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Apple shares drop on smartwatch reviews


Apple stocks dropped this week post mixed reviews of its newest smartwatch and in the middle of worries for lagging pre-orders of latest models of iPhone 8.

Apple Watch Series 3 is geared up to strike the market this week and shows the capability of connecting directly to telecommunications networks to allow consumers remain linked without a handset for music, phone calls, and other work. At the time of a live demonstration earlier this month at a media event, Apple manager in the middle of a lake on a stand-up paddle board conversed with a colleague through the smartwatch on stage in San Francisco.

But, reviews published this week expressed issues with Apple Watch Series 3 linking to mobile networks and mentioned the firm as claiming it is operating on a solution for the issue. Lauren Goode, an industry analyst, claimed that while using out the new Apple Watch she experienced prominent issues with connectivity, with the device making an attempt to connect with unidentified WiFi hot-spots in place of a telecommunications network.

Several media outlets in the U.S. mentioned Apple as rolling a statement claiming the firm found that when Apple Watch Series 3 connects unidentified Wi-Fi networks without permission, it might at times avoid the watch from utilizing cellular. Apple was seeking into finding a solution for the issue in a software upgrade, as per the mentioned statement. Reports also came out this week that some experts saw pre-orders of iPhone 8 lagging behind those of the earlier generation, probably due the fact that people are more involved in a 10th-anniversary iPhone X smartphone planned out later this year.

The iPhone X was 1 of 3 new iPhone smartphones revealed at the 1st event at new spaceship campus of Apple. Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, dubbed the iPhone X as the largest leap forward since the launch of the initial iPhone. Shares of Apple concluded the official Nasdaq exchange trading day down to $156.07 by1.68%.

For now, it will be good for Apple to solve the issue related to the watch or else it might give a huge blow.

Internet companies claim removing violent content within hours is big challenge


Eliminating extremist content within a couple of hours of it appearing from the Internet causes an enormous scientific and technological challenge. General counsel of Google will claim about it later this week to the European leaders who need the content taken down swiftly.

General Counsel for Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Kent Walker, will speak in support of technology firms such as Microsoft, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter at an event on account of the yearly gathering at the United Nations of leaders in the world.

The leaders of Britain, France, and Italy need to push social media firms to eliminate violent content from the Internet within 1 to 2 Hours of it emerging since they claim that is the time when most material is distributed.

“We are carrying out noteworthy progress, but eliminating all of this content inside a couple of hours of publishing, or certainly blocking it from seeing on the Internet in the first instance, causes a huge scientific and technological challenge,” Walker decided to state in a speech in support of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. Now, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism is an operating group made by the 4 firms to join their efforts to eliminate violent content.

Tech companies have come below rising stress from governments in Europe and the United States to take additional measures to keep violent content off their platforms after a wave of militant assaults. In addition to this, the European Union is considering a new legislation on the matter.

“There is no short cut when it comes to removing and finding this content, but we are getting much enhanced,” Walker further determined to state in the speech.

“Of course hunting challenging material in the first instance often needs not just millions of man hours but, more essentially, enduring improvements in computer science and engineering research. The haystacks are unbelievably huge and the needles are both constantly changing and very small.”

Walker will also mention about the firms’ requirement of more human reviewers to assist differentiate genuine material such as news coverage from the challenging material and teach machine-learning equipment against ever-altering samples.

The firms previous year made a decision to set up a mutual database to share exclusive digital fingerprints they routinely assign to photos and videos of violent content, dubbed as “hashes”, to assist each other remove and detect analogous content.

iCubesWire, an email-marketing firm to invest in 3 Million in early-stage startups


The big firms of India are now providing support to startups that are striving at the early stage of their venture. One of the firms is iCubesWire Technologies Pvt Ltd, which is based in Gurgaon. The company is offering $3 Million funds for the early stage startups.

The company is majorly seeking to invest in the firms that are driven by automation and artificial intelligence. It has decided to deliver the funds across 4–6 startups by the end of 2017. The average ticket size of the investment will be somewhere $500,000–7000,000.

“We are in the phase of early stages of creating a product on our own and have grabbed some success. We also have some noteworthy cash reserves, which we intend to pour in the startups that bridge with our expectation in terms of the product model,” said CEO and Co-founder of iCubesWire, Sahil Chopra.

Earlier, Chopra had stated that although digital marketing was in statistical succession, there were some spaces that created important opportunities.

The company also intends to partner with other investors in supporting the qualified candidates, who have clear vision and perspective.

The company was established in 2010, and since then it has a vast network across the country and more than 400 brands that belong to diverse sectors such as technology, e-commerce, travel, financial, automobile, and hospitality. The firm helps to provide customized digital concepts for the brands they function with.

