Qualcomm and Huawei More Partners Than Rivals

first_imgAs a follow-on to my column about the impacts of the political battle between the United States and China (The Electronics Industry: A Pawn in the US vs. China Chess Game), it appears necessary to address the question of Qualcomm vs. Huawei.Because both companies are technology leaders in the wireless segment and have invested heavily in 5G, they often are pitted against one another in political, financial and even industry discussions. However, the truth is that the two companies complement one another and work together more than they compete against each another. Wireless Standards Due to their different focal points, Qualcomm and Huawei have been working on 5G from different perspectives — Qualcomm primarily from the mobile device side, and Huawei from the infrastructure side.More importantly, both companies have collaborated through the 3GPP to develop future wireless standards. The fact that both have invested heavily in the 5G standards and related technology is a positive for the entire industry, because the heavy investments will continue to accelerate the development and adoption of new wireless technologies.Beyond wireless standards, the two companies have collaborated on mobile devices. Although Huawei has been developing its own Kirin chipsets for use in smartphones and tablets through its wholly owned HiSilicon subsidiary, it uses chipsets from third-parties like MediaTek and Qualcomm for some of its platforms.The third-party chipsets typically have been used in lower-cost mainstream devices. However, Huawei has indicated that it is important to look at all the available technology for each generation of devices, because the devices group should not suffer if the silicon group (HiSilicon) stumbles.At Huawei’s recent analyst summit, Qualcomm was mentioned at least a dozen times as a key partner. So, despite the political rhetoric, the two companies are very close technology partners. Qualcomm and Huawei come from different ends of the wireless ecosystem. While Qualcomm at one time supplied everything from handsets to telco equipment, it always has been focused primarily on providing the technology in the form of intellectual property and chipsets to enable mobile devices. As a result, Qualcomm’s early competitors were other IP and semiconductor suppliers like Texas Instruments and Infineon (now part of Intel).Through the past few wireless generations, many of Qualcomm’s early competitors have exited the market and new ones have arisen, such as MediaTek and Spreadtrum. In addition, many of the leading smartphone vendors, including Apple and Samsung, have started developing their own chipsets to compete with those from Qualcomm.Huawei, on the other hand, entered the market as a telecommunications equipment provider competing against companies like Ericsson, Lucent and Nortel. Today, Huawei is a much more diverse company. It provides a wide variety of products and services, ranging from smartphones to cloud data center services. Despite quickly becoming the third-largest supplier of smartphones worldwide, providing wireless infrastructure equipment remains its anchor business. The same can be said throughout the electronics industry. To do business in China, foreign companies must partner with a Chinese entity, typically resulting in the formation of a new entity as a joint venture. The greatest concern surrounding these agreements is the protection of IP in China.Although IP protection is still a concern, the Chinese government has made great strides in protecting and enforcing IP from foreign entities over the past decade. It appears committed to improving China’s standing in the high-tech segment, especially as Chinese vendors become more prominent in technology IP.It would be almost impossible to develop an electronic solution without leveraging resources from multiple companies in multiple regions, especially the U.S. and China. Most prominent technology companies, like Huawei and Qualcomm, have engineering resources in many countries around the world. Most mobile devices require IP, semiconductor, system design, manufacturing and software resources from other companies around the world.”Coopetition” is a common term among companies in the electronics industry, but for Qualcomm and Huawei, the relationship is less competition than cooperation. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network.center_img IP Protection Different Focuses Jim McGregor has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2017. He is the founder and principal analyst at Tirias Research with more than 30 years of high-tech industry experience. His expertise spans a broad range of product development and corporate strategy functions, such as semiconductor manufacturing, systems engineering, product marketing, marketing communications, brand management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and sales. McGregor worked for Intel, Motorola, ON Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics and General Dynamics Space Systems prior to becoming an industry analyst and In-Stat’s chief technology strategist. Email Jim.last_img read more

