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London's Queen Elizabeth Tower and its bell, Big Ben, will be silenced from noon on August 21 until 2021 as the iconic structure undergoes urgent repair work.The 160-year-old tower, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, will undergo £29 million of work to increase energy efficiency and redecorate the interior of the building."During this period there will be no chimes," a spokesperson for the House of Commons said.The repairs are scheduled to take three years, during which the bell will be silenced for several months."We are also investigating whether or not the chiming will have an effect on operatives working at high level, which will need to be taken into consideration.Striking and tolling will be maintained for important events."
Photographer: Michal Sikorski / Alamy DEBATE. A fossil fleet is within easy reach and both businesses and government agencies are working in that direction. The share of the mentioned environmental best cars expected to decline in new car sales, with the exception of a very modest increase of electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Number-wise increase diesel cars sharply, while the environmentally best cars will remain at about the same level until 2030 - contrary to Parliament's goal of a fossil-fuel independent vehicle fleet in 2030 It is therefore no wonder that the investigator concluded that his proposal will lead to emissions in 2021 will decrease by a negligible percent. The starting point must be a vehicle fleet that is almost entirely fossil in 2030. A system that benefits the climate best cars must give clear signals to consumers and companies in the industry that the vehicles today can run fossil-free given a bonus, it includes both plug-in hybrids and gas cars.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Microsoft has announced that is selling its entry-level phone business to FIH Mobile and HMD global Oy for $350 million as the tech giant continues to distance itself from mobile hardware.The move was not a surprise given how Microsoft has been reducing its feature phone business since CEO Satya Nadella took over.But what is noteworthy is that the press release indicated that Microsoft might never release another Lumia phone ever again, reports The Verge.Nowhere does the press release mention the development of any new Lumia devices or any future hardware.Furthermore, the announcement came just after the leak of an internal memo that reiterated Microsoft's commitment to mobile software, which also did not mention Lumia devices.The likely course of action for Microsoft is to build a Surface phone that targets the company's business customers, with a focus on device security and privacy.The pool of first-time buyers in these countries is shrinking rapidly, and sales are now primarily coming from phone upgrades.Meanwhile, emerging markets will continue to see robust shipment growth.India and Indonesia, in particular, will help fuel a large share of the shipments growth within the global smartphone market over the next few years.Will McKitterick, senior research analyst at BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on smartphones by country that forecasts the market through 2021 to reflect slower, stabilizing growth in the long term.Here are some key points from the report:The global smartphone market is still growing at a steady pace due to more widespread adoption in emerging markets.Still, the vendor saw a slight decline in YoY growth of its share of the market in the face of stiff competition from Samsung and Chinese vendors such as Huawei.In full, the report:Forecasts global smartphone shipments through 2021.Explores why India is the next high-growth smartphone market.Breaks down the global smartphone platform wars.Discusses smartphone vendor performance market share.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Delivering packages to consumers is one of the most discussed uses for drones here in the U.S., but FAA regulations have prevented companies such as Amazon from doing so.European governments, on the other hand, have been far more receptive to drone delivery, and German transportation and logistics company DHL has taken full advantage of this situation.People can visit a DHL "Skyports" location where it stores the drones, insert their package into a box, and input a code that attaches the package to a drone and activates it.The drone then departs and can travel between the two villages in eight minutes, compared to the half hour it takes by road.The Parcelcoptor can travel up to 45 miles per hour, has a six-foot wingspan, and can carry up to 4.5 pounds.This method is much simpler than delivering packages to individual homes, which is Amazon's plan for its Prime Air delivery system.So it might be prudent or the retail giant and other drone delivery programs to consider this approach.Drones turned the corner in 2015 to become a popular consumer device, while a framework for regulation that legitimizes drones in the US began to take shape.The accelerating pace of drone adoption is also pushing governments to create new regulations that balance safety and innovation.Safer technology and better regulation will open up new applications for drones in the commercial sector, including drone delivery programs like Amazon s Prime Air and Google s Project Wing initiatives.Jonathan Camhi, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed drones report that forecasts sales revenues for consumer, enterprise, and military drones.It also projects the growth of drone shipments for consumers and enterprises.The report details several of world s major drone suppliers and examines trends in drone adoption among several leading industries.Finally, it examines the regulatory landscape in several markets and explains how technologies like obstacle avoidance and drone-to-drone communications will impact drone adoption.Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:We project revenues from drones sales to top $12 billion in 2021, up from just over $8 billion last year.Shipments of consumer drones will more than quadruple over the next five years, fueled by increasing price competition and new technologies that make flying drones easier for beginners.Growth in the enterprise sector will outpace the consumer sector in both shipments and revenues as regulations open up new use cases in the US and EU, the two biggest potential markets for enterprise drones.Technologies like geo-fencing and collision avoidance will make flying drones safer and make regulators feel more comfortable with larger numbers of drones taking to the skies.Right now FAA regulations have limited commercial drones to a select few industries and applications like aerial surveying in the agriculture, mining, and oil and gas sectors.The military sector will continue to lead all other sectors in drone spending during our forecast period thanks to the high cost of military drones and the growing number of countries seeking to acquire them.In full, the report:Compares drone adoption across the consumer, enterprise, and government sectors.Breaks down drone regulations across several key markets and explains how they ve impacted adoption.Discusses popular use cases for drones in the enterprise sector, as well as nascent use case that are on the rise.Analyzes how different drone manufacturers are trying to differentiate their offerings with better hardware and software components.Explains how drone manufacturers are quickly enabling autonomous flight in their products that will be a major boon for drone adoption.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
In an interview with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red's co-founder Marcin Iwinski says The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's upcoming Blood and Wine expansion will be the last piece of Witcher content for a long time.The Polish company recently revealed a six-year plan that includes its upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 expected to release after 2017 and a mysterious, unnamed triple A RPG between 2017 and 2021."What is important with Blood and Wine is it's not just another expansion made by an external outsourced studio just to make another dollar," Iwinski said."I'm not criticising this practice, I just want to prove the point that we've put all of our heart and emotion and lots of knowledge into it ."Obviously due to the nature of an expansion this will appeal to a narrower group but still I think it proves the point that what we're after is really mastering the storytelling RPG and crafting it and making it look amazing.And Blood and Wine is the dot on the end of a beautiful sentence which is The Witcher 3."
By 2021, debit cards and contactless payments will eclipse cash, says Payments UK.Since the start of 2016, contactless use has gathered pace, particularly on the London Underground network.On the high street, one in six card purchases are now contactless, with Tesco leading the way.The Payments Council, the predecessor to Payments UK, provoked a storm of protest in 2009 when it proposed a complete withdrawal of cheques by 2018.Its annual report charts the changing nature of how British households choose to spend their money.Figures from the UK Cards Association show that in the first six months of 2015 there was £516,500 of fraudulent transactions on contactless cards – the equivalent of 2p for every £100 spent using the technology.
The simplicity and popularity of contactless will see card payments overtake cash within five years, according to Payment AssocationCard payments will be more popular than cash in the UK within five years, according to a report from industry body The Payments Association, partly thanks to the popularity of contactless transactions.And by 2025, notes and coins will drop to being used for just over one in four 27 percent of payments, the report claimed.Cash outcontactless paymentOverall, the study found 38 billion payments were made in the UK by consumers and businesses during 2015 – the equivalent of more than 72,000 payments every minute.Despite this supposed shift in the balance, cash was still found to be the most popular payment method in 2015, accounting for roughly half 45.1 percent of all payments.Online and mobile banking is also predicted to increase, as more consumers look for a better way to access their finances on the go.However, there were still more than 546 million cheque payments recorded last year, showing that the supposedly dated method of payment still has some fans.
