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According to the South China Morning Post, Foxconn, manufacturer of Apple s iPhone among other electronic equipment, has replaced nearly 60,000 of its factory workers with robots in a bid to cut costs.The report suggests that those 60,000 jobs have been lost from one factory alone, from a workforce that had previously been 110,000-strong.The move to an artificially intelligent workforce would reduce labor costs in the long-term, and therefore help stave off the effects of slowing economic conditions in China.It also means that other factors, like the slowing of Apple s iPhone sales, have less of an effect on its bottom line too.Where exactly it leaves those 60,000 workers who used to have a job is an entirely different question, and one that will need an answer if the world s workforce continues to switch over to AI and robots.Via BBCRise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as China s struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence on SCMPRead next: Stunt flying in style and on sale: Limited-edition SKEYE nano drone
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Hemma i Nordamerika bildar duon en ny tjänstegigant.CSC har idag tre stora kunder i Sverige, Vattenfall, Saab och Telenor, och är så sakteliga på väg uppåt igen.Men man har även tappat en del viktiga kontrakt, som exempelvis Länsförsäkringar Bank som plockades av indiska TCS i våras.Just kampen mot de hungriga indiska bolagen som nu tar för sig i Norden blir en nyckel för det nya bolaget, som i alla fall personellt kan bli en rejäl aktör.Var det nya bolaget ska sitta är inte heller klart, men det faktum att det verkar vara CSC som har ledarrollen i fusionen, och att HPE vill minska sin verksamhet, talar för att det blir på den östra sidan av vägen i Solna, där bolagen idag kan vinka till varandra över E4:ans bilköer.Detta medan grannarna längre bort på gatan, EMC och Dell, brottas med en omvänd resa man ska slå ihop sina påsar.
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Apple has started trying to convince people in Ireland to get behind an €850 million £648 million data centre that it wants to build in the middle of a forest, according to Galway Bay FM.The Silicon Valley tech giant reportedly told an oral hearing at the Connacht Hotel in Galway on Tuesday that the data centre will pave the way for further development and investment into the area.Up to 100 people reportedly heard Apple say that it is committed to becoming a part of the local community, adding that it will minimise the amount of disturbance.It's not clear which Apple employee s spoke at the hearing.Apple intends to use the data centre — which would be situated in the middle of Derrydonnell Forest near a small town called Athenry, in County Galway, on the west coast of Ireland — to store European user data and to help power online services including the iTunes Store, the App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri for customers across Europe.Business Insider visited the site that Apple wants to build on in February and found that most people in the surrounding area are in favour of the proposed development, which could create up to 300 jobs in the area — initially for construction workers but ultimately for IT professionals.However, a number of organisations and individuals are concerned that the facility will have a detrimental impact on the area, with increased flooding and harm to the habitats of bats and badgers, among the concerns.Galway County Council granted Apple planning permission for the first phase of its eight hall data centre last September.Following the approval, 28 parties wrote to Irish planning body An Bord Pleanála to either appeal the decision or make an observation.Up to 12 groups or individuals spoke at the oral hearing on Tuesday, according to Galway FM.The oral hearing is being overseen by An Bord Pleanála inspector Stephen Kay and is expected to continue until the end of the week.It will reportedly address three main issues that were raised in the written submissions: energy and climate change impacts, site selection, and location.NOW WATCH: We dare you to oversleep with Dwayne The Rock Johnson s new motivational alarm clock appLoading video...
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I am writing this blog post with all distractions turned off…for the next 25 minutes.Email in offline mode, all other browser tabs except for WordPress unaccessible, phone in airplane mode, door closed.I ve found it s far more difficult than I expected to focus on one thing for 25 minutes straight, but that s the basis of the Pomodoro Technique.It s there because it s the most important thing for you to do right now, but it s also likely something you ve been procrastinating.Pomodoro is Italian for tomato and apparently the originator of this focusing technique had used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer to track 25 minutes.Give it a shot…
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All three come with more of a fitness focus than previous iterations – and the Pebble 2 now boasts a heart-rate monitor and activity tracking, bringing it in line with its Apple and Android rivals.September 2016, Kickstarter live nowWhat will it cost?That means its supply chain should be ready and raring to go as soon as the Kickstarter ends.Pebble 2 designYou can pick the Pebble 2 up in five different colors Black, White, Aqua, Flame, Lime , and thankfully it sports a more slender design 39.5 x 30.2mm compared to the bulky bezel of the Classic it replaces.The inclusion of a heart rate monitor and activity tracker will help the Pebble 2 appeal to those who put fitness first when it comes to choosing a wearable – and it could give the likes of FitBit, Jawbone and MisFit something to worry about.Pebble 2 battery life is another high point for the wearable, with the firm saying it's good for 7 days of usage on a single charge.
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The six members of startup Woomoo s teamWoomoo, the startup behind app prototyping tool POP, has been acqui-hired by Priceline.All six of the company s employees have relocated from Taipei, where Woomoo was based, to Bangkok to work on app development for Agoda, the hotel booking website owned by Priceline.Launched in 2012, POP lets developers turn hand-drawn sketches of an app s wireframe into a working prototype.Founder Ben Lin says POP is the number one prototyping tool for mobile apps and has had 350,000 signups so far.At Agoda, Woomoo s team will work on mobile apps for the site, focusing on improving user experience.Woomoo raised about $750,000 in funding and its backers included ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups, and AVOS.
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Unlike some other brands, even the lower-tier models Sharp unveiled were available with HDR, or High Dynamic Range.The Aquos N7000 series straddles the line between the higher-end models like the N9000 and that lower-end lineup, which makes it a good choice as the first TV from the company s 2016 ultra-high-definition offerings to go on sale.Even the smallest model features 4K and HDR, along with Sharp s AquoDimming, which the company says can automatically enhance contrasting colors, adjusting the backlight for deeper blacks.For watching older content, Sharp s Revelation Upscaler is included, helping HD signals look sharper on the 4K display.The Aquos N7000 series features dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and offers smart TV functionality, including all the apps you d expect like Netflix, YouTube, and Vudu.As is often the case, the largest model here — the 65-inch class LC-65N7000U — caries a bit of a premium, selling for $1,500.
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The move accounts for less than 10% of HSBC's retail customer base in India.The London headquartered bank said the decision was taken after a strategic review of its retail banking and wealth management RBWM business revealed that its customers are "increasingly using digital channels for their transactions".India is the fourth largest contributor to the HSBC GroupThe move is expected to affect 300 of its employees, 1% of the 33,000 employees it has in the country.A HSBC spokesperson assured that "redeployment opportunities will be accorded to the affected employees".Stuart P Milne, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer at HSBC India, said: "This move aims to position our RBWM business for the future, with the right mix of digital versus physical branch distribution.For example, the bank will soon be announcing an expanded proposition to cater to its top tier clients and further technology deployments for the benefit of its retail customers," HSBC added.
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Google has released a preview of the latest version of its Android Studio development environment, with a raft of new features that the company demonstrated at its I/O 2016 event.Most notable among them are the new layout editor, which makes it easy to bring your app design to life, Firebase integration so you can access services like analytics, authentication, notifications and AdMob right within the IDE, and the ability to record Espresso UI tests and generate test code just by using your app.You ll also find a new Code Sample Browser, which lets you look up snippets of code provided by Google based on the symbol you ve highlighted in your own project.In addition, the new APK Analyzer helps you keep your installer file size to a minimum, by doing things like assisting in avoiding 64K referenced method limit issues with your Dex files and letting you inspect the compiled resources file, as well as all the assets contained in the APK.The company says that Android Studio is now the IDE of choice for 92 percent of the top 125 apps & game developers on Google Play.Of course, they ll likely be a bit buggy and it ll be a little while before they arrive in a stable version, so use that version with caution.
