A report from Bloomberg this week has made public something that should already have been apparent to tech industry observers: Apple is planning to replace Intel processors in Mac computers with its own chips starting sometime around 2020. The two California companies have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership ever since Apple made the switch to Intel CPUs with the 2006 MacBook Pro and iMac, but recent trends have made the break-up between them inevitable. Intel’s chip improvements have stagnated at the same time as Apple’s have accelerated, and now iPhone systems-on-chip are outperforming laptop-class silicon from Intel’s Core line. Even if Intel never cedes its performance crown, the future that Apple is building will invariably be…
At the Blockchain Africa Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa, prominent bitcoin and security expert Andreas Antonopoulos criticized banks and technology firms for treating the term “blockchain” as interchangeable with public blockchain networks – bitcoin in particular. This is highly erroneous because the blockchain is just one of many technologies that supplement the bitcoin network and allow it to function as a decentralized, distributed, and peer-to-peer financial network. The Bitcoin network consists of various solutions and cryptographic technologies, including Schnorr signatures, advanced elliptic curve applications, and ring signatures. The blockchain merely operates as a database within the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchain networks;…
2018 looked promising for Huawei's ambitions to start selling its smartphones in the US, but failed partnerships with AT&T, Verizon and Best Buy resulted in a shutout from the American market. And yet, the company will try to stick it out in the…
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Google and Facebook have helped fuel the viral redistribution of another false report that Apple was planning to kill off all music downloads in iTunes next year in order to force users into an Apple Music subscription streaming plan. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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Earlier today, Huawei took the wraps off the P20 and P20 Pro, its latest flagship duo. Neither of those devices will be officially sold by the company in the US, though. This is anything but surprising, given Huawei’s much publicized issues with offering the Mate 10 Pro through carriers in the country. In the end that didn’t happen, because of pressure from US lawmakers (allegedly). You can still buy the Mate 10 Pro unlocked in the States, but that won’t be the case for the P20 family. While Huawei has made even the Mate 9 available in the US in unlocked form, it’s never gone the same…
Drivers still had to take over once every 13 miles in Arizona, according to new documents The New York Times obtained.
In the days since a self-driving Uber vehicle killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., local police and federal agencies have yet determine whether Uber’s technology was at fault.
But new documents obtained by The New York Times show Uber’s technology had made little progress in the last year. The story details the series of setbacks the company faced in trying to get self-driving cars to market, including careless safety drivers who are supposed to take over test cars in case of emergencies.
The key stat underpinning the report is what’s known as “miles per intervention,” or the number of miles the car can drive on its own before the safety driver has to take over the car. The Times story cites internal documents showing Uber was unable to meet its goal of driving an average of 13 miles without a driver having to take back control as of March.
That’s not much better than its rate of intervention this time last year. In March 2017, documents Recode obtained showed Uber’s safety operators had to take back control of the cars an average of once per every 0.8 miles.
Uber wanted to spell out what this metric means and doesn’t mean in the wake of the fatality and sent this statement:
MPI is not a measure of the overall safety of our testing operations, and shouldn’t be interpreted as such. Miles per intervention is one of many metrics that we use to track our system’s improvement, but without context it can be one of the least useful. For example, depending on where and how it’s tested, the same software could result in significantly different MPI. Additionally, companies may define interventions differently from each other.
In other words, miles per intervention is a broad metric that includes most of the times drivers have had to take back control from the system over the course of a week.
The reasons for these interventions can include navigating unclear lane markings, the system overshooting a turn or driving in inclement weather. The stat excludes accidental disengagements, end-of-route disengagements and early takeovers.
Other metrics include the average number of miles between “critical” interventions — when a driver has to avoid causing harm, such as hitting pedestrians or causing material property damage and the average number of autonomous miles between “bad experiences” — things like jerky motions or hard braking, which are more likely to cause discomfort than damage.
