as its 5G solutions are cheaper and competitive compared to other players,” he said.Sukhdev Singh, vice-president at market research and analysis services provider Kantar AMRB, said that the US regulators and the government always have clout on influencing other countries decision with whom they should partner with and that can have an impact on the telecom operators globally.“It all depends on how much each government is convinced, and if the governments' influence is not there to ban Huawei, then it will not have a big impact on Huawei.
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Toyota Supra, Ford Mustang GT350, McLaren GT and more: Roadshow's week in review2019 Volvo XC40 long-term update: Not as great for my long haulLyft sued by investors over allegedly 'misleading' IPO statementsRivian's R1T gets the overland camping treatment it richly deservesGMC's 2019 Sierra 1500 Carbon Pro Editions get pricing and equipment
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Greetings and welcome to a new edition of Replay, WIRED's videogame news roundup.Also, in the world of esports, Riot Games is backing former NBA star Rick Fox in his dispute with the organization he founded.Keanu Reeves is awesome; and long-haired, bearded Keanu breaking stuff is possibly my favorite genre of film.The world is a messy, chaotic place.Anyway, yes, John Wick's brand of anti-villainous shootouts is making its way to Fortnite, launching alongside the third Wick film, Parabellum, which opens this weekend.The mode, called "Wick's Bounty," will let players fight over gold coins, the assassin currency of the films, while other players will be notified of the location of high-earners to, y'know, assassinate them.
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What happened: Beijing Transport Bureau on Friday announced a RMB 50,000 (around $7,230) fine against Hello TransTech for adding new bikes to the city without permission.It is the first time the Beijing government has penalized a bike rental company.According to a Weibo announcement posted Friday by the government agency, Hello TransTech was originally granted permission to replace 19,000 damaged bikes in suburban areas of the city in December 2017.However, there are more than 50,000 bikes across the city.In addition to the fine, the Ant Financial-backed mobility firm was told to remove the additional bikes within 10 working days.Why it’s important: Hello TransTech apologized for its mistake in a response released Friday, and explained that the actual demand for shared bikes has been increasing since the spring.
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The latest would-be air taxi of the future has taken to the sky: Lilium’s new vertical-takeoff-and-landing prototype made its first flight on May 4, the Munich-based startup revealed today.Though Lilium says the gleaming five-seat electric can fly 186 miles in an hour, its first flight, like most such tests, was modest.Lilium has been quiet since sowing a subscale, two-seat prototype two years ago, but it has one of the more interesting—and contested—technological approaches in this burgeoning field.The “Lilium Jet” uses 36 electric-powered ducted fans.Inside each, a small rotor ingests air from the front and pushes it out of the rear at higher speeds.The lack of spinning blades improves efficiency, reduces noise, and eliminates the risk of turning passing birds into chop suey.
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Huawei moved to grow its enterprise business by launching new cloud database and storage products on Wednesday, after announcing last month that it would expand its presence in the global cloud arena.The Shenzhen-based firm, best known for its smartphones and telecom equipment, said in a statement that the new cloud-computing products would help the company build a data industry ecosystem.Huawei announced last month that it would partner with Spanish telecom carrier, Telefonica, to operate cloud services in Brazil and Chile as it expands the business globally.The release of its cloud-computing products come as the company’s carrier business falters amid intensifying global scrutiny over the security of its equipment for next-generation wireless networks, known as 5G.As a result of the US-led backlash against its telecom equipment, Huawei’s carrier business declined 1.9% last year compared with an increase of 23.8% in its enterprise business.In five years, “China’s spending on private cloud infrastructure will surpass that of the US and become the world’s largest market,” said the report.
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the lund company Cognibotics continues to develop its precisionshöjande calibration of robots – mainly in silence.the Goal is wide launch in the local hospital Automatica in Munich 2020.the Company's algorithms analyze the robot's control signals and compensates for the error that occurs.Robottillverkarna sell similar services, but they do not take into account mounted including mounted equipment, and wear and tear.Cognibotics can typically get it down to one-fifth of their technology.the Company is taking for the second year in a row a spot on the 33-list.
