Nokia Big Screen Beta For Symbian^3 | Share Your Media In HD

The Nokia Beta Labs recently released Nokia Big Screen for Symbian^3 devices. Nokia Big Screen allows Symbian^3 users to share media on their Nokia N8, and soon to be released Nokia E7, in High Definition on any HDTV, turning the handset into a portable home entertainment media hub. Hit the jump to find out more.

Connecting your handset to a HDTV via a HDMI cable, Nokia Big Screen will automatically launch on your device, providing you with a remote control layout to navigate through the photos, videos and music on your handset, in a cool media center like format. You can also connect a Bluetooth enabled controller to your device, such as the Nintendo Wii Remote, and use that instead. Nokia Big Screen is available for HDMI supported Symbian^3 devices and can be downloaded free from our Symbian^3 Apps page.

Jo Harlow, Head of Nokia Symbian Smartphones said that, “Big Screen is another example of Nokia constantly working to help customers find new ways to use their smartphones. Big Screen provides a platform for Nokia to deliver more home entertainment services to users of the Nokia N8 and Nokia E7. A smartphone is no longer just a way to access media content on the move: it has now become a portable media hub and one more way to realize the fantastic media capabilities of our latest smartphone range.”

Nokia Big Screen Features

  • Show your photos and videos in high definition on your TV screen
  • Listen to music from your phone on your home audio system
  • View song lyrics in karaoke style and watch videos with subtitles
  • Play music in the background while you browse your photos
  • Enjoy slide-shows with music of your choice
  • Have a screen saver activate after a minute’s idle time to protect your TV
  • Use your phone as an entertainment hub you can take everywhere with you

Nokia Packs Up Ovi Music Unlimited To Pave Way For New Services

Nokia today announced that it has decided to pull the plug on its Ovi Music Unlimitedservice in most regions due to poor uptake. It seems the service never really picked up globally, however the service that lets you eat all you can has been successful in certain regions, and therefore will continue to operate there. Ovi Music’s Adam Mirabella explains the changes in the short video after the break.

Existing customers will have uninterrupted access to the music library until their subscriptions finish, and they will be able to keep their music downloads. Ovi Music itself will also continue to operate as normal.

Nokia N8 Software Update

The Nokia N8 has received a new software update titled ‘Videos’. This is again not a new firmware, but rather a core applications update to bring new features to the video player on the device. Hit the jump to find out more.

The update description states: “Easily add subtitles to your mobile videos and get a range of additional updates to many other features with this new, easy-to-install update. Currently supported subtitle file formats are SRT and SUB.” The update is around 1.2 MB (1217 kB) in size and has a version number of 9.22 (52). I haven’t had a chance to give you guys a quick demo, but if you find a video demo of these features or fancy making a short video yourself, be sure to give us a heads up in the comments below, or by submitting a tip here.

Theft Aware v2.0 For Symbian Contest | Seven Licenses Up For Grabs

Nowadays people store more than just contacts and messages on their device, with access to Facebook, emails, and even USB-like mass storage capability, it can turn into a traumatic experience if your phone was lost or stolen. Well, its better to be safe than sorry, so hit the jump as we introduce to you Theft Aware 2.0, which enables you to remotely control your handset via SMS.

Theft Aware works in a very simple way. Once installed on your device, it will silently protect your device by giving you remote access to it via text messages (SMS). Simply send an SMS containing your personalised access code and the SMS command to your phone. Theft Aware will then process the command and reply to you via SMS. The sent or received SMS will leave no trace on the mobile phone that communication has taken place.

Command List:

UPDATEGet the current location of the mobile
LOCK/UNLOCKLock the phone to prevent unauthorized access. Even emergency calls are still possible without losing protection!
SIREN ON/OFFLet the phone issue a piercing loud siren sound. You are even able to customize the siren sound.
WIPEWipe sensitive data
GET CONTACTSRescue the contacts stored in the phone book
GET SMSRescue SMS that are important to you. You are also able to specify which text messages should be rescued.
GET PROTOCOLAccess the phone protocol. You are able to query call or SMS events that happened recently.
CALLThe phone will call you or other phone numbers. Then the called party can listen to what happens on the “other side”.
SETAll Theft Aware settings can be changed by SMS command. To look at a detailed list of those commands, please consult the user manual.
LAUNCH/SHUTDOWNLaunch and shut down Theft Aware remotely.
FREELY CONFIGURABLEYou’re able to launch any program on the target phone by SMS and pass data to it. So, if you’re a programmer you’re even able to program your own customized SMS commands.

After installation Theft Aware will be visible until activated. Once you activate Theft Aware, it will switch into Stealth Mode and will vanish from both the menu and application manager. This is a great feature as thieves could easily browse through the phones menu and notice such apps and delete them. Also when using the Get Location command, you will receive a text message containing a link to the location of the device on an online map.

Theft Aware is compatible with all Symbian smartphones and is currently available for €9.99 EUR.


To be in with a chance of winning a full v2.0 license, simply download the free trial for your S60 3rd Edition, S60 5th Edition or Symbian^3 handset, and leave a comment below. Contest ends on Tuesday 18 January, when seven winners will be randomly selected.

NOTE: Users can only comment once, multiple comments will be discounted completely. Also please remember to leave a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win. Good Luck!

SPB TV Now Available For The Maemo 5 Powered Nokia N900

SPB Software has recently announced the release of SPB TV for Maemo – which has now become the first mobile TV solution available for Maemo. You can now view over 150 live TV channels on your Nokia N900 via Internet streams. What’s great is there’s no subscription fees! Hit the jump to find out more.

Vassili Philippov, Chief Operating Officer of SPB Software said, “We aim to bring SPB TV to every mobile device and provide users with the opportunity to watch mobile TV for free no matter what kind of phone they have. The release of SPB TV for Maemo and Nokia N900 devices helps us to cover one more platform and make SPB TV available for more than 99% of mobile devices on the market.”

Main Features

  • More than 100 subscription free TV Channels
  • Full Screen TV player with picture-in-picture mode
  • Unique TV browser with fast channel launching and switching
  • Integrated TV Guide with a list of current and upcoming TV shows
  • On-screen control panel
  • Video quality switcher
  • Advanced Video Codec support

You can download SPB TV for Maemo from our Maemo 5 Apps pages or alternatively via the Ovi Store on your Nokia N900.

Nimbuzz For Nokia Touch Updated To v3.0.1 | 70% Less Data Consumption

Nimbuzz has recently been updated to v3.0.1. The new update will allow Nimbuzz users to consume up to 70% less data by utilizing a new data compression method. According to the Nimbuzz team, the zlib encoding will, on average, consume 50% less data, and depending on how you use Nimbuzz, could use up to 70% less. Hit the jump to find out more.

Nimbuzz lets you make free calls and lets you stay connected with your friends in one place. You can make free Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz calls, and also share files, photos, music and videos for free. Connect with your friends on Nimbuzz, Facebook, Windows Live Messenger (MSN), GoogleTalk, Yahoo, Twitter and AIM.

Nimbuzz v3.0.1 is available for Nokia S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 devices and can be downloaded from our Nokia Apps download section

Nokia Appoints New Vice President Of Asia-Pacific Region

Nokia has appointed Neil Gordon as Vice President of Nokia’s SEAP region, following a reshuffle at executive level. Neil will be responsible for Nokia’s strategic direction as well as overall business performance effective as of january 1 2011. Hit the jump to find out more.

Prior to this, Mr Gordon was leading the Global Sales Operations team and was based in Finland. He has been with the company on and off since since 1994 and has held both finance and sales leadership roles in Asia, Middle East & Africa and Europe. According to Nokia Senior Vice President and Head of Global Sales, Colin Giles, Neil Gordon has a ”wealth of Nokia experience.”

“The markets within SEAP continue to offer tremendous growth potential and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with our talented and highly engaged team,” said Gordon.

Neil Gordon has taken over from Chris Carr, who was appointed as new General Manager for Australia & New Zealand in November. This move comes as part of recent plans to release up to 1800 Nokia employees from its workforce globally.

“Our company faces a remarkably disruptive time in the industry, with recent results demonstrating that we must reassess our role in and our approach to this industry,” said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

Nokia Announces CMD Strategy & Financial Briefing Details

Nokia has announced that during the Capital Markets Day on 11 February 2011, it will hold a half-day event on on it’s strategic plans for the future as well as providing updated information on it’s financial status and market growth. Hit the jump for more details.

