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43 minutes ago

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46 minutes ago

Video inside Another creepy home Robot......$599

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| By UnclePhilOH16 - 46 minutes ago

Man in about 10-15 years this is going to be then norm. I love tech, but some of it is just kind of creepy for real!








What my BX fam thinks about this?



Now that I think about it, this whole video is weird!

 
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46 minutes ago

Article inside South Korea offers lucrative package to entice foreign startups to set up shop

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| By mr_underground - 46 minutes ago


Recognizing the power and innovation of startups, the South Korean government announced last week that it is opening a brand new accelerator to host 40 international startups for an intensive three-month accelerator program.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Future Planning office of the government, the K-Startup Grand Challenge is looking to bring new innovation to KoreaÂ’s already strong tech sector.

Putting their wallets behind the project, the government has laid out a plan to offer $4,100 a month in living expenses for up to three team members each per startup to come and work out of their brand spanking new $160 million Startup Campus in Pangyo, deep in the heart of South KoreaÂ’s tech scene.


Erik Cornelius, a spokesman for the initiative, tells Geektime that the program is aimed at fostering the local startup ecosystem in South Korea which up to this point has been heavily dominated by the big companies like Samsung and LG, just to name a few.

“The government and corporates realized that the economy is too based on the big conglomerates,” he says, noting that there has been a lot of movement on the issue “since President Park Geun-hye came into power in 2013, pumping $2 billion into domestic startups under the Creative Economy initiative.”

This is the first attempt to bring foreign startups into Korea. Cornelius says that the organizers are “very open to different verticals but a few areas that they have identified are fintech, bio tech, IoT and wearables.”

Working alongside the governmentÂ’s team are four local accelerators, ActnerLAB, DEV Korea, Shift, and SparkLabs, that will help to facilitate the initiative. In addition, a number of the corporate giants in the neighborhood have promised mentors and other resources to the project.

In assessing which companies will be brought into the project, he notes that they are looking beyond the buzzwords of what appears to be hot at the moment and are “really working closely with the accelerators to choose the ones that have the best chance of success.”

Applications and rewards
According to Cornelius, they have had around 250 applicants in the past week and will be taking more through June 14. After applications close, the accelerators will review and interview the startups in their local countries or by video chat during late June through mid July.

The top 80 teams will then be brought to South Korea in mid August for a full week of pitching, interviews, cultural experiences, and networking where they will decide on the final 40 who will be invited to stay for the full program, kicking off in late August.

Cornelius says that while he is not a diplomat for the government, he believes that applicants from nearly all countries, barring North Koreans, will have a shot at the program.

As the program nears its end in early December, they expect to hold their Demo Day where the companies will present to an audience of investors and judges. Those startups that are selected into the top 20 will receive $33,000 of no-strings-attached funding. From that group, the top four will receive an additional amount ranging between $6,000 and $100,000. Cornelius says that the participating accelerators have each signed on to add an additional $100,000 to give to selected startups. While all the prize money comes equity-free, any cash garnered from VCs would of course come with terms.

Why Korea?
At the end of the day, the goal of the program is to encourage foreign startups to settle in Korea, strengthening the local ecosystem.

After speaking with Cornelius in the course of the interview for this story, setting up shop in Korea sounds like it definitely has its advantages.


Source: K-Startup Grand Challenge Source: K-Startup Grand Challenge
For more than $4,000 a month and tens of thousands of dollars worth of potential prizes, you can accelerate your startup ‘Gangnam style’ – or close enough

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Recognizing the power and innovation of startups, the South Korean government announced last week that it is opening a brand new accelerator to host 40 international startups for an intensive three-month accelerator program.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Future Planning office of the government, the K-Startup Grand Challenge is looking to bring new innovation to KoreaÂ’s already strong tech sector.



Putting their wallets behind the project, the government has laid out a plan to offer $4,100 a month in living expenses for up to three team members each per startup to come and work out of their brand spanking new $160 million Startup Campus in Pangyo, deep in the heart of South KoreaÂ’s tech scene.

Source: K-Startup Grand ChallengeSource: K-Startup Grand Challenge
Erik Cornelius, a spokesman for the initiative, tells Geektime that the program is aimed at fostering the local startup ecosystem in South Korea which up to this point has been heavily dominated by the big companies like Samsung and LG, just to name a few.

