Chinese phone maker ZTE kicked things off this week by introducing the Axon M, a phone with two screens that fold out to form a single larger display.Samsung said it's aiming to bring out a phone with a foldable display by next year.Huawei isn't ready to launch the device, but it could as soon as next year, he said.First, the product needs better, more flexible screen technology, as well as better mechanical design, he added."But we still have a small gap [between the screens].Huawei traditionally has been known in Asia and Europe for its networking equipment, but over the past few years, its smartphone sales have skyrocketed.
Developers are set to benefit from powerful new analytics tools for industrial applications, thanks to a partnership between GE and Apple.The Predix software development kit (SDK) will enable companies to make their own IoT apps, tapping into the growing market for connected devices.The new SDK will be available for download from October 26 and will enable developers to build on the analytics functionality of GE’s Predix, by combining it with Apple’s iOS to produce a new set of industrial apps.It is expected that that new apps will enable operators with iPhones and iPads to have greater insight into how IoT equipment is functioning.For example, an app could be used to inform an iPhone user of a malfunctioning piece of equipment, while at the same time, other members of the team could be alerted to the need to fix the item.Apple predicts that the system will mean faster repair times and less overall downtime.
Lastbilsjätten AB Volvo beat expectations, with a profit of just over seven billion.the order Intake for trucks rose by 30 percent in the third quarter.– It is the best third quarter for the volvo Group ever, " says Volvo's ceo Martin Lundstedt.the Share is one of the winners on the stock market this year, with an increase of over 45 percent before today's report.– It is above all the profitability of construction equipment and trucks that are better than expected, " says Engellau, and adds, that although the order intake is better than expected which is positive for the future.the Profit before tax landed at sek 7 billion, compared with 4.1 billion in the corresponding period a year ago.
You will have one fewer option for earning powerful gear in Destiny 2 over the next two weeks.If you’re like us, you eagerly anticipate the Destiny 2 weekly milestone reset for a chance to earn powerful equipment.Along with the Leviathan raid, Flashpoint events, and Nightfall Strike missions, one of the ways to earn this gear is through the Trials of the Nine multiplayer mode, but Bungie is temporarily suspending it in order to address technical issues.Last weekend, players discovered that an emote purchasable in Destiny 2 called the “bureaucratic walk” was allowing them to clip through certain walls in the game, giving them an advantage in several areas.According to Bungie, the glitch is also possible in the competitive multiplayer Crucible mode, and those using it could have an unfair edge over their opponents — in an unintentional way, you could even call the emote glitch a form of “pay to win.” While Bungie works on a fix, Trials of the Nine will be unavailable, with an expected return on November 3, which happens to be the same day Activision’s other major shooter, Call of Duty: WWII, releases.One instant “hotfix” Bungie also rolled out was related to the Leviathan raid, and addresses players having their “raid keys” removed from their inventory without warning.
In the field of computers and especially gaming equipment, the brand is one of the largest, and has often been a guest in our test room.cell Phones from Asus is, however, a novelty.At a large event in Rome recently, Asus launched not fewer than five smartmobiler on the european market.In this test, we look closer at the ”normal version” that is only called Zenfone 4 (and have the model code ZEE554KL), but we'll come back with the tests of the other as soon as we get them.Asus has spent a åttakärnig Snapdragon 630 processor on the Zenfone 4.It is no top-CPU, but reasonable in price.
A couple who lost its Santa Rosa home in the devastating October Tubbs Fire has sued the local utility for negligence, saying that untrimmed tree branches caught fire when they came into contact with power lines and other equipment.The California Department of Forestry hasn’t officially ruled on what caused the October fires that consumed hundreds of thousands of acres in northern California and killed dozens of people, but officials have asked Pacific Gas & Electric (PG) to preserve records for subsequent investigations into the causes of the fires.Last week, the Bay Area paper Mercury News reported that the night the fires started, “emergency dispatchers in Sonoma County received multiple calls of power lines falling down and electrical transformers exploding.” The night had been a particularly windy one, and PG spokesperson Matt Nauman told the paper that “The historic wind event that swept across PG service area late Sunday and early Monday packed hurricane-strength winds in excess of 75mph in some cases.”The couple filing this week's lawsuit, Wayne and Jennifer Harvell, are the first to sue in connection with the so-called Wine Country Fires.Of those fires, the Tubbs fire was the largest, destroying 3,000 homes in the city of Santa Rosa and killing at least 22 people, according to Courthouse News.The Harvells were among the people whose homes were destroyed by the fire.
Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share.Today's list includes the usual slew of PC and laptop discounts, including savings on a Dell XPS Tower desktop, several Dell laptops, and even a Star Wars-themed Lenovo notebook.Dell XPS 8910 Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core Win10 Tower Desktop w/ 16GB RAM + 2GB NVIDIA GPU (fits full size video card) for $619.99 (use code: XPS669 - list price $899).Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Intel Core i7-7500U 14" 1080p Laptop w/ 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,416.75 (list price $1,889).Today Only: Arlo 720p Wireless 4-Camera Bundle (Certified Refurbished) for $329.99 (list price $699.99).Gooloo 600A Peak Car Jump Starter w/ 15,000mAh USB Quick Charge 3.0 Charger for $45.55 (use code: B57P2AL5 - list price $66.99).
We have self-driving cars, self-driving trucks, self-driving boats, and self-driving buses, so it was only a matter of time before we got self-driving bulldozers.Built Robotics is a new company coming out of stealth today that aims to disrupt the $130 billion excavation industry with its fleet of autonomous earth movers.Rather than sit in the dusty cab all day, operators can program the coordinates for the size hole that needs digging, then stand off to the side and watch the vehicle do all the work.And much like the self-driving vehicles operated by companies like Waymo and GM, these robot bulldozers and back hoes use sensors like LIDAR and GPS to “see” the world around them.But unlike any of the autonomous cars driving around California or Arizona these days, these heavy movers use specially designed sensors to withstand the massive amounts of vibrations involved in excavation.Built Robotics is headquartered on almost an entire acre of dirt-filled construction space in a nondescript, fenced-off area in the Dogpatch on the east side of San Francisco, where the robotic construction equipment is refined and tested.
The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s third or fourth company (who can keep track) is nearly ready to double its tunnel digging capacity: The venture’s second boring machine is “almost ready” according to Musk, and it’ll be named ‘Line-Storm,’ borrowing its name from a poem by Robert Frost.Maybe this is what Steve Jobs really always meant when he talked about the intersection of technology and liberal arts – we should name our industrial excavation equipment after seminal works of art.Also, Musk brought specific attention to the line “And be my love in the rain,” which could mean this one is designed or all-weather operation or something.But it’s probably just a fan of Frost expressing appreciation for a great power that also feels vaguely like it could refer to the enterprise of digging tunnels.Meanwhile, Musk is also hawking The Boring Co. hats via the official website for his company.I’ve seen these in person and they seem like a quality product, if that’s your thing.
Customizable DOCSIS 3.1/OFDM test tools bundled with true spectrum analyzer for quickly verifying and troubleshooting next generation HFC networksSAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 19, 2017–Deviser Instruments, Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality, feature-rich, network field-test solutions for communications service providers (CSPs) and equipment manufacturers, today announced the launch of the DS2831 Digital TV Spectrum Analyzer Family for facilitating a smooth transition to OFDM/DOCSIS 3.1 networks.The spectrum analyzer is being unveiled at the upcoming SCTE Cable-Tec Expo (Booth 331) in Denver Colorado on October 19th and has been announced as a finalist for the Broadband Technology Report’s Diamond Technology Review Awards.View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171019005894/en/Featuring the latest technology, the DS2831 affords outstanding performance to the CATV engineer.
