Trump removes inspector general overseeing $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief, says report

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

US President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general who was named to supervise implementation of the $2.3 trillion coronavirus economic relief, Politico has reported.
The president also removed Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general for the Pentagon who was named previous week to chair a committee acting as a sort of uber-watchdog regarding the historic economic stimulus plan, from his post on Monday. His position has been taken by the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general, according to Politico.
The law unleashing a flood of money for people, families and small businesses formed four different watchdogs which included federal government officials and lawmakers. The law, signed on March 27, set aside $80 million to form a committee of inspectors general from government agencies to review the flow of money and detect any fraud, waste or abuse.
A representative for the Pentagon inspector general’s office has not made any response to this report yet.

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Google News versus Apple News on iOS

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Google just introduced a new Google News app with totally updated interface and a series of new features that put it on par with Apple's own News app.

The Google News app is rethinking and attempting to renovate the existing Google Newsstand Play app that was previously available through the iOS App Store. It's been totally overhauled though, with a simple, clean interface that's fairly same as the look of Apple News with a dedicated navigation bar at the bottom. 

Google News does, however, have an another section for quickly selecting news categories such as U.S., World, Business, and Technology. 

Both apps showcase a "For You" section based on personalized recommendations. Apple's draws in data from the categories and news sites you select to follow, while Google presents a selection of stories that become more tailored over time depending on what you choose to read and what you select as favorite. 

In these apps, you can search for different news sites, blogs, and topics and include them to your coverage lists to impact "For You." Google's For You section shows a list of five top stories and then gives supplemental stories at the bottom of the list, where as Apple organizes For You into top stories, trending stories, top videos, and then recommendations based on channels and subjects. 

Apple News showcases a "Spotlight" section that features curated news picked by Apple News Editors, which highlights some news topics that you might not have otherwise observed. 

Google News doesn't have a comparable feature, but it has its own unique offering in the form of the "Headlines" section that aggregates the top news stories at the present time. In the headlines section, main stories have a "Full Coverage" option that lets you observe the same story from multiple news sites so all of the angles are covered. 

Google also has a separate "Newsstand" tab that lets you subscribe to paid and free news sources and amount of magazines using payment information stored in your Google Play account. Apple doesn't have a comparable feature right now, but such an option is said to be in the works after its acquisition of magazine subscription service Texture. 

Now its your choice, whether you prefer Google News or Apple News.

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North Korea Accused Of Hacking Bitcoin Exchange Youbit

Friday, December 22, 2017


Previously this week, one of the most well known South Korean Bitcoin exchange Youbit had hard time suffering a large-scale security violation that resulted in the theft of one fifth of user funds.
Right after the hacking attack, Yapian, the owner of Youbit, filed for bankruptcy. In a formal statement, the Youbit team said its users that 75 percent of their holdings on the Youbit exchange will be available and ready for withdrawal. However, to say the rest of the funds, the company told that investors will have to wait till the final settlement of bankruptcy process.
Now here the now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, which once was the most popular Bitcoin exchange in the global cryptocurrency market, the settlement of bankrupt proceedings have taken over four years. Still though, the creditors of Mt. Gox have not acquired their funds and the procedure is still going on.
Sadly, for Youbit investors, it can take few months or even years to receive the rest of 25 percent of their personal funds, since the settlement of bankruptcy proceedings will have to be settled before the company would be able to credit its customers.

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BSNL And Micromax Diwali Offer

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

There is much for Indian customers to rejoice this Diwali season as Micromax has paired up with BSNL to provide a 4G compatible phone that is priced at Rs 2200. This is targeted to compete with what Jio is offering. The effective price of the BSNL powered phone is Micromax Bharat 1 at Rs 5692 which can be paid over a time period of three years.

This is ubiquitously the Diwali offer as it is being launched from October 20th which will be available at associated retail stores in all states.


Bharat 1 is positioned to rival Jio Phone. The phone is mainly for the tier two and three markets where phone users are already getting accustomed to feature rich smart phones at affordable rates. The bundled offer includes a BSNL SIM that makes it a new connection for new users and old users can opt for exchange offers as well.