Registration and lunch will commence at 11 am GMT, followed by presentations and Q&A sessions from 12:30 to 4 pm GMT. For those who are not able to attend, a webcast will be available. Further information including links to on-line registration and venue details will follow in the coming weeks.

Mood Agent Beta For Nokia Touch | Playlist DJ Reborn

Nokia Beta Labs today announced Mood Agent Beta for Nokia S60 5th Editionand Symbian^3 devices. Mood Agent automatically analyzes and profiles your music collection. Simply set the mood using the sliders or pick a song to get started and Mood Agent will collate a playlist to match your mood. You can also share your mood and music with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Hit the jump to find out more.

Formerly known as Playlist DJ, Mood Agent is currently already available via the Ovi Store, however this beta is a means to bring more new features, suggested by users, to this intuitive music player application. Check out the video below of Mood Agent being demoed on a Nokia N8.

Off Topic | Google Goggles Gets Smarter & Solves Sudoku Puzzle

Sorry to go a little off topic here, but it’s a real shame Google Goggles is not yet compatible with Nokia smartphones. For those who are not yet aware of this service, Google Goggles is Google’s version of Nokia Point & Find, however Google has taken this service a whole step further, a whole lot faster. The video after the jump shows how the new updated version of Google Goggles can now solve Sudoku puzzles faster than the 2009 Sudoku National Champion!

So where does Nokia Point & Find currently stand? Well, being the first to come out with a great solution is not always a good thing, as other companies can easily jump on the idea with fresh, innovative, and more often than not, more advanced services. Nokia Point & Find continues to offer what we can now call the basics in augmented reality, whereas Google is continuing to update and bring forward more features for it’s version.

Augmented Reality (AR) is destined to become a huge avenue for information based services in the future, and I can safely say that this is just the beginning of AR, I’m sure 2011 has a lot more in store for us.

Nokia Email Beta Updated | Brings New Features & Fixes To S60v3 FP2 Devices

The Nokia Beta Labs has release an updated beta release of the Nokia Email client (v3.05). The update is intended to solve some of the issues some consumers have encountered when using Nokia Email on Nokia S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 devices. Hit the jump to find out more.

The Nokia Email client is already installed in most S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 devices, like the Nokia E72, E73, E52, E5, and the Nokia C5. But as mentioned above, due to a number of complaints regarding problems users were experiences, Sampo Cheng of the Nokia Symbian Smartphone Team today announced that the update is intended to address most of these bugs as well as bringing additional feature.

If you’ve not experienced any problems, you may want to try out the beta, as some of its new features include direct HTML view, which is a nice addition. The official release of this client will come later via Nokia Software Updater, so you can always wait till then.

Supported devices:

  • E72 PR2.0 (031.023) onwards
  • C5 PR1.0 (031.022) onwards
  • E5-00 PR1.0 (041.021) onwards
  • E73 PR1.0 (042.007) onwards
  • E52 PR2.0 (031.012) onwards

Happy Holidays From The Nokia Review

Apologies for the belated Christmas wishes, we hope you all had a great day with your family and friends and that Santa’s brought you all what you asked for. If a new Nokia was on your Christmas wish list and you were lucky enough to receive one, then we want to hear from you. Drop a comment after the break and let us know which device or accessory you received and what you think of it.

Also make sure you check out our free downloads section to grab the latest apps, games and themes to make the most of your new device.

How To | Sync Gmail Calendar & Contacts With Symbian^3 Devices

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to sync your Gmail Calendar and Contacts with Symbian^3 devices. The video tutorial is demoed on a Nokia N8, but this method is the same for all Symbian^3 powered handsets. Check out the tutorial after the break.

First of all, if you use a Google Apps account, you’ll need to make sure that the ‘Google Sync’ option is enabled in Service Settings > Mobile.

Then follow the steps below on you Symbian^3 device:

  • Create New Mailbox and select the Mail for Exchange option.
  • Enter your login details leaving the Domain option blank.
  • Hit Next until you see the Mail for Exchange Server option and enter
  • Finally decide what and how to sync and you’re done.

Swype Beta For S60 5th Edition Updated | Release Candidate

Swype Beta for Symbian has just been updated to a release candidate (v1.0.16481) for S60 5th Edition handsets. The new update fixes a host of bugs as well as a few additions in the settings menu which include Copy and Paste, and the Edit Layer. Hit the jump to find out more.

Here’s what the team had to say:

“Thanks in no small part to your feedback on the previous beta releases, we are now happy to bring you a release candidate of Swype for S60 5th Edition phones. This is currently on its way to final quality testing for Ovi Store, and we wanted you testers to have first crack at it.

An awful lot of changes have been made to the application since the last update, not the least of which is better support for language downloads and language performance improvements. You’ll also find the Copy and Paste now appear in the Settings menu as well as the Edit Layer, and a lot of bugs have been quashed.”

Nokia N8 Software Update | Apps Update 1.0

The Nokia N8 has received a new software update titled ‘Apps Update 1.0’. This is again not a new firmware update but a core applications update to improve the stability of phone applications. Hit the jump to find out more.

Checking the details of this software update revealed a short description stating: This update improves the stability of phone applications. This the same description as the first software update the Nokia N8 received in October 2010 title ‘Phone Apps’. The update is around 1.1MB (1086 kB) and can be downloaded by going to MENU > APPLICATIONS > SW UPDATE.

Facebook: Difficult find out in the political game and public opinion turmoil

US social networking giant “Facebook” (Facebook) is facing a serious crisis.

On February 12, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the cover page of the Wired March issue of the US technology magazine. But unlike the usual “sunshine boy” image in the media, Zuckerberg on Wired’s cover is bandaged, his lips cracking and bloody. After interviewing 51 Facebook employees and former employees, Wired published a long story that opened the face of turmoil in Facebook companies over the past two years.

On the same day, multinational giant Unilever said that if Facebook and Google were unable to clear the content of “creating social fragmentation, promoting anger and hatred,” they would remove the ads from these websites. In January, media mogul Murdoch also criticized Facebook for using “unreliable algorithms” to indulge in false news. Fake news that has been criticized on Facebook since the U.S. election in 2016 has also brought it into the field of investigation of “enabling Russia.”

As the politics and society of the United States get divided and the media suffers from the “post-truth” challenge, Facebook, as the social platform and news channel through which a large number of Americans rely, is having to return from idealism to reality and face difficulties in political games and public opinions Find a way out.

From social networks to news platforms

Once upon a time, Facebook was not an important source on which many Americans relied for news. As originated in Harvard University, and gradually extended to other elite schools in the United States, and then to the country and even a social networking products around the world. Facebook’s big move is that it changes the habit of people not sharing personal information online, and then provides that information to advertisers, making it one of the most important media of the 21st century.

In 2012, in a contest with Twitter, its main rival for news, Twitter copied a lot about Twitter, adjusting its homepage flow, adding news content, adjusting page design, and clearly displaying the headlines of news stories The author, also sent someone to tell reporters how to use Facebook to better win readers.

By the end of 2013, news hits on Facebook had doubled, while tweets started to decline. By 2015, Facebook has overtaken Google as the premier site for draining the news media. In the same year, Facebook launched an “instant article,” allowing the media to publish news directly on Facebook. This can speed up the opening and improve visual effects, but the media needs to give up some of its autonomy. Most of the traditional media industry, which has been in the doldrums of social media over the years, mostly agreed.

However, Facebook does not seem fully aware of what news influence means. Facebook management values ​​quality and accuracy, sets rules to clear pornography, protects copyrights but does not hire as many journalists and does not spend much time discussing professional topics of concern to the media industry: What is fair news? What can be counted as facts? How to distinguish news, analysis, satire and comment?

Facebook regards itself as an open and neutral platform, and the United States provided support in the 1996 Communications Code Act to protect web-based platforms from being responsible for content posted by users.

As a result, Facebook has never prejudiced the information released by the media. Any news will appear in the same way in the falls, whether it is the Washington Post’s investigation report, the New York Post gossip, Fake news posted by a fake newspaper account. On the one hand, people can easily get the message from all over the world, and on the other hand, it has hidden dangers for fake news.