GE and Apple announced a partnership today that will pave the way for putting utility analytics software Predix on iOS devices.The Predix software development kit will allow 77 utilities that work with GE to manage turbines, condensers, boiler feed pumps, and more from iPads and iPhones.That, GE says, will ensure “that real-time data is captured and shared with field workers and remote operations using iOS devices.”As part of the program, GE has agreed to standardize iPhones and iPads as the primary work devices for its 330,000 employees.Predix software takes data from sensors embedded in all kinds of industrial equipment used in the energy industry and uses that data to predict maintenance downtime more efficiently.This isn’t a novel idea—power plant and utility operations generally require some form of diagnostic system to avoid the kinds of catastrophic failure that causes, at best, money to be lost and, at worst, power outages to customers.
It's difficult to keep a self-driving car project secret when testing on public roads, and doubly so in the San Francisco Bay Area, where a surplus of engineers will spot the things and tweet about them.Such seems to be the case with a tweet that appears to show video of the sensor array atop Apple's very secret self-driving test vehicle.The video was captured and posted to Twitter by MacCallister Higgins, co-founder of self-driving car company Voyage.It shows a sensor array atop the roof of a Lexus RX, the type of vehicle Apple is using to test its self-driving car platform.We previously saw video of an Apple self-driving car in May of this year, built on an earlier generation of the Lexus RX and with a less refined look to the sensor array.Self-driving cars are being developed by a wide range of companies, from automakers to tier 1 equipment suppliers to big technology players, such as Google and Apple.
The growth in 3-D printing is allowing manufacturers to reduce production time and save money.But the predicted mass production of 3-D printed products for consumers has not yet come to pass.An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explains how industry is using the technology.Over the past decade, 3-D printing has been portrayed as the next big manufacturing trend, and companies are now starting to take advantage of the technology.For example, as C Senior Correspondent Alexander Tullo reports, Volkswagen has started using 3-D printers for tools and parts, which has saved the company time and hundreds of thousands of dollars.Others are also getting on board, spurring global sales of 3-D printing equipment and related materials to grow to $2.7 billion last year.
The South Korean tech giant delivered the news in a press release earlier today, stating that the new technology uses up to 10% less power than 10LPP — which Samsung completed the qualification of earlier this year — and has a 10% smaller surface area.Samsung also said that, while the process tech would have implications for mobile, it could also have benefits for cryptocurrency mining and network/server equipment, as well as “many other high-performance applications.”“As the most advanced and competitive process node before EUV (extreme ultraviolet) is employed at 7nm, 8LPP is expected to rapidly ramp-up to the level of stable yield by adopting the already proven 10nm process technology,” wrote Samsung in the press release.Qualcomm is anticipated to be the first company to use Samsung’s 8-nano process tech in its upcoming Snapdragon mobile chips, while Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process was previously used in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.Samsung Electronics is a force to be reckoned with in the world of semiconductors right now, and its completion of the 8LPP “three months ahead of schedule” could be significant for the company.Samsung is now able to place greater focus on its upcoming 7nm tech, though Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) — the current semiconductor market leader — has already made a deal with Qualcomm as its supplier of the 7-nano process, which could put a roadblock on Samsung’s recent semiconductor successes.
Part of the opening of the networkOpenreach has today offered its communication providers an alternative to the Ofcom-proposed Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product, which a court ruling slapped down three months ago.In July the High Court's Competition Appeals Tribunal ruled that Ofcom had made a series of errors when it drew up the rules for a new market in unlit fibre, forcing it back to the drawing board.The DFA product would have allowed CPs to gain "physical access" to the operator's existing fibre optic cables.The firm said it has since been viewing providers' Very High Bandwidth (VHB) connectivity requirements and has proposed the Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) product for ISPs, the OSA Filter Connect, to "meet industry needs".The feature is intended to allow ISPs to connect their own active equipment alongside Openreach-managed wavelengths, instead of the physical DFA product.