What you get with Bharat I is comparable with Jio Phone has the phone offers 4GB of storage capacity, 4G Volte features, a 2.4 inch display of QVGA technology and a 2 MP camera among other aspects. The new tariff plan starting at Rs 97 that BSNL offers will have access to live video, movies, music and option for downloading different apps.

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Sailing: Japan test new design model for America's Cup challenge

Sunday, June 04, 2017

SoftBank Team Japan went for a significantly different course to other new teams looking for a challenge Oracle Team U.S.A in this month's 35th America's Cup.

Unlike Britain's Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France who developed their own boats from scratch, Japan purchased their design from the United States holders of the cup.

Led by previous Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker, the team is the first Japanese flagged challenger since 2000 and sponsor SoftBank has set its sights on "becoming the first Japanese team to win the America's Cup".

Under the procedure for the oldest trophy in worldwide sport, challengers can purchase a basic design packages for the one-design 50-foot (15 meter) hindering catamarans.

Getting an America's Cup boat on the water, not to mention taking on Oracle Team U.S.A and Artemis Racing which are both backed by billionaires, expenses 10s of millions of dollars.

And although Japan's close ties to the U.S. defenders have raised some concerns about independence, skipper and CEO Barker states they operate independently on key areas of designing and configuring their catamarans.

Orcale Team

This model is held up by the America's Cup organizers as a method for more hopefuls to install challenges.

SoftBank Team Japan likewise gets know-how in aerodynamics, instrumentation, simulation, composites, infrastructure, hydraulics and data analysis from Airplane, the European plane maker and "innovation partner" to both teams.

Another aspect giving Japan a "home" benefit is that they have based themselves in Bermuda with Oracle Team USA since they were founded in 2015.

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Tesla delivered a record number of cars following increase of Model X demand

Thursday, April 06, 2017

You would believe Tesla would sell far fewer units of its more expensive, slightly frumpier-looking Model X SUV than its essential Model S sedan, however that's not the case nowadays. The electrical vehicle maker has revealed its production levels for the first quarter of this year, and it's apparent that the gap has closed significantly in recent months.

Tesla provided about 11,550 Model X vehicles at the beginning of the year, or simply 1,900 shy of the 13,450 Model S that had owners in the very same period. It's a plain contrast to a year previously, when Tesla provided 12,420 sedans and simply 2,400 SUVs-- buyers are really willing to trade a bit of money and style for some additional capability.

The gap may have been even narrower in perfect conditions. Tesla added that there were "severe" Model X part shortages in the first two months of this year and that it simply didn't have the time to ship every last example to clients in the duration. In other words, expect a huge bump in Model X numbers throughout the spring.

This was still a banner quarter for the automaker. Tesla's quickly increasing production objectives led it to set yet another delivery record, with 69 percent more EVs trading hands against a year previously. Given that, there's simply a couple of months to precede Tesla starts Model 3 production.

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Toyota collaborates with Microsoft to bring voice recognition to vehicles

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Toyota owes Microsoft when it pertains to the future of the automaker's connected vehicles.

Microsoft will accredit a good deal of its connected vehicle patents to Toyota. Toyota will have access to a numerous intellectual properties spanning operating systems, voice acknowledgment, artificial intelligence and gesture control. It has not been revealed just how much money Toyota paid for this access, but we can guess that it probably wasn't low-cost.

This isn't the first time Microsoft and Toyota have collaborated. The two are interacting, and have been for the past year, on Toyota's information science center. Toyota Connected utilizes Microsoft's cloud computing platform to deal with services that concentrate on individualizing client experiences.

Don't anticipate Toyota to be the only one to benefit, however. It's not a special agreement, so Microsoft is free to offer its technologies to other car manufacturers. Not only will that benefit extra producers, it also indicates more cash for Microsoft. Discuss a win-win.

