Day: October 8, 2020

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Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Virus Forces Europe to Confront Its Creaking Internet Problems

Massimiliano Capitanio

Source: Massimiliano Capitanio

Shortly after coronavirus forced Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to lock down the country, lawmaker Massimiliano Capitanio took an unusual call at his office in Rome.

It was an appeal for help from a hospital at the epicenter of the outbreak in northern Italy. Its administrators direly needed faster internet connections and computers to deal with the flood of patients. Capitanio — who sits on parliament’s telecommunications committee — called the country’s phone companies to help out.

To Capitanio, the pandemic was a wake-up call to fix Italy’s creaking internet. Now Conte has stepped in with a plan to kick-start investment by merging the country’s two biggest landline networks.

“Some families still don’t own a computer,” said Capitanio. “The government has been forced to step in and tackle this social emergency.”

Europe’s internet infrastructure is riddled with gaps and bottlenecks, exposed over the past seven months by surging hospital admissions to the rise of home working and explosion of e-commerce. Governments are now deciding how to intervene, after predicting the introduction of faster networks could lead to an annual benefit of 113 billion euros ($133 billion).

In Italy, the state investment vehicle Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA is expected to obtain a significant stake in a unified national network and give former monopoly Telecom Italia SpA confidence to speed up a roll-out of faster fiber-optic connections by removing rival Open Fiber SpA.

The plan tears up a guiding principle of the European project that more competition leads to better services. It’s part of a new pattern of engagement with industry that suggests Europe is watering down its anti-monopoly principles in response to China’s state-led expansion and Donald Trump’s America First agenda.

Building more robust infrastructure would stimulate stricken economies and spur the

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

‘We absolutely will end up on iOS’



Phil Spencer holding a sign: Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's gaming division. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images


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Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s gaming division. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

  • Microsoft last month officially added a key feature to Game Pass, its Netflix-style subscription library of Xbox games: The ability to stream many of the included games to any Android smartphone or tablet.
  • Notably, Apple’s iPhone and iPad were absent from the launch. Apple has said it doesn’t allow apps for streaming services such as Game Pass or Google’s Stadia because it’s unable to review each game on the platform.
  • “We absolutely will end up on iOS with Game Pass,” Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees. The company is targeting 2021 for the potential release of a “direct browser-based solution,” Spencer said.
  • Amazon says that it’s able to bring its forthcoming cloud gaming service Luna to iPhone by offering it as a web app.
  • Microsoft did not comment at the time of publication.
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Microsoft’s gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees at an all-hands meeting on Wednesday the company is planning to bring Game Pass to Apple’s iPhone and iPad, targeting 2021 for the potential release of a “direct browser-based solution,” Business Insider has learned.

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“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Spencer told employees, according to two people with direct knowledge of his comments. Microsoft did not comment at the time of publication. Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Microsoft last month added a key new feature to Game Pass, its Netflix-style subscription service that gives Xbox and PC gamers access to a vast catalogue of games. Now, Game Pass subscribers can stream many of the included titles directly to their

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

AMD Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Rival Chipmaker Xilinx

(Bloomberg) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is in advanced discussions to buy Xilinx Inc. in a takeover that could be valued at $30 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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The deal could come together as early as next week, though things remain in flux, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing a private deal. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the negotiations.

A combination with Xilinx would give AMD Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su more of the pieces needed to break Intel Corp.’s stranglehold on the profitable market for data-center computer components. It would follow moves by rival Nvidia Corp., which bought Mellanox Technologies Ltd. and aims to use its pending acquisition of Arm Ltd. to grab more of that business.

Acquiring Xilinx, which makes programmable chips for wireless networks, would also help AMD expand into a new market just as telecommunications carriers spend billions to build fifth-generation, or 5G, networks.

Xilinx, based in San Jose, California, makes field programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs. That kind of chip is unique because its function can be altered by software, even after it’s been installed in a piece of machinery. Xilinx’s chips have historically been used in telecommunications equipment, but under CEO Victor Peng the company is expanding into products targeted at data centