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Apple to push software update in China as Qualcomm case threatens sales ban

Apple to push software update in China as Qualcomm case threatens sales ban

Apple will carry out the software updates at the start of next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”, the firm said in a statement sent to Reuters.Earlier this week, Qualcomm said a Chinese court had ordered a ban on sales of some older iPhone models for violating two of its patents, though intellectual property lawyers said the ban would likely take time to enforce.“Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance,” Apple said.“Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case.”
Drone may have hit Boeing 737 just before jet landed in Mexico

Drone may have hit Boeing 737 just before jet landed in Mexico

Mexican airline Aeromexico is investigating whether a drone slammed into one of its Boeing 737 jetliners as the aircraft approached its destination Wednesday in Tijuana, Mexico, on the U.S. border.Images on local media showed considerable damage to the nose of the 737-800, which was operating as Flight 773 from Guadalajara. In a cabin recording, crew members can be heard saying they heard a "pretty loud bang" and asking the control tower to check if the nose was damaged. The collision happened shortly before landing."The exact cause is still being investigated," Grupo Aeromexico said in a statement. "The aircraft landed normally and the passengers' safety was never compromised."
Instacart and Amazon-owned Whole Foods are parting ways

Instacart and Amazon-owned Whole Foods are parting ways

Instacart  has announced this morning it will no longer be doing business with Whole Foods, a U.S. organic grocery chain the company launched a partnership with in 2014. This comes roughly one year after Amazon  closed its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods; Amazon, of course, has its own grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh.Currently, Instacart has 1,415 in-store shoppers, or paid Instacart couriers, at 76 Whole Foods locations; 243 of those couriers, who exclusively deliver groceries from Whole Foods, will no longer be able to make Instacart deliveries beginning February 10, when the company officially winds down its partnership. Instacart says they have already placed 75 percent of those workers in new roles, though 25 percent, or about 60 workers, have been laid off.
VR more engaging than video and textbooks when it comes to the classroom

VR more engaging than video and textbooks when it comes to the classroom

Virtual reality (VR) is the most engaging and emotionally positive learning method in comparison to textbook learning and video. VR shows great potential to supplement or replace traditional learning methods and create new experiences according to researchers at the University of Warwick.VR headsets are the most stimulating form of learning method according to researchers at the University of Warwick. It was closely followed by textbook learning, then video.Three groups of students were assigned to three different types of learning: fully immersive VR environment, traditional textbook-style materials, or 2-D video of the VR environment. They all learnt about the same subject (biology), and had their learning, emotional response, and learning experience measured.
Apple plans major US expansion, including a new $1 billion campus in Austin

Apple plans major US expansion, including a new $1 billion campus in Austin

Apple  has announced a major expansion that will see it open a new campus in North Austin and new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles as it bids to increase its workforce in the U.S. The firm said it intends also to significantly expand its presence in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years.The Austin campus alone will cost the company $1 billion, but Apple said that the 133-acre space will generate an initial 5,000 jobs across a broad range of roles, with the potential to add 10,000 more. The company claims to have 6,200 employees in Austin — its largest enclave outside of Cupertino — and it said that the addition of these new roles will make it the largest private employer in the city.
GE spins off digital assets to form internet of things company

GE spins off digital assets to form internet of things company

General Electric announced plans Thursday spin off its GE Digital business and establish an independent internet of things company, built around several GE Digital technologies.GE also said it is simultaneously selling a majority stake in Service Max to private equity shop Silver Lake. Service Max is a software business GE Digital acquired for $915 million in November 2016."As an independently operated company, our digital business will be best positioned to advance our strategy to focus on our core verticals to deliver greater value for our customers and generate new value for shareholders," GE chairman and CEO Larry Culp said in a statement.
The cofounder of Casper wants to make home renovations less hellish

The cofounder of Casper wants to make home renovations less hellish

There is a special circle of hell devoted to home renovation projects. It always seems like such a good idea at first. You flip through Dwell or Architectural Digest and think to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a trendy, marble-covered bathroom like the one in this photo?”Then, the nightmare begins: You search for contractors, but they each quote wildly different rates. You go to Home Depot to search for tiles and sink fixtures, but the ones you want are out of stock. The job is supposed to take a month, but it ends up taking three. Random strangers keep showing up at your house to do electrical and plumbing work. The stress of everything sends you and your partner to couples’ counseling. When it’s all said and done, you’ve gone over budget by $5,000. But at this point, you don’t care. You’re just grateful you don’t have to shower in an unfinished construction site
Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Reset the “days since the last Facebook  privacy scandal” counter, as Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers too much access to the photos of up to 5.6 million users. The bug allowed apps users had approved to pull their timeline photos to also receive their Facebook Stories, Marketplace photos, and most worryingly, photos they’d uploaded to Facebook but never shared. Facebook says the bug ran for 12 days from September 13th to September 25th. Facebook tells TechCrunch it discovered the breach on September 25th, and informed the European Union’s privacy watchdog the Office Of The Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) on November 22nd. The IDPC has begun a statuatory inquiry into the breach.
Heavy-hauling drone lays claim to a Guinness World Record

Heavy-hauling drone lays claim to a Guinness World Record

We first caught wind of the Skyf drone around a year ago, and the Russian outfit rolled out some pretty outrageous performance specs to go with it. With a mix of gasoline and electric motors, the massive multirotor drone can apparently carry a 440-lb (220 kg) payload for up to eight hours. Recent demonstration flights in Tatarstan, Russia, didn't see it quite reach these lofty heights, but it did do enough for its creators to lay claim to a Guinness World Record.
Chicago mayor wants to legalize marijuana, open casino to deal with city's pension crisis

Chicago mayor wants to legalize marijuana, open casino to deal with city's pension crisis

CHICAGO – The outgoing mayor of Chicago wants to legalize recreational marijuana and open a casino to help address a growing pension crisis in the nation’s third largest city, a source close to the mayor said Tuesday. Rahm Emanuel, who is set to leave office in May, will propose both measures in a major address on Wednesday, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly before the mayor’s address. Also Tuesday, aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told The New York Post that Cuomo was readying a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in that state. It's already allowed in California, so If Emanuel and Cuomo are successful, it would be available in each of the nation's three largest cities: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.


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