Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tech: 6 myths about Japan that put its ‘demographic time bomb’ in perspective

Japan is dealing with what economists call a “demographic time bomb.” The country has coped with this in creative and sometimes extreme ways. Japan is dealing with what economists call a “demographic time bomb.”
Through a vicious cycle of low fertility and low consumer spending, the country’s economy has gradually shrunk over the last 20 years.
Japan has coped with this demographic time bomb in creative and sometimes extreme ways. But the reputation Japan still maintains as a tech leader with a booming economy belies the daily reality for many citizens.
Here are a handful of myths that put the demographic time bomb in perspective.
MYTH: Japan is an economic powerhouse.
Japan’s GDP is the third-largest in the world, at nearly $5 trillion. But its national debt is more than twice that, at $10.5 trillion.

Tech: There are 2 types of time travel and physicists agree that one of...

Renowned physicist Brian Greene explains how time can be manipulated with wormholes. Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains what we know about time travel so far. Following is a transcript of the video.
Brian Greene: I’m Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival.
It’s critical that you realize that there are two types of time travel, and they are radically different. Time travel to the future? Definitely possible.
We know how to do it because Einstein showed us the way over a hundred years ago. It’s surprising how few people actually really know about this in their bones.

Tech: Inside Facebook’s early efforts to attack TV (FB, NFLX, GOOG)

Facebook is judging its early Watch shows by the repeat viewers they draw, not their sheer number of views. The search for Watch’s first hit show continues.
Watch, Facebook’s three-month-old hub for original shows, has yet to produce any commercial hits.
The Facebook-funded shows that have been renewed for second seasons all share the same trend of initial spikes in viewership followed by steep declines.
Facebook is judging the success of shows largely based on the repeat viewers that come back to watch subsequent episodes, rather than the sheer number of views the shows garner.
Facebook is still on the hunt for hit shows and is green-lighting longer shows with bigger budgets, multiple Watch partners told Business Insider.

Jobs weekly: Vacancies for Technical co-founders, Developers, Creative designer and more

Once again, we bring you a list of some available tech job vacancies. Apply for roles you are interested in as soon as you can. Technical Co-Founders at DoLessons Job type: Full time Location: Lagos Application deadline: December 31, 2017 Job summary DoLessons is seeking two Technical Co-founders to join her team in order to scale […]
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Tech: How Facebook’s plan to attack TV is taking shape (FB, NFLX, GOOG)

Facebook is judging its early Watch shows by the repeat viewers they draw, not their sheer number of views. The search for Watch’s first hit show continues.
Watch, Facebook’s three-month-old hub for original shows, has yet to produce any commercial hits.
The Facebook-funded shows that have been renewed for second seasons all share the same trend of initial spikes in viewership followed by steep declines.
Facebook is judging the success of shows largely based on the repeat viewers that come back to watch subsequent episodes, rather than the sheer number of views the shows garner.
Facebook is still on the hunt for hit shows and is green-lighting longer shows with bigger budgets, multiple Watch partners told Business Insider.

Tech: ‘CBS This Morning’ hosts condemned Charlie Rose’s alleged sexual misconduct on air: ‘This...

Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, who usually co-host with Rose, addressed the accusations during the show.
Charlie Rose has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, according to a report in The Washington Post published on Monday.
“CBS This Morning” co-hosts, who worked with Rose on the show, addressed the accusations on the Tuesday morning show.
Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell both felt deeply affected by the news, and were grappling with it, they said.
O’Donnell said, “This has to end.”
On Monday, The Washington Post reported on allegations of sexual misconduct against news anchor Charlie Rose made by eight women (Business Insider followed up with stories from three additional women). The accusations ranged from nudity, to inappropriate phone calls, to groping.

Tech: I’ve been an iPhone user for 10 years — here’s what happened when...

After 10 years of using nothing but iPhones, an “Apple addict” makes the switch to Google’s Pixel 2 phone, one of the best Android phones available. After 10 years of using nothing but Apple iPhones, I decided to give an Android-supported smartphone a try. I went with Google’s Pixel 2. At $650 it’s definitely a cheaper option than most iPhones, so I decided to use it for a week and see what life is like as a non-iPhone-user. Following is a transcript of the video.Graham Flanagan: Hi, my name is Graham Flanagan, and I have been an iPhone addict for the last 10 years. Switching to Android just never seemed like a real option. But, the more and more I hear and read about them, they seem like they might actually be superior to the iPhone!So, this week, I am going to try out the Pixel 2.