Microsoft, obviously, is not in the business of making automobiles, and that's very not likely to change. However it's a genuine powerhouse when it comes to making intellectual property, and given the rising computerization of the automobile market, it makes sense for Microsoft to turn its attention to connected vehicle technologies.

The tech giant is aware of dealing with car manufacturers other than Toyota. Renault-Nissan is utilizing Microsoft's Azure platform to expand its linked automobile services, including over-the-air updates. Volvo is working with Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality system to communicate with virtual parts during advancement.

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Prime Ministers of Italy and New Zealand resigns, yes on same day!

Monday, December 05, 2016

It's surprising that we are hearing news about 2 Prime Ministers announcing their resignation on same day.

First we will talk about Italy's Matteo Renzi who announced his resignation after his intent to reform the constitution was declined by voters. The referendum defeat, with most ballots counted, the No vote at 60% versus 40% for Yes, with a 70% turnout.

Italy's president, who he will meet later on Monday, will select if he should appoint a new PM or hold elections.

Matteo Renzi and John Key

Now we will talk about New Zealand's PM, John Key, who has announced his resignation citing family reasons and called the decision to be "the hardest decision I've ever made."

"I don't know what I'll do next," Key added.

Mr Key, a popular leader, said it was a personal decision.

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Asia stock funds observes pockets of value after Trump sell-off

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Donald Trump's election victory last month activated a sell-off in Asian shares on increased fears of protectionism - but for some financiers, the selling marks a chance to buy into the continent's still compelling customer story.

Asian developing market stocks lost 5.5 percent in the week after the November 8 election and have been since recovered just 1.6 percent. On the other hand, the United States Dow Jones Industrial average is now 4.7 percent above its pre-election close, that's because of bets U.S. president-elect Trump will raise fiscal spending.

While Asia's trade-oriented economies are viewed as susceptible to Trump's seemingly protectionist propositions, financiers state the principles underpinning the region's big-- and progressively affluent-- pool of customers stay undamaged.

"Emerging markets have lower exposure to an export-driven design than is normally presumed," stated Nannette Hechler-Fayd' herbe, head of financial investment strategy at Credit Suisse.

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"Lots of emerging markets have a customer base that's growing, they have a demographic benefit of a young population ... and a middle class that is emerging."

Average incomes for the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index are anticipated to grow 12.5 percent in 2017 from 2016.

The continent's stocks, on the other hand, stay underestimated. The MSCI Asia ex-Japan index is trading at about 1.5 times book worth, against its 10-year average of 1.8 times. The S&P 500. SPX is at 2.8 times book worth, compared to its historic mean of 2.2 times.

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Nokia's phones to come back with Android in early 2017

Friday, December 02, 2016

Nokia phone

The very first Nokia-branded handsets running Android are on the line to arrive early next year. After revealing its strategies to go back to tablets and phones back in May, Nokia is offering more information today as it formalizes a licensing arrangement with HMD Global (HMD). Likewise based in Finland, HMD is the brand-new house of Nokia phones under a brand name licensing offer that will last for a minimum of one decade.

Nokia is introducing brand-new phones segment on its website today, marking the return of Nokia-branded smart devices and tablets after Microsoft obtained its phone organisation and exterminated the Nokia brand in favor of Lumia for mobile phones. The very first Nokia-branded smart devices powered by Android will be offered in the very first half of 2017, together with Nokia-branded feature phones.

Nokia presently explored with Android simply ahead of Microsoft's acquisition, and the maker's very first gadget after that offer was an iPad mini clone running Android. A Nokia go back to phones-- even in brand, just-- is an odd twist in the Nokia and Microsoft story of having a hard time to adjust to smart devices and Apple's iPhone. We'll be left waiting till early next year to see if the Android-powered Nokia phone is genuinely able to take on Apple, Google, Samsung, and the many other Android phones on the marketplace.