According ot the study, approximately 65% of children access the Internet via a laptop or mobile device, up from 42% in 2012.Furthermore, car rides have become a popular location for tablet use, as 55% of kids prefer tablets in a car, up from 26% in 2012.The pool of first-time buyers in these countries is shrinking rapidly, and sales are now primarily coming from phone upgrades.Meanwhile, emerging markets will continue to see robust shipment growth.India and Indonesia, in particular, will help fuel a large share of the shipments growth within the global smartphone market over the next few years.Will McKitterick, senior research analyst at BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on smartphones by country that forecasts the market through 2021 to reflect slower, stabilizing growth in the long term.Here are some key points from the report:The global smartphone market is still growing at a steady pace due to more widespread adoption in emerging markets.We estimate the global market will hit about 2.1 billion units shipped in 2021.Shipments growth over the past few years has been driven by the falling price of smartphones, which has made handsets more accessible in emerging markets.Nevertheless, India has a long way to go before it surpasses China as the world s leading market for smart handsets.Still, the vendor saw a slight decline in YoY growth of its share of the market in the face of stiff competition from Samsung and Chinese vendors such as Huawei.In full, the report:Forecasts global smartphone shipments through 2021.Explores why India is the next high-growth smartphone market.Breaks down the global smartphone platform wars.Discusses smartphone vendor performance market share.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
The plan lets customers with an existing AT unlimited data plan for their smartphones tack on unlimited data for their cars for $40 per vehicle.Of course, not all of those cars' owners have activated the connected features in the vehicles and signed up for the data plans.The company has partnerships with 19 different auto manufacturers such as Tesla, Ford, GM, and Volkswagen to install connectivity in their vehicles.AT can monetize these connections by offering pools of anonymous data to car manufacturers and dealerships.Over the past year, there has been a significant uptick in the number of connected cars on the road.And as internet integration becomes more commonplace, the automobile as we know it will transform.Over the next five to 10 years, this internet integration is expected to change the car ownership model, create a new platform for consumers to access content, lead to fully autonomous vehicles, and revolutionize the auto industry.The market position of the car today is similar to where the smartphone was in 2010 — it's just taken off and is ready to explode.John Greenough, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on the transformation of the automobile that examines the transformation of the automobile.It also analyzes all areas of the changing automotive market, including the market size for connected cars, automakers benefits and connection strategies, market leaders, consumer demand, and more.Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:Over 380 million connected cars will be on the road by 2021.The market has seen a significant increase in automakers plans to connect the majority of the vehicles they sell and as a result, we've increased our 2015 forecast.Automakers are connecting the vehicles they sell because the connection offers clear business opportunities.Consumers are adopting the connected car faster than expected.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will unveil its first drone at a live streaming event on May 25, The Verge reported.A post published to Xiaomi s company forum indicates that the drone will be a quadcoptor with a spherical camera on the bottom of the drone that looks like it may be able shoot 360-degree video.The US is the biggest market right now for consumer drones, particularly for camera drones that can cost several hundred dollars.Xiaomi sells some devices here in the US, including fitness bands and its new Mi Box media streaming device.The company could look to make a big splash with drones in the US, or it could offer a cheaper camera drone priced for the Chinese market where the consumer drone market is very nascent.The accelerating pace of drone adoption is also pushing governments to create new regulations that balance safety and innovation.Safer technology and better regulation will open up new applications for drones in the commercial sector, including drone delivery programs like Amazon s Prime Air and Google s Project Wing initiatives.Jonathan Camhi, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed drones report that forecasts sales revenues for consumer, enterprise, and military drones.Finally, it examines the regulatory landscape in several markets and explains how technologies like obstacle avoidance and drone-to-drone communications will impact drone adoption.Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:We project revenues from drones sales to top $12 billion in 2021, up from just over $8 billion last year.Shipments of consumer drones will more than quadruple over the next five years, fueled by increasing price competition and new technologies that make flying drones easier for beginners.Growth in the enterprise sector will outpace the consumer sector in both shipments and revenues as regulations open up new use cases in the US and EU, the two biggest potential markets for enterprise drones.Technologies like geo-fencing and collision avoidance will make flying drones safer and make regulators feel more comfortable with larger numbers of drones taking to the skies.Right now FAA regulations have limited commercial drones to a select few industries and applications like aerial surveying in the agriculture, mining, and oil and gas sectors.The military sector will continue to lead all other sectors in drone spending during our forecast period thanks to the high cost of military drones and the growing number of countries seeking to acquire them.In full, the report:Compares drone adoption across the consumer, enterprise, and government sectors.Breaks down drone regulations across several key markets and explains how they ve impacted adoption.Discusses popular use cases for drones in the enterprise sector, as well as nascent use case that are on the rise.Analyzes how different drone manufacturers are trying to differentiate their offerings with better hardware and software components.Explains how drone manufacturers are quickly enabling autonomous flight in their products that will be a major boon for drone adoption.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.But however you decide to acquire this report, you ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the world of drones.
For years, economists have been issuing predictions about how automation will impact the world's job markets, but those studies and guesses have yet to make a call based on what would happen if a given sector's wages rose.In an appearance on Fox Business' Mornings with Maria, Ed Rensi claimed that a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour would result in "job loss like you can't believe" before ceding ground to our new robotic overlords."I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday, and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry—it s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries."When pressed, Rensi admitted that he thinks "franchising businesses" like fast-food restaurants are already hurtling towards automation, saying that those businesses are "dependent on people who have low job skills that need to grow.Seattle's data is not yet conclusive, especially since the wage is currently $13 the ramp-up will conclude in 2021 , but initial reports from a city-run survey assert that "the sky is not falling."But studies point to a polar opposite issue: that America's current minimum wage is "unlivable" and creates higher demand for government services such as welfare.
