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Apple hasn’t traditionally had a great deal of participation in the annual South by Southwest festival, but Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue sat for an on-stage interview at the event.
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Out of all the things you can change on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad, it’s easy to forget that you can also customize the Cydia app itself. Fortunately, this little-known fact didn’t slip the mind of iOS developer CydiaGeek.

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IoT by name or nature? Delivering experience over appearance

The last few years have seen a whole raft of IoT vanity projects, where connectivity for connectivity’s sake was the order of the day. Everything from connected loo-roll holders that warned when paper levels were low (if only there was a pre-existing, simpler way), to flip flops that had IoT capability crammed in and called ‘smart shoes’.

The practical use of these types of products being next to zero, many consumers have been driven to despair. And from a business perspective too, IoT by name rather than nature can be damaging. There is the worrying potential for organisations to divert millions of dollars into IoT projects without a clear handle on their objectives, and possibly worse, without a thorough testing plan throughout to ensure the app delivers as intended.

Gartner estimates that by 2020, there will be seven billion connected business devices out there. In this digital transformation boom, companies are investing vast sums in IoT capabilities, and the B2B IoT market is growing fast. But the question remains, how much of this growth actually benefits customers? And how can organisations ensure that when they embark on an IoT project, that the project is useful and consistently delivers the value it should to its intended audience?

Delivering real value

Instead of businesses trying to nail down their own version of what an IoT ‘vision’ should look like, perhaps everyone could be better served by taking a look at those doing it successfully and using this intelligence to optimise IoT offerings from inception to delivery. Like any other mission-critical area, IoT needs a strategy and a vision way before its inception.

Companies like Volvo Car Group seem to be doing things right. Klas Bendrik, their SVP & CIO, was at a recent awards ceremony to receive recognition for the work Volvo is doing with their connected cars and cloud technology, embracing the IoT, when he said: “We take the best available technology and make it work in the most useful way for our customers. It’s about using technology to provide tangible real-life benefits, rather than providing technology just for the sake of it.”

This is exactly the point. Other companies would do well to try and live up to approaches that deliver clear value (in this case, more efficient and/or safer cars, helping people’s journeys). If they can deliver initiatives that have real benefit for customers, this success will make the IoT ever more popular. In turn, this only makes it more valuable and relevant to day to day life and business. Therefore, performance and availability of connected devices will become key differentiators when it comes to an ever more competitive and crowded market place.

Test, test, and test again

The lesson here is that companies investing in IoT have to put the time into doing it right, and in most instances, this means proper monitoring and testing in order to guarantee continuous performance that will actually add true business value. If the idea was to create a digital app to delight customers, then it’s vital to ensure the app delivers against this vision. In short, it needs to work and stand the test of time and popularity. 

We know that connected IoT devices have a high level of dependency on speed of communication. This can open them up to issues such as unreliable network hardware or slow internet connection. Testing IoT devices to make sure that they’re not losing data, failing to respond, and work in any scenario, is imperative.

Key to the customer experience is proactively monitoring your websites and applications, not to mention APIs – and to do it 24/7 rather than intermittently. So, before your valuable customers run into a wall and start making a lot of noise about any availability or performance issues, you can already be fixing the problem. Speed is crucial; performance indicators like page load times are directly linked to a loss of views and visitors – the longer you test people’s patience, the more risk you run of losing their trade.

There are more issues to consider, cyber-crime and data privacy not least amongst them. The downside of the IoT can be a dangerous one – and embarrassing. After all, who wants to get hacked by a kettle? Testing needs to push applications on all areas of performance, including how secure they are for end users.

Making sure that we get the most out of IoT projects shouldn’t rely on an ad hoc process which concerns only a few techie individuals in any given organisation. Not so long ago, Business Insider predicted that the Internet of Things will be the largest device market in the world by 2019. In a year or so, it will be more than double the size of the smartphone, PC, tablet, connected car, and the wearable market combined. By then, let’s hope all those devices are things we need (and love!), and work with 24/7 reliability. Proper testing can enable organisations to take the first step on this journey, and deliver leading customer experience. Latest from the homepage

In Travis Kalanick’s first public appearance since resigning from Uber, his competitive nature was put on trial

Kalanick took the witness stand in Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber.

The legal saga between tech behemoths Alphabet and Uber began with a bruising condemnation of Uber’s former CEO.

“This case is about one competitor deciding they need to win at all costs,” an attorney for Alphabet said in his opening statement on Monday.

“Mr Kalanick, the CEO at the time at Uber, made a decision that winning was more important than obeying the law,” he continued.

On Tuesday, the second day of trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, an uncharacteristically soft-spoken Kalanick took the stand to face these accusations head on.

It’s the first time the notoriously combative former CEO of Uber has spoken publicly since he was ousted by major shareholders in June 2017.

While Kalanick, who donned a dark suit and tie, answered questions about his aggressive ambitions to win the self-driving car race, the normally emotive Uber co-founder appeared restrained even when asked to concede that Google was in the self-driving lead.

The attorney asked if he agreed that Google is the industry leader for autonomous vehicles.

“I think that’s the general perception right now,” he answered.

Kalanick’s testimony will likely be a central part of Alphabet’s argument. Alphabet is alleging Uber worked with former engineer Anthony Levandowski to steal self-driving trade secrets before he left Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving arm, and created a startup that he would eventually sell to Uber.

The company has to prove that Uber, not Levandowski — who is not a party to the case and has pleaded the Fifth Amendment — misappropriated Waymo’s self-driving trade secrets. That’s why shifting to focus on Kalanick and his — as Waymo has characterized — rapacious nature is important for Waymo’s case.