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Tesla is an innovator in the bilsegmentet and when the Model 3 came to Sweden, so did the a large imprint in the sale.The compact sedan sailed namely, in as the fifth most sold car model.But even if we go more from being a kombimarknad – there are some things that we northerners do not want to be without – one of these is the tow bar.the Demand has been great and now announces Tesla to open up the option.With this Model 3 pull up to 910 pounds, which may not be sufficient to draw hästkärran – but enough to be able to run the garbage to the recycling or to add in a smaller boat.the Towing hook is offered to the versions Standard Range Plus and Long Range AWD/RWD – those who buy Performancemmodellen, however, may not provide this option.
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If you really wanted a Thunder Purple edition of the OnePlus 6T but missed out on your opportunity when it first launched, we’ve got good news: you have another chance.The Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T is back in stock at OnePlus.com, but who knows for how long.The Thunder Purple variant has been listed as “Out of Stock” for months on the company’s website, forcing fans to buy used or from third-party sources instead.For whatever reason, the purple device is back on shelves right now.Traditionally, OnePlus depletes all or most of the stock of its current device right as the launch of its newest device begins.Since the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro launches are less than two weeks away, it’s a safe bet that the OnePlus 6T — including this Thunder Purple version — won’t be available for much longer.
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The University of Maryland Medical Center has announced the first-ever successful delivery of a donor organ that was later transplanted into a patient.The unmanned aerial vehicle was used to send a kidney, according to the university, which said the process involved collaboration from a number of experts.The news follows the recent launch of a commercial medical drone transport service in North Carolina.The flight involved a specially designed drone equipped with an ‘apparatus’ that both monitored the donor organ and maintained it, as well as a mesh network for control, backup systems in case a rotor or powertrain failed, and operating systems designed for this special type of delivery.Before this trip, the team had previously tested the aerial transport of a real human kidney, though one that wasn’t suitable for use as a donor organ.Unlike ordinary drones, organ delivery vessels must be equipped with the technology necessary to protect the viable, rare, and therefore invaluable donor organ.
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The smartphone industry is in rough shape.Sundar Pichai used the word “headwinds” to discuss the company’s difficulties moving Pixel 3 units, but Canalys’ latest report is far more blunt, describing the situation as a “freefall.”Things are pretty ugly in the Q1 report, as smartphone shipments declined for the sixth quarter in a row.The combined global units hit 313.9 million, marking their lowest point in almost half a decade, according to the firm.Of the big players, Apple seems to be particularly hard hit, falling 23.2% year on year.“This is the largest single-quarter decline in the history of the iPhone,” said analyst Ben Stanton in a release tied to the news.
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The Apple TV remote is a wonder of touchpad responsiveness, but it's not perfect.Its flaws include a slim design that makes it tough to grip, a symmetrical button arrangement that makes it hard to tell which end is up and it's so tiny it can simply disappear, slipping between couch cushions or blending into pieces of furniture.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.At $8, this Kutop case is one of the cheaper options.It has a honeycomb back as well as an integrated lanyard so you can easily hang it up.We picked it up in green so it would be easy to spot in a darkened home theater, but it's available in plenty of other colors.
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Ford announced support for Key by Amazon In-Car delivery service for select Ford and Lincoln vehicles in a blog post on Medium.Key In-Car delivery is the first connected-vehicle service Ford plans to introduce for owners.“For more than a century, Ford has powered people’s ability to get where they need to go with safe, reliable cars.“Instead of using our vehicles solely to get us to our destinations, what if we used them as beacons to bring convenient and secure services to us?”Key by Amazon delivers orders from the online mega-retailer to homeowner’s garages in supported cities.Customers in the same areas who own compatible connected cars can activate the Key by Amazon In-Car version of the service.
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