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Small businesses to be given artificial intelligence boost

first_img “London is a leading hub for innovation in artificial intelligence and some of the advances being made right here in the capital are revolutionising how business is done,” Khan said.“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and I firmly believe these innovations should be available to companies of all sizes, not just the ones with the deepest pockets.”A study by AI platform Cognition X last year found London is home to more than 750 companies working in AI – more than twice as many as Paris and Berlin, its nearest competitors, combined.AI is defined as a computer system that can perform tasks which normally require human intelligence, like visual perception, speech recognition, decision making and translation between languages.Under Khan’s Technology for Business scheme, the first round of successful companies will connect with a dedicated case worker and trained to use enhanced web tools. Retailers will get 24/7 support for customers, while hotels will get tailored recommendations for guests. Small businesses to be given artificial intelligence boost London may be the artificial intelligence (AI) capital of Europe, but City Hall believes the benefits of AI are failing to trickle down to small businesses.The mayor Sadiq Khan will give 200 small businesses in London a share of £200,000 to enhance their use of AI. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunUndoDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUndoHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndo More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Tuesday 7 May 2019 12:05 am Sharecenter_img whatsapp Source: Matt Alexander, PA Wire whatsapp Sam Buckingham-Jones Tags: Artificial intelligence (AI) and robots People Sadiq Khan Startups The scheme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the London School of Economics, Capital Enterprise and Cognition X have joined as partners.“London is one of the best places in the world for innovation,” Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of Cognition X, said. “We have a unique opportunity to catalyse adoption of artificial intelligence with the businesses that will benefit the most.”Dr Anna Valero, innovation fellow at the London School of Economics, said the results of the funding would inform local and national governments to improve access to technology.last_img read more

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New Zealand falls into worst recession on record

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast Factorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinitionJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USABeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerGloriousaMan Says He’s From 2030, Presents ProofGloriousa The figures come as New Zealand prepares to head to the polls next month, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern intending to defend her seat. Emily Nicolle whatsapp (Getty Images) Also Read: New Zealand falls into worst recession on record New Zealand has fallen into the worst economic recession on record in the second quarter, as well as its first recession in more than a decade. Ardern’s government said the country’s success in containing the spread of the virus through strict local lockdown measures bodes well for the economy’s recovery. The figures were largely in line with forecasts of a 12.8 per cent decline from economists polled by Reuters. However it was an improvement on earlier forecasts from New Zealand’s central bank of 14 per cent. “Success for me is saving people’s lives, supporting and saving people’s businesses, coming out the other side faster, quicker and with more activity,” she said. New Zealand’s current coronavirus death toll compares favourably to other nations, with 25 Covid-19-related deaths out of a population of 5m people since the pandemic began. whatsapp Thursday 17 September 2020 4:21 pm New Zealand falls into worst recession on record New Zealand’s central bank is scheduled to hold a meeting on 23 September, at which analysts expect it to hold interest rates at a record low of 0.25 per cent. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Also Read: New Zealand falls into worst recession on record “We expect the June quarter’s record-breaking GDP decline to be followed by a record-breaking rise in the September quarter,” said Westpac senior economist Michael Gordon. GDP in the country contracted a seasonally adjusted 12.2 per cent between April and June compared to the previous quarter, marking its steepest quarterly contraction since records began. It fell 12.4 per cent from the same period in 2019. Share Economists remained optimistic of New Zealand’s future, despite the gloomy data. The fall was caused by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as business activity ground to a halt and its borders were shut for two months. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Reality TV stars’ Instagram debt ads banned by watchdog