Tech: Pixar wins again with ‘Coco,’ which is beautifully told and culturally conscious

Pixar’s new movie “Coco” is a perfect watch with the whole family.
You should pack up the whole family to go see Pixar’s new movie “Coco.”
And make sure to bring along tissues.
For its latest movie, “Coco,” Pixar tackled a real cultural celebration for the first time. But the result is the same as most of its other releases: a well-executed story that the whole family will love.
“Coco” (in theaters starting on Thanksgiving) is centered around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, a day dedicated to celebrating family members who have passed away.
12-year-old Miguel and his family are preparing for the holiday, but the boy also tries desperately to sneak off to the center of town whenever he can and play his guitar, though his family forbids it.

China’s Tencent Becomes More Valuable Than Facebook

Chinese social media and video game giant Tencent became more valuable than Facebook on Tuesday as investors sent the company soaring into the top five of the world’s biggest firms.
Tencent’s Hong Kong-listed shares have doubled in value this year, and on Monday it became the first Asian company with a market capitalisation of half a trillion dollars.
By the end of the trading day on Tuesday, Tencent’s outstanding shares were worth a combined 4.08 trillion Hong Kong dollars ($523 billion), surpassing Facebook’s $519 billion.
Despite its stratospheric climb, Tencent is still some way behind the world’s most valuable company, Apple, which is currently valued at $873 billion.
Last week, Tencent said profit had grown nearly 70 percent in the third quarter, when compared with the same period last year, well outpacing expectations.

Tech: Amazon has opened a pop-up store in London’s Soho Square (AMZN)

The company is letting people play with products in the hope that they go on to buy them through Amazon’s website or app on Black Friday. Amazon has opened a pop-up store in London’s Soho Square to raise awareness of its upcoming “Black Friday” sale event.
Visitors will be able to try electronics, toys, jewellery, and beauty products that will go on sale on Black Friday, which is the biggest shopping day of the calendar year.
Doug Gurr, country manager of Amazon.co.uk, said in a statement: “We are showcasing some of our biggest and best Black Friday deals — which will be shoppable through our app — as well as offering some fantastic sampling experiences and interactive workshops with some of our Marketplace and Handmade sellers.

Startup Profile: Suvenia — create and sell custom designs online

Suvenia is an online platform that allows users to discover, create, buy and sell personalised items. The startup was launched in September 2017.
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Tech: Amazon is selling a red Echo as part of an effort to support...

HIV/AIDS charity (RED) will get $10 every time Amazon sells one of its new red speakers. Amazon has released a limited edition red version of its Amazon Echo smart speaker as part of an effort to support HIV/AIDs charity (RED).
The Seattle-headquartered company has pledged to give $10 to (RED) every time someone buys one of its red Echo devices, which retail at $99 in the US. The money will go toward (RED)’s work fighting AIDS through the Global Fund.
(PRODUCT)RED is a licensed brand owned by (RED) that companies can use to help raise awareness and money about HIV/Aids in eight African countries.
Amazon isn’t the first tech giant to launch a (PRODUCT)RED device. Apple has launched a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone, Apple Watch, headphones, and cases.

Tech: A group of cancer doctors discovered a way to slash the cost expensive...

Researchers are looking at cancer drugs that could be taken at a lower dose, so long as they’re taken with food.
The cost of certain cancer drugs has gotten high, often to more than $100,000 a year.
To combat that, researchers are looking for treatments that could be taken at a lower dose, so long as they’re taken with food.
But finding the funding to study lower doses hasn’t been easy.
Dr. Mark Ratain, the chief hospital pharmacologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center, has spent the past decade thinking about a different kind of “drug target.”
Typically, the phrase is used to refer to the part of the body that an experimental drug is trying to modify.

Tech: Charlie Rose, a TV icon, is accused of improper behavior by former interns

The women were young, and drawn to Rose by the promise of opportunities — knowing that working for him could provide a huge boost to their careers.
Three women who formerly interned for Charlie Rose told Business Insider that they experienced inappropriate behavior.
One spoke of Rose touching her legs in the back of a car as he had his driver take her to her college dormitory. Two others spoke of Rose opening the door to his home wearing nothing but a bathrobe and inviting them in.
The allegations are distinct from those reported by The Washington Post, but similar in nature: namely, the women were all seeking professional opportunities from the TV legend.
Delivering research to Rose’s home was ‘the worst job,’ one intern said, because of his reputation.

Tech: CBS News, PBS, and Bloomberg suspend Charlie Rose amid sexual harassment allegations

The suspensions follow a bombshell report in which eight women accused the longtime journalist of initiating unwanted sexual advances.
CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg announced they have suspended Charlie Rose amid accusations he sexually harassed his female colleagues.
Eight women accused Rose of varying levels of misconduct in a bombshell Washington Post report on Monday.
Rose released a statement apologizing for his actions.
CBS News, PBS, and Bloomberg have announced they have suspended Charlie Rose after a bombshell report in which eight women accused the longtime journalist of sexual harassment.
A CBS News spokesperson said, “Charlie Rose is suspended immediately” while the network looks into the allegations. “These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously,” the statement read.