In the general election into a party dispute

Political divisions in the 2016 U.S. presidential election have drawn Facebook into an unprecedented political controversy.

In February 2016, Facebook’s early investor Roger McNamee discovered a curious phenomenon: there have been some political opinions in the Facebook group that supports left-wing Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders Expression Packs, but apparently not for Sanders supporters, more like an organized move. This makes Mac Nami feel a bit suspicious.

Also in early 2016, Facebook’s security team found that more and more users from Russia are trying to steal journalists and public figures. Facebook reported the findings to the FBI, but received no response afterwards.

At the same time, Facebook is also accused of favoring liberals and prejudicing conservatives. Gizmodo’s Michael Nužez, a technology Web site, revealed that some employees of Facebook’s “hot topics” team are trying hard to increase the exposure of liberal news and boycott conservative news. The story was quickly relayed by popular right-wing media such as Bret Bud News and Draghi, as well as a protest from Republican senators.

Faced with the crisis, Facebook sent people to Washington for negotiation and invited 17 prominent Republicans to visit Facebook headquarters. Zuckerberg repeatedly stressed to them that Facebook is an “open platform.” In June, Facebook adjusted its algorithm while remaining cautious about any actions that may be considered discriminatory.

In the summer of 2016, with the conclusion of the bipartisan primaries, Hillary Clinton and the Trump camp started to use Facebook to launch voter offensives. However, the Trump camp seems to be superior and upload voter information to Facebook. Similar Audience “feature analyzes features of Trump’s existing supporters and sends canter tickets to other potential backers.

More fake news appeared on Facebook in favor of Trump, such as allegations that Hillary secretly sold arms to the “Islamic State” extremist group, or that FBI agents who might leak Hillary mail were found dead and so on. By the end of the campaign season, the hottest fake news on Facebook had more clicks, comments and sharing than the hottest news. These fake news stories are believed to have had a certain impact on the outcome of the election.

Report analysis, this phenomenon may have a variety of reasons. After being criticized as being conservative, Facebook management may not dare to do anything that may be considered politically inclined. Facebook requires advertising revenue, while fake news with high traffic can attract traffic. Employee bonuses are largely based on Facebook’s revenue growth, so they may be reluctant to go it alone. In addition, being restricted by the Communications Code Act, Facebook may be more troublesome if it starts to eradicate fake news.

Involved in “pass Russian door”, many former executives choke

Mr Trump’s election is beyond the expectations of many employees at Facebook. Two days after the election, Zuckerberg rejected the challenge by saying that the so-called fake news on Facebook affected the election results and was “quite a crazy idea.”

Facebook prepares a piece of data saying fake news is only a small part of the content on Facebook. However, the data focus only on the share of fake news on the entire Facebook page and do not measure the actual impact of these fake news and how they affect particular groups.

A week later, Zuckerberg issued a document saying that Facebook took the issue of fake news seriously and put forward a seven-point plan. At a meeting in Peru, he met with U.S. President Barack Obama to assure him that Facebook is seriously addressing this issue. At the same time, Facebook set up a “Working Group on Authenticity of Information Flows” to meet and discuss daily. Soon after, Facebook began introducing news verification and hired a former host of CNN to run the Facebook News Project.

In the eyes of Renée DiResta, a cyber-security expert, the issue of fake news on Facebook is not as straightforward as the lack of verification. She writes that social media “allows malicious people to work on a platform-scale scale because social media is designed for high-speed information flow and viral transmission.” That is, robotic programs can cheaply “create a massive grassroots action phantom”.

In the meantime, Facebook’s fake news crisis is also escalating. Six months after the election ended, Facebook began to realize that it was involved in the issue of national security. Earlier, Facebook had noticed the attacks by Russian hackers in the early stages of the election but did not attract much attention. In 2017, the Facebook security team conducted an investigation as US intelligence accused Russia of using social media to influence the U.S. presidential election.

In the end, Facebook found a group of accounts funded by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian group that was used to “manipulate domestic political opinion in the United States.” Among them was a public homepage called “Heart of Texas” , Which publishes mainly to advocate the independence of Texas. The “Black activist” homepage is pushing news of the police violence against African-Americans, with even more fans than the official Black Certified page.

Eventually, in September 2017, Facebook issued a document announcing that Russia put around 3,000 advertisements trying to influence U.S. politics before and after the election to pay Facebook for $ 100,000.

However, the impact of these content may be more than that. Jonathan Albright, a cybersecurity expert, found these Facebook-turned-off accounts when he signed in to CrowdTangle, Facebook’s analytics platform. He said data on six of the accounts was also retained, with their respective 500 most recent articles being forwarded more than 340 million times.

In November, after face counsel attended the U.S. Senate hearing, a number of former top Facebookers openly criticized the company. Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook, said he regretted having pushed his Facebook to the public because “God knows how much impact it is having on the children’s brains.” Eleven days later, a former Facebook privacy executive Sandy Parakilas wrote in The New York Times calling for government regulation of Facebook.
Attitudes toward the news media from “cold” to “hot”

On the other hand, although Facebook has in fact become the main news platform in the United States, it has always been in disagreement with the mainstream news media. The news media believes that Facebook and Google account for three-fourths of the electronic advertising business, leaving the media competing for the rest of the advertising business. The media also believes that Facebook’s algorithm has contributed to the spread of “vulgar news,” such as The New York Times, which has long had to compete with Web media Buzzfeed on Facebook, and Buzzfeed now has to deal with an increasing number of “title parties” competition.

In addition, the media is dissatisfied with the enormous power of Facebook. Facebook’s market value is likely to exceed 200 times the New York Times, so journalists are always at a disadvantage and Facebook can hurt a single media, manipulate traffic, ads and readership at any time.

At the same time, Facebook employees are reluctant to listen to media people who do not understand the algorithm to preach that the success of Facebook benefits from its product advantages. News is only 5% of the global content of Facebook, so Facebook can give up news services at any time. Meanwhile, people who know Zuckerberg think the head of Facebook is not interested in the current issue of the journalism, preferring to think about problems five to 20 years later, and the editors of the media are usually working for the next quarter worry.

In 2016, media tycoon Murdoch said to Zuckerberg that he has long been dissatisfied with Facebook and Google, believing they monopolize almost the entire electronic advertising market, threatening serious news coverage. Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., Murdoch and News Corp., accused Facebook of arbitrarily altering algorithms and arbitrarily destroying media without consulting media partners. Both men even directly threatened that if Facebook did not act, Murdoch and News Corp would more openly criticize Facebook, and lobbied the government to take unfavorable actions against Facebook.

Currently, Facebook is trying to make changes. Zuckerberg said in November last year that Facebook will make more investments in security and would rather make less money and “protect our community.” Also last fall, Facebook announced that the media would be able to ask users to subscribe “instant articles” for a fee. Zuckerberg also tried to extend his olive branch to Murdoch, who, when eating with senior News Corp. officials last year, dedicated himself to Murdoch, saying he read his biography and admired it.

Earlier this year, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will start pushing “trusted, informative, local” specific media outlets. This year, Facebook may make more similar adjustments. At the moment, it is already trying to get the media to better control the “paywall,” allowing them to showcase their brand identity more prominently. Although Facebook has always insisted that it is only a social platform, it is gradually recognizing its responsibility as a media publisher: care about readers and the truth.

Apple shareholders have said what the General Assembly: Cook to find successors in-house

Apple’s 2018 Annual General Meeting was held today at Apple Orchard’s Steve Jobs Theater, the first time Apple held its shareholder meeting in the new campus. Although no surprise occurred during the voting process, Apple CEO Tim Cook also dished out some details about the Apple Watch, Apple Pay and his heirs.

As reported by reporters at the scene, Apple prepared six agenda items for its shareholders’ meeting:

a) Voting eight current candidates on the board of directors, including James Bell, Tim Cook, Al Gore, Bob Iger, Andrea Jung, Art Levinson, Ron Sugar and Sue Wagner;

b) To approve the appointment of Ernst & Young as Apple 2018 Independent Certified Public Accountants;
c) vote on the resolution of approval of administrative compensation;
d) vote on a plan to approve a revised Apple non-employee share capital;
e) if proposed at the annual meeting, vote on the shareholders’ proposal put forward in the proxy form;
f) Deal properly with other business that may occur before the annual meeting is postponed or postponed.

Voting results

Site reports said the general meeting started with a video showing “consumers using Apple Smartwatch,” followed by Katherine Adams, Apple’s new chief lawyer, detailing stock details and investor rules prior to the vote. Adams recently replaced Bruce Sewell as General Counsel for Apple.

Somewhat funny is that in the vote re-election board, a shareholder refused to vote in protest against Apple’s software development direction. Site reports said the shareholder was unhappy about Apple abandoning its support for Aperture in 2015 and still using iOS 9, saying Apple is losing its connection with working people.

The second shareholder questioned even the Apple board only two female directors, the third person is more concerned about the performance of Apple’s mobile phone, she said her son dropped the phone into the toilet, asking Apple when to improve water resistance.

It is worth noting that one shareholder questioned the qualifications of some board members and asked Apple to provide more information about them.

Following the re-election of the Board, the second to fourth agendas, as detailed above, were quickly approved.

Shareholders also demanded that Apple create a human rights commission, including research on children’s addiction to the iPhone. Earlier this year, the issue caught the eye, prompting Apple to pledge to increase parental control.

Apple said its audit committee has assumed many of the responsibilities of the Human Rights Commission, but shareholders hope the new committee will do more than the audit committee.

As usual, management’s objections to shareholder proposals have not been approved. Proposals V and VI (management objections) received only 32% and 5.6% of the votes in favor.

question Time

Although there are few surprises in the voting process, most of which have been done by mail in advance, questions and answers between shareholders and Cook are often more interesting.

After the Q & A session began, Cook first claimed that iPhone X’s customer satisfaction was as high as 99%. However, 1% of users who are always annoying are not satisfied! Cook recently announced that since the launch in November last year, iPhone X has sold more than other Apple phone models. He also revealed that Apple has nearly 1 billion subscribers (including services such as iCloud and Apple Music), so it is about to usher in a new milestone.

On Apple Watch and other wearables, Cook said the services are already close to the Fortune 300 companies. Cook said last summer that so-called wearable devices (watches, AirPods, Beats and others) have reached the Fortune 500 companies.

On the acquisition, Cook said Apple acquired 19 companies in 2017 and is likely to make more acquisitions this year. In addition, Apple invested 12 billion U.S. dollars in research and development in 2017. Apple employs about 123,000 full-time employees and plans to add another 20,000 in 2018.

Cook also briefly talked about the company’s continued efforts to improve employee diversity, then quickly moved to store-managed content.

Cook was asked the first question is the succession plan of Apple CEO. One shareholder said she was pleased that technology media abandoned the topic of “Cook’s CEO is not as good as Jobs,” but asked who Apple would replace him in the future. In response, Cook said his job is the need to elect internal candidates, but Apple’s board may choose external candidates.

On the topic of mobile payments, Cook said Apple Pay did not actively replace cash as he had expected a few years ago, but penetration is accelerating, especially outside the United States. Jennifer Bailey recently admitted that half the U.S. suppliers accept Apple Pay, while Eddy Cue said Apple Pay is private and he does not know the exact number to be used.

On Health and Technology Cook continued, he believes Apple can make a difference because it is not focused on Medicare and Medicaid, which are not always the best for patients.

Subsequently, the topic shifted to the tax reform, which is a hot topic for Cook. He, for the most part, on many companies earned outside the United States, but Apple did not return them to the United States because they considered the tax rate too high. Now, Apple plans to convert 350 billion U.S. dollars of overseas cash back to the United States and invest in the U.S. economy.

When it comes to oral health and blockchain technology, the general meeting of shareholders has entered a timeout situation, so there is not much discussion on these two issues.

One shareholder proposed a “special dividend” to Cook, but Cook claimed he did not like the idea of ​​a “special dividend,” but Apple would continue to increase its dividend to investors.

Another question asked the future of Apple’s retail stores and praised Angela Ahrendts. As Ahrendz often said, Cook responded that Apple does not think physical retail should disappear and that the company will continue to invest around Apple’s retail stores.

Finally, just like the usual shareholders’ general meeting, the last problem is that investors request to visit the new campus. To this Cook said that the visitor center in the apple orchard is built to achieve this goal, because most of the work of the apple orchard are in a state of secrecy.

Amazon to do for the business delivery: it can become the next UPS and FedEx it

Amazon may want to launch its own courier service, ambitiously competing with FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS). But to reach the scale of the United States freight logistics giant, the online retail giant still has a long way to go.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Amazon is preparing to launch a delivery service for businesses.

The service, entitled “Shipping with Amazon,” is expected to be launched in Los Angeles for independent merchants selling products on Amazon websites. It is expected that it will also be expanded to more cities and external businesses in the future.

However, analysts pointed out that in the future to be able to package delivery services to other retailers and consumers across the United States, Amazon will need to invest tens of billions of dollars. It also requires thousands of cargo trucks and hundreds of aircraft, as well as thousands of sorting centers to handle millions of packages a day.

According to MWPVL International, a supply chain consultancy, Amazon now only hires 40 aircraft and has about 300 warehouses in the United States, including distribution centers, sorting centers and distribution stations. Analysts said the company is now primarily a sign-off contract with shipping couriers rather than owning those assets, which is a limiting factor.

Wolfe Research analyst Scott Group wrote in a research note on Friday that Amazon “is far from being able to handle all of its packages,” let alone having it for its third party Merchants other than sellers provide delivery service, “and really started to compete with UPS and FedEx.”

Compared to the two logistics giants have a huge Amazon first mover advantage. UPS has been involved in the logistics industry for more than a century before entering the Ford T-model. FedEx has also been in the field for more than 40 years.

FedEx now has about 650 aircraft, 150,000 trucks, 400,000 employees and 4,800 worldwide operations and processes about 12 million cargoes per day. UPS business volume is larger, handling more than 20 million packages per day, serving more than 220 countries and regions. Its cargo fleet includes over 500 self-owned and leased aircraft, more than 100,000 package wagons, and other vehicles that package deliveries.

According to MWPVL International, Amazon shipped about 1.2 billion U.S. domestic shipments last year. However, most of these are delivered through US Postal Service, UPS and FedEx.

Paul Thompson, chairman of Transportation Insight, a North Carolina logistics company, said: “The industry is so big that I would be shocked if FedEx or UPS are now scared by Amazon’s next move.”

“Even if Amazon starts to reach a certain level, UPS and FedEx’s last mile business is at risk, and they will not suffer much because of the low rate of return on the business, which we see as marginally low … So losing some of the last mile’s business may not be a bad thing, “Grupp added. Amazon involved in the distribution area, may also urge the two logistics giants to raise prices, because Amazon still rely mainly on them to deliver parcels.

Meanwhile, Marc Wulfraat, president of MWPVL International, pointed out that delivering some parcels can generate extra revenue for Amazon. The “Shipping with Amazon” delivery option will allow the company to use the return carriage of empty vans to transport goods in urban areas where it has deployed logistics infrastructure.

After completing a day’s cargo handling mission, Amazon drivers can ship parcels to their vehicles in third-party sellers’ warehouses. Then, those outbound packages can be shipped to the regional sorting center and then to other markets by truck or plane.

Waufrat said, “They threw 30 parcels on the truck, and then he (the driver) returned to his starting point of dispatch, and now those parcels are in the Amazon ecosystem.”

Amazon further distribution areas, will exacerbate market competition. At the moment, competitors in this space include both established logistics companies and regional and start-up companies trying to find ways to deliver parcels home.

“This is a very competitive area,” said US Postmaster General Megan Brennan last Friday in response to a question about possible further involvement by the Amazon in the logistics industry. “We have to work hard every day. Take this business. “

Apple in the United States to open the official refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 smart watch

Apple has just updated the Official Renovations page for the U.S. District Store online, adding some models of Apple Watch Series 3 smartwatches. This is the first time that Apple has sold the Apple Watch Series 3 renovation since its release in September 2017. As of press time, Apple only shelves two (GPS-only) models, the discount amount is 50 dollars. Compared with the new table, the preferential rate of about 13 to 15%.