first_img Chloe Ferry was one of three reality TV stars to breach ad rules Also Read: Reality TV stars’ Instagram debt ads banned by watchdog Chloe Ferry was one of three reality TV stars to breach ad rules whatsapp whatsapp An agent for Briggs said her future marketing communications would be properly labelled, while representatives for Barnett and Gerry said they would not work with debt management companies again. IVAs are agreements that allow individuals to avoid bankruptcy by allowing them to strike a deal with creditors while protecting major assets. Share Ashteck Media, which trades as Debt Slayers, said it had “informal agreements” with Briggs, Barnett and Ferry to produce the Instagram posts. However, campaigners have warned that many Brits have been taking out IVAs without needing to, which can harm credit ratings and employment opportunities. Reality TV stars’ Instagram debt ads banned by watchdog But the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today banned the posts after it upheld three complaints. Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry, Helen Briggs from Ex On The Beach and Towie’s Myles Barnett, who have more than 4m followers between them, all posted promotions for Debt Slayers on their social media accounts. Chloe Ferry was one of three reality TV stars to breach ad rules Also Read: Reality TV stars’ Instagram debt ads banned by watchdog It added that the ads were misleading as they did not make clear the risks associated with an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) or that Debt Slayers merely passed on leads rather than offering the service itself.center_img More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com The ASA said the ads must not appear again in their current form and told Ashtech Media to ensure its ads were not misleading. The watchdog found that the promotions were not clearly identified as adverts and that they over-simplified and exaggerated the process through which debts could be reduced. Chloe Ferry was one of three reality TV stars to breach ad rules Also Read: Reality TV stars’ Instagram debt ads banned by watchdog Wednesday 2 June 2021 1:55 pm Instagram posts by three reality TV stars promoting a debt advice service claiming it could wipe out 85 per cent of people’s debt have been banned by the advertising watchdog. Barnett promised his followers that the service could “wipe off a big, big chunk of your debt”, claiming that one of his friends had used the service. James Warrington In a post in January this year, Ferry wrote: “If you know someone who is over £5000+ in debt this is a new fully regulated scheme that can help you write off 85 per cent of the debt”, while providing a link to Debt Slayers. Show Comments ▼ It added that consumers who contacted the company as a result of the posts were made aware of the risks and fees associated with IVAs.last_img read more

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News / CMA CGM pulls another Asia-North Europe sailing as demand weakens further

first_img© Vladimir Serebryanskiy By Mike Wackett 24/07/2019 CMA CGM has advised its customers that it will withdraw a further peak season headhaul Asia-North Europe voyage as demand continues to disappoint on the key tradelane.In an advisory yesterday, the French carrier said it was voiding the sailing of its 13,892 teu APL Singapura, which was due to depart from Tianjin on 15 August and Shanghai on 24 August, “due to fluctuations between supply and demand” on the route.The blanking of the APL Singapura is the fifth by the Ocean Alliance during the usually buoyant peak season, and supports anecdotal reports coming into The Loadstar that carriers could be heading for a new crisis, given that demand should now be at its highest point of the year.In keeping with the weakening demand trend, THE Alliance has also blanked four peak season loops and one of the HMM standalone AEX services has also been withdrawn.This will bring capacity withdrawn in July and August – two of the traditional three peak demand months – to some 153,000 teu, according to Alphaliner data, representing a 7% cull in weekly capacity since the beginning of July.However, the consultant said, the temporary capacity blanking actions by the Ocean and THE alliances would be not be sufficient “to address the imbalance of demand and supply” and notes that the other vessel-sharing grouping, the 2M alliance, has so far declined to withdraw any of its Asia-North Europe capacity.It said: “No service suspensions have been announced so far, unlike in 2018 when the 2M suspended its AE2/Swan service for 12 weeks from September to early December, which helped to stabilise freight rates in the face of slower demand growth.”Maersk and MSC decided to temporarily suspend their loop last year as “more efficient management” of their capacity, but conflicting comments from the two carriers on the likely reactivation of the service opened up a marketing opportunity for carriers of the rival alliances to capture business.Indeed, one source at MSC told The Loadstar at the time that he bemoaned the “naivety” of the Danish carrier in suspending the loop for an indefinite period leaving an “open goal for Cosco and others”.He added that he did not expect that MSC would be “taken down that road again”.Spot container rates on the route have plunged by a third since the beginning of the year and currently stand at about $670 per teu, worryingly for carriers some 22% below the level of a year ago.And carriers have failed to introduce higher FAK rates between Asia and North Europe and, unless there is a surprise, last-minute demand boost, more radical capacity action will be required to reverse the rate erosion.last_img read more