If Uber loses the case, it could have to pay out millions of dollars in damages and potentially stall its self-driving efforts. For Waymo, losing the case will have largely reputational risks. Alphabet rarely, if ever, sues over any issues with people or other companies, which means this litigation carries a lot of weight.

Waymo’s strategy so far appears to be attempting to prove that Kalanick was fixated on beating Google and winning the self-driving car race at all costs, which could in turn serve to explain his motivation to conspire with Levandowski.

Uber contends that Waymo’s claims are baseless and that none of the files ever made it to the company.

That arrangement to acquire Otto wasn’t exactly a run-of-the-mill deal, however. As Kalanick testified, he had conversations with Levandowski before he started the company about working for Uber.

“Look, I wanted to hire Anthony and he wanted to start a company, so I tried to come up with a situation where he could feel like he started a company and I could feel like I hired him,” Kalanick said when asked about his early conversations with Levandowski.

Kalanick’s desire to hire Levandowski to help lead Uber’s growing self-driving team, first created in 2015, came out of a frustration with the pace of Uber’s self-driving development. As Recode previously reported, Kalanick had been unsatisfied with Uber’s self-driving progress when it became clear that the company would not be able to meet the initial deadline of launching a self-driving pilot in August 2016.

During his testimony, Kalanick echoed his previously publicized feeling that driverless cars were essential for Uber’s success, and the key to scaling a successful fleet of self-driving cars was good lasers.

In a handwritten note submitted as evidence in the case, Kalanick wrote, “laser is the sauce.”

But it’s Kalanick’s emphasis on lasers that Waymo is trying to exploit. Waymo’s attorneys attempted to establish that Levandowski was highly incentivized to achieve very ambitious technical milestones by a certain deadline. Ostensibly, the implication here is he would stop at nothing to meet those milestones, even appropriating trade secrets.

Those technical milestones were set by Uber as part of the terms of acquiring Levandowski’s startup — an acquisition Uber’s then head of autonomous driving John Bares said he had concerns about, according to Bares’s testimony. Each of those technical laser milestones had monetary incentives tied to them.

For instance, if and when Levandowski’s team outfitted a car with a prototype of a long-range laser-based radars, called lidar, that had a visual range of 250 meters, the team would be able to get 6 percent of the approximately $ 590 million sale price, according to a document produced during Kalanick’s testimony.

However, Kalanick also pointed out that they would be able to get that same monetary incentive if the overall mission of the team was successful.

Kalanick’s testimony will continue on Wednesday.

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Tim Cook makes surprise appearance at Toronto Apple Store to tout ‘Everyone Can Code’

Update: Tim Cook continues his tour of Canada with a Maple Leafs game:

Tim Cook today made his first ever visit to Canada since becoming Apple CEO. As reported by The Globe and Mail, Cook visited a downtown Toronto Apple Store to talk with shoppers and students…



Ajit Pai reportedly cancelled CES appearance due to death threats

Yesterday, CES announced that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai would no longer be appearing at the trade show where he was scheduled to take part in a conversation with FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen. No reasons were given by CES or the FCC at the time for the…
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his appearance at CES because of death threats

The threats have intensified following an FCC vote to repeal net neutrality rules.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at a major upcoming tech industry trade show after receiving death threats, two agency sources told Recode on Thursday.

It’s the second known incident in which Pai’s safety may have been at risk, after a bomb threat abruptly forced the chairman to halt his controversial vote to scrap the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules in December 2017.

For both Pai and the whole of the FCC, the uptick in security concerns also presents a serious challenge to their ability to discuss critical tech policy issues in public view — without jeopardizing their safety or the safety of others in attendance.

In this case, the exact nature of the threat, made in advance of Pai’s fireside chat at the 2018 International CES, isn’t clear. A spokesman for Pai at the FCC, for its part, only said Thursday: “We do not comment on security measures or concerns.”

But sources at the agency said that federal law enforcement had intervened in the matter, and other FCC offices are expected to be briefed on the matter. The FBI did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

A spokeswoman for the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the annual Las Vegas-based trade show, also declined to comment. Earlier, though, CTA’s leader, Gary Shapiro, told the publication Digital Trends that he did not know why Pai had canceled — but raised the fact that he had recently been “subject to vicious and direct attacks and threats.”

For months, Pai has been hounded by his critics, particularly online, who view his vote to repeal net neutrality rules as tantamount to destroying the internet. Pai has lamented in speeches and tweets that he and his family have been mocked, attacked and threatened, in public as well as on Twitter, where Pai himself is active.

By the nature of the job, the chairmanship of the FCC is an especially public role, and threats to its leaders and commissioners aren’t exactly new. In 2014, for example, protesters descended on the home of then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, and prevented him from leaving his driveway. Then, too, net neutrality had been the issue at hand.

In the most recent debate, though, tensions have been especially high, driven in no small part by broader frustrations among the public with the Trump administration writ large. If the death threats continue, it is unclear how Pai and his fellow commissioners will proceed.

For now, Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Republican Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr each plan to attend CES. So will Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting leader of their sister agency, the Federal Trade Commission. Ohlhausen had been slated to appear alongside Pai at the annual Vegas event.

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HTC U11 Plus makes an appearance on Geekbench with Android 8.0

A mysterious HTC device has just popped up on Geekbench’s website with a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and running Android 8.0.0 Oreo. Our best guess is that this is the HTC U11 Plus, which entered the rumor mill a few days ago when a press invite for an HTC event on November 2 was leaked. The score recorded by the unnamed HTC smartphone falls within expectations for a Snapdragon 835 device and is around the same as that of the U11. What stands out the most is the 4GB of RAM – the HTC U11 comes with 4GB as standard with a 6GB model being sold in certain markets like the US…. – Latest articles