Virus Attack on Chipmaker Could Delay Next iPhone

first_imgMove Manufacturing Home? iPhone Delays Possible Consumer Worry What about worries that the TMSC virus could jump from the supply chain into Apple’s products?”Consumers should not be concerned about the security of Apple products any more than usual,” Carson said.”As an organization, Apple is usually very strict on supply chain requirements, and this issue is about supply shipments availability, rather than integrity of parts,” he said.”Consumers should be more concerned about what Internet services they use and register for after they purchase mobile devices,” Carson added.Only the machines making the chips, not the chips themselves, were affected, Tirias’ Krewell explained.”There’s no way to hack an Apple chip design through changing the manufacturing machinery,” he asserted.It appears that no data or confidential information were compromised by the virus, noted Untangle’s Morris.”At this time, there is no reason to believe that any components TSMC manufactures will be affected,” he said. “The only downstream impact to consumers at this time is related to manufacturing delays due to the downtime caused by the incident.” American manufacturers know there are risks to making products overseas. So far, the benefits have outweighed those risks, and a few supply chain hiccups aren’t likely to induce device makers to do something drastic, such as bring manufacturing back to America.”If we look at breaches over the last few years, suppliers in the U.S. are not more or less likely to be hacked than those overseas,” Anupam Sahai, vice president of product management at Cavirin, told TechNewsWorld. Cavirin is a cybersecurity risk and compliance company based in Santa Clara, California.”Moving to the U.S. does not necessarily mean better security, but it would clearly mean the cost of mobile phones would be significantly higher,” maintained Joseph Carson, chief security scientist at Thycotic, a Washington, D.C.-based provider of privileged account management solutions.”Then the question would be, would you pay (US)$2000 for your next iPhone if it was more secure?” he asked.”At the end of the day,” Carson told TechNewsWorld, “most consumers buy ease of use and value versus security, and the industry is focused on what the consumers wants versus what they need.” There no guarantee that products built in the U.S. would be more secure than those built overseas, but there’s no getting away from using parts produced overseas, in any case.Apple may want to manufacture in the U.S., but it still would have to deal with parts from China, noted Jack E. Gold, principal analyst at J.Gold Associates, an IT advisory company in Northborough, Massachusetts.”Any additional security would be mitigated by the worldwide supply chain considerations necessary to build modern products,” he told TechNewsWorld.Some companies are producing high-end products in the U.S., Pund-IT’s King pointed out, but that’s because of concerns over theft of intellectual property, not industrial sabotage or malware.”Unless problems like those experienced by TSMC become more common,” he said, “I expect microprocessor and other vendors will continue to engage with offshore manufacturers like TSMC.” John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.center_img Ripple Effect TSMC makes the A11 processor Apple used in the iPhone X, and it has been making the company’s A12 chip for its next generation of iPhones, which are expected to roll out next month. It remains to be seen if this bump in TSMC’s production schedule will affect the availability of the new iPhones.It’s hard to say if iPhone availability will be delayed, because TSMC hasn’t revealed which production lines the virus infected, said Kevin Krewell, principal analyst at Tirias Research, a research, analysis and advisory services firm based in Mesa, Arizona.”My belief is that this was a transient issue and will not affect long-term production volumes,” he told TechNewsWorld.It is too soon to predict how the incident may affect Apple’s new products, said Charles King, a Hayward, California-based principal analyst with Pund-IT, an advisory and consulting firm.”While production of iPhone chips may have been impacted, whether those effects were enough to delay delivery of upcoming products is purely speculative,” he told TechNewsWorld.Apple did not respond to our request to comment for this story. Trapped in Global Economy A computer virus over the weekend disrupted the operations of the Asian manufacturer that makes chips for the iPhone and other devices offered by top shelf high-tech companies.The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on Sunday said that a virus outbreak Friday evening affected a number of computer systems and fab tools at its facilities in Taiwan.The incident likely will cause shipment delays and create additional costs, the company said, as well as a 3 percent reduction in revenue and a 1 percent decline in gross margins in the third quarter.However, TSMC remained optimistic that it could catch up with lost production in the fourth quarter, and still meet its forecast of high single-digit revenue growth for the year.The degree of infection varied by fab, but 80 percent of the company’s tools affected by the bad software were recovered by Sunday and full recovery was expected by Monday, TMSC explained.The outbreak occurred due to a “misoperation” when a new software tool was being installed. When the tool was connected to the company’s network, the virus began to spread. However, data integrity and confidential information were not compromised by the malware, according to the company. Manufacturing concerns in today’s world are global, so cybersecurity concerns affect companies worldwide, explained Dirk Morris, chief product officer at Untangle, a network security provider for small and mid-sized businesses based in San Jose, California.”This incident highlights the fact that any business that relies on software, especially Internet-connected software, could be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats,” he told TechNewsWorld.Semiconductor manufacturing has been becoming centralized. For example, TSMC builds products for multiple Tier 1 vendors, including Apple, AMD, Nvidia and Qualcomm. That concentration of manufacturing can multiply the impact of incidents like this weekend’s virus attack.”It’s becoming increasingly likely that a single event could ripple through multiple supply chains,” King said.”It’s notable that TSMC stated that it had prepared for this eventuality, and the company appears to have things well in hand,” he added, “but that doesn’t mean that future events or actions against other suppliers won’t be more disruptive.”The TMSC situation reinforces what old supply chain hands already know.”Just like any industry in high tech, you need to diversify your supply chain to ensure you can continue to deliver products to your customers in the event one of your suppliers is impacted by a major service disruption,” Thycotic’s Carson advised.last_img read more

NASA Twins Study Extended spaceflight has small transient effect on the gut

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 12 2019A year in space seems to have a small but significant, transient effect on the gut microbiome, according to a new paper on the NASA Twins Study published in the journal Science.The microbiome findings, authored by a team of researchers in Chicago, are among the results from 10 other research teams examining how the human body responds to spaceflight that are reported in the paper.Stefan Green, director of the Sequencing Core at the University of Illinois at Chicago and one of the first authors on the paper, managed the genetic sequencing and analysis of the gut microbes collected from the twins before, during and after one of the twins spent nearly a year on the International Space Station.While hundreds of humans have flown in space before, there is little data on how space flight longer than a few months impacts health and the body. The goal of the NASA Twins Study is to determine the physiological and psychological health impacts of long-duration spaceflight by comparing the effect of space on one twin to the impact of the Earth environment on a genetically matched sibling.The twins involved in the study were astronaut Scott Kelly, who flew a year-long mission aboard the International Space Station which ended in March 2016, and his twin brother, Mark Kelly, also an astronaut, who stayed on Earth while his brother was in orbit. The two brothers, who were 50 years old at the time of the study, provided biological samples and underwent a battery of cognitive and physical exams before, during and after Scott’s flight.Teams of researchers from around the nation analyzed the data and report their findings on the biochemical, cognitive, ocular, genetic, physiological, immunological and other changes in the Science paper.The Chicago-based researchers, led by Fred Turek of Northwestern University and including researchers from Rush University, focused on analyzing changes in the twins’ gut microbiomes. Green, together with colleagues George Chlipala and Mark Maienschein-Cline in UIC’s Research Informatics Core, sequenced DNA extracted from bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes present in fecal swabs collected from the twins before, during and after Scott’s year-long mission on the space station.”Our role in the NASA Twins Study was to sequence as well as analyze the findings from the gastrointestinal microbiomes of the twins, and to place these analyses in context with the results from other teams,” Green said.The gut microbiota helps digest food, fights infections and plays an important role in keeping the immune system healthy. It is greatly influenced by genetics, stress, diet and other environmental factors. Previous research has implicated an unhealthy or unbalanced microbiota as a contributing factor to metabolic disorders, including obesity and diabetes. The species that make up an individual’s gut microbiota, as well as their abundance, can be identified by stool sample or fecal swab analysis.Related StoriesDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaHighlights and key takeaways from the 2019 Boston Bacterial Meeting (BBM)Plant foods may transmit antibiotic-resistant superbugs to humansFecal swabs were collected from both twins twice before Scott’s departure from Earth, four times during Scott’s time on the space station and then three times upon his return to Earth.”There seems to be a small but significant effect on the microbiome caused by spaceflight; however, the makeup of Scott’s gut microbiome returned to his baseline pretty quickly upon his return to Earth,” Green said. “Whether the changes are due to the different food, microgravity, or radiation we can’t say definitively, but I believe the effect was caused by differences in what he was eating while in flight. An astronaut’s diet consists of mainly freeze-dried or thermo-stabilized prepackaged food.”One of the changes Green and his group noticed was a shift during flight in the ratio of two dominant phyla of bacteria: the Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes. Scott’s ratio between these two phyla changed while he was in space, with the ratio of these two phyla increasing about five-fold relative to his baseline. But at no time during the spaceflight were the ratios outside the norms of what you would expect in healthy individuals, Green explained. And, Scott’s ratios rapidly returned to where they were before his space mission once he returned to Earth.Green and colleagues also saw no changes in levels of microbial diversity during Scott’s time on the space station.”Diversity remained constant for Scott during his time in space, and this is, from my perspective, a positive finding suggesting substantial resilience and robustness in the gastrointestinal microbiota,” he said.According to Green, knowing about changes to the microbiome in space is important, in part because if diversity or key species are lost, there are fewer sources to replenish them. He says isolation and confinement are some of the main obstacles related to long-duration missions, and these factors could negatively affect the astronaut gut microbiome.”The overall small and transient effect of extended spaceflight on the gut microbiome we saw in Scott is very promising and suggests that microbial diversity and function can be maintained on even longer flights,” Green said. “This should be taken in context, however, of the fact that this is a study of a single individual in low Earth orbit, and future studies are needed to confirm this finding.”Green is also part of other NASA-funded studies examining the effects of spaceflight, including an ongoing study of effects of the space environment on the gut microbiota of mice as part of ‘Rodent Research-7’ mission. Source:https://today.uic.edu/nasa-twins-study-a-year-in-space-has-little-effect-on-gut-microbiomelast_img read more

