United States

Qualcomm licensing trial begins with Apple seeking $27 billion in damages

Venture Beat | Apr 15, 2019 at 12:27 PM
  • Qualcomm, for its part, alleges that Apple forced its longtime business partners to quit paying some royalties and is seeking up to $15 billion.
  • Qualcomm will argue that it had been working successfully with contract factories for years before Apple introduced its iPhone.
  • The chip supplier will also argue that its licensing practices have been consistent for decades and only came under fire when Apple, known in the electronics industry for pushing suppliers to contain costs, took issue with it.

United States

What’s Wrong with Jack Ma Calling 996 A ‘Huge Blessing’

Entrepreneur | Apr 15, 2019 at 12:08 PM
  • In a recent speech to Alibaba’s employees, its billionaire founder Jack Ma said, “I think it is a huge blessing that we can work 996”.
  • In a world busy debating about how to strike work-life balance, Ma’s words have not been well received, especially on social media.
  • Almost 13 per cent of them work more than 10 hours of overtime a week, and often work 47.56 hours a week, higher than the national standard working hours of 40 hours a week, according to the data.

United States

Sweden’s Veoneer bets driverless car delay will be its gain

Reuters | Apr 15, 2019 at 12:04 PM
  • Sweden’s Veoneer expects to gain from a commercial delay in self-driving cars, betting that rising demand for its radar and camera-based systems as the industry ramps up to autonomy will boost its market position.
  • U.S.-based Aptiv has focused on mono cameras with much success, sourcing algorithms from vision software market leader Mobileye, owned by Intel.
  • Cars are classified on a 0-5 autonomy scale, with level 2 partially automated, level 3 conditionally automated, and level 4 highly automated and capable of performing all driving functions under certain conditions.

United Kingdom

Nestlé, Carrefour Work With IBM to Track Mashed Potato Brand With Blockchain

Cointelegraph | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:52 AM
  • Switzerland-based food giant Nestlé, French supermarket chain Carrefour and IBM have partnered to use the latter’s blockchain technology to track a famous French convenience food, the companies announced in a press release on April 15.
  • Nestlé and Carrefour, both of which are members of IBM’s Food Trust blockchain platform, will use the technology from today to track the supply chain of Mousline, a well-known brand of instant mashed potatoes.
  • Once it rolls out, shoppers will be able to scan a QR code with their smartphones to know exactly where the potatoes in a specific packet came from, as well as their journey to the specific Carrefour store.

Australia

Katie Bouman targeted by social media trolls after her black hole reaction photo went viral

ABC | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:50 AM
  • Colleagues of the computer scientist whose photo went viral after a team of researchers produced the world’s first photograph of a supermassive black hole are coming to her defence after she was attacked by social media trolls.
  • Many social media posts neglected to mention Dr Bouman was part of a team of dozens and dozens of bright minds, or that her code was “a key step in synchronising the signals from eight scattered radio telescopes” to produce the black hole image.
  • The MIT social media account posted a clarification thread, making it clear Dr Bouman was not billing herself as a sole creator of the black hole image.

China

China teams to attend final of British Prince Andrew’s entrepreneurs competition

Xinhua News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:39 AM
  • Three Chinese companies have been picked as the finalists in Pitch@Place China to attend the global final in London.
  • Founded by British Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, in 2014, Pitch@Palace is a platform that supports entrepreneurs in accelerating and amplifying their ideas.
  • This year, audio technology company Incus Co. Ltd., e-signature company Tsign and Zhuhai Resproly Bio Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd were selected as the top three finalists in the event held in Shenzhen, a boomtown in south China’s Guangdong Province.

United Kingdom

Automation will improve security function, according to survey

information age | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:34 AM
  • Automation and AI are two technologies changing the security landscape.
  • The results clearly indicated a shortage of IT security staff across geographical regions.
  • Only 35% of respondents, however, think that automation will reduce the headcount of their IT security function: 40% even expect an increased need for hires with more advanced technical skills.

United States

Endangered rhinos are now being protected by powerful data analytics

Fast Company | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM
  • The technological fight against wildlife poaching usually happens inside preserves, from drones that search for intruders to AI that predicts when the next attack will happen.
  • Much of the poaching happens in Kruger National Park, a preserve that sprawls over an area larger than the state of Massachusetts.
  • The government was able to begin tightening import regulations in late 2018.

United Kingdom

The role endpoint monitoring plays in detecting and prosecuting insider threats

techradar.pro | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM
  • Two recent high-profile security incidents have made headlines across the United States and APAC regions.
  • There was a litany of evidence gathered and behaviors observed on the two men’s endpoints that led prosecutors, AMP and the USCG to conclude that both suspects had drifted across legal boundaries.
  • With technologies deployed that gathered information on endpoints, AMP, the USCG and prosecutors were able to paint a clear picture of what was going on and to stop and prosecute both actors before any real trouble arose.