“The government and corporates realized that the economy is too based on the big conglomerates,” he says, noting that there has been a lot of movement on the issue “since President Park Geun-hye came into power in 2013, pumping $2 billion into domestic startups under the Creative Economy initiative.”

This is the first attempt to bring foreign startups into Korea. Cornelius says that the organizers are “very open to different verticals but a few areas that they have identified are fintech, bio tech, IoT and wearables.”

Working alongside the governmentÂ’s team are four local accelerators, ActnerLAB, DEV Korea, Shift, and SparkLabs, that will help to facilitate the initiative. In addition, a number of the corporate giants in the neighborhood have promised mentors and other resources to the project.

In assessing which companies will be brought into the project, he notes that they are looking beyond the buzzwords of what appears to be hot at the moment and are “really working closely with the accelerators to choose the ones that have the best chance of success.”

Applications and rewards
According to Cornelius, they have had around 250 applicants in the past week and will be taking more through June 14. After applications close, the accelerators will review and interview the startups in their local countries or by video chat during late June through mid July.

The top 80 teams will then be brought to South Korea in mid August for a full week of pitching, interviews, cultural experiences, and networking where they will decide on the final 40 who will be invited to stay for the full program, kicking off in late August.

Source: K-Startup Grand ChallengeSource: K-Startup Grand Challenge
Cornelius says that while he is not a diplomat for the government, he believes that applicants from nearly all countries, barring North Koreans, will have a shot at the program.

As the program nears its end in early December, they expect to hold their Demo Day where the companies will present to an audience of investors and judges. Those startups that are selected into the top 20 will receive $33,000 of no-strings-attached funding. From that group, the top four will receive an additional amount ranging between $6,000 and $100,000. Cornelius says that the participating accelerators have each signed on to add an additional $100,000 to give to selected startups. While all the prize money comes equity-free, any cash garnered from VCs would of course come with terms.

Why Korea?
At the end of the day, the goal of the program is to encourage foreign startups to settle in Korea, strengthening the local ecosystem.

After speaking with Cornelius in the course of the interview for this story, setting up shop in Korea sounds like it definitely has its advantages.



“Companies that could stand to benefit would be looking for Korea’s tech expertise, location in the center of northeast Asia, and the infrastructure that Korea provides with the world’s fastest internet,” he says, explaining the advantages of doing business there.

The average house has either a 100mb or gigabit connection, but he tells Geektime that what is really important is the mobile speed. Beyond Korea’s centrality as a mobile powerhouse, the country’s telecoms have built an infrastructure that Cornelius describes as “working from subways to mountain tops, providing a strong 4G LTE signal.”

On a cultural level, he sees South Korea as having opened itself up more to the idea of startups, and like K-Pop, seems to be taking hold.

Speaking of the recent past, he says that, “If you were a top tier student, you would go to one of the big conglomerates and work there for life. That was seen as the respectable path, barring being a doc or lawyer. Over the past five years, I would say that it’s very far away from what it was. I think that there’s been some local examples of unicorns. People’s parents have been able to see that you can make a successful career working at a startup.”

He notes that while the efforts by the government are now pushing things along, throwing some additional legitimacy behind startups, he believes that the scene is also “emerging in its own right.”

This is not to say that it’s all roses. While he says that Korean VCs recognize that they have to make investments in future companies in order to continue themselves to prosper, he notes that they are generally more conservative than in the U.S. or China. “They see investment as a strategic move to help startups to keep developing or as an acquisition, rather than a financial investment, although there are those.”

“Entrepreneurs coming from abroad should definitely keep an open mind, but look for ways to leverage the positives that Korea offers. These are speed, speed, and speed. People work more hours and get a lot done.”

“If you’re an entrepreneur looking to add hard engineering talent to your team, there’s no better a place to look than Korea,” says Cornelius, adding that salaries for engineers there are significantly lower than in Silicon Valley but not necessarily lower than the U.S. average.

Perhaps the strongest selling point is that while vegetarians might have trouble with the local diet, peanuts are basically non-existent: ThatÂ’s a win-win if youÂ’re deathly allergic to peanuts and married to a vegan like me.