The company has loads of big entities in its client portfolio, which include Tata Group, Standard Chartered, Procter & Gamble, GoAir, Domino’s Pizza, American Express, Kotak Group, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Skoda, Etihad, AirAsia, Amazon, McDonald’s, Flipkart, Qatar Airways, ICICI Bank, Honda, and Ford.

Chopra declined to share the financial information of the firm. iCubesWire runs number of accelerator programs and funds for early-stage startups in the country that have recently come up.

In this month, Taizo Son, SoftBank Group founder Masayoshi Son’s younger brother, has introduced an accelerator program that is focused on agri-food tech with an alliance with GSF Accelerator from Gurgaon and Infobridge, an Indo-Japan business consultancy.

This funding in early-stage startups will give a push to the evolving firms in India and groom them in well-established manner.

Facebook to roll out election integrity program in Canada


Facebook, below pressure over its position in likely Russian meddling in 2016’s presidential election of the U.S., claimed that it aims for an election integrity proposal to protect next vote of Canada from cyber attacks.

Minister of democratic institutions of Canada, Karina Gould, will talk next week at a rollout event, Facebook claimed last week to the media in a statement declaring the project. A spokesperson of the company refused to give the details regarding the project, which follows a caution by electronic spy agency of Canada in June that spammers will “very probably” make an attempt to influence 2019 elections of Canada. The agency claimed that it is counseling all political parties on how to defend against cyber assaults.

Facebook, the largest social network in the world, claimed last week that an operation probably located in Russia had positioned thousands of U.S. ads with polarizing views on issues such as race, immigration, and gay rights on the website during a time frame of 2 Years from May 2017. The firm on Wednesday rolled out harder rules on who can make cash from ads on its network, replying to criticism that it was too simple to make money from sensational headlines and fake news.

Facebook in Canada is rolling the program since Internet firms look to repulse criticism and they are not doing sufficient efforts to prevent online meddling with politics and elections. “The spread of half truths online can swing votes,” claimed an academic researcher studying politics and social media at Ryerson University, Anatoliy Gruzd, to the media in an interview.

“Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook really require putting technical actions in place that might avoid the creation of groups or the spread of false information that may endorse hate speech,” Gruzd claimed. Twitter Inc was anticipated to brief the U.S. congressional examiners shortly on whether Russia utilized its Ad platform to market divisive political and social messages, a U.S. senator claimed to the media in an interview last week. Google last week claimed that it had seen no proof of an ad campaign from Russia on its platforms.

Australian media wins relaxed ownership laws


Huge media companies of Australia have won long-looked reforms that will permit them to drive share of the market by smoothing the process of consolidation, even though doubts stay on whether the modifications can stem the declines at the aging empires of moguls.

Billed as an approach to battle with online majors such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Netflix, the releasing of ownership limitations was accepted by parliament of Australia last week after the center-right government of the country won backup from independent politicians for the reforms.

The alterations, backed by Fairfax Media, News Corp. of Rupert Murdoch, and Kerry Stokes-headed Seven West Media, eliminate the supposed “2 out of 3” rule omitting one association from possessing all 3 media, newspaper, television, and radio, in any particular city. Television systems will also be permitted to expand their reach further than the earlier permitted 75% of the inhabitants.

The alterations are anticipated to locally unleash a wave of consolidation, permitting long-reputable media giants, comprising the Murdoch family, to elevate their previous huge interests. It might clear the trail for Lachlan Murdoch, the co-chairman of News Corp., and Bruce Gordon, the television entrepreneur, to roll out a rival offer against the projected buyout offer of CBS Corp. for broadcaster Ten Network Holdings. The duo has built up a mutual legal challenge to $201 Million deal of CBS to obtain the poor Ten.

Fairfax and News Corp. Australia welcomed the media reform legislation of the government. “This lastly dealt with the limitations that have held back the spiritness of media firms in Australia for an enduring period,” News Corp. claimed to the media in a statement. But experts claimed that the reforms package was no universal remedy.

“I do not think this assists at all,” claimed Peter Cox, an independent media expert, to the media while addressing the issue. “For their long standing survivability, they have to emerge with a method to balance the loss of income that is going to Google and Facebook.” Similar to their rivals all over the world, traditional media forms of Australia have been pushed by online competitors.

Ericsson files case of insolvency against Reliance Communications


Indian subsidiary of Ericsson has filed petition of insolvency in opposition to Reliance Communications and 2 of its firms to recover not paid dues, the Indian mobile operator claimed to the media this week in a stock exchange filing.

The telecoms equipment producer of Sweden, which inked a 7-year contract in 2014 to manage and operate nationwide network of Reliance Communications, is looking for a total of 11.55 Billion Rupees (almost $180 Million) from the 3 companies, claimed the filing. Reliance Communications claimed that it aimed to challenge the petitions of insolvency. The filing claimed that the Ericsson case might go before the (NCLT) National Company Law Tribunal, the elected court for cases of bankruptcy in the country, in next month.