Sigma Chi announces new 20million pledge to HCF for womens cancer research

first_imgSigma Chi International Fraternity is proud of our philanthropic partnership with Huntsman Cancer Foundation. We believe in our mantra – we are the generation to end cancer – and we are excited to be supporting women’s cancer research, treatment and wellness with this $20 million pledge.”Tommy Geddings, Sigma Chi Grand Consul These young men and women give me optimism about the future. They have already used their collective power to raise more than $10 million for cancer research. And they are just getting started. This is truly remarkable and we are grateful.”Susan Sheehan, President & COO of HCF Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 29 2019Today, Sigma Chi International Fraternity announced a new $20-million pledge to Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF), dedicated to and used for women’s cancer research, treatment and wellness at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). The announcement came during the fraternity’s biennial Grand Chapter conference in Salt Lake City. This pledge follows an $11 million pledge made in 2015, the largest to date in the history of men’s fraternities.This September, HCI will break ground on the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers. Set to open its doors in 2022, this expansion will increase inpatient capacity by 50%, double the wellness and survivorship services, and include “one-stop” screening and treatment services for women’s cancers. Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerSince 2005, HCF has been the preferred philanthropic partner for Sigma Chi International Fraternity. Since that time, Sigma Chi chapters across North America have raised more than $10 million for cancer research at HCI. For the 2018-2019 school year, chapters raised $2.2 million, the highest yearly total to date.”Sigma Chis are proving today that fraternity is not just about socializing – it’s about something so much more than that,” said David Huntsman, Significant Sig, PENNSYLVANIA 1992, “And through their support of HCI, Sigma Chis are proving that they truly can have an impact on lives not only all around the country, but all around the world.”One out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Sigma Chi fundraising relies on partnerships with campus sororities to help in its fundraising efforts each year. This pledge is an acknowledgment of the importance of the role of women in their lives and in their fundraising efforts. More than 240 chapters participate in fundraising efforts each year centering around a “Derby Days” week of Sigma Chi chapter-sponsored activities. Source:Huntsman Cancer Institutelast_img read more

New technology could improve surgical outcomes for cancer patients

first_imgThe team has recently secured funding for a project on colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment under the Project Ireland 2040 Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund in collaboration with leading cancer surgeon Professor Ronan Cahill in the Mater University Hospital, UCD and Dublin based industry partners IBM-research and Deciphex.The project will look at combining tissues responsive probes, artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform medical care for colorectal cancer patients. Source:RCSIJournal reference:Wu, D. et al. (2019) RGD conjugated cell uptake off to on responsive NIR-AZA fluorophores: applications toward intraoperative fluorescence guided surgery. Chemical Science. doi.org/10.1039/C9SC02197C. At the moment, this is science. A clinical trial is our next goal and that would allow the full potential of this discovery to be realized for patients, enhancing detection of life-threatening diseases and improving outcomes of surgical procedures.” Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 8 2019A study led by researchers at RCSI’s Department of Chemistry has the potential to help surgeons more accurately remove tumors and detect cancer in lymph nodes during surgery. The research, led by RCSI Professor of Chemistry Donal O’Shea, has been published in Chemical Science.Bringing together expertise in chemistry and biotechnology, the research team has identified the potential benefit of fluorescence imaging as a way of detecting cancer cells during surgery, developing a probe that lights up when it detects cancer.Related StoriesBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedAccording to Professor O’Shea, “This is a very significant development which has the potential to transform the surgical management of cancer, improving outcomes for patients. Almost 60% of all cancer patients will undergo surgery as part of their treatment.””A new technology that could improve surgical outcomes by giving the surgical team real-time, informative images during the surgical procedure would have a wide-ranging and sustained impact on the care of cancer patients.”Addressing the next steps, Professor O’Shea said:last_img read more

Researchers identify possible role of polyphosphate in dialysisrelated amyloidosis

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 8 2019Long-term dialysis treatment is tough on the body in many ways, but one of the most serious complications is dialysis-related amyloidosis, a disease characterized by abnormal buildup of protein aggregates—called amyloid fibrils—in joints, tissues and organs.Although there is no cure, recent research by Osaka University researchers sheds light on how amyloid fibrils form and aggregate, thereby allowing the identification of new therapeutic and preventive avenues to further improve the lives of sufferers.In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Osaka University researchers have identified that polyphosphate (polyP), which is a naturally occurring polymer in the body and a food and drink additive, induces the formation of amyloid fibrils from β2 microglobulin proteins.PolyPs play an important role in life as storage of phosphorous. When kidney function is normal, β2 microglobulin serum blood levels remain low. However, β2 microglobulin are not efficiently removed from the body in advanced stages of kidney disease. The implementation of dialysis further accentuates this problem, because β2 microglobulin is inable to pass through the dialysis membrane to be filtered. Because blood concentration of β2 microglobulin is higher when dialysis is used, the increased level of β2 microglobulin is the most important risk factor. However, the detailed mechanism triggering amyloid formation remains unclear. We wanted to investigate the effects of polyPs, compounds recently reported to be effective for other amyloid proteins, on the formation of amyloid fibrils from β2 microglobulin in an effort to learn how we may prevent it.”Dr. Yuji Goto Related StoriesScientists develop new class of drugs to treat hereditary kidney diseaseObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantAn 84-year-old man saves neighbor’s life, becomes oldest living kidney donor in the U.S.To do this, the researchers monitored the effect of polyP on the formation of amyloid fibrils from β2 microglobulin under acid and neutral conditions. Under acidic conditions, low polyP concentrations resulted in protein aggregates with an amyiloid-fibril structure but high polyP concentrations induced unstructured (or amorphous) aggregates.”The results observed under acidic conditions were characteristic of a competitive mechanism,” explains Chun-ming Zhang, previous graduate student of the Institute for Protein Research at Osaka University. “Based on this, we hypothesized that the tendency to form amyloid fibrils or amorphous aggregates is dependent upon the chemical environment.”However, under normal pH conditions, the results were quite different. The amyloid fibrils that formed were thicker; polyPs promoted amyloid fibril formation through protein aggregation by salting-out effects.This is the first evidence resolving how polyPs affect amyloid formation at different pH. These findings have clinical application potential because monitoring polyP levels in people receiving long-term hemodialysis could provide information regarding an individual’s risk of dialysis-related amyloidosis. Source:Osaka UniversityJournal reference:Zhang, C. et al. (2019) Possible mechanisms of polyphosphate-induced amyloid fibril formation of β2-microglobulin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1819813116.last_img read more