“Right now is a really great opportunity for foreign startups to come into Korea because there is so much support and funding available,” he says. “It’s the era of startups in Korea.”

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24 hours ago

Article inside Apple Store Worker Tells What it's Really like Working for Apple

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A veteran Apple retail worker has given Business Insider a lengthy interview about what it is really like working at Apple in the UK. This staffer told us:

Workers feel the company's mandatory internal criticism policy makes Apple "like a cult."

Apple Store workers routinely face death threats from customers.

It's easier to get into Harvard than it is to work at an Apple Store.

Even if you sell an enterprise contract worth hundreds of thousands, all you will get is ÂŁ8 an hour and a handshake.

Apple store workers are paid so little many cannot afford the products they sell and some go into debt to buy them.

Apple doesn't promote from within or give bonuses to its best workers.

What happens if you come to work carrying a Samsung phone.

Why Apple staff will ask you about your favourite flavour of ice cream.


Apple is notorious for its secrecy and the length it will go in order to prevent leaks about its products. But fewer people know that the secrecy extends all the way down to its Apple Store retail staff, too. Every salesperson in a blue Apple T-shirt signs a confidentiality agreement from their first day on the job, which bans them from speaking publicly. They can't even mention it on Facebook, or take a selfie with their Apple T-shirt on.

More seriously, Apple store workers in the UK have historically been stopped from advancing inside the company by internal policies that prevent part-time workers from going full-time, and prevent them from being promoted into management positions, our source says.

Apple pays about ÂŁ8 per hour in the UK (about $11.70). Our store worker — who asked to remain anonymous in fear that Apple would pursue a legal action based on the confidentiality agreement — says that many store workers cannot afford the products they sell, and receive no sales bonuses even when they sell hundreds of thousands of pounds of equipment per day. Some go into debt while employed by Apple.

There are benefits to working at Apple, however: You and your colleagues are selected because you're are more educated and more creative than the average retail worker. You get a generous discount on Apple products and a 15% discount on AAPL shares. And you (occasionally) get direct access to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Lastly, this veteran staffer describes the routine idiosyncrasies of working for Apple. From the intense compulsory internal feedback from other staff to the death threats from irate customers whose devices don't work.

Apple declined to comment when contacted by Business Insider for comment. Needless to say, the company likely disagrees with much of what this staffer has to say. And this employee is just one of tens of thousands; the opinions expressed here may be neither typical not representative of other Apple store workers. But still ...

If you have ever thought of applying to wear the blue T-shirt, you need to read this.

BI: Why don’t you start by telling me when you worked at Apple.


Apple store worker: I worked at Apple from 2011. I stopped working at Apple in late 2015.

BI: 2011 was the year Steve Jobs died. What was that like?

A: That day was really strange. It was almost like there was a candle-lit vigil for him. We were there for our “Daily Download,” which happens every day. The atmosphere was like “now that Steve’s gone we’re really appreciative that we have these new staff in-store carrying on Steve’s legacy.” Very strange, very cultish.


BI: Did you have any idea who Steve Jobs was or why he was important, back in 2011?

A: Yeah, everyone does. You go through a lot of interviews to get a job at Apple. You’re not expected to know the products inside out, but you are expected to know about Apple and what it stands for. You’re expected to know who Steve Jobs is. So on that day, it was really gloomy. The store was in mourning.

BI: Any specific example of that mourning?

A: Normally when you go into an Apple store everyone is so happy, everything’s great. You get this idea, when you go into an Apple store, what the staff is going to be like. That day it was the complete opposite. Everyone was sad and quiet. The Apple light on the front of every store was half-dimmed.

BI: You can dim the lights on the Apple logo?

A: Yes. It was like having the flag at half-mast. The logo was half-dimmed.

BI: Did the customers know?

A: We had a load of people come in that day to ask “did you hear about Steve?” and of course everyone had heard about Steve. But they just wanted to come in and talk about him and talk about his legacy.

BI: Did anyone come in just wanting an iPhone?

A: Yes. People who didn’t know who Steve Jobs was still came in. But it was a very big deal that day. When you’re doing training at Apple, you don’t necessarily learn about the products, but you’re taught things like "Steve Jobs designed all the staircases in the Apple stores that have stairs. Apple bought a mountain so that all floors in the stores were exactly the same. There’s a way that those tables line up with the tiles on the floor", all of that, Steve Jobs designed. In the early days, he would inspect the retail stores to make sure those tables lined up and that everything was as it should be.

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24 hours ago

Article inside Samsung Batman S7 Edge

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I prefer iOS but would 100% get one of these if I was an Android user.

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2 days ago

Video inside George Hotz Demos $1000 Self-Driving Car Kit, will be available end of 2016 [Video]

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George Hotz, the whiz kid who was the first to jailbreak an iPhone back in 2007, has a new passion: AI. You may have read about his new company, Comma.ai, and his plans to beat Tesla, Google and Apple to market with self-driving technology that you can add to the car you already own. Now he's one step closer to his goal with a data-collecting app called Chffr, a riff on the word chauffeur.

Hotz's home-brewed AI technology uses human driver data to learn to autonomously pilot his company's 2015 Acura ILX test car on the highway. Comma.ai's goal of delivering aftermarket autonomous drive technology by the end of 2016 depends on having driver data. A lot of it. What's the easiest way to do that? Crowdsource it, naturally.

Chffr is like a cross between Dropcam and Fitbit. Open the app and mount your camera on your windshield, and it will record all your driving data -- things like how you react to other cars and bicyclists, your average speed and your braking and acceration patterns. It then uploads that data via Wi-Fi to Comma.ai's servers, where your driving behavior is analyzed alongside other drivers' datasets in order to help the company's autonomous driving technology learn. As with a Fitbit, you can dive deep into your own data, in this case to see where you drive, how far you drive and how long your commute takes.

To give people incentive to use the program, drivers earn "Comma Points" for each minute out on the road with the app activated. Hotz was quite cagey when asked what these points could eventually be redeemed for, saying only, "Comma Points are absolutely incredible and you'll wish you had them. You definitely want comma points. In a couple of months you'll be so happy you have Comma Points."

You can sign up to be a beta tester by going to Comma.ai and clicking on Chffr beta signup. Otherwise, Hotz says the app should be ready for Android, specifically the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 and the Nexus 6P, as well as Apple iPhone, by the end of June.

We got to take a quick spin in Hotz's self-driving Acura prototype, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The technology uses a forward-facing radar, which for our demo was duct-taped to the nose of the car, and a forward-facing wide-angle camera mounted inside at the top center of the windshield.



It's worth noting that the test car made some more aggressive choices than the Delphi self-driving Audi I rode in a few months ago, but it still remained a safe distance behind the lead car. It still seems to have some trouble recognizing a stopped vehicle from a long distance away, forcing Hotz to intervene with manual braking, but did just fine approaching and stopping behind a stopped car at slower speeds.

But does the system learn? Can it adapt to a completely new situation? Hotz says he found out the answer a bit sooner than he anticipated upon arriving in Las Vegas.

Most streets in Vegas use Botts' dots as lane markers, those round, raised buttons that make a thump-thump sound under your wheel as you change lanes. The Acura had only driven on streets with traditional painted lane markers, but if Hotz is to be believed, his car was able to adapt to the new sensory input easily, and in short order.

The prototype system isn't quite perfect yet. Currently, the technology can't change lanes or recognize red lights, making it more useful for long drives on the highway and stop-and-go traffic.

Further, it apparently is so bad at reading Botts' dots in the twilight that Hotz insisted we take our test drive in full dark. However, Hotz is confident that the issue is the camera, not the technology, and that data collected via Chffr will help mitigate the problem.

Hotz claims he will have the technology ready to ship by the end of 2016 for $1,000. No word on the design of the product, but he claims it will be "as easy to set up as a piece of IKEA furniture" on your own car.

At the very minimum, your vehicle will need electronic power steering and an electronic stability control system in order for the technology to work. You do not need to have adaptive cruise control or lane-keeping assist already installed.



Comma.ai plans to have an update for city driving by the end of 2017. Hotz says his company is working with electric car manufacturer Wheego to install a surround camera and radar system to start gathering data for city driving.

Whether this technology will be ready for market in a mere seven months and, just as importantly, whether it will really work reliably remains to be seen. And, there's still the question of what drivers are going to do with all those Comma Points, which, for now, sound like just another nebulous metric in our increasingly gamified modern lives. But, the potential here is huge, and we're eager to see the final version of Hotz's hardware. Or, at least, one that doesn't require duct tape for installation.