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Report calls for easier access to data on American Indians’ and Alaska Natives’ health

first_imgReport calls for easier access to data on American Indians’ and Alaska Natives’ health grandriver/CanvaAmerican Indians and Alaska Natives are often underrepresented in health research because of narrow definitions for race and ethnicity in national and state surveys.A new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research points out the need for easier access to health data on the nearly 6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the United States.The report’s authors write that the lack of clear data and the challenges in accessing it make it difficult for researchers and policymakers to understand the health challenges faced by American Indians and Alaska Natives. The study is particularly timely because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians and Alaska Natives have COVID-19 infection rates that are 3 1/2 times higher than non-Hispanic whites.“American Indians and Alaska Natives are often underrepresented in health research because of narrow definitions in the race and ethnicity categories across national and state surveys,” said Tara Becker, the study’s lead author and a senior public administration analyst at the center.“It is vital to note that single-race, non-Latino American Indian and Alaska Native data are often used to represent the entire population, which can be misleading, considering that fewer than 2 in 5 American Indians and Alaska Natives report themselves in this category.”► Learn more: The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research hosts a webinar on the findings today at noon PTThe federal agencies that collect and track health data have a comparatively small amount of input from American Indian and Alaska Native communities, because in most national survey data, too few respondents have been interviewed for the data to be considered representative. That means their data is often reported to researchers — those whose studies helps make sense of the data — as part of an “other” category, which eliminates any chance that the data can be used to understand the specific health challenges American Indians and Alaska Natives face.The finding came after the authors analyzed seven large population health surveys conducted by the federal government and a state health survey conducted by the center. The brief suggests a handful of measures that could improve the measurement and availability of information about the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including:Having research centers pool multiple years of survey data to provide more race and ethnicity data, such as in the center’s own California Health Interview Survey. Having the federal agencies that provide the data include information on the overall American Indian and Alaska Native population, such as by grouping both single-race and multiracial people, in the data sets they provide to researchers.Having those agencies reduce the cost and time it takes for researchers and scientists to access restricted population health data.“We must of course keep in mind the value and integrity of data privacy as well as be respectful of cultural values, which is why it’s important that we reduce access barriers so that tailored policies can be created to better serve this community,” said Riti Shimkhada, a co-author of the paper and a senior research scientist at the center. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:american, authors, california, community, covid-19, disease, federal government, Government, health, infection, interview, research, Scientists, Tara, UCLA, United States, University of California, Los Angeleslast_img read more

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Executive Order on Establishment of Climate Change Support Office

first_imgExecutive Order on Establishment of Climate Change Support Office The White HouseBy the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 202 of the Revised Statutes (22 U.S.C. 2656) and section 3161 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Establishment of the Climate Change Support Office. (a) There is established within the Department of State, in accordance with section 3161 of title 5, United States Code, a temporary organization to be known as the Climate Change Support Office (CCSO). (b) The CCSO shall be headed by a Director selected by the Secretary of State (Secretary). In addition to a Director, the CCSO may be staffed by persons in such numbers and with such skills as are necessary for the performance of CCSO functions. (c) The purpose of the CCSO shall be to perform the specific project of supporting bilateral and multilateral engagement to advance the United States initiative to address the global climate crisis, led by the Department of State and in coordination with other executive departments and agencies, consistent with Executive Order 14008 of January 27, 2021 (Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad). The CCSO shall support the Department of State, including the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, in United States efforts to elevate and underscore the commitment my Administration will make towards addressing the global climate crisis. (d) In carrying out its purpose as set forth in subsection 1(c) of this order, the CCSO shall: (i) support the Department of State and other executive departments and agencies, as appropriate, in leading diplomatic engagement on climate change, exercising climate leadership in international fora, increasing international climate ambition, and ensuring that climate change is integrated into all elements of United States foreign policy-making decision processes; (ii) support efforts that go beyond the climate work currently carried out by the Department of State across a wide range of international fora that address clean energy, aviation, shipping, the Artic, the ocean, sustainable development, and migration; and (iii) perform such other functions related to the specific project set forth in subsection 1(c) of this order as the Secretary may assign. (e) The CCSO shall terminate at the end of the maximum period permitted by section 3161(a)(1) of title 5, United States Code, unless sooner terminated by the Secretary. Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency or the head thereof; or (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.THE WHITE HOUSE,May 7, 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, clean energy, climate change, climate crisis, Constitution, Department of State, diplomatic, Employees, executive order, Government, leadership, migration, President, Secretary, secretary of state, sustainable, United States, White Houselast_img read more