Then there’s the total number of miles driven autonomously. The documents the Times obtained indicated Uber had driven 3 million miles as of March.
While other companies may define interventions differently, Uber’s rate of intervention in Arizona is far more frequent than that of its competitors’. For example, Alphabet’s self-driving company, Waymo, had a rate of 5,600 miles per intervention in California.
Still, this is by no means an indication that the technology was at fault in the fatal crash. It is, however, an indication of Uber’s slow technological progress with its self-driving cars.
Facebook and the shady data marketing firm Cambridge Analytica are dealing with the blowback of a recent scandal. And all of social media is feeling the heat.
As the story broke, millions of Americans realized that by taking a simple quiz on Facebook, they had given up their personal data to feed an algorithm that was then used for political propaganda.
While the scandal is definitely the biggest blow to Facebook’s reputation to date, it’s certainly not the first. In the past, the company had been involved in controversies over the spread of fake news, the dissemination of racist content, and the live streaming of homicides. But this time, the PR crisis had a tangible cost — $ 60 billion, or 11.4 percent of the company’s shares, went up in smoke in two days after the story broke.
This massive financial loss isn’t just the consequence of scandal, it’s a symptom of a deeper crisis: investors know that the trust with which users once regarded Facebook and other social platforms cannot be restored.
Mark Zuckerberg’s mealymouthed attempt at damage control — taking responsibility for the mishandling of user data, charting a path forward — is unlikely to regain the confidence of users, or of investors.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which makes sure companies don’t violate their privacy policies, could slap Facebook with a multi-million-dollar fine if it finds it breached the protocol, Bloomberg reports. This could happen to other companies with lax privacy policies. Investors were shaking in their boots. As a result, Twitter shares tanked along with Facebook’s, dropping as much as 11 percent on Tuesday, the most since July 2017, according to Bloomberg. Snapchat’s shares also fell nearly 3.7 percent over the past five days, after a big plunge on Tuesday.
It’s unlikely that users will drop Facebook altogether, as WhatsApp founder Brian Acton urged. Facebook is too embedded in the daily lives of billions of people. For some, going on the internet is synonymous with logging onto Facebook.
But now people’s attitude towards social media will be different. Most users already knew a bit about the lack of privacy on social media, but up until now cybersecurity was mostly theoretical, abstract.
Now that people know that their page likes, quiz answers, and other frivolities may have played a part in electing the president, they will take all of that more seriously. And all social media platforms, with no exception, will have to reckon with that.
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LG decided to scrap the G7 project and start all over again, leading to a delayed launch of the flagship. We showed you the possibly canceled device last month, and now a presentation slide of the G7 in Lime Green color appeared online, leaking from an LG computer at MWC 2018. The poster also includes the line “Life’s Good when you play more” that was the leading marketing slogan for the LG G5 launch back in 2016. The phone should come “with LG ThinQ Mods”, suggesting a modular design, but the image is fake even if the device itself aligns with previous rumors . The LG G7 should…
It’s hard to imagine Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg wearing a black eyepatch and stroking a cat while overseeing the covert operation to overthrow America’s government. The people at Facebook, for all their flaws, don’t seem like the villains in a James Bond movie. And, for what it’s worth, they may very well have our best interests in mind. Who knows? But Facebook isn’t people, it’s more akin to a country, and a large one at that with over two billion citizens. It wasn’t always a country. The social network was driven first by Zuckerberg’s ego, then briefly by the…
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A recent study by Stanford University revealed the vast majority of Reddit’s conflicts originate in just one percent of its communities. Subreddits, as they’re known on the site, are category-specific groups that steer the conversation around a central topic or theme. And most are relatively tame. These are the groups responsible for thoughtful discourse and mostly respectful debate, the behavior that keeps most users engaged and active on the site. Others, however, are easily some of the most toxic corners of the web, online cesspools that serve as a watering hole for the modern criminals, racists, and conspiracy theorists hell-bent…
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