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Can he really pull this off...

 
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3 days ago

Video inside Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Injustice Edition!

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3 days ago

HTC One 4 Life Program Now Available Verizon Sprint & T-Mobile

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Just put my order in for my free HTC 10!


If you're apart of the HTC Champions
go to

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enter your sn for your phone they'll ship it out

trading in your old HTC One M9

you have to send your phone back within 15 days or will be charge 714 bucks


 
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4 days ago

Image inside Create your own Vinyl record with Vinylify

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Spotify is great, but thereÂ’s nothing like the snap and crackle of a vinyl record.
Luckily, Vinylify bridges that digital/analog gap: Throw down $56.00, and you can make your own 10” record.

Start off by uploading music files to their site. Once youÂ’ve picked your tracks, upload the album art you want and give your record a title.

Your wax arrives in the mail complete with your custom album cover, track list, and sleeve—so it looks legit.

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4 days ago

Samsung To Launch Galaxy Note 7 In August, No Note 6

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SamsungÂ’s Galaxy Note 6 was rumored to be the best phablet ever. The only problem is that it wonÂ’t be called Galaxy Note 6. Credible sources familiar with the matter told the Electronic Times that the next-gen phablet will be called Galaxy Note 7. The model number of the Note line has always been one number behind the Galaxy S line as it was launched a year after the Galaxy S series.


A high-ranking official told the Korean publication that if the device is named Galaxy Note 6, the model number would be lower than the Galaxy S7, which was launched earlier this year. It gives out a perception that the Note 6 is an outdated model. It is the first time in the history of the Note phone that the company will be skipping the generation number for marketing purposes.

Besides bringing consistency between its flagship phonesÂ’ model numbers, the name change could help Samsung compete better with Apple, which is gearing up to unveil its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus later this year. The Galaxy Note 6 competing against the iPhone 7 might have been perceived as an older model by a section of consumers. For the first time, the Galaxy Note 7 will have a dual-edge AMOLED display.

Galaxy Note 7 to feature iris scanner?

Samsung was reportedly testing two versions of its next-gen flagship – one with the standard display and another with a dual-edge screen. And the company is expected to bring only one of them to the market. Latest leaks suggest that the Galaxy Note 7 may feature an iris scanner for enhanced security. The Korean company recently filed trademark applications for “Samsung Eyeprint” and “Samsung Iris” in Europe.

The Galaxy Note 7 is expected to enter mass production in July and start selling in the United States in the week of August 15. As per leaks and rumors, the device will feature a 5.8-inch display, 6GB RAM, 12-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 823 processor, a microSD card slot, and a giant 4,200mAh battery. The phablet is also rumored to be dustproof and waterproof.


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5 days ago

The Nokia experiment is over: Microsoft lays off hundreds as it guts its phone business

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Microsoft is signalling the end of its Nokia experiment today. After acquiring Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion two years ago, Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion last year and cut 7,800 jobs to refocus its phone efforts. Microsoft is now writing off an additional $950 million today as part of its failed Nokia acquisition, and the company plans to cut a further 1,850 jobs. Most of the layoffs will affect employees at Microsoft's Mobile division in Finland, with 1,350 job losses there and 500 globally. Around $200 million of the $950 million impairment charge is being used for severance payments.

hese latest job cuts mean that the majority of former Nokia employees are no longer working at Microsoft. Microsoft plans to complete most of its job cuts by the end of the year. A small number of employees will remain in research and development roles, and Microsoft has a sales subsidiary in Finland that won't be affected by the reductions. Microsoft originally hired 25,000 Nokia employees as part of its acquisition. Microsoft's "streamlining" of its smartphone business comes just a week after the company announced it's selling its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, for $350 million.

"We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation — with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum capability, and consumers who value the same," says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a statement. "We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms."

Nadella announced a "more effective and focused phone portfolio" almost a year ago, and one that focused on three areas: business, value phones, and flagships. Microsoft is refocusing its phone efforts once again, and it's clear Microsoft is scaling back even further. "We're scaling back, but we're not out!" admits Terry Myerson, Microsoft's head of Windows and devices, in an internal email. Myerson also adds that Microsoft's "phone success has been limited to companies valuing our commitment to security, manageability, and Continuum, and with consumers who value the same."