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This Christmas brought a lot of new iPhone 6/6s users

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas has, as you’d expect, has been nice to Apple once again, and significantly to the Cupertino-based firm's line of iPhone handsets. Because as per the early information from one app developer, the amount of iPhone 6/6s handsets in North America indicates to have raised by an estimated of 750 percent since Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

The report comes from the developer behind Pay Finders for iOS (via AppleInsider), a free application that let iPhone owners to locate nearby Apple Pay retailers. As per a Twitter update (below), the application has seen about an estimated of 750 percent increase in new users since Dec. 25, adding that a whopping number of new iPhones were under Christmas trees in 2015, this year.

Pay Finders isn’t a large app, and its information isn’t going to be flawlessly established, but this does give an early attention of iOS adoption over the Christmas period. Apple doesn’t usually reveal this kind of information in much detail, and instead the task is left to firms like IDC (which publish records on the smartphone market). As such, for now, at least, the report from Pay Finders is as better as any we’re going to get concerning Apple’s performance over Christmas.

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Facebook boosted by mobile ad increase

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Facebook’s strong energy in mobile continued right into the 3rd quarter as it reported 72 percent year-on-year growth in advertising on smart devices as well as tablets to $3.3 bn.

Mobile marketing makes up greater than 3 quarters of the social media team's advertisement revenue, up from two-thirds a year back, generated by a 23 per cent rise in month-to-month active mobile customers to 1.39 bn.

Total revenue, including its little as well as decreasing payments company, increased 41 percent to $4.5 bn, ahead of Wall Street expert's projections. Month-to-month active users went beyond 1.5 bn for the first time, up 14 per-cent year on year. 

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Activision Moves Deeper Into Mobile Games With King Digital Deal

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Activision Blizzard Inc.'s prepared purchase of King Digital Home entertainment PLC transforms it into a leader in mobile apps, a cutthroat as well as fast-growing sector of the videogame sector.

The suggested $5.9 billion deal would certainly include King's video games-- amongst the top-grossing apps in the Apple Inc. as well as Google Inc. ecosystems-- to Activision's stable of hit franchise business, which aided the firm report third-quarter incomes that defeat Wall Street's projections.

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Hackers ripped off T-Mobile data on 15 million US customers

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Cyberpunks have swiped personal details on about 15 million T-Mobile United States consumers and also candidates.

The violation went to an unit of the credit rating company Experian, which T-Mobile utilizes to process info on customers.

Names, birth days and social security numbers are among data taken, yet not financial information, the companies stated.

Chief executive John Legere stated his company would certainly examine its link with Experian. "Certainly I am incredibly furious regarding this information breach," he said.

Clients who were credit-checked in between 1 September 2013 and 16 September 2015 are most in danger.

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Facebook, Google look forward to Mobile Ads

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Facebook Inc. provided fresh proof of its attraction to deep-pocketed huge brand names, as it and also Google Inc. significantly take the lion's share of the fast-growing mobile advertising market.

The social networking business uploaded a 39 % increase in quarterly income, virtually three-fourths of which came from advertising and marketing on mobile phones. Expenditures expanded faster than income, however execs claimed the business would spend less than previously anticipated this year, which will certainly improve earnings.

Facebook stated second-quarter revenue reached $4.04 billion, up from $2.91 billion in the exact same period a year previously.

Earnings decreased 9.1 %, to $719 million, or 25 cents a share, from $791 million, or 30 cents a share, a year previously, reflecting Facebook's kept hefty investing, especially on workers. Facebook stated it added 873 staff members in the 2nd quarter, to an overall of 10,955, which is 52 % more than a year previously.

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For Verizon and AOL, Mobile Is a Magical Word

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In a memorandum to workers after revealing that Verizon Communications would purchase his business for $4.4 billion, Tim Armstrong, AOL's president, supplied a rhapsodic hymn on a solitary subject: mobile.

The future of nearly all media, as well as subsequently the future of nearly all advertising, he claimed, has to do with our phones. "If there is one trick to our trip to building the biggest electronic media system in the world, it is mobile," he wrote, by way of describing why AOL, a business known for its information and amusement sites and its dial-up subscribers, was merging with a cellular phone service provider.

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