While Apple has had its share of enterprise partners in recent years including IBM, Cisco and SAP, today’s announcement that it will be working directly with GE feels a bit different with the two companies more closely intertwined than in previous deals.Apple and GE have committed to build a set of development tools and to develop apps together using Apple’s design sensibility and deep understanding of iOS, but the deal doesn’t stop there.All of this adds up to a level of cooperation we have not seen in Apple’s previous enterprise partnerships.For starters, the two companies announced an iOS software development kit (SDK) for GE’s Predix platform, which is a set of cloud services designed to help industrial customers track the health of the huge industrial equipment GE sells and services.It can help predict failures before they happen and bring down this expensive equipment such as jet engines, wind turbines and train locomotives.Using this tool, customers can see the health of their industrial equipment on an iPad and collaborate more easily, sharing information like last action taken, notes and photos; all designed to provide the data to make decisions in real time.
1888PressRelease - Less skilled labor entering Britain as a result of Brexit may make it more difficult for annual productivity to recover say Clifford Beaumont economists.British productivity decreased at its most rapid rate in 4 years during the last year after the nation voted in favor of departing from the European Union in a June 2016 referendum.This rapid drop highlights the problems facing the British economy as Brexit looms.The UK has fought to coax greater productivity from its workers for some time as numerous firms have engaged additional labor instead of investing in needed equipment.Although salary growth has been unimpressive, this move has contributed to unemployment dropping to its lowest in over 4 decades.British labor productivity per hour in 2016 was more than 15 percent less than that of other developed economies.This is a gap that has widened significantly in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and shows no real signs of decreasing.According to economists at Taipei, Taiwan based Clifford Beaumont, output per hour worked in the three months to June this year experienced its biggest fall since the third quarter of 2013.Before the 2008 financial crisis, yearly productivity growth averaged more than 2 percent.Clifford Beaumont economists are of the opinion that Brexit, which could mean less skilled labor entering the UK and reduced access to the rest of Europe’s most important export markets, will make it increasingly difficult to catch up.Clifford Beaumont economists believe that the drawn out uncertainty regarding Britain’s economic outlook are damaging business sentiment, investment and productivity and that extended Brexit negotiations will only exacerbate this problem.In addition, weak output will have a negative impact on the UK’s public finances.http://www.twn-media.com
Intel may have scaled down or even axed some of its extracurricular activities, like wearables and IoT, but it isn’t yet backing down from down from one of those: autonomous vehicles.After acquiring Mobileye just recently, the chip maker has double down on its involvement in making the self-driving car dream come true.It’s latest contribution, curiously, is a mathematical formula that it claims will offer a more or less standard way to not only ensure driving safety but also assign responsibility for when accidents do happen.There are two main concerns when it comes to autonomous vehicle driving safety.First is what almost all car makers are currently focused on, the sensors, equipment, and algorithms that enable such cars to detect, identify, and avoid objects and people around them.But there is also one other problem: assigning fault if and when accidents do happen.
Loot boxes may not be the final word on in-game microtransactions.Publishers are working on new methods to sell you in-game items.Activision received a new patent for a system that encourages gamers to buy in-game items, by leveraging its matchmaking system.The matchmaking system would pair inexperienced players with more experienced players to subtly influence their purchasing decisions.Filed in 2015, but awarded this month, the patent protects a “system and method for driving microtransactions in multiplayer video games.” It discusses methods for encouraging players to pay for in-game items to increase their chances of success.Such methods could involve matching players in a manner that suggests they need to pay to catch up to their opposition or that highlights the differences in equipment to showcase what kind of loadout a player ‘should’ have in order to be competitive.
Google Calendar for web is finally getting the long-awaited Material Design update along with a handful of new features.After first introducing Material Design all the way back in 2014, Google promptly updated its mobile apps and services to reflect the company’s new design language.The trend spilled over to Google’s web-based apps over the course of year or two, but sadly, Calendar for web seemed forgotten and abandoned.After months of rumors claiming that Google might be testing a brand-new UI for its web-based calendar app, the search giant has taken to its blog to officially announce that indeed, Material Design is coming to Google Calendar for web, and it’s bringing with it quite a few features that could help enterprises with managing meetings.The revamped layout as well as its Material Design-inspired colors are a huge improvement.The update is rolling out gradually, but if you’re eager to try it out now, you can click this link provided by Corbin Davenport at Android Police.
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