Gamaya says these alerts and predictions will help farmers lower costs for water and fertilizer while improving their yields.Agricultural surveying has become one of the most widespread use cases for drones in the US, where companies like PrecisionHawk and Airware are also combining drone imaging and analytics for the agricultural sector.The Swiss post office has even experimented with delivering mail by drones.With a more open legal framework for commercial drones, Switzerland's drone startups have an advantage that could help them grow more quickly than US drone startups.Drones turned the corner in 2015 to become a popular consumer device, while a framework for regulation that legitimizes drones in the US began to take shape.The accelerating pace of drone adoption is also pushing governments to create new regulations that balance safety and innovation.Safer technology and better regulation will open up new applications for drones in the commercial sector, including drone delivery programs like Amazon s Prime Air and Google s Project Wing initiatives.Jonathan Camhi, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed drones report that forecasts sales revenues for consumer, enterprise, and military drones.It also projects the growth of drone shipments for consumers and enterprises.The report details several of world s major drone suppliers and examines trends in drone adoption among several leading industries.Finally, it examines the regulatory landscape in several markets and explains how technologies like obstacle avoidance and drone-to-drone communications will impact drone adoption.Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:We project revenues from drones sales to top $12 billion in 2021, up from just over $8 billion last year.Shipments of consumer drones will more than quadruple over the next five years, fueled by increasing price competition and new technologies that make flying drones easier for beginners.Growth in the enterprise sector will outpace the consumer sector in both shipments and revenues as regulations open up new use cases in the US and EU, the two biggest potential markets for enterprise drones.Technologies like geo-fencing and collision avoidance will make flying drones safer and make regulators feel more comfortable with larger numbers of drones taking to the skies.Right now FAA regulations have limited commercial drones to a select few industries and applications like aerial surveying in the agriculture, mining, and oil and gas sectors.The military sector will continue to lead all other sectors in drone spending during our forecast period thanks to the high cost of military drones and the growing number of countries seeking to acquire them.In full, the report:Compares drone adoption across the consumer, enterprise, and government sectors.Breaks down drone regulations across several key markets and explains how they ve impacted adoption.Discusses popular use cases for drones in the enterprise sector, as well as nascent use case that are on the rise.Analyzes how different drone manufacturers are trying to differentiate their offerings with better hardware and software components.Explains how drone manufacturers are quickly enabling autonomous flight in their products that will be a major boon for drone adoption.To get your copy of this invaluable guide, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
PayPal's Rob Skinner is pretty happy with his five-year old prediction that we could all be using a digital wallet instead of a physical one by 2016, but his thoughts have already turned to what the next five years will bring.It was 2011 when Skinner and PayPal went public with the assertion that we could be using just our phone to pay for things within the next five years, and amid the arrival of payment systems from Apple and Google, you could indeed leave the house in many cities without picking up your faithful leather friend.The obvious question, of course, is to ask what 2021 will bring to the world of consumer payment, and although Skinner is not yet ready to roll out the big proclamation, PayPal is already pursuing many avenues to ensure it remains at the heart of its market.PayPal is a significant global brand, but a lot of its most important work goes on without people being aware that they are using technology owned or powered by PayPal."We are happy that PayPal is very well recognised and trusted... but equally the best kept secret is PayPal is behind the scenes powering so many mobile payments," says Skinner."The purchase of payment gateway tech company Braintree a few years ago was so important.
Photo: XinhuaZTE, China s largest listed telecommunications equipment manufacturer, is showcasing its ambitions in the coming so-called Big Video era by launching virtual reality VR headsets for its newest flagship smartphone.The two devices are products of the company s strategy to invest heavily in video, with industry experts predicting that video data traffic will account for more than 70 per cent of total network data consumption by 2021.ZTE VR, featuring a high-precision 9-axis gyroscope and proximity sensor, performs better than Gear VR and Huawei VR to reduce latency to about 16.7 milliseconds, said Waiman Lam, senior director of technology and partnerships at ZTE Mobile Devices, as Huawei VR has a latency of 18 milliseconds and Gear VR, 20 milliseconds.Phone makers face a competitive year in 2016 as subdued global growth and lingering currency weakness in key emerging markets sap consumer spending power.Apart from entering VR, ZTE will make video industry its core strategy as it has noted the trend of people watching 4K or high definition videos through TV or mobile phones, making video service the next value keystone for telecom operators, said Dong Zhenjiang, director of ZTE s IT and R institute.ZTE proposed the Big Video concept and published its Big Video White Paper in February during the Mobile World Congress 2016, describing Big Video as the culmination of online video content, network of high bandwidth, Big Data and open ecosystem partnering with various industry insiders, Dong said.