Amazon ignores Trumps attacks as it molds a business empire

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Trump has hurled one charge after another at the company over the last week. He’s assailed Amazon’s contract with the U.S. Postal Service as a “scam,” accused the company of not paying enough taxes, and declared that its large lobbying operation gives it an unfair advantage. Much of this isn’t new for Trump, who suggested during the presidential campaign that Amazon could face antitrust scrutiny if he were elected.Trump’s attacks have targeted what Amazon is best known for: rapidly shipping just about any product you can imagine to your door. But the company CEO Jeff Bezos founded more than two decades ago is now a sprawling empire that sells groceries in brick-and-mortar stores, hosts the online services of other companies and federal offices in a network of data centers, and even recently branched into health care.Amazon relies on a nearly 30-member in-house lobbying team that’s four times as large as it was three years ago as well as outside firms to influence the lawmakers and federal regulators who can help determine its success. The outside roster includes a retired congressman from Washington state who was a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee when he stepped down.”Amazon is just not on an even playing field,” Trump told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One. “They have a tremendous lobbying effort, in addition to having The Washington Post, which is as far as I’m concerned another lobbyist. But they have a big lobbying effort, one of the biggest, frankly, one of the biggest.”Overall, Amazon spent $15.6 million on lobbying in 2017. That’s less than Boeing, Comcast and AT&T spent during the same period, according to the political money website Open Secrets.Amazon does not own the Post. Bezos does. He and the newspaper have previously declared that Bezos isn’t involved in any journalistic decisions.Trump’s charge that Amazon pays “little or no taxes” may have merit. Matthew Gardner, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, said in February that Amazon “has built its business model on tax avoidance.” Amazon reported $5.6 billion of U.S. profits in 2017 “and didn’t pay a dime of federal income taxes on it,” according to Gardner. Citation: Amazon ignores Trump’s attacks as it molds a business empire (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-trump-tweets-amazon-business-empire.html The company declined to comment on Trump’s remarks or its lobbying operations.Amazon has grown rapidly since it launched in 1995 as a site that sold books. It has changed the way people buy paper towels, diapers or just about anything else. And its ambitions go far beyond online shopping: its Alexa voice assistant is in tablets, cars and its Echo devices; it runs the Whole Foods grocery chain; the company produces movies and TV shows and it designs its own brands of furniture and clothing.The company is in the midst of launching an independent business with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway that is seeking to lower health care costs for employees at the three companies. Given the three players’ outsize influence the alliance has the potential to shake up how Americans shop for health care and the initiative sent a shudder through the industry when it was announced in January.Amazon Web Services is angling for a much larger share of the federal government’s market for cloud computing, which allows massive amounts of data to be stored and managed on remote servers. The CIA signed a $600 million deal with Amazon in 2013 to build a system to share secure data across the U.S. intelligence community.A partner of Amazon Web Services, the Virginia-based Rean Cloud LLC, in February scored what appeared to be a lucrative cloud computing contract from the Pentagon. But the contract, initially projected to be worth as much as $950 million, was scaled back to $65 million after Amazon’s competitors complained about the award.Lobbying disclosure records filed with the House and Senate show Amazon is engaged on a wide variety of other issues, from trade to transportation to telecommunications. The company also lobbied lawmakers and federal agencies on the testing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Amazon has been exploring the use of drones for deliveries, but current federal rules restrict flying beyond the operator’s line of sight.The $15.6 million Amazon spent on lobbying last year was $2.6 million more than in 2016, according to the disclosure records. The bulk of the money—$12.8 million—went for Amazon’s in-house lobbying team. The nearly 30-member unit is led by Brian Huseman, who worked previously as chief of staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a Justice Department trial attorney.As most large corporations do, Amazon also employs outside lobbying firms—as many as 14 in 2017.In Amazon’s corner is former Washington congressman Norm Dicks of the firm Van Ness Feldman. Dicks was serving as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee when he ended his 36-year congressional career in 2013. He represented the company on information technology matters and “issues related to cloud computing usage by the federal government,” according to the records, which show Van Ness Feldman earned $160,000 from Amazon last year. Online retail giant Amazon is ignoring Donald Trump’s barrage of taunts and threats, focusing instead on expanding its reach into a swath of industries that the president’s broadsides haven’t come close to hitting. Trump targets Amazon again in new tweets President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One for a trip to White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., for an event on tax policy, Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) read more

AI for code encourages collaborative open scientific discovery

first_img Explore further We can think of the semantic flow graph we extract as a single data point, just like an image or a paragraph of text, on which to perform further higher-level tasks. With the representation we have developed, we can enable several useful functionalities for practicing data scientists, including intelligent search and auto-completion of analyses, recommendation of similar or complementary analyses, visualization of the space of all analyses conducted on a particular problem or dataset, translation or style transfer, and even machine generation of novel data analyses (i.e. computational creativity)—all predicated on the truly semantic understanding of what the code does.The Data Science Ontology is written in a new ontology language we have developed named Monoidal Ontology and Computing Language (Monocl). This line of work was initiated in 2016 in partnership with the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Provided by IBM More information: E. Patterson et al. Dataflow representation of data analyses: Toward a platform for collaborative data science, IBM Journal of Research and Development (2017). DOI: 10.1147/JRD.2017.2736278 Credit: IBM Credit: IBM Credit: IBM Citation: AI for code encourages collaborative, open scientific discovery (2018, August 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ai-code-collaborative-scientific-discovery.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Using machine learning to detect software vulnerabilities Credit: IBM We have seen significant recent progress in pattern analysis and machine intelligence applied to images, audio and video signals, and natural language text, but not as much applied to another artifact produced by people: computer program source code. In a paper to be presented at the FEED Workshop at KDD 2018, we showcase a system that makes progress towards the semantic analysis of code. By doing so, we provide the foundation for machines to truly reason about program code and learn from it. This story is republished courtesy of IBM Research. Read the original story here. Semantic flow graph representation produced automatically from an analysis of rheumatoid arthritis data. Credit: IBM The work, also recently demonstrated at IJCAI 2018, is conceived and led by IBM Science for Social Good fellow Evan Patterson and focuses specifically on data science software. Data science programs are a special kind of computer code, often fairly short, but full of semantically rich content that specifies a sequence of data transformation, analysis, modeling, and interpretation operations. Our technique executes a data analysis (imagine an R or Python script) and captures all of the functions that are called in the analysis. It then connects those functions to a data science ontology we have created, performs several simplification steps, and produces a semantic flow graph representation of the program. As an example, the flow graph below is produced automatically from an analysis of rheumatoid arthritis data.The technique is applicable across choices of programming language and package. The three code snippets below are written in R, Python with the NumPy and SciPy packages, and Python with the Pandas and Scikit-learn packages. All produce exactly the same semantic flow graph.last_img read more