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HydroSurv wins ADMIRALTY Coastal Inundation Challenge

first_imgHydroSurv wins ADMIRALTY Coastal Inundation Challenge The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) have announced HydroSurv as the winner of the fourth ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme challenge: assessing risk and resilience for coastal flooding.For many people around the world, coastal inundation poses a significant threat. Caused by storm and tidal surges, coastal inundation can completely submerge coastal areas in sea water – causing substantial damage to infrastructure and harm to vulnerable communities. As part of the ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme, the latest challenge called upon innovators and start-ups to develop solutions that could identify coastal areas that are most at risk of flooding and help communities build resilience.Hydrosurv’s solution for the Coastal Inundation ChallengeAs a global-innovator in uncrewed survey vessels and cloud applications for ocean industries, HydroSurv responded to the challenge with a prototype solution that used data collection and automated change detection software to identify areas at risk of coastal inundation. By analysing the differences between new bathymetry collected by uncrewed surface vessels and wider data sets, the solution will able to detect changes to coastal marine environments, such as erosion and movement of the seabed, that could increase the risk of coastal inundation.As the challenge winner, HydroSurv will now collaborate with the UKHO, utilising marine geospatial data and expertise to develop an alpha product for wider release.Commenting on the announcement, HydroSurv’s Founder and Chief Executive David Hull said:UKHO is a world-leader in hydrography and marine geospatial data solutions for the ocean industries, and at HydroSurv we also recognise the need for updated solutions that respond to the future need for resilient shoreline management.Climate change is driving the year-on-year increase to flood risk caused by rising sea-levels and extremes of weather, and by 2050, global damage costs could reach more than $1 trillion annually. The coastal practitioners and engineers involved in protecting coastal communities need to understand the rate of change in what is a dynamic environment. Access to frequent, reliable and repeatable data from a variety of sources is necessary to make actionable decisions.We’re proud that the UKHO have selected our cloud-based application as the winner for the Coastal Inundation Challenge. Recognition from UKHO is the best example that our product has real potential to deliver impact. Timing to market this solution will be crucial, and the expertise base brought together through this collaboration will enable us to deliver an improved solution for users around the world at a rapid pace.Melissa Yeong, Head of Market (APAC and Middle East) also commented on HydroSurv’s winning submission:Many congratulations to HydroSurv on winning this challenge and creating a solution that will help to mitigate coastal inundation globally.As one of the most common and costly disasters facing communities across the globe, coastal inundation poses an imminent threat to life and livelihoods, communities and economic development. Marine geospatial data can play a key role in helping disaster relief agencies and governments identify areas at risk and how factors such as weather conditions could further intensify the effects.UKHO is empowering innovators and start-ups with the opportunity to work with our ADMIRALTY data. There are exciting times ahead for UKHO in supporting the development of powerful solutions that will have a positive impact on protecting and supporting our oceans, and we look forward to seeing more developments emerge in the coming years. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:climate, climate change, detection, disaster, Economic Development, environment, Government, Impact, infrastructure, innovation, Middle East, resilience, software, survey, UK, UK Government, weatherlast_img read more

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Apple offers up to $200K bug bounty

first_img Google taps retail with NYC store Related Applebug bountysecurity KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Home Apple offers up to $200K bug bounty Tags Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 AUG 2016 center_img Author UK consumers seek £1.5B from Apple Apps Kavit Majithia Apple is set to reward cyber security professionals who find vulnerabilities in its iPhones and other products, becoming the latest technology company to adopt a so called bug bounty programme.Apple, which was earlier this year embroiled in a battle with the FBI over encryption, said at the Black Hat cyber security conference in Las Vegas it would invite a group of security researchers to find flaws in its software, paying up to $200,000, reports Financial Times.The method, used by many of the big technology players including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, is intended to encourage technology professionals to report the flaws to the company directly so they can be fixed, before a hacker gets to them.According to New York Times, Apple announced a list of vulnerabilities that would generate the biggest pay outs, including $25,000 for getting through the company’s digital compartments and into its customer data, and $50,000 to hack into iCloud data.It will pay $200,000 for critical vulnerabilities in Apple’s firmware, which is said to be higher than rivals pay out.“We want to reward the people, and frankly the creativity it takes to find bugs in these categories,” said Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture Ivan Krstic at the event.Until now, Apple has stayed away from the practice of offering financial reward to those that find flaws in its system, but this strategy came to the fore earlier this year.The FBI reportedly paid unidentified hackers at least $1.35 million to access an iPhone used by a gunman involved in a terrorist incident earlier this year in California, after Apple refused to hack the device itself. Previous ArticleLiberty Global looks to converged futureNext ArticleAndroid dominates as iPhone struggles in India last_img read more