You can check out the original trailer above if you need a refresher, but be warned: Seeing the late Paul Walker as a young, smolderingly good-looking man is a tad bittersweet.Here s what Vin Diesel told EW about the occasion: Fifteen years ago my life changed forever.The brotherhood formed with Brian, the love personified in Letty and the sense of family initiated by Mia … It is surreal that this film has held up all the years and led to so much more.Proud of our Fast saga family.Fast & Furious films are planned through at least 2021, but if you re ready to put the pedal to the metal, hit the NOS, and travel back in time to where it all started, you ll soon be able to do so.The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, and Charlize Theron, who will play a villain known as Imperator Furiosa Cipher.
Google and Microsoft both lost out on a marquee customer last week, when Amazon Web Services snagged a $400 million partnership deal with Salesforce.But Wall Street doesn't think it's a big loss for the two cloud vendors, both of which are playing catch up to Amazon.Rather, the deal is a taste of bigger things to come for the entire public cloud service industry."We hardly believe this serves as a death blow to competing public clouds, like Microsoft's Azure, but rather an acknowledgment that public cloud infrastructure utilization is the wave of the future, even for leading SaaS vendors," financial research firm Stifel wrote in a note to investors last week.Stifel's note underscores the massive shift to public cloud services that we're seeing across all industries.A growing number of companies are expanding their use of public cloud services, as opposed to running things in their own data centers, and Salesforce's deal with AWS highlights this trend.Even customers like financial services firm Capital One, which operate in highly regulated industries, are making the move over to the public cloud.In fact, according to a survey by Cowen & Co. last week, companies currently store 24% of their workload in the public cloud on average, with the use rate expected to grow to 32% by 2021.A recent report by IDC showed this trend more clearly, saying public cloud spending will jump meaningfully at the expense of traditional IT infrastructure costs over the next few years.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: This smart earpiece translates languages as they are spokenLoading video...
Ericsson study suggest IoT will overtake the mobile phone within two years but data demand from smartphone users will necessitate 5GInternet of Things IoT devices will overtake the mobile phone as the largest category of connected device by 2021, but smartphones will still account for 90 percent of all traffic, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report.Over the next five years, the number of IoT devices is expected to grow by 23 percent and the moment they become more populous than the mobile phone is estimated to take place in 2018.European IoT adoption is set to be boosted by regulatory changes, such as proposals to install smart metres, and connected car legislation enacted by national governments and the EU.IoT growthIoT deviceThe study largely confirms other forecasts of rapidly rising demand for data, fuelled by new applications such as video streaming and greater adoption of smartphone subscriptions, which are set to surpass those of basic feature phones later this year.IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge, said Rima Qureshi, chief strategy officer.From 2020, commercial deployment of 5G networks will provide additional capabilities that are critical for IoT, such as network slicing and the capacity to connect exponentially more devices than is possible today.
ColourboxVarious devices connected to the network exceeds the amount of mobile phones in 2018, predicted technology company Ericsson.Ericsson, according to a report in the so-called in the internet of things the number of devices is growing annually by almost a quarter.according to the Forecast network connected devices would be the world in the year 2021 a total of 28 billion, of which 16 billion should the internet of things devices.Growth is forecast to be most rapid in Western Europe, which is explained, for example, the network in the context of the number of cars increase.Other network devices are, for example, different metrics, and consumer electronics.Ericsson according to the report, also mobile data traffic continues to grow and 12-fold by 2021.
In the firm s annual Mobility Report, it said IoT connections will climb by 23 per cent annually for the next five years, hitting 16 billion in 2021.See also: Are insurance devices the next billion dollar IoT market?That s a much higher growth percentage than mobile, which Ericsson expects to grow at three percent annually over the next five years, rising from 7.4 billion currently to 12 billion in 2021.IoT accelerating as costs drop IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge, said Rima Qureshi, Ericsson senior VP and chief strategy officer.5G is being tested in multiple locations across the world, including South Korea, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.Most wireless operators have said they would like to start pushing the network standard—with speeds above 1Gbps—within the next five years, even though some networks are still struggling to provide adequate 4G LTE coverage in developed countries.
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