The 38mm Gold Apple Watch Series 3 Gadget Sport Bracelet costs $ 279 (the new watch $ 329) and the 42mm Aluminum Dark Sky Gray Apple WatchSeries 3 plus black sports strap costs $ 309 (the new watch $ 359 ).

The Apple Watch Series 3, released last September with the new iPhone, was the first to join a standalone LTE release. Compared with the previous generation, the new smartwatch is equipped with a faster dual-core S3 processor and an Apple-custom W2 chip (85% Wi-Fi speed).

Google: Google Chrome started blocking five bad ads on Thursday

Google this time to play a big vote, according to a new blog post said that local time on February 15, Chrome browser will block the following types of “bad” ads.
1. Occupies more than 30% of the area of the phone screen.
2. Overlay the full screen and display the countdown timer.
3 automatically play with audio video.
4. can not afford the ads.
Suddenly pop up and cover part of the screen.

Advertising is Google’s economic lifeline, but from February 15, US time, Google Chrome will intercept online advertising. In fact, Chrome will not block all ads and will not block ad tracking software. But Google’s new move has allowed 42% of the sites to reduce the number of ads pushed.

Hundreds of millions of users already have a Chrome browser that has plug-ins that basically block all ads. After the implementation of new initiatives, Chrome will block ads will probably be far less than these plug-ins, but Google’s move to take this step is quite significant. This browser dominates the PC and mobile browser markets. According to research firm StatCounter, Chrome contributes about 56% of page views.

Ryan Schoen, Google’s Web site product manager, said the ad blocking feature is designed to help sites clear unruly, poor-quality ads. Google’s move has yielded some success: about 42% of sites warned Google have removed ads that may not meet “Better Ads Standards.” This includes the Los Angeles Times, Forbes and the Chicago Tribune’s official website.

Schön said: “We hope the Internet will help promote the advertising business to achieve growth and profitability, but also allow users to have a good Internet experience and we hope to restore the balance of the site ecosystem.”

Online advertising can make money on websites such as Google and Facebook so subscribers do not have to pay for subscriptions, which has driven the development of the Internet and helped some of the Web sites to gradually take over the massive user base such as Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users. But as the saying goes, there is no pie in the sky. When people find out how much the free website costs users, they start to show strong opposition to the ads.

Advertising brings too much negative impact. They slow down websites and consume battery power. It also tracks the user’s network operations, building user profiles, and pushing ads that match the user’s interests. They can distract users and may even become a haven for hackers, or turn devices into tools that others can not earn e-money.

Chrome will make what kind of adjustment?

At least for the moment, Chrome’s ad blocking capabilities do not solve most of the above problems, which is just the first step Google has taken to block the “hateful ad push” defined by the Coalition for the Better Ads.

Chrome will block the following ads:
1. Occupies more than 30% of the area of ​​the phone screen.
2. Overlay the full screen and display the countdown timer.
3 automatically play with audio video.
4. can not afford the ads.
Suddenly pop up and cover part of the screen.

Google will release an article explaining this ad blocking feature. However, Google also allows users to cancel this feature.

Google to analyze the site, if the site push ads have over intrusive user characteristics, be warned. If the site is not rectification, it will be blacklisted. Chrome will block all ads on the blacklist site until their ads meet the “Best Available Standards.”

However, Google’s ultimatum is not cleaning ads.

Schön said it would be even better if we were blocking out ads for every page – unfortunately no one would ‘pay’ for the content the user was browsing, and the content of the site would slowly diminish until it dried up. ”

Ben Williams, director of operations at Adblock Plus, said the standards Google uses only eliminate ads that have over-swirled the browsing experience. Eeyo’s Adblock Plus is a well-known ad blocking application, funded by companies such as Google. If the user chooses not to block, it can unblock certain ads.
However, some products in the field of browser are more and more strong on advertising technology.

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich founded Brave Software. One of the company’s browsers blocks all ads and ad-tracking software by default. In the coming months, the company plans to adopt new technologies that allow ads that are pushed to user preferences but at the same time protect the privacy of users without being intercepted. Apple is limiting ad tracking in Safari. Firefox provides the option to turn off ad tracking.

Andres Arrieta, technology project manager at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Google Chrome intercepts not advertiser tracking but ads that are too annoying. This is not surprising, as Google’s tracking technology can be used in a wide range of applications.

“This is a dilemma for Google, should it protect users or protect the lifeblood of making money?” He suggested that users install applications that block ads and ad tracking, push ads based on the site’s own content, rather than on the user’s personal information website.

Ad blockers are a big threat to ad-broadcasters. PageFair reports in a 2017 report that about 615 million devices are using ad blocking technology. PageFair’s business is to help advertisers bypass the shielded software.

The younger you are, the more likely you are to use ad blocking. And these young users are precisely the advertisers who want precise delivery.

Deloitte, a consulting firm, conducted a survey of users in North America. Kevin Westcott, director of media and entertainment, said: “31% of users currently use ad blocking software, which is up 45% among those aged 20-33.”

90% of these shielded users just want to get rid of all ads, about 85% to speed up the network, and 76% to keep their privacy safe.

This is a terrible vicious cycle.

Deloitte wrote in a survey report:

As traffic grows, revenue per click decreases, and the number of brokers that earn commissions increases. To deal with these situations, websites have to push more banner ads and video ads. Hundreds of millions of users annoyed to use the ad screen software, resulting in more ads being bombarded by users who did not intercept ads.
Can not avoid advertising

Some websites are working hard to deal with these changes. The Washington Times and The New York Times sites have followed the example of Wall Street’s “pay-wall” initiative that requires subscribers to pay subscription fees.

The technology magazine site Wired just implemented the Paywall policy, which had previously taken the measure of preventing users from using ad blocking software. Online news site Salon is experimenting with a new policy that removes the hassle of advertising as long as the user agrees to allow the site to use his browser to monetize the electronic money.

In the face of this complex situation, Chrome can introduce some unusual amendments?

For example, Chrome has implemented a feature in the safety hazard caused by ads – attempts to warn users that the site they’re about to browse may launch an attack. Schön said a higher advertising security factor is a new direction that Google may work on in advertising.

“It’s going to be a very long journey,” Schön said. “The February 15 Google blocking of ad blocking in Chrome was only the first initial step, and we’re continuing to take steps to create a better user experience “

Facebook by the middle-aged favorites, young people under the age of 25 can not stay

Facebook may be losing its appeal to younger users. Recent research shows that young people and youth groups are turning Facebook away from Snapchat, and Facebook is still prevalent among users over the age of 55. Snapchat has many innovative features, such as filters and lenses that let users add a variety of effects to the picture, making it popular with younger users.

More to the point, the app places a lot of emphasis on privacy, and the short duration of content sharing offers a unique forum for young people that Facebook can not offer. The study comes from eMarketer, a New York-based market research firm, and a study of digital media users in the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to the study, Facebook’s subscriber share in the United States market is still growing, mainly due to the growing number of older user groups. According to eMarketer Research, the number of 18-to-24-year-old Facebook users in the United States is expected to decline and is expected to decline 5.8% from the previous year.

The research firm also claims that since the beginning of the study, less than half of young people aged 12-17 in the United States have used Facebook for the first time, the number of users in this age group has dropped 5.6%. The number of users under 12 years old also showed a 9.3% decline this year. According to eMarketer, this trend is expected to continue into 2019 and 2020, while the number of users under the age of 25 will all decline.

Facebook will lose about 2 million users under the age of 25 this year, and Snapchat and Instagram will be key beneficiaries. According to eMarketer’s survey, Facebook is still the most popular social network in the U.S. market with about 165.5 million users this year.

According to eMarketer predicts that the rapid growth of Instagram will have 104.7 million US users, and Snapchat users will reach 86.5 million. Overall, Facebook users in the UK are expected to reach 32.6 million in the coming year. But young Facebook users in the UK between the ages of 12 and 24 are expected to cut about 700,000 from the previous year. In the meantime, about 500,000 new users over the age of 55 are expected to join the Facebook family.

If this trend is globally representative, that means tens of millions of young users will leave Facebook, while older new users will become younger users. Bill Fisher, a senior UK analyst at eMarketer, said: “Facebook has been left out of the blue and now there are early signs that younger social media users are increasingly being influenced by Snapchat.”