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Wearables grow 7.3% in Q3 but ‘basic’ market declines

first_img Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 DEC 2017 KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Smaller vendors, fresh form factors fuel wearables Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Author Devices center_img Diana Goovaerts Xiaomi and Fitbit continued to lead shipment volumes in the wearables market in Q3, but lost out on growth generated by smart(er) wearables like Apple’s Watch.IDC data (see chart, left, click to enlarge) shows Xiaomi and Fitbit exited the quarter in statistical dead heat, each with 3.6 million units shipped and 13.7 per cent market share. The companies came out ahead of competitors Apple (2.7 million shipments) and Huawei (1.6 million), but still recorded shipment declines. Fitbit’s shipment volumes fell 33 per cent year-on-year, compared to an increase of around 52 per cent at Apple. Number four player Huawei gained the most ground in the third quarter, more than doubling its shipments to post 156 per cent growth year-on-year.IDC reported the gains at Apple and Huawei helped drive 7.3 per cent growth in the overall wearables market year-over-year to 26.3 million units.However, IDC research manager Ramon Llamas noted consumers are increasingly shifting away from the basic wearables from Fitbit, Xiaomi and others which established the market and toward multi-purpose devices.“The differing trajectories for both smart and basic wearables underscore the ongoing evolution for the wearables market,” he said, adding vendors now “find themselves at a crossroads to adjust accordingly to capture growth opportunity and mindshare”. Previous ArticleLatAm tech industry urged to tackle gender diversityNext ArticleAT&T partners with Amazon on LTE-M button Home Wearables grow 7.3% in Q3 but ‘basic’ market declines Tags AppleFitbitHuaweismartwatchwearablesXiaomilast_img read more

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LETTER: Short-Sighted Bureaucracy Stymies North Fork Road

first_imgBased on recent letters to the editor in local newspapers and comments made by county officials at a July 27 public gathering, the $124,000 state-funded feasibility study for an unpaved 10-mile section of heavily traveled North Fork Road appears to be headed for the filing cabinets and DVD storage. In these times calling for fiscal austerity, it seems a shame to see the relatively small, by government standards, amount of $124,000 being wasted on something doomed from the start. Nonetheless, Montana Department of Transportation Director Jim Lynch should be commended for his willingness to provide funding for the study. Congratulations to contractor Parsons Brinkerhoff as well for the excellent work produced. A recent article in a local newspaper closed outlining challenges implementing the options presented in the North Fork Flathead Road Draft Corridor Study Document. These challenges could be overcome by a proactive Flathead County Commission. Unfortunately, there seems to be a determined unwillingness by county officials to seek funding from a combination of federal, state, and local resources. It seems unlikely the groundwork will be accomplished to obtain prioritization in state and federal programs. According to news articles, the general public continues to misunderstand the scope of the study. There is a tendency to believe, actively promoted by paving opponents, that the proposal includes the entire length of the North Fork Road rather than a 10-mile corridor with virtually no private property along its length. No effort has been made to change this misunderstanding by officialdom or the media. Opponents of road improvement, which might include the possibility of paving, are undoubtedly pleased that this has limited public consensus. That there is a low tax base in the area where work would be done is another reason given for the unlikely event improvements will be made as a result of this study. However invalid that reason might be, it effectively contributes to negative views. The foregoing, along with a surprising lack of interest by local media outlets in providing accurate information, relegated facts to obscurity and misinformation to the rumor mill. Under the feasibility study, paving would be one of the options connecting the end of state highway 486 at Canyon Creek on the North Fork Road coming out of Columbia Falls to the paved Camas Road coming out of Glacier National Park. In the Aug. 5 edition of the Hungry Horse News, columnist and long-time North Fork resident Larry Wilson wrote an excellent commentary, which pretty much sums up the outlook of a great many people. Wilson is so disillusioned, he wisely chose to save himself the time and expense of attending the July 27 meeting given his informed awareness of political attitudes. With irrational opposition from Glacier National Park, noncommittal fence-riding by the Forest Service, no groundswell of support from Columbia Falls business interests, aforementioned lack of interest by the county along with an intransigent North Fork Landowners Association, perhaps it would have been best to spend the $124 thousand on a study where some success would be achieved and the state would have realized some measure of return on its investment. It might have saved a lot of money and inconvenience to many people, to say nothing of having to once again witness a short-sighted bureaucracy and unreasonable environmental activism.Robert GrimaldiPolebridge Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

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