AT&T Launching LG G6 with 2-for-1 Offer

AT&T today announced its plans to sell the LG G6 and the company is going a step further than competitor T-Mobile. For a limited time, people who purchase an LG G6 can score a second LG G6 when adding a new line. AT&T is asking for $24 per month for 30 months to cover the cost of the phone, or about $720 in total. The offer requires both lines use an AT&T Next installment plan, and the cost of the second device will be covered on a month-to-month basis. In addition to the two-for-one offer, customers who buy the LG G6 before April 30 will be given a free Google Home by LG. Last, AT&T customers who buy an LG G6 can get the LG Watch Sport for $50 with a two-year service agreement on the wearable. AT&T will start taking preorders for the LG G6 on March 17, with orders shipping on April 7.

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Intel's Not the Only Big Company To Find a Self-Driving Partner

Intel Corp. said Monday that it will spend more than $15 billion to acquire Israel’s Mobileye NV, a software maker that processes the information cars see from cameras and sensors. It’s the latest example of a major tech company making a splash in the race to develop autonomous vehicles.

Here’s a quick rundown of who’s working with whom:

Intel (HERE, BMW, Daimler, Audi, Mobileye)

— Intel Corp. acquired a 15-percent stake in HERE, a digital mapping service, in January. Nokia Corp. sold HERE to German automakers Daimler AG, BMW AG and Audi AG in 2015 for $3.1 billion.

— BMW teamed up with Intel and Mobileye in July 2016 to build and commercialize self-driving vehicles by 2021. BMW’s iNext electric sedan will serve as the platform for the technology. BMW says the partnership will proceed as Intel and Mobileye combine.

Uber (GM, Volvo, Daimler, Otto, Didi, Toyota)

— Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies announced a partnership with Daimler AG in January. Daimler, which makes Mercedes-Benz vehicles, plans to supply autonomous cars to Uber’s network in the future.

— General Motors Co. partnered with Uber in November 2016. GM is renting cars to Uber drivers through the deal.

— Volvo Cars signed a $300 million deal with Uber in August 2016. Volvo is providing vehicles for research and for Uber’s semi-autonomous taxi fleet in Pittsburgh.

— Uber bought Otto, a startup that has developed self-driving software for big rigs, for $680 million in August 2016.

— Uber sold its China business to Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing in August 2016 in exchange for an 18-percent stake in Didi. Didi invested $1 billion in Uber as part of the deal.

— Toyota Motor Corp. bought a small stake in Uber in May 2016.

General Motors (Lyft, Cruise Automation)

— General Motors Co. invested $500 million in ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. in January 2016. The companies are…
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Hype Builds Up for Next Samsung Phone

Samsung Electronics’ mobile unit hopes to bounce back this year, with expectations running high over its upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone, featured with a bezel-less and larger display.

The new premium handset will make its debut Mar. 29 to fill the void left by the global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 over a series of battery fires late last year.

Before launching the device, the Seoul-based company is gaining the spotlight here and abroad thanks to growing attention on the specifications of the new smartphone.

The company has yet to confirm any specific features of the new Galaxy device, but a series of specifications have been leaked in recent months.

In particular, the company is known to have focused on improving and enlarging the display size, in an apparent bid to meet growing demand for large-size smartphones combined with a minimized handset size.

Earlier this month, Samsung was confirmed to have filed a trademark for an “infinity display” to be featured in the new Galaxy device, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The infinity display refers to an edge-to-edge display with an almost bezel-less design.

According to multiple reports, the company is expected to launch two flagship devices — tentatively named the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus — equipped with 5.8- and 6.2-inch displays.

“The larger and wider screen is not aimed at maximizing revenue, as this is the first time for Samsung to manufacture the unprecedented organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) display size,” a company official said.

“If revenue maximization had been the core strategy for Samsung, the firm would have opted for the existing smaller display size, which does not require a big investment.”

Another feature will be its much-hyped artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant, Bixby, which came in partnership with its recently acquired AI software firm Viv Labs.

Late last month, Samsung Electronics Vice President Rhee…
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T-Mobile to Sell LG G6 Starting April 7 for $650

T-Mobile today said customers can buy the LG G6 online and in stores beginning April 7. T-Mobile is asking for $26 down and $26 per month for 24 months to cover the phone’s $650 retail cost. Further, T-Mobile customers who order the G6 before April 30 will receive a Google Home from LG for free. The Google Home normally costs $129. The LG G6 has a 5.7-inch screen with an 18:9, or 2:1, aspect ratio. Other features include a Snapdragon 821 processor, dual 13-megapixel cameras, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The phone is made from metal and glass and is waterproof. It runs Android 7 Nougat and includes the Google Assistant.

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GoPro To Cut Around 270 Jobs in Bid To Return to Profitability

GoPro Inc on Wednesday evaluated its first-quarter income at the top end of its previous forecast, and said it would cut about 270 employments to reduce expenses in an offer to come back to profitability in 2017.

Shares of the organization, which had 1,552 employees as of December 31, were up around 7 percent at $7.89 in extended trading.

GoPro had previously forecast its income to be $190 million to $210 million for the quarter ended March 31.

“We right now have no need to draw on our credit facility and we hope to be EBITDA positive for full-year 2017,” Chief Financial Officer Brian McGee said in an announcement.

