BMW Group says it is talking with a Chinese automaker about a possible partnership to produce electric versions of its MINI cars for the world's biggest auto market. BMW's announcement Friday adds to increasing competition in China's market for electrics as global automakers spend billions of dollars into developing models to meet official sales quotas. BMW said it signed a letter of intent with Great Wall Motor Co and needs to work out a cooperation agreement and investment details.
BT must make it easier for rival internet providers to use its telegraph poles, telecoms regulator Ofcom says. Ofcom has published a list of new measures to make it cheaper for companies to install ultrafast full fibre broadband infrastructure. It said BT must make it easier for rivals to install fibre on its telegraph poles and in its underground tunnels. Additionally, BT will be banned from reducing its wholesale prices in areas where rival networks are starting to lay infrastructure.
Concerns about the harm caused by too much screen time - particularly when it is spent on social media - are widespread. Indeed, some studies suggest that using social media can bring benefits, or have no effect on wellbeing at all. The Unicef report highlighted a 2017 study by my colleagues at the University of Oxford that examined 120,000 UK 15-year-olds. Overall, the Unicef study suggested that some screen time could be good for children's mental wellbeing.
Casual dining restaurants began to lose their appeal for millennial-generation foodies, and in 2016, Applebee's tried to update its image. We lost a little relevance with our customers, said Stephen P Joyce, chief executive of DineEquity Inc., the Glendale company that owns IHOP and Applebee's. The company is adding technology to make ordering more convenient, Joyce said, and is paying more attention to off-premise dining-that is, takeout orders, often handled by food-delivery services.
At a school in eastern China it is mandatory, part of a drive to train eSport champions and tap into the booming industry. Once associated with teenagers stuck in their bedrooms, eSports-where players square off in lucrative video game tournaments-are growing fast. In fact, it's not the case, eSport is developing to a very high degree and it's become an economic growth driver. League of Legends At the school in Jinan, students focus on improving their skills in some of the most popular eSport games.
A judge gave the green light Thursday to a Minnesota company that wants to put advertising in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft in New York City. Vugo Inc sued New York City in 2015 after the Taxi and Limousine Commission prohibited the ads in vehicles that were not medallion taxis or street hail liveries. Abrams wrote that the city was being unreasonable, in part, because large swaths of the vehicles it regulates are permitted to display advertisements.
In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages. Nissan Motor Co says feedback from people who try it will be used to fine-tune its robo-vehicle mobility service. The automaker said Friday that 300 people have already signed up to try out Easy Ride next month.
This month, two seminal documents in American history-the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution-went on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). They are preserved in sealed encasements that were custom-designed, fabricated and outfitted with environmental sensors by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It's convenient to have continuously updated monitoring data stored on a cloud server and be able to plot the data over time, Ricker said.
Large chunks of the planet are still of out of reach of mobile phone signals - that's about four billion people without access to digital communications. His firm is aiming to offer customers mobile phone connections via a constellation of 200 shoebox-sized satellites weighing just 10kg (22lb) each. With all these satellites, low Earth orbit - an altitude of 2,000km (1,200 miles) or less above the planet - is becoming an increasingly crowded space.
UPS says it will soon start using electric delivery trucks that cost the same as conventional diesel- or gas-fueled ones. The company has been developing the trucks with Ohio-based truck maker Workhorse Group Inc for four years. UPS says it will deploy 50 of the trucks by the end of this year in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas. UPS wants 25 percent of its global fleet to be alternative fuel vehicles by 2020.
Home-share titan Airbnb on Thursday took aim at more upscale travelers with new categories including premium lodging and properties for trips of a lifetime. Airbnb said its Plus offerings would be inspected for comfort, cleanliness, and design, and were said to be intended for guests looking for beautiful homes, exceptional hosts and added peace of mind. Airbnb also unveiled a collections categories that will offer venues for occasions ranging from work to weddings.
The device went through more than 10,000 cycles of stretching and relaxing while maintaining its electrical stability. That includes infinitesimal movements like a heartbeat or a twitch of a finger, to large muscle movements from walking and running. To demonstrate its practicality, researchers built three wearable devices including a knee band, a wristband and a glove. The research, partially funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, was recently published in the Journal of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical.
The lawsuit comes after another former employee, James Damore, sued the company after he was fired for writing a memo criticizing Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs. Damore's lawsuit alleged his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men conservatives. Chevalier's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in San Francisco County Court. In a statement, Google said it prohibits promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender and decides on termination, without any regard to the employee's political views.
Existing devices to analyse toxic gases and air pollutants are limited in terms of their size, performance, versatility and usability. The EU-funded IRON project has developed a miniaturised detector that offers both sensitivity and selectivity to reliably and simultaneously detect small concentrations of multiple gases. From fixed mount analysers to portable, handheld instruments The project's technology allows users to simultaneously measure small concentration of gases. The project has successfully tapped into a pre-existing market for portable analysis devices which require laboratory grade performance.
Although completely seamless, CDN is indeed a full-blown paradigm shift that changed how internet users access their content. Before CDN existed, connecting to a website meant downloading content from the server it was stored on until everything was properly displayed on screen. Studying the spectrum of current and upcoming CDN solutions, Prof Smaragdakis and his team soon realised that there was actually room for common ground.
MPs have launched an inquiry into cryptocurrencies and the technology behind them. The Treasury Committee said it wants to understand the risks and benefits of digital money following an explosion of interest - and investment - in them. Although currencies such as Bitcoin have drawn criticism, the technology behind them has been praised. The Treasury Committee will look at the potential risks that digital currencies could generate for consumers, businesses, and governments, including those relating to volatility, money laundering, and cyber-crime.
Staunchly anti-nuclear Austria lodged a legal complaint with the European Court of Justice on Thursday against the EU's approval of the expansion of a nuclear plant in neighbouring Hungary. The plant is Hungary's only nuclear facility and supplies around 40 percent of its electricity needs. In its decision the European Commission judged that the project met EU rules on state aid, but Austria disputes this.
In 1931, a plane crash in Kansas killed legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. In 1935, US Sen. Bronson Cutting of New Mexico died in the Missouri crash of TWA flight 6. These investigations are vital since they help establish the who, what, where, when, how and why behind an incident. Additional measures would likely be required to make a cybersecurity safety board successful, such as launching investigations only for serious breaches like those involving critical infrastructure.
Disney has lost a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films. Redbox bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental in its kiosks. Disney requested an injunction to stop the practice, saying that Redbox had no business arrangement with it. Redbox rents and sells movies via tens of thousands of automated kiosks that dispense DVD and Blu-ray discs.