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Here s our daily recap of what happened in marketing technology, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.Nuzzel launches first network of newsletters May 19, 2016 by Barry LevineSocial news service offers free content curation tool for email newsletters and hopes to leverage not-yet-launched network effects.Taykey unveils a free online trend-watcherMay 19, 2016 by Barry LevineCalled Trend Pulse, it shows trends in four categories, changed daily.Invoca adds missing channel of phone calls to Salesforce s Marketing CloudMay 19, 2016 by Barry LevineIntegration with call intelligence provider means that Salesforce now offers details on calls from emails or websites, including automatic transcriptions of conversations.Bing launches UET Tag Helper, a troubleshooting Chrome extensionMay 19, 2016 by Ginny MarvinNow quickly check if UET tags are set up correctly without having to wait for validation in the UIMove over, text ads: How data feeds are driving new search experiencesMay 19, 2016 by Christi OlsonContributor Christi Olson, Search Evangelist at Bing, takes a deeper look at data feeds and their role in search past, present and future .Just Being Google, www.fastcodesign.comFull Circle Insights Launches Campaign Attribution, www.prnewswire.comAdobe Launches Spark: Visual Storytelling Apps for Everyone, spark.adobe.comCriteo Helps Marketers Boost Incremental Sales with Dynamic Email Retargeting, www.criteo.comSwirl s New Mobile Presence Management and Marketing Platform Helps Brick and Mortar Retailers Better Compete with Amazon, www.swirl.com
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Square Enix has teased some exciting news for Tomb Raider ahead of next month sE3.In a "road to E3" blog post, Square details what you can expect this year.During E3 the company will be hosting a Square Enix Presents show, including hands-on demos of all titles at E3, including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Hitman, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, I Am Setsuna and more.It rounds off the post with a hint of what s to come in subsequent entries, including some exciting Tomb Raider news and details on a few new games that our team has been hard at work on.Rise of the Tomb Raider was a timed-exclusive title on Xbox platforms at the tail-end of last year; could we be about to find out when the game will come to PS4?We don t have much longer to find out.
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San Francisco-based Tally Technologies raised $15 million in Series A venture funding to launch an app that promises to help people maintain good credit while avoiding fees, charges and other credit card affiliated pains.According to Tally CEO and co-founder Jason Brown, the company has been operating in stealth for longer than a year and has been testing its service with beta customers for about three months.Here s how the Tally app works, Brown explained: Users can scan all of their personal credit cards into Tally, go through a brief credit score check, then authorize the startup to pay those bills from a Tally-issued line of credit.Tally Technologies Inc. co-founders L-R Jasper Platz and Jason Brown.Tally will also need to raise institutional capital from which it can offer lines of credit, so it needs to prove its customers are a good credit risk and develop partnerships in the finance industry.As a firm, Shasta shied away from investing in alternative, or peer-to-peer lending platforms like Lending Club and Prosper, which are now under scrutiny and facing serious growth challenges.
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I vanlig ordning livesänder Google från den årliga utvecklarkonferensen I/O som äger rum vid Googleplex i Mountain View, Kalifornien.De större nyheterna presenteras i regel under den inledande keynoten som startar klockan 19:00 svensk tid.Schemat för Google I/O skvallrar delvis om vad som komma skall med presentationer som bland annat täcker nyheter i Android Wear, Android N, Android Auto och inte minst Project Tango.Google väntas också presentera nyheter på VR-fronten samt en konkurrent till Amazons Echo och mycket, mycket mer.Sändningen startar klockan 19:00 svensk tid och går att följa via liveströmmen ovan.Google kommer även sända kvällens presentationen med en 360-gradersvy vilket förstås lämpar sig väl för de som sitter på ett par VR-glasögon.
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municipal elections the number one issue should be the status of the province after the reform, whereas the Economic election panel almost with one voice.Panelists require the election of parties and politicians answer the question of what will be on the role of decision-makers in the future and how it differs from the provincial administration.”How the provinces with the establishment of its own municipal status, roles and responsibilities are changing and what this means for the people and the municipal organisation, the economy, services and decision-making?How local people's participation and influence will change?What is a municipality of the province the establishment and province migrating tasks after?” he lists.Several panellists recalled that the provincial reform of mixed municipal and provincial tasks, especially social and health services.
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