“Ericsson has done this as a last option in order to solve a issue related to debt that Reliance needs to pay to Ericsson for provided services below a contract. As the lawful process is in progress, we do not have any additional comments at this stage,” the Swedish firm claimed to the media. The petitions came as the Indian phone firm handled by billionaire Anil Ambani battles against time to lock deals to trade a share to Canada’s Brookfield in its tower assets and to combine its business of mobile services with rival Aircel.

Reliance Communications posted its 3rd quarterly loss consecutively last month and is making an attempt to find methods to slash its money owing after creditors gave it a official pardon on repayments of loan until the end this year. The Aircel and Brookfield deals are anticipated to lower its burden money owing by almost 250 Billion Rupees. Ambani claimed during the loan reprieve that he anticipated completing the contracts by next month.

The losses of the company are, in fact, a result of rivalry from cut-price data plans and free voice provided by Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom company led by elder brother of Ambani and richest man in India Mukesh Ambani. Ericsson is planning to recuperate 5.35 Billion Rupees from Reliance Infratel, 4.91 Billion Rupees from Reliance Communications, and 1.29 Billion Rupees from Reliance Telecom, claimed the filing.

Volkswagen did a great SUV T-Rock’s public debut, designed car for young generation


At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen has done the debut of its SUV 2018 T-Rock. This motor show is of great importance for Volkswagen as the company has announced its electric vehicle plan. The company’s car has pulled the attention of people in large numbers at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Volkswagen has showcased this car for the first time as a concept in the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. At the global level, the company intends to start selling this car by the end of this year. In the coming time, the company also plans to launch the T-Rock SUV in India.

The 2018 Volkswagen T-Rock Company is built on the MQB platform and will take over the position below the SUV Tiguan. The superb looking SUV is a 5-seater crossover and is equipped with wide-end grill, signature LED DRL, and sporty twin-exhaust with wraparound LED taillight. Black plastic cladding has been set up at the Wheel Arc and Side Cills to give T-rock a perceptual off-road look. Apart from this, the Contrast Finished Roof, along with the front and rear diffuser in the car, gives it the best finish.

Volkswagen has designed T-Rock to target younger customers. The interior and exteriors of this car are also made according to the young buyers. The 11.3-inch digital instrument screen has been installed in the car’s cabin and it is now being used in almost all Volkswagen cars. In addition, the car has an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen system that gives the center console a more attractive look. The company has provided some advanced connected features such as Android Auto and Apple Car Play as well as smartphone charging and Bose’s audio system in this car.

The Volkswagen T-RAW R-line will be launched in both diesel and petrol versions as well as manual and automatic gearboxes in the car. This car will be available in 3 trims called Standard, Style, and Sport and will be launched in the market with a 4 wheel drive option. The company can keep the price of this car in India between Rs 16–20 lakhs, and it will be competed with Jeep Compass, Hyundai Teeson, and Upcoming Skoda Karok. The company has not provided any information regarding its launch in India.

Researchers harvest electricity from the flowing blood


For thousands of years, the human race has utilized the energy of falling or flowing water for diverse reasons, initially to drive mechanical machines such as watermills and then to produce electricity by utilizing height differentiations in the sea tides or landscape. But have you ever thought of producing electricity from flowing blood? Yes, this has become a reality now. A team of Chinese researchers have designed a lightweight power generator which can transform even the power of flowing blood into electrical energy.

The research team from the Fudan University in China has developed a fiber with a diameter of less than a millimeter that produces electrical power when enclosed by flowing solution of saline—in a slender tube or a blood vessel. The production principle of the fiber is fairly easy. A structured arrangement of carbon nanotubes was constantly coiled all over a polymeric core.

The carbon nanotubes are renowned to be mechanically stable and electro-active; they can be twisted and lined up in sheets. The sheets of carbon nanotube, in the electro-active threads, covered the fiber core with a diameter of less than half a micron. For energy production, the yarn or FFNG (fiber-shaped fluidic nanogenerator) was attached to electrodes and engrossed into flowing water or merely repetitively rinsed into a saline solution.

The researchers said, “The power was obtained from the relative motion between the solution and the FFNG.” There is a formation of the electrical double layer around the thread and then the flowing solution disfigures the proportioned charge circulation, producing an electricity gradient down the long axis. The energy output effectiveness of this setup was high. In comparison to other sorts of miniature energy-producing tools, the FFNG demonstrated a better power conversion efficiency of above 20%, as said by the research team.