As a result, Microsoft's new phone strategy appears to be focused on how the company can differentiate. That's something we heard at the launch of Windows Phone around 5 years ago, but it's on a much smaller scale now. Microsoft is finally being realistic about the state of its phone business, and all the signs point towards the end of Lumia phones and a focus on a single Surface phone. Microsoft hinted at the end of Lumia phones last week, and Myerson's email to employees today says "we will continue to update and support our current Lumia and OEM partner phones, and develop great new devices."

It's not clear that we'll even see these "great new devices" this year. Rumors suggest that Microsoft is planning a Surface-branded phone for next year, and that the Lumia 650 was Microsoft's last Lumia device. Microsoft has been working on a secret Surface phone project for a number of years now, and it had originally been considered as a "Plan B" if Nokia wasn't successful with Windows Phone. Microsoft's Lumia and Windows Phone strategy has not succeeded, and both sales and Windows Phone market share have declined since the company's mobile restructuring last year. Microsoft isn't ready to commit to a roadmap for its "great new devices" just yet, so we'll be waiting a little longer to see what a "scaled back" future really means for Windows Phone.

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6 days ago

An iPhone Factory in China Just Fired 60,000 Employees and Replaced Them with Robots

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Kunshan, ChinaÂ’s main electronics manufacturing hub in Jiangsu province, has initiated a shift in strategy that could further accelerate the electronic industryÂ’s growth in the area but may cost thousands of workers their jobs in the process.

The county has started replacing some of its workforce with robots in an attempt to reduce labor costs, according to South China Morning Post.

Foxconn, AppleÂ’s main supplier, recently fired 60,000 of its employees and replaced them with mechanical workers. The electronic parts company is among the 35 Taiwan companies which spent 4 billion yuan ($610 million) on artificial intelligence research and development last year alone.

KunshanÂ’s publicity department head Xu Yulian believes that more companies are planning to automate their workforce in the near future. As many as 600 major companies in the industrial hub have expressing their plans to do so in a government survey.

“The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labor costs,” said Xu Yulian.

“More companies are likely to follow suit.”

About 4,800 Taiwanese companies are currently located in Kunshan, accounting for over 60 per cent of its GDP. If plans push through, thousands in the county, which has a population of more than 2.5 million people, are set to lose their jobs .

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6 days ago

Article inside 100 police raid Google's Paris HQ as part of Ł1.2 billion tax & money laundering investiga

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100 police raid Google's Paris HQ as part of ÂŁ1.2 billion tax & money laundering investigation

100 French police raid Google's Paris headquarters as part of ÂŁ1.2 billion tax and money laundering investigation

French cops today searched Google's Paris offices as part of a tax probe
They believe the company owes 1.6billion euros in back taxes, it is claimed
Google is one of several companies that pays low taxes by shifting revenue
The country's EU base is Ireland, which has low corporate tax rates
See more Paris news as police raid Google's French headquarters

By COREY CHARLTON and JESSICA WARE FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 07:16 EST, 24 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:09 EST, 24 May 2016

French police officers swooped in on Google's Paris offices in a dawn raid this morning, as part of an investigation into the internet giant's suspected owing of €1.6billion in back taxes.

Around 100 police officers arrived at the French HQ on grounds of suspecting 'aggravated tax fraud and conspiracy to conceal [it],' the national financial prosecution service (PNF) said in a statement.

The move is one area of EU officials attempting to crack down on big businesses avoiding tax, with companies such as Apple, Amazon, Fiat and Starbucks in the firing line.




A police car sits outside the Google offices in Paris today during a tax fraud raid at the company's premises. The prosecutor's office said it was to determine if Google Ireland had failed its financial obligations in France

'We respect French legislation and are fully cooperating with the authorities to answer their questions,' a Google spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The PNF said police, tax officials and 25 computer experts took part in the raid.

A source close to the matter said in February that French authorities believe the Californian group owed €1.6 billion in back taxes.

Its European operations are headquartered in Ireland, which has some of the lowest corporate tax rates in Europe.

The PNF said the probe, launched in June 2015, aimed to 'check' whether Google Ireland Limited, 'by not declaring part of its activity carried out on French territory... has failed in its tax obligations, notably in terms of company tax and value-added tax'.