“Actually, with where we are at, I think we will get to EBITDA positive ahead of the fourth-quarter (this year),” a GoPro official told analysts on a conference call on Wednesday.

GoPro likewise said it hopes to see double digit revenue growth in 2017.

The organization said it doesn’t hope to rebuild further in terms of job cuts this year to come back to profitability.

The wearable action camera creator has been struggling with slowing sales of its helmet- and body-mounted cameras as less expensive opponents emerge and cell phones highlight increasingly advanced cameras.

GoPro has likewise been plagued by missteps: a delay in the launch of the Karma drone [pictured here], production issues for the Karma and Hero5 camera once they launched in mid-September, and then a recall.

The job cuts come about three months after the organization said it would cut about 15 percent of its workforce and shutter its entertainment business.

GoPro said it would incur charges of up to $10 million in the primary quarter related to the restructuring.
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Google Debuts Family Link Parental Control Software

Alphabet Inc. has a new a feature that will help in navigating around child safety features on gadgets. The tech giant will be launching the Family Link, an app that will give parents full parental controls over their children?EU?s devices. Parents will easily establish their child?EU?s first Google account and the series of parental controls will give them power over screen time.

Apparently, Apple and Amazon.com, Inc. offer parental controls on their devices. However, differ from Family Link because Family Link is a two-party system. This makes it more of a monitoring software.

Family Link requires that both parent and child use Android.

Basic parental controls are easy to spot on the standard versions of Apple Inc. iOS and Google Android. However, they are not as extensive as those being offered by Family Link. Google says that it is seeking to keep parents calm over their children?EU?s safety while they use the internet.

Nonetheless, the two must be using Android devices whereby the parent first downloads the app to their device. They also must have Android KitKat (4.4) or higher. Thereafter they can set up the child?EU?s Google account. On the other hand, the child?EU?s device must be running either Android Nougat (7.0) or Marshmallow (6.1) and after the parent signs into theirs, it becomes easy to track usage.

But many of today?EU?s parental control systems are lacking guidance.

Many of the present parental control systems lack guidance yet all have positive app ratings. While Family Link may not be the best solution, parents will be allowed to configure remotely some of the shifting alternatives for some of Google?EU?s own apps. That means kids will not have access to adult content or any other inappropriate material.

The presence of the standalone application could also be very helpful to parents. Nonetheless, Google says it is only accessible to…
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T-Mobile Phones Hanging Up on 911 in Dallas

Hundreds of hang-up calls hitting Dallas’ 911 center are causing backlogs, reports the Wall Street Journal, and T-Mobile handsets are to blame. The issue began last fall and occurs when a T-Mobile customer places a legitimate call to 911. After the call concludes, the T-Mobile handset repeatedly calls the 911 center back and then hangs up. Workers at 911 centers are required to call back hang ups to ensure there’s no emergency. The Journal says on March 11, the 911 center was hit with so many hang up calls the 911 workers were forced to place more than 400 incoming calls on hold. The same thing happened March 6, with 360 calls placed on hold. The result led to some Dallas-area 911 callers waiting up to 30 minutes before they were able to speak with emergency dispatch services. T-Mobile and city officials have not been able to resolve the problem, but T-Mobile has sent engineers to Dallas to fix it. “We have all eyes on this,” said T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. Neither the City of Dallas nor T-Mobile believes any sort of internet-based attack to blame.

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Survey Finds Roadblocks to SAP HANA Migrations

Panaya, an Infosys company, and a leader in ERP change analytics and cloud-based testing revealed that based on a survey of over 200 SAP managers from large enterprises around the globe, a majority (51%) have committed to move to S/4HANA, yet most of them (69%) still trying to define the business case.

The survey conducted by Panaya, found that more than one third (35%) who have committed to make the change have not decided on the best implementation approach. Close to one third (31%) of those who have decided, chose system conversion or a brownfield approach over SAP’s recommended re-implementation, due to the high cost of new installations and their reluctance to throw away decades of customizations embedded in existing systems.

To address the concerns of enterprises who are inclined to make the shift to S/4HANA, Panaya has created the Panaya SAP S/4HANA Discovery Pack which provides SAP customers the insights they need to identify the optimal conversion path that meets their organization?EU?s needs. Provided as part of the Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite for S/4HANA, the Discovery Pack incorporates experience gained from over 80 HANA migrations and over 9000 successful SAP migration projects, to evaluate and compare the different migration routes to HANA DB, S/4 Finance, and S/4HANA.

The Discovery Pack also includes a full impact report and simulation tools to ensure that code will work fast and optimally on the new HANA database. Proven to reduce time and effort by 50%, and ensure zero defects at go live, Panaya delivers a safe and clear path to S/4HANA with prioritization and acceleration for all SAP changes.

“Many SAP customers are slow to move to S/4HANA as it is still considered uncharted territory and the associated costs and impact on existing systems are unknown,”…
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The First Spider Web Necktie by Bolt Thread Costs $314

Bolt Thread believes that the answers to our problems can be found in nature. They are inspired everyday by the amazing materials they can work with and has a desire to turn these materials into incredible products. Can you imagine wearing a tie made from spider webs? Well, you can wear one now. Bolt Thread […]
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