Other advantages are one-dimensionality, tunability, elasticity, & lightweight, thereby providing visions of stimulating technological applications. It is possible to make the FFNG stretchable by simply whirling the sheets around a substrate of elastic fiber. If knitted into materials, wearable electronics turn out to be a very remarkable choice for FFNG application. One more stimulating application is the production of electrical power from the bloodstream for several medical applications. The researchers mentioned the initial experiments with frog nerves to be successful.

Andrej Karpathy, A Deep Learning Specialist Recruited By Tesla To Lead Autopilot Vision

Andrej Karpathy, A Deep Learning Specialist Recruited By Tesla To Lead Autopilot Vision

Andrej Karpathy, A Deep Learning Specialist Recruited By Tesla To Lead Autopilot VisionArtificial intelligence is the trending technology on which the tech giants are focused on. Creating things that can understand the situation and respond without any human intervention has turned out to be a need. It isn’t the case that the concept is totally new; we are familiar with the technology since many years. The only difference is: it wasn’t applicable and known to every individual.

But after evaluating and comparing the current technology, machine and deep learning play a crucial part in the operation, as we are currently standing on the edge of autonomous evolution.

Tesla, one of the leading players, is furiously engaged in developing futuristic technology, which is backed by artificial intelligence, autonomous, machine learning, deep learning technology and is on-boarding some talented heads in the team. It has on-boarded deep learning and computer vision expert, Andrej Karpathy. He was recently appointed as a researcher at OpenAI—an artificial non-profit platform supported by Elon Musk. He has an appreciable expertise in AI-linked fields. He has also contributed his knowledge by designing a most respected and original, deep learning courses that are presently taught at Stanford University.

His critique work emphasized on building a mechanism through which a neural network can recognize multiple discrete and explicit items in an image, tag them using normal language, and report to the respective user. The study also incorporated the development of a system that operates in reverse, which enables the model to use details received from a user expressed in normal language and locate that object in a particular image.

Karpathy has also worked as an intern at Google’s DeepMind, centered on deep learning, and attended both, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia prior internship. His expertise should deliver a great benefit to Tesla’s work on Autopilot, specifically in the Tesla Vision—a system built by the company based on the computer vision as a support to its futuristic self-driving initiative and Autopilot.

As a Director of Autopilot Vision and AI, Karpathy will directly report to Musk and will work along closely with the former lead of Tesla’s Autopilot hardware section, Jim Keller. Keller handles both software and hardware that are required for the automated driver assistance features.

With these experts, it seems that Elon Musk is all set to hit the bull’s eye, which will also position the company as a global leader with loads of accomplishments in terms of future-based technologies.

Smart Meters- The Real Truth


Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout, today publishes Smart energy outlook, the largest independent barometer of national public opinion on energy and smart meters.

This latest edition of Smart energy outlook shows that over eight in ten (81 per cent) of people who have upgraded to a smart meter would recommend them to others.

Consistent with previous Smart energy outlook reports, the latest round of research shows that a large majority of people with smart meters are using the technology on a regular basis to keep their energy costs under control. Eighty two per cent of people with smart meters are taking steps to reduce their energy use.

Smart energy outlook also shows the importance of in-home displays (IHDs) in helping people get their gas and electricity under control. IHDs are handheld devices that show at a glance, in pounds and pence and in near real time, how much energy is being used. Every household is offered one, at no extra cost, when they get their smart meters from their suppliers.

The research shows that those who have IHDs are using them regularly to save energy. Eight out of ten people with an IHD check it regularly. Nearly nine in ten (88 per cent) of those with an IHD say that they have a better idea of what they’re spending on energy, compared to 76 per cent of those who have a smart meter but not an IHD.

Smart energy outlook is carried out for Smart Energy GB, twice a year, by independent research agency Populus. It surveys more than 10,000 people around the country. The report has found:

• Over eight in ten (81 per cent) of people with a smart meter would recommend them to other

• Over eight in ten (82 per cent) of people with a smart meter have taken at least one step to reduce their energy us

• Eight in ten people with an IHD use it regularly (at least a few times per month)

• 88 per cent of those with an IHD say that they have a better idea of what they’re spending on energy, compared to 76 per cent who have a smart meter but no IHD

Everyone in Great Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier between now and 2020, at no additional cost. Smart meters bring an end to estimated bills and show people what they’re spending in pounds and pence, in near real time via an IHD.

Commenting on the findings, Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said:

“It’s great to see so many people using and loving their smart meters. Eight out of ten say they would recommend one, which is an exceptionally high level of approval.

“Millions of homes are already enjoying the benefits of accurate bills and the ability to see, in pounds and pence, how much gas and electricity they are using. I hope that many more people pick up the phone to ask their energy supplier for their smart meter, so that they too can start enjoying these benefits.”


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