Google France received a 'notification' of the investigation back in March 2014, which did not give any precise figures.


Italy has demanded more than €200million from Google, which is accused of perpetrating tax fraud there for years.



A police car leaves the Paris office following officials' search of the premises this morning


It has been raided by French authorities before, in June 2011, during an investigation into transfers to its Irish headquarters.

In January, Google agreed to pay ÂŁ130million in back taxes to Britain, prompting criticism from opposition lawmakers and campaigners.

At the time the U.S. online search firm, which has faced severe criticism of its UK financial arrangements, said the payment would cover back taxes from 2005 to 2015.

OTHER GIANTS IN THE DOCK: MAJOR FIRMS AND CORPORATION TAX
Facebook: The social media titan paid just ÂŁ4,327 in corporation tax in 2014, despite reporting UK revenues of ÂŁ105million.

Apple: The US-based technology firm behind the iPad and the iPhone made ÂŁ34billion in profit during the year to September 2014.

Experts estimate that the UK accounted for ÂŁ1.9billion of that profit, but the firm only paid ÂŁ11.8million in British corporation tax.

Amazon: The online shopping giant took ÂŁ5.3billion in sales from British shoppers in 2014 but paid just ÂŁ11.9million in tax after announcing profits of ÂŁ34.4million.

Starbucks: The coffee chain paid just ÂŁ8.6million of tax over 14 years between 1998 and 2012 when sales totalled ÂŁ3billion.

But latest company filings show it paid ÂŁ8.1million in corporation tax for last year on profits of ÂŁ34.2million.

It also agreed to make changes so that future payments to HM Revenue and Customs will 'reflect the size and scope of our UK business'.

'We have agreed with HMRC a new approach for our UK taxes and will pay ÂŁ130million, covering taxes since 2005,' said a spokeswoman for Google.

'We will now pay tax based on revenue from UK-based advertisers, which reflects the size and scope of our UK business.

'The way multinational companies are taxed has been debated for many years and the international tax system is changing as a result. This settlement reflects that shift and is in line with recent OECD guidance.'

The EU has also been investigating 'tax rulings' by some member states that benefit multinationals.

Brussels is probing online retailer Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg, one of a series of such probes targeting major global firms, including Apple, Starbucks and Fiat.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended the Internet giant's tax practices during a visit to Paris in February.

'We're a global company. We have to abide by tax laws everywhere, we do abide by local tax laws in every single country,' he said.

'We're advocating strongly for a simpler global tax system,' he added.

France has previously refused to negotiate the amount of back taxes it would request, with

However, a source inside France's tax authority said in February that bargaining may still be possible.

'This does not mean that Google will ultimately pay 1.6 billion,' the source told AFP. 'There will be appeals, and perhaps a negotiation in the end, in particular on penalties.'

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6 days ago

Article inside Sony sells most of its media editing tools

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| By Tiko377 - 6 days ago

Sony's quest to get rid of unnecessary businesses continues. The electronics giant has sold off the "majority" of its creative software suite to Magix, a German firm that revolves around pro imaging apps. That's right -- Vegas Pro, Sound Forge Pro and other well-known Sony media editing apps are now in someone else's hands. Sony will still offer its Catalyst broadcast and production tools, but Magix will be handling development and support from here on out.

Magix's exact plans aren't clear, but it already expects to make new versions of Vegas Pro and Movie Studio. It's not just folding the technology into its own software, thankfully. Still, it's an odd move for Sony: the company is giving up its rare advantage of making both video editing software and the cameras to record those videos. It suggests that the costs of competing with the likes of Adobe, Apple and Avid might have been too high.

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1 week ago

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1 week ago

Article inside Top Websites Using Audio Fingerprinting to Secretly Track Web Users

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| By toonice12 - 1 week ago



Despite browsing incognito, blocking advertisements, or hiding your tracks, some websites monitor and track your every move online using a new web-tracking technique called Audio Fingerprinting.

This new fingerprinting technique can be utilized by technology and marketing companies to deliver targeted advertisements as well as by law enforcement to unmask VPN or Anonymous users, without even decrypting the traffic.