He states: “The challenges and opportunities facing Snapchat are how to reach users outside of the younger community.” Since the launch of Snapchat in 2011, it has become more prevalent among adolescents and youth groups. Everything on Snapchat is time-limited and can be sent directly to individuals or a small group of friends, which is key to its appeal to younger users.

The instant messenger app also features a series of interactive features that are attractive for adolescents and also contribute to the growing number of young users. But these features also make older people, like Facebook’s simpler social media experience, less interested in Snapchat.

Tesla blocked in China: Shanghai has not yet reached an agreement to build a factory

Tesla Inc., the nation’s biggest maker of electric cars, is plunging into a niche niche in the Chinese market because Elon Musk has so far set up a production plant in China The matter still can not reach an agreement.

Sources said Tesla seven months ago said it is working with the Shanghai government in seeking to assemble cars here, and now such an agreement has not been reached, because the two sides in the proposed ownership structure of the plant there are differences. The source is reluctant to disclose his identity because the two sides are still in a state of confidentiality.

Tesla’s slow start to local manufacturing means Tesla is exploring the possibility of selling new energy vehicles such as battery-powered vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles in China. The Chinese government hopes to reduce air pollution and reduce dependence on imported oil, and through relevant policies to stimulate consumer dependence on fuel consumption.

Commenting on the importance of the Chinese market to Tesla, Jeffrey Osborne, an analyst at Cowen & Co. in New York, said: “It is a market they need to establish.”

Tesla declined to comment on the negotiation between the local government and the local government in producing cars.

The differences between the two sides do not mean that no agreement will be reached in the future. Tesla currently sells cars in China, but imports tax is 25%, which makes the company’s car sales in China beyond the affordability of most consumers.
Tesla Model X produced in the United States is shipped to China for about 835,000 yuan (about 174,000 U.S. dollars), and the prices are for the Chinese market from BAIC Motor Corp., Warren Buffett invests in BYD Co. and rival cheaper products like startups NIO and Byton.

Tesla said in June last year that it is working with the Shanghai government to explore local production, and the company was expected to be able to define production plans more clearly by the end of 2017. The company said it needed to set up factories locally to ensure that its products were at competitive prices in the markets it served.

In November last year, Elon Musk said at a press conference that Tesla was about three years from the start of production in China, which means the earliest production date would be in 2020.

Tesla this waiting may not be over soon. Elon Musk’s talk with analysts announced on February 7 after the company’s earnings announcement did not address China and the company did not mention its plans in China.
“Tesla has no strategic route,” said Yale Zhang, general manager of AutomaticForesight, a Shanghai-based consultancy. “It owns Elon Musk’s aura and its products are slightly ahead of competitors, but other companies – – especially Chinese electric car start-ups – are catching up fast. ”

According to data collected by Bloomberg, the vast majority of the 104,471 vehicle-powered cars in the United States are Testers. However, in China, Tesla only sold 14,883 vehicles, accounting for 3% of the 449,431 existing sales of battery-powered vehicles in China.

Tesla only ranked tenth, Beijing Automotive Group’s Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. sales of 10.2341 million units, ranked first; BYD sales of 3.3020 million units in the third.

Tesla said it has set up 31 retail stores and over 1,000 “Superchargers” in China to charge an electric car in 30 minutes.

China Association of Automobile Manufacturers estimates that new energy vehicles (including battery powered vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles) sold 777,000 units last year and may exceed 1 million this year. By 2025, the Chinese government’s goal is to sell 7 million vehicles a year.

Buyers said the considerable subsidies are working. 36-year-old Shanghai office worker Lily Li bought a Beiqi new energy car, the new generation of pure electric entry-level models EV160 less than the price after the subsidy of less than 100,000 yuan. Although this electric car has less mileage than Tesla, Li Lili said, “I am very interested in Tesla battery technology, but only when Tesla’s price is below 300,000 yuan, I can afford. “It takes years to catch up, so I had to solve the problem with a domestic electric car.”

According to BYD official website, BYD’s best-selling e5 models, after deducting government subsidies, cost 129,900 yuan.
Nio and Byton also beat Tesla in terms of price. Nio’s ES8 runs 355 kilometers (221 miles) on a single charge and costs $ 448,000.

Byton, a company formerly founded by BMW AG in Nanjing, Byton last month released a SUV at CES in Las Vegas that will be set at $ 45,000.

“For Tesla, the market will be narrower here,” said Bill Russo, chief executive of Automobility, a Shanghai-based consulting firm. “If your price is twice that of a competitor, then you Always in trouble. “

American men fall in love with sports shoes, Silicon Valley invested 300 million U.S. dollars in this market

When Danny Rimer learns that an online sales platform for athletic shoes called Goat is looking for investors to help expand its business, he recommends his venture capital firm, Index Ventures, lead the $ 60 million.

GOAT sells such limited edition sneakers as Nike Air Jordan and Adidas Yeezy. Rimer said: “There is no doubt that the sports shoe market has opened a real take-off pace, and these companies have come up with effective solutions that allow users to easily browse, buy and sell sports shoes. Completed this round of financing, raising the total financing of GOAT to 97.6 million U.S. dollars. He said, “It will soon become a universal phenomenon.”

Index Ventures is just one of many venture capital firms that have recently started to focus on the $ 65 billion footwear industry. Despite the overall weakening in apparel sales, the development of the sneaker market has thrived due to continued strong user demand for limited edition shoes and fashion sneakers. In addition, this is an area where major electricity providers such as Amazon have not yet swallowed up.

In the past three years, venture capital firms have invested more than $ 300 million in the sneaker market, involving more than 20 sneaker start-ups. These start-ups are committed to making sneaker online transactions more accessible and eliminating fake and shoddy products in the industry. Related huge sums of money will be sports shoes occupy Facebook feed and Pinterest and other major social media pages. Among the investors are well-known venture capital firms Silicon Valley such as Kleiner Perkins and Caufield & Byers, as well as celebrities such as Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith. From Hollywood to Sand Hill Road, it seems that everyone in the market about the foot cast a heavy heart.

Rothy’s, a San Francisco-based footwear startup, sells flat-bottomed shoes made of plastic waste bottles to consumers for $ 125 a pair, aiming for a green concept. In contrast, Birdies sells suede slippers with a leopard-print tassel for $ 140. And those accustomed to walking casual style technicians are buying Allbirds wool sneakers. Stance’s goal is to treat “socks and poems” as the latest trendy way to express yourself.

The main audience for the footwear market is men, who are in fact equally obsessed with fashion. Due to the relaxation of the workplace, ties have been declining in men’s closets, and smart phones have replaced the specific status of watches. The socks and shoes have become a lot of dudes pursuit of fashion products. Market research firm NPD Group data show that sales of casual shoes in the United States, including comfortable, work-friendly sneakers soared 17% in 2017 to 9.6 billion.

GOAT, the leader in the industry, reportedly had 15 million monthly visits. This is a platform for selling old and new sports shoes, the main business is to sell limited edition Nike and Adidas sneakers. All shoes that are traded online will be checked in Culver City, California, and Secaucus, New Jersey. GOAT draws a 12.4% commission on each transaction, with an average of about $ 300 each.

The platform has 7 million members, each member has registered information on personal preferences and shoe size. In addition to raising $ 30 million, GOAT also announced the acquisition of Flight Club, a sports consignment store with physical stores in New York and Los Angeles. Eddy Lu, chief executive, said the company will have annual sales of hundreds of millions of dollars after the transaction is successful.
Amazon sold just over $ 3.7 billion in footwear last year, according to One Click Retail, a market research firm, but Lu and his investors think the niche sites have plenty of room to focus on their own unique product inventory. “Amazon is great for everyday products like toilet paper and dog biscuits,” said Lu. The products you buy at Amazon have no soul at all. A new generation of consumers really value. And planning, what they buy is not just something that is not a commodity. ”

Sneaker manufacturers have created a secondary market by restricting product inventories and frequently releasing new ones to keep the brand attractive, and GOAT estimates the market has reached $ 2 billion in market value. Greg Bettinelli, a GOAT investor and partner at venture capital firm Upfront Ventures, said the launch of the new Air Jordans, a limited edition trading platform outside of the sneaker store, highlights the specialization of hands-on exams Fight against fakes. In contrast, e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and EBay rely heavily on consumer complaints to crack down on counterfeit goods.