Unraveling the tangled web of online television

first_img New guidelines produced to help parents ensure safe use of social media among children Provided by University of Huddersfield In Online TV, Catherine Johnson—who is Professor of Media and Communications at the University—provides a guide to changes that have taken place since the arrival of high-speed broadband, tablets, smartphones and internet-enabled TV sets. It has been a period of particular volatility, she writes.”Trying to make sense of television in the internet era can be likened to the task of unravelling a tangled ball of wool. All the strands seem to be inextricably interconnected, but in ways that are not clear or visible and it can be difficult to know where to begin.”Her goal is to offer “conceptual models that provide a clearer language with which to analyse changes that are taking place to television in the internet age”. The book identifies and analyses four core “battlefields” where the industrial struggle for online TV is taking place—technology, intellectual property, interfaces and data. She argues that these battlefields should be high on the agenda of policy makers, regulators, industry and academics.Professor Johnson provides a definition of online TV as services that “provide access to editorially-selected audiovisual content through internet-connected devices with a closed infrastructure, and privilege viewing over other forms of activity”.This means that online TV—because it is editorially selected—is differentiated from the likes of YouTube and Facebook, and shares characteristics with earlier forms of television, according to Professor Johnson.”History teaches us that there are never massive revolutions and there is always continuity amidst the change,” she says. “In the book, I argue that we can have a definition of television that accounts for things like Netflix, iPlayer and other on-demand players, and also the older, linear television channels.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Book cover. Credit: University of Huddersfield Citation: Unraveling the tangled web of online television (2019, April 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-unraveling-tangled-web-online-television.html Once it was just the gogglebox in the sitting room with a few broadcast channels to choose from and no chance to catch-up on programmes that had been missed. But in the internet age it can be difficult to know what is meant by “television” any more, according to a University of Huddersfield professor whose latest book helps readers reach a clearer understanding of a new landscape in which a huge range of content can be chosen and viewed on a multiplicity of devices. Online television—does the viewer really have control of what they view?Professor Johnson expects there will be continued volatility because of the dominance of the technology industry and its business model of constant innovation. “The industry likes to say that the viewer has more control because in today’s world we can watch television where we want, when we want and how we want,” said Professor Johnson. Her response in the book is to examine how the online TV industry is actually using interfaces, algorithms, intellectual property and technology to try and constrain the agency of viewers.”Viewers still have the ability to be disruptive in various ways. So it is a kind of battle, but I challenge the industry rhetoric that today the viewer has complete control,” said Professor Johnson.She contemplates the role of the BBC, the future of public service broadcasting and of programme making that reflects the diversity of Britain’s regions.”It is unlikely that big commercial companies like Netflix, operating global businesses, are going to produce diverse regional programmes. Netflix has produced The Crown—its attempt at British content—but that’s about the elite and will sell well overseas, but it’s not about what it’s like to live in Huddersfield!”The new book Online TV builds on Professor Johnson’s previous research into the changing nature of screen culture. She has authored or co-authored the books Promotional Screen Industries, Branding Television and Telefantasy, and she has co-edited the first academic book on the history of ITV.At the University of Huddersfield, in addition to her research, she will teach on the new MA in Participatory Culture and Social Media and is developing an undergraduate module on Streaming Media. Catherine Johnson. Credit: University of Huddersfieldlast_img read more

Seattle NHL team names Hall of Famer Ron Francis as GM report

first_img Related News Francis, who won two Stanley Cup championships as a player with the Penguins in the early 1990s, also played with the Whalers, Hurricanes and Maple Leafs.As GM with the Hurricanes, Francis posted a 137-138-53 mark. He earned kudos for helping develop and acquire players such as Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, although Carolina failed to make the playoffs during his tenure there. Seattle’s new NHL team to have AHL affiliate in Palm Springs, report says According to the Times, Francis’ deal is “likely” for five years. Seattle, the 32nd franchise in the NHL, begins play in the 2021-22 season.In addition to Francis’ duties in filling out front office positions and hiring a coach, he’ll also be responsible for helping the team choose a name. The TImes reports a decision on that is expected later this year. Seattle’s NHL franchise has reached terms with a big name as its first general manager, landing hall of famer Ron Francis, according to the Seattle Times.Francis, 56, played 22 seasons in the league and is still the fifth-leading scorer in NHL history with 1,798 points. He’s best known in recent years for his status as an executive and minority investor with the Carolina Hurricanes, and he served as the team’s GM from 2014 until his termination in 2018.last_img read more

LS adjourned till 2 pm

first_imgJanuary 03, 2019 RELATED Triple talaq bill needed greater scrutiny, says Opposition SHARE Published on Lok Sabha proceedings was adjourned till 2 PM, minutes after the lower house assembled again at noon.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the lower house till 2 pm after warning protesting members and suspending some of them for the next four days.PTI adds:Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended unruly members of the AIADMK and TDP for repeatedly disrupting proceedings in Lok Sabha.This was the second time the house was adjourned in the day. Earlier, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon following ruckus created by MPs from the AIADMK and the TDP over various issues.Despite 24 members of the AIADMK being suspended on Wednesday by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for unruly behaviour, seven party members trooped into the Well, holding placards and shouting slogans against construction of a dam across the Cauvery river. They also flung papers in the air. The AIADMK has 37 members in the House.The TDP members were also in the Well as they sought to raise the issue related to Andhra Pradesh.A peeved Mahajan warned the protesting members and asked them to go back to their seats. “This is not fair… I will have to name you,” she said. Together, there were more than 15 members from both the parties in the Well.Two questions were taken up during the Question Hour even as the members continued to shout slogans.Members from the Congress wanted to raise the Sabarimala issue and Mahajan told them that the matter can be raised later. Ruckus continues in House over Rafale, Cauvery COMMENT COMMENTS All set for debate on triple talaq Bill in Lok Sabha SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Calcutta High Court refuses to pass interim order on doctors strike