Researchers at Princeton University have conducted a massive privacy survey and discovered that Google, through its multiple domains, is tracking users on nearly 80 percent of all Top 1 Million Domains using the variety of tracking and identification techniques.

Out of them, the newest tracking technology unearthed by the researchers is the one based on fingerprinting a machine’s audio stack through the AudioContext API.

"All of the top five third-parties, as well as 12 of the top 20, are Google-owned domains," the researchers note. "In fact, Google, Facebook, and Twitter are the only third-party entities present on more than 10 percent of sites."

The AudioContext API is not collecting audio played or recorded on a machine, but rather harvesting the audio signals of the each machine that is then using it to reveal unique browser and device combinations.

The method has nothing to do with the device's microphone, as it relies on the way a signal is processed.

A third-party tracker uses the AudioContext API to send low-frequency sounds to a user's computer and then measures how the computer processes the data, creating a unique fingerprint based on the hardware and software capabilities of the user's computer.

Here's what the researchers explain:

"A script from the company Liverail checks for the existence of an AudioContext and OscillatorNode to add a single bit of information to a broader fingerprint. More sophisticated scripts process an audio signal generated with an OscillatorNode to fingerprint the device. This technique appears conceptually similar to that of canvas fingerprinting. Audio signals processed on different machines or browsers may have slight differences due to hardware or software differences between the machines while the same combination of machine and browser will produce the same output."

Check Your Audio Fingerprint


The researchers, Assistant Professor Arvind Narayanan and graduate student Steven Englehardt, have created a live demonstration page of the technique. So, if you want to check your audio fingerprint, you can check on the demo page.

The audio fingerprinting technique is not widely adopted but joins a number of other approaches that could be used in combination for tracking users as they browse the Internet.

To carry out measurements to track the trackers, the researchers said they used a custom piece of an open-source software called OpenWPM, which loads sites in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, collecting data on the tracking loaded on each page.

Another widely used method to track online users is fingerprinting technique based on the HTML Canvass API and WebRTC local IP discovery.

From last few years, many websites and third-party trackers are utilizing the fingerprinting power of HTML5 Canvas, which is a HTML element used to dynamically generated an image in your browser’s web page.


 
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1 week ago

Video inside Google's Phone

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| By UnclePhilOH16 - 1 week ago

Its been in development for over a year now but, its almost a reality, 2017 release!



I see you Google....

 
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1 week ago

Video inside It's ya boy Floss, Back again with another Videeoo #M10Review

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2 weeks ago

Video inside Uber’s Very First Self-Driving Car Just Hit the Streets of Pittsburgh

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If you’re driving around Pittsburgh in the coming weeks you might see a strange sight: a car that looks like it should be driven by a superhero. But this is no movie prop — it’s a test car from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh.

The car, a hybrid Ford Fusion, will be collecting mapping data as well as testing its self-driving capabilities. When it’s in self-driving mode, a trained driver will be in the driver’s seat monitoring operations. The Uber ATC car comes outfitted with a variety of sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment.

Real-world testing is critical to our efforts to develop self-driving technology. Self-driving cars have the potential to save millions of lives and improve quality of life for people around the world. 1.3 million people die every year in car accidents — 94% of those accidents involve human error. In the future we believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents. These goals are at the heart of Uber’s mission to make transportation as reliable as running water — everywhere and for everyone.

While Uber is still in the early days of our self-driving efforts, every day of testing leads to improvements. Right now we’re focused on getting the technology right and ensuring it’s safe for everyone on the road — pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers. We’ve informed local officials and law enforcement about our testing in Pittsburgh, and our work would not be possible without the support we’ve received from the region’s leaders.

“From the first steel mills to the laboratories at Pitt and Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh has a long history of innovation. Now we’re taking another step forward, this time as home to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, where some of the world’s leading innovators are helping to shape the future of transportation. We’re excited that Uber has chosen the Steel City as they explore new technologies that can improve people’s lives — through increased road safety, less congestion, and more efficient and smarter cities.”

William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh

Uber chose the Steel City as the home of our Advanced Technologies Center because of its world-class engineering talent and research facilities. Pittsburgh is an ideal environment to develop and test our technology across a wide variety of road types, traffic patterns and weather conditions. The city’s long history of innovation continues today as it helps us shape the future of transportation.

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