Bettinelli was with EBay in 2007, when EBAY acquired the ticketing platform StubHub. He believes the sports shoe market will be comparable to the secondary market for ticketing sales.

Sucharita Kodali, an analyst at market research firm Forrester Research Inc., is more cautious. She said: “Sports and leisure may be the next trend, but may also be bankrupt,” You have the opportunity to vote in the next Lululemon or Under Armor, this is just a game about lifestyles. “

26/5000 Píngguǒ yāoqiú iOS suǒyǒu yìngyòng sì yuè qǐ bìxū shì pèi iPhone X Apple Requires iOS All Apps Must Fit iPhone X from April

iPhone X has been around for a while, but not all mobile apps that fit the iPhone X are required. Therefore, Apple requires that all iOS apps be adapted to iPhone X from April, after all Apple requires that all iOS apps be compatible with iPhone since April X is how is it? Let’s take a look at it

Notify developers today that beginning April 2018, all apps submitted to the AppStore Store must support iPhoneX’s SuperRetina display. This means that developers of new applications must ensure that their applications perfectly support the 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED screen.

In recent years, Apple has been asking developers must adapt the application to Apple’s latest equipment. In an email today, Apple said it encourages developers to have applications support new features in iOS 11, such as CoreML, SiriKit and ARKit. However, it should be noted that this does not mean that all applications must support these new features.

In fact, even if Apple does not require developers to fit iPhoneX, many developers will do it themselves. Currently most applications developers will be adapted to iPhoneX as the most important task at the moment.

Wal-Mart into the cloud to narrow the gap with the Amazon

Walmart Inc. One of the strongest hurdles to compete with Amazon in the field of e-commerce is its six giant cloud networks.

These facilities, which have spent millions of dollars on Wal-Mart and took nearly five years to complete, are beginning to pay off. The retailer’s online sales in the past three consecutive quarters has been very hot, far more than the industry growth.

Thousands of proprietary servers are driving this growth, and enable companies to handle the data of countless customers internally.

Most retailers rent the computing power they need to store and manage these data. But Wal-Mart’s decision to build its own internal cloud network shows its ambition to grab a bigger share of online shopping. It also reflects the company in the follow-Amazon, the use of cloud-driven big data to promote digital sales.

The move helps Wal-Mart maintain its competition with Amazon in terms of pricing and tight control of critical nodes such as inventory. In an interview with the company’s San Bruno, California and Sunnyvale campus in California, Wal-Mart executives said such efforts are making Wal-Mart lock shoppers with more personalized products and better services .

Tim Kimmet, director of cloud operations at Wal-Mart, said: “It’s a lot different than how fast we can grow our e-commerce business.” For example, Wal-Mart is using the cloud Data to store frequently ordered items from customers using voice-over-shopping devices such as Google Home.

In addition, such a network is still helping the retailer improve its in-store operations. Using data collected from millions of transactions, the company’s process accelerated by 60% and items purchased online by consumers were returned directly to local stores. Moreover, Wal-Mart can adjust the prices of all its stores in a timely manner.

Jeremy King, Wal-Mart’s CTO, told the media: “We are now in a position to make changes faster,” he added, adding that Wal-Mart can now make over 170,000 changes per month to software that supports its site , But before the change is less than 100 times.

Of course, according to eMarketer, a market research firm, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest offline retailer, has only 3.6% of the U.S. e-commerce market, while Amazon has a market share of 43.5%.

However, as the retail industry in the United States is experiencing a huge impact, Wal-Mart’s cloud computing efforts are significant and data-based decisions make it more important than ever to understand how shoppers shop.

Wal-Mart’s third-quarter online revenue rose 50% YoY, which helped it announce its most robust quarterly earnings increase since 2009.

Kerry Liu, chief executive of Rubikloud Technologies, which offers artificial intelligence services to retailers, said: “The wrestling between Wal-Mart and Amazon has been on the rise and cloud computing is the latest frontier.”

Cloud plans are just one of several steps Wal-Mart has taken to upgrade its e-commerce business. The company expanded its online offering by acquiring smaller e-commerce retailers. Wal-Mart offers a two-day free delivery service for orders of $ 35 or more, and recently also required suppliers to supply them with products for $ 10 or more to help them make money online.

But Wal-Mart’s decision to build a network that does not rely on a single third-party cloud technology provider enhances its ability to understand shoppers, who are now shopping at stores or via desktops, mobile devices and applications. Right now, about 80% of Wal-Mart’s cloud networks are built by themselves.

Tim? Kimome, director of cloud operations at Wal-Mart, said that security is another important factor behind this effort, allowing retailers to better protect customer data. This confidentiality extends to its six “giant clouds” or gigantic server farms, as well as 75 “micro-cloud” locations. However, the company declined to disclose the location of these “micro-clouds.”

To date, Wal-Mart shareholders seem to support the company’s cloud strategy. The company’s share price has risen 49% over the past year, while the S & P 500 index rose only 14% over the same period, and this is in stark contrast to the entire retail decline.

However, some investors are worried that if the market conditions change significantly, Wal-Mart’s practice will make the company more difficult to shrink. Some of those investors told the media they want to see Wal-Mart commercialize excess capacity, as rival Amazon did.

According to estimates from the investment bank Jefferies Group LLC, Amazon’s cloud computing service AWS achieved revenue of $ 18.8 billion in 2017 and has a 26% share of the cloud market.

Charles Sizemore, founder of Wal-Mart, a venture capital firm that runs Sizemore Capital Management LLC, said: “Wal-Mart is very good at following Amazon’s innovations and now they have to find a way to make The cloud business you are building can make a profit like AWS. ”
Tim? Kimmei, Wal-Mart’s cloud director, said the retailer is not currently offering cloud services to other companies, but he does not rule out that it will become the company’s revenue driver for the future.

US Parking Operator: Uber is getting less and less parking demand

According to Fortune magazine, John Baumgardner, chief executive of US parking operator Ace Parking, recently wrote in an e-mail detailing the impact of increased demand for car services such as Uber and Lyft on the car park business . Baumgartner’s prospects are bleak, at least for those with rental car parks.

Baumgartner claimed in a company report that hotel parking demand in San Diego has dropped 5% to 10%, while demand for restaurant parking has dropped 25%. There is no doubt that the most affected parking business for the call-receiving service is the nightclub, where valet parking demand has dropped by 50%. All of these numbers seem to be estimates, and Baumgartner does not have a time frame for a drop in parking demand.

The assessment released in September 2017 is also limited to San Diego, but Ace Parking executives said the company saw a “similar” drop in 750 parking lots across the United States. The company focuses on the use of technology, including better parking arrangements and booking options to maintain business operations.

However, compared with the decline in parking business revenue, cities will benefit greatly from the drop in parking demand. Parking and parking are less taxed or economically active than commercial operations, and the expansion of parking operations can actually hurt the economy of cities like Los Angeles.

Even in 2015, cities have begun to relax zoning requirements and set minimum parking quotas, and there are even more signs that urban planners have changed their mind about parking. Perhaps most notably, there may not be a parking lot for the Manchester United stadium planned for David Beckham’s Miami expansion but the pick-up area will be designated for Uber and Lyft.

Only when the driverless car popularizes, the parking reduction will accelerate. This change will make it easier for people to find parking spaces far away from the city and further reduce the car ownership rate. This is bad news for operators such as Ace Parking, but everyone else should welcome the decline in urban parking.

Softbank 100 billion US dollars fund “steward”: will vote 70-100 technology companies

Japan Softbank initiated the establishment of the Vision Fund, a $ 100 billion vision fund, that focused on investing in technology startups last year. In an interview with Mobile World Congress on Monday, visionary chief executive Rajeev Misra said SoftBank would invest 70-100 tech companies through its $ 100 billion vision fund.

According to its latest financial report, about one-third of the investment funds of the Softbank Vision Fund have been settled. And Misra said the attraction of Vision Fund is that it is a “patient, long-term” investor.

Since the first major investment was completed in May 2017, the Vision Fund has invested in 30 companies, including taxi service company Uber, chip maker NVIDIA, and Indian e-commerce company Flipkart.
When asked if the vision fund’s goal is to invest in as many companies, Misra said it will invest 70 to 100 companies.