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Junior doctors’ stir in West Bengal enters 4th day The Calcutta High Court on Friday refused to pass any interim order on the strike by junior doctors at state-run hospitals in protest against the attack on two of their colleagues by family members of a patient. A division bench comprising Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Suvra Ghosh asked the state government to persuade the striking doctors to resume work and provide usual services to patients. The court also directed the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government to apprise it of the steps taken following the attack on the junior doctors at a city hospital on Monday night. The Chief Justice, during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), reminded the striking doctors of the ‘Hippocratic Oath’ they take to ensure the welfare of all patients. The bench fixed June 21 for further hearing of the petition. Junior doctors across all state-run hospitals in West Bengal have called for a strike, demanding adequate security in medical colleges and hospitals, after two of their colleagues were brutally beaten up at NRS Medical College and Hospital in the city. Emergency wards, outdoor facilities, pathological units of many state-run medical colleges and hospitals and a number of private medical facilities in the state have remained closed over the past three days in the wake of the protest. Kolkata AIIMS resident docs to boycott work on Friday RELATED COMMENT June 14, 2019 Delhi Medical Association doctors protest to express solidarity with their colleagues in Kolkata, in New Delhi, on Friday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena strike SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

India to raise concern over escalating USIran tension during Pompeo visit

first_imgThe growing tension between the US and Iran is a cause of concern for India as it has a long and legitimate interest in maintaining stability as well as peace in the region and the issue will be discussed with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, an official said.India is also engaging with the US on alternatives for oil imports in view of the US sanction on Iran and this, too, will feature prominently in Pompeo’s meeting with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Wednesday, the official said.“We are engaging with the US on alternatives of oil imports in view of US sanction on Iran. India’s decision will be guided by its security needs,” the official said.Pompeo, who is arriving in Delhi on Tuesday evening, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning before his bilateral with Jaishankar.On the escalating tension between Iran and the US, with both countries issuing fresh threats to each other, the official said that the US will be urged to do its bit in cooling down the matter. “The situation in the region is a matter of concern for us not only because of what is happening there but also due to the Diaspora that we have there. We have strong and legitimate interest in maintaining stability and peace in the region. We will speak to Secretary Pompeo about this serious matter,” the official said.India has also been speaking to the Iranians and asking both sides to de-escalate and refrain from any action, he added.On US’ views against India’s S-400 missile deal with Russia, the official said that Washington has been given the message that India will honour it. “We have a long-standing defence relationship with Russia. US is well aware of the system and as to why India has gone ahead with the S-400 deal,” the official said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL US Secretary of State Pompeo to discuss ways to strengthen strategic, trade ties with India Will seek alternatives for oil imports RELATED COMMENT June 25, 2019 SHARE Published on Iran USA Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, USA COMMENTSlast_img read more

Fresh bout of bickering reveals cracks in Rajasthan Congress

first_imgpolitical candidates SHARE COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT state politicscenter_img June 04, 2019 Published on The Congress is facing fresh crisis in Rajasthan after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said in a TV interview that his Deputy and PCC president Sachin Pilot should take the responsibility for my the defeat of his son and the party’s candidate in Jodhpur, Vaibhav Gehlot.Congress leaders in the State see the interview as a clear message from Gehlot against any dissident activity against him.Officially, the Congress and Gehlot blamed media for creating unnecessary issues.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “Gehlot talked about the collective responsibility of the government and party for the failure. A section of the media has become blind admirers of the BJP. They don’t hear anything but the songs of praise for the BJP.”Gehlot, too, tweeted a part of the interview where he talks about the collective responsibility.A Congress leader from Rajasthan, however, termed the interview as surprising. “It was quite immature of Gehlot to say that. The Congress in Rajasthan hasn’t seen such rivalry in its history. Gehlot has made it clear that he doesn’t want Pilot neither in the organisation nor in the government,” the leader said.Pilot camp irkedGehlot’s statement has irked the camp belonging to Pilot. Pilot is likely to apprise the party leadership in Delhi about the recent developments. Pilot’s camp believes Congress President Rahul Gandhi made a mistake by making Gehlot the Chief Minister. They believe that it was Pilot’s hard work that brought the party to power and inability of Gehlot hampered the party’s chances in the Lok Sabha polls. Gandhi’s criticism that Gehlot was more keen on the victory of his son is also seen as a “positive response” by the faction led by Pilot.The fight between both the leaders have resulted in public bickering. “The BJP is making every efforts to unseat Gehlot,” said another Congress leader owing allegiance to Pilot. Pilot’s camp has given an impression that the bickering is backed by the BJP.Meanwhile, Congress MLA and ex-DGP Harish Meena had launched a hunger strike against the State government over the death of a tractor driver, who died allegedly after being thrashed by the police. BJP leaders also supported the protest. Deputy CM Pilot should take responsibility for my son’s defeat, says Ashok Gehlotlast_img read more

Congress must find a new president at the earliest says Scindia

first_imgJyotiraditya Scindia, Congress leader (File photo) SHARE SHARE EMAIL politics This is a serious time for the Congress, he said Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said that the party needs to “reinvent” itself and stressed on finding a new president “at the earliest”.“We had never imagined that Rahul Gandhi, who not only led the Congress but also the country’s people, would leave his post. This is a serious time for the Congress,” Scindia told reporters in reply to a question here.New leadership The former union minister said efforts to persuade Gandhi to continue leading the party had failed. “Our effort was to convince Rahulji to continue. But, Rahulji remains firm on whatever decision he takes and I am proud of that. We have to search a new party president. A lot of time has elapsed. Now, we cannot allow more time to pass,” said Scindia, who himself lost the Lok Sabha election from his traditional seat Guna in Madhya Pradesh.Scindia said the decision on a new Congress chief should be taken “at the earliest” and opportunity given to a leader who can infuse a new energy into the party.Asked about his name figuring in the race for AICC president, Scindia said, “Deciding about the party president would be a collective decision. The Congress Working Committee would take a decision. We all have to take a decision together,” he said.Asked about the future role of Gandhi, Scindia said, “Rahul ji will decide his own role. The Congress party wanted to see him as party president but his decision has also to be respected.”Time to ‘reinvent’ On the way forward for the country’s oldest political party, Scindia, who had resigned as AICC General Secretary citing accountability, said the Congress now needs to reinvent and revive itself. “A time comes when every organisation needs to reinvent and reinvigorate itself and this time has come for the Congress. We must win faith, love and blessings of the people of the country.”Before talking to reporters in the Vidhan Sabha premises, Scindia watched the proceedings of the state assembly, which is having its monsoon session, for about an hour from the speakers gallery. SHARE Published oncenter_img COMMENTS Indian National Congress COMMENT July 11, 2019last_img read more

Vintage Federer holds off Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

first_img Related News Tennis 10 Jul 2019 Factbox: Roger Federer versus Kei Nishikori LONDON (Reuters) – Even for the two players vying for the title of GOAT (Greatest of All Time) it was perhaps greedy to expect them to produce a blockbuster to compare with their previous duel at Wimbledon.They are human after all.No one was complaining though as Swiss great Roger Federer produced a vintage display to beat old adversary Rafael Nadal 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 and reach his 31st Grand Slam final and 12th at the All England Club he has claimed as his own backyard.Unlike the 2008 final, widely regarded as the greatest ever at Wimbledon, when claycourt king Nadal snapped Federer’s five-year reign in a five-set epic ending in near darkness and a blaze of flashbulbs, Friday’s match was less damaging to the fingernails of those rooting for each man. The 40th chapter of their rivalry, the third-most prolific in the professional era, was compelling enough though.There was barely a cigarette paper between the two gladiators in a high-quality opening set crackling with tension.Then, at the climax to the match, Nadal, fighting as only he knows how, threatened to ambush Federer’s quest for a record-equalling ninth Wimbledon singles title by saving four match points before Federer took his place in Sunday’s showpiece.Federer, who will be 38 next month, is the oldest men’s singles finalist since Ken Rosewall in 1974 and will now face old foe Novak Djokovic, the top seed and holder, seeking to avenge his losses to the Serb in the 2014 and 2015 finals.EFFERVESCENT SWISSThe effervescent Swiss will need to reproduce the kind of all-out attacking tennis that allowed him to dominate Nadal, apart from a 36-minute second-set capitulation.Federer struck 51 winners as the Spaniard suffered a second successive Wimbledon semi-final defeat, having fallen fractionally short to Djokovic in a classic a year ago.”I’m exhausted. It was tough at the end,” 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who beat Nadal for only the fourth time in their 14 clashes at majors, said after receiving a standing ovation from his adoring Centre Court fans.”Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match. The match was played at a very high level. It was a joy to play today. I hope I can push (Djokovic) to the brink and hopefully beat him but it’s going to be very difficult.”I’m very excited to say the least.”The 33-year-old Nadal was understandably deflated. Having won his 12th French Open title last month, he had looked fired-up to win his third Wimbledon crown and first since 2010.”I had my chances but he played a little bit better than me,” said the third seed. “He played aggressive, he played a great match, well done. I think at the end of the match I started to play much better, no? But was late.”TWO GLADIATORSHalf an hour after Djokovic had battled past Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, fans flocked back to their Centre Court seats and the giant screen on ‘Henman Hill’ to witness a duel that had been on the cards from the moment number two seed Federer and Nadal were placed in the same half of the draw.Only five points went against serve in the first seven games as the two gladiators settled into their groove.It took a tiebreak to separate them with Federer taking five points in a row to grab the first set — prompting Nadal to disappear for a bathroom break.The second was a complete contrast as Federer lost focus and Nadal, who has won 18 majors, levelled the match in 36 minutes.Federer’s fans need not have fretted though. He won a close-quarters exchange to break for 3-1 in the third, then battled back from 15-40 in the next game, winning a ferocious 25-stroke rally on the way to consolidating his advantage.Two more service holds put him within a set of victory and the Swiss turned the screw in the fourth set as Nadal faded.The Spanish warrior was never going to slink away without a fight though. He clung on at 3-5, saving two match points, then had a break point as Federer served for the match.The ice cool Swiss fended that off, then unloaded everything in his arsenal at Nadal in two more match points, only to have victory snatched away by two sublime winners off the indefatigable Spaniard’s racket.A fifth match point arrived and this time Nadal swung a backhand over the baseline and Federer pumped his arms above his head to celebrate, with David Beckham echoing most people’s thoughts as he mouthed “unbelievable” in the Royal Box. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris) Tennis 07 Jun 2019 Factbox: Roger Federer v Rafael Nadalcenter_img Related News Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Pella downs Raonic to reach first major quarter-final {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Call for more ESG investment opportunities

first_img Related News KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia should create more environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment opportunities, similar to those which have been done successfully in line with the growth of the Islamic finance market, says Maybank Investment Bank Bhd chief executive officer Fad’l Mohamed.“We have already embarked on the ship sailing towards a more sustainable future. “It is not a zero-sum game – indeed, sustainable investing has and continues to prove its significance to business decision makers and shareholders alike,” Fad’l said at the The Evolution of ESG Investing Conference hosted by Maybank and Bursa Malaysia Bhd here yesterday.To date, about US$31 trillion of assets under management are invested using sustainable strategies – an increase of 35% in just two years. Corporate News 11 Jul 2019 Govt to call for more large-scale solar power tenders In Malaysia, the ESG trend has started to take place with the country’s large asset owners, namely the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP), Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Corston-Smith Asset Management Sdn Bhd.These companies are the signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), which demonstrated their commitment to responsible investments to advocate a more sustainable financial system.Bursa Malaysia CEO Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift said more public-listed companies and agencies in the country were taking strong interests in ESG investing and reporting, adding that “they are making voluntary announcements and disclosure of information beyond what is mandated under the rules.”He pointed out that “we reviewed the first batch of sustainability disclosures issued by public-listed companies with market cap of RM2bil and above and we saw an overall average compliance level of 91% among the same companies.” Meanwhile, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin, who officiated the conference, said the government would be announcing more bids for large-scale solar (LSS) power projects worth RM2bil by the end of 2020. “There will be some changes on how we will tender the LSS project. “It all be more innovative and hopefully it would be able to drive the cost even lower compared to what we are seeing now,” added Yeo.However, she did not reveal the specific details on the tenders. Earlier this year, the Pakatan Harapan government had called for bids for projects worth RM2bil under the under the third round of the large-scale solar (LSS3) scheme to increase electricity generation from renewable energy.Yeo noted that LSS3 would be commercialised in the next two to three years. “Next year, we are also opening for more LSS,” she said. Given that 719 companies have participated in the tender, she said it would be “a very fierce competition” among players. The submission for proposals will be closed mid-August this year. Besides that, Yeo reiterated that the government would be replacing the Environmental Quality Act 1974 with a new Act, which would be known as Pollution Control Act, pushing for stiffer punishments for those who pollute the environment.On whether the new Act may add costs to businesses, she noted that it would not have a big impact for businesses, saying that the government would present the cost figures during a town hall meeting for the new Act next month. In early March this year, around 6,000 Pasir Gudang residents were affected when the illegal dumping of chemical substances into Sungai Kim Kim released toxic fumes in the area. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Fu: Investment opportunities aplenty along BRI routes Fad’l: It is not a zero-sum game – indeed, sustainable investing has and continues to prove its significance to business decision makers and shareholders alike. Related News Tags / Keywords: Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 Maybank IB adjudged AsiaPac’s best Islamic investment bank, Sukuk adviser Investment , ESG {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Huawei rolls out its Freelace Bluetooth earphones at RM369

first_img Nation 09 Jul 2019 Penang building in pilot project for fibre-level speeds over copper cables Huawei’s FreeLace Bluetooth earphones – which can connect to and charge off a smartphone using its built in USB-C – is now available in Malaysia for RM369.Huawei says its earphones solve the common annoyance of attempting to discover and connect to Bluetooth devices, by using Huawei HiPair technology to pair the device. This is done by inserting the earphones’ USB Type-C into any Huawei smartphone running EMUI 9.1.Plugging it into the USB Type-C port of any smartphone, tablet or PC will also quick charge the earphones, with a five-minute charge delivering up to four hours of playback time.On a full charge, it can last for up to 18 hours of playback, 13 hours of talk time or up to 12 days on standby mode. AdChoices广告The FreeLace’s USB-C is hidden where the volume button connects the right earbud to the left side, and can be revealed by pulling the earbuds apart.In addition to volume adjustments, the in-line controls also support additional inputs like a two-second long press that activates the voice assistant and a double-tap that skips the current music.Huawei says the 9.2mm dynamic driver unit, made of an ultra-thin TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) diaphragm and titanium plating, delivers punchy bass and smooth treble.Its microphone module incorporates a dual-cavity design which features an additional channel for air ventilation, greatly reducing the effect of wind on voice pick-up for clearer calls when outdoors.Some other features of the FreeLace includes a Magnetic Switch which keeps the earbuds clipped together and automatically puts them to sleep when they’re clipped together. The built-in Hall sensor also automatically wakes up the device once the earphones are separated.The earphone is made of memory metal wrapped in liquid silicon which moulds to the user’s preference while being soft and comfortable. The memory metal also reduces tangling. The FreeLace is available in two colours – Graphite Black and Amber Sunrise – for RM369 in all Huawei Brand Stores and Huawei Online Official Store for RM369. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Tech News 08 Jul 2019 Canon is launching a compact wireless camera via a crowdfunding platformcenter_img Culture 16h ago Of Nostalgia And Emotional Ties To Stuff Related News Huawei FreeLace Bluetooth earphones, which cuts down on the fuss of wires and Bluetooth, is now available for RM369. — Huaweilast_img read more

Mall weaves its way into record book

first_img Metro News 31 May 2019 Sunway brings Raya cheer The colourful ketupat helped raise RM20,000 in funds after the mall pledged to donate RM1 to charity for every ketupat woven during the campaign.Pavilion Kuala Lumpur chief executive officer (retail) Datuk Joyce Yap, Malaysia Book of Records chief operating officer Christopher Wong Hong Wai and 100 children from four charity homes – Pusat Jagaan Cahaya Kasih Bestari, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-Anak Harapan, Yayasan Chow Kit and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Ehsan Ash-Shakur (Pekeas) – were among those present at the event.The four homes were presented with a mock cheque of RM5,000 each, which were the funds raised from the initiative.The afternoon was made complete with refreshments and a surprise visit to the Marvel Studios: Ten Years Of Heroes exhibition. Metro News 28 May 2019 Improved experience for shoppers Central Region SHOPPING destination Pavilion Kuala Lumpur marked the end of its Hari Raya celebrations with a record-breaking achievement of weaving 20,000 ketupat for its “The Beauty of Raya” corporate social responsibility initiative.The ketupat, a symbol of Malaysian unity and the spirit of the festive season, was a beautiful representation of the mall’s campaign, which is all about bringing communities together for the festivities with charity at its heart. Pavilion KL made it into the Malaysia Book of Records once again with the Most Number of Ketupat Woven For Charity.The charity event received overwhelming support from the mall’s community of partners, tenants, vendors, suppliers, companies as well as shoppers and visitors. Metro News 13 Jun 2019 Big-hearted gesture for the poor Related News Children from four homes having fun at the Marvel Studios: Ten Years Of Heroes exhibition. Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newslast_img read more

Balasaheb Thorat replaces Ashok Chavan as Maharashtra Congress chief

first_imgBalasaheb Thorat replaces Ashok Chavan as Maharashtra Congress chiefSenior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat has replaced Ashok Chavan as Maharashtra Congress chief. KC Padavi has been appointed the leader of the legislative party.advertisement Asian News International MumbaiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 22:11 IST Balasaheb Thorat. (Photo: Facebook)The Congress on Saturday made organisational changes in its Maharashtra unit in view of upcoming assembly polls and appointed senior state leader Balasaheb Thorat as the state party chief.The party also appointed five working presidents – Nitin Raut, Baswaraj M Patil, Vishwajeet Kadam, Yashomati Chandrakant Thakur and Muzaffer Hussain.KC Padavi has been appointed the leader of the legislative party.Senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat appointed new president of the Maharashtra unit of Congress party, replacing Ashok Chavan pic.twitter.com/5AQsqE0hGE ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2019The party releases said that the appointments were made “with approval of Congress president” and did not mention the name of Rahul Gandhi.Gandhi has resigned owning responsibility for the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress Working Committee, the party’s highest making body, at its meeting in May had rejected his offer to step down.Ashok Chavan offered his resignation in May and said that Rahul Gandhi will now decide the next step for Congress.”We want Rahul Gandhi to take strong steps, make necessary changes and lead our party,” Chavan said.Maharashtra and especially Mumbai was the bastion of the Congress party two Lok Sabha elections ago.Now, the condition of Congress in Maharashtra is quite unfavourable. It started just after the Lok Sabha elections were declared when leader of opposition Radhakrishna Patil’s son Sujay Vikhe Patil left the party and joined the BJP.Also Read | After Rahul Gandhi, Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan offers resignationAlso Watch | BJP-Shiv Sena will win by huge margin, say supporters at PM Narendra Modi’s Latur rallyFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Ashok ChavanFollow Maharashtra Congress chiefFollow Balasaheb thorat Nextlast_img read more