According to the latest Softbank financial data, about one-third of the funds have been settled.

Mishra said the fund’s appeal was due to its being a “patient, long-term” investor.

“We do get the voice of any startup that wants to raise a key capital, and we want to grab the brunt, not because we have the capital, but there is too much capital in this world, but because we now have an ecosystem , The ecosystem will have an exponential effect, “notes Mishra in a television interview at Mobile World Congress.

Mishra explains that the “ecosystem” means SoftBank can connect the companies it invests with, see if they can coordinate with each other and introduce new markets for them.

However, the Softbank Vision Fund has also been criticized for its generous investment pushing up the valuation of technology companies and thus affecting some venture capitalists, making it more and more difficult for them to invest too much in valuations.

Mishra said the vision fund has a “great symbiosis” with venture capitalists. Vision funds can provide more liquidity to early investors entering start-ups.

“The venture capital community can benefit from the Vision Fund because we typically make major investments in companies and we also buy sub-shares from venture capital firms that really want to exit,” said Misra.
The new shares are mainly bought by new investors from existing investors.

Who is Google’s big boss? Alphabet publishes details of Page and Pique’s terms of reference

The just announced communications agreement between Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveals the company’s decision-making details about the different businesses of its 12 companies.

Figure: Google parent company Alphabet CEO Larry Page (Larry Page)

Google reorganized its corporate structure in late 2015 to form Alphabet, which now strips Google from “other bets.” Among them, Google has advertising business, as well as other businesses (such as cloud computing and hardware). The “other bets” include 11 different companies, such as Waymo, a driverless car company, and Verily, a medical subsidiary.

At the end of last year, the SEC questioned the details of how Larry Page, the chief executive of Alphabet, has the power to make decisions in Google’s business and asked PCCG, Sergey Brin, As well as different information gained between Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

In accordance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s communications rules, Alphabet gave a reply on December 15 last year, and the content was released today. Although this information provided by Alphabet is not as shocking as it is, Alphabet provides unusual insight into the company’s complex structure and the authority of executives in decision making. Here are some interesting insights:

Page is the same for every company

As the CEO of Alphabet, Page regularly receives financial information from each of the Alphabet subsidiaries, but he is not responsible for the allocation of resources within Google or “other bets.”

Weekly, Page will receive reports summarizing the company’s revenue and operating profitability as a whole, combined with other bets.

Each month, Page will receive “other bets” operating results. Every quarter, he receives the results of Alphabet’s operations, including the breakdown of revenue from Google’s products and the operating performance of each subsidiary.

Within Google, Page does not receive certain profitability or expense information as part of a weekly, quarterly, or any other periodic report. For example, Page does not receive reports that show the profitability of YouTube and Google Cloud.
Page proposed to compensate Google CEO Pichajs and CEOs responsible for “other bets”, but without the compensation of other executives.

The CEOs of the subsidiaries of Alphabet include:

GV: Venture Capital – David Krane
Capital G: Growth Equity Investment – David Lawee
Verily: Health Care – Andrew Conrad
Calico: Biotech – Arthur Levinson
Jigsaw: Geo-political think tank – Jared Cohen
Chronicle: Web Security – Stephen Gillett
DeepMind: Artificial Intelligence Research – Demis Hassabis
Waymo: Driverless Car – John Krafcik
Sidewalk Labs: Urban Innovation – Dan Doctoroff
X: R & D Labs – Astro Teller
Access: Network Provider – Dinesh Jain

Pizzeria, Google’s chief executive, has absolutely nothing to do with “other bets.”

Although Alphabet last quarter’s earnings were all from Google, which also accounted for more than 98% of Alphabet’s total revenue, Pizarz neither received any financial information on Alphabet’s “other bets” nor did it have any decision-making power.

Take Nest as an example. This non-interference relationship is most vividly demonstrated. In 2014, Google acquired Nest for $ 3.2 billion. When Nest peeled from Alphabet to become an independent subsidiary, it has no connection with Google. But in the end, Alphabet decided to reintroduce Nest back to Google earlier this month.
Picaj did not have the power to allocate all of Alphabet’s resources to Google, but he had a huge influence within Google. Inside Google:

Picazzies receive weekly and quarterly reports, including financial information for each of Google’s product areas, such as YouTube, ads, and hardware, including operating results, capex and Google’s total workforce. Quarterly results include operating results for each product area and product category, specific feature support and number of employees.
Both Page and his co-founder, Alphabet chief Sergey Brin, have not received Picassies’s weekly and quarterly reports.

Even without the approval of Page, Pizzeria could make non-standard licenses or similar arrangements at Google to invest in and merge the acquisitions of butchers. In addition, capital expenditures, real estate, business arrangements, including licensing, cooperation, revenue generation agreements, and other similar transactions and spending, have met the set dollar threshold (undisclosed).

While both Susan Wojcicki and Diane Greene hold the “CEO” title within Google for YouTube and cloud computing respectively, Pizjac is Google’s only Executives who contact and maintain direct contact with Page.

Brin and Ruth Porat

Brin will receive the same report as Page. In addition to Page, he also needs to review the annual business plan for “other bets,” but Page must give the final approval.

Both Brin and Page will oversee “other bets” and occasionally work with Google leaders in different product areas, but these leaders do not have a direct responsibility or contact with them. The “interaction” between Page and Brin is a proposal for engineering and technical specifications for research and product development programs.

Borat, the chief financial officer at Alphabet, is involved in the annual business planning process for Google and “other bets.”

Robot Cimon will board the International Space Station with astronauts this year

According to the British “Daily Mail” reported February 26, the International Space Station astronauts will usher in a new passenger this year: a talking floating robot. Cimon is an abbreviation of Crew Interactive Mobile Companion. He is a spherical robot with a smiling face, weighing 5 kg, with an artificial intelligence brain and an 8-inch large screen.

With propeller-driven thrusters, he was able to move in a weightless environment, he knew how to listen to music, and mastered more than 1,000 sentences. In addition, he is able to float around the International Space Station, provide technical assistance, warn of system failures and dangers, and provide astronauts with a range of entertainment.

Cimon has another special friend at Space Station, the German geophysicist Dr. Alexander Gust. As part of a collaborative human-computer experiment, Cimon recognizes Dr. Gust’s voice and face and even plays his favorite music. Gust and Cimon will collaborate on crystal experiments, Rubik’s cube challenges and completing a medical mission. Among these, Cimon will act as a smart flight camera.

Cimon is an experiment conducted jointly by the German Aerospace Center Space Authority and Airbus, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). Project Lead Tier Eisenberg said: “Cimon is a personal assistant with voice, face recognition, and we want to study the psychological impact of long-term space missions on astronauts and to develop appropriate countermeasures, especially to help Their method of decompression. “From July to October, the European Space Agency will be on a horizon mission when Cimon will board the International Space Station with Dr. Goodstone. Next month Cimon will make its first weightlessness test on a German space agency parabolic flying spacecraft.

The future of Cimon will be equipped with laser pointers, robotic arms and hands and will be able to read out his moods from astronauts’ expressions – stress, sadness or anger.

Apple co-founder Woz: My seven bitcoin was cheated

According to CNBC, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has an innovative mind, so it is no surprise that he is a bitcoin fan. However, at a global business summit, Wozniak claimed that he had cheated him of seven bitcoin.

Figure: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak claimed that someone cheated him seven bitcoin
Wozniak said: “I have seven bitcoin was stolen by fraudulent means.Someone bought them via credit card from the Internet, and then they canceled the credit card payment.It is so easy.This is a stolen credit card Number, so you can never get it back. ”
At today’s price of about $ 10,200 for each bitcoin, Wozniak lost about $ 71,400. At the beginning of last year, the price of bitcoin was less than 1,000 U.S. dollars, after which it rose ten-fold. Cryptocurrency is the first application of blockchain technology that eliminates the need for third parties by creating an almost instant, permanent and secure transaction record.
Wozniak remains a supporter of the cryptocurrency, which he initially purchased as a test for $ 700. “Bitcoin is a money for me that is not manipulated by the government, it’s pure mathematics and it’s immutable.” It is estimated that Wozniak’s worth is 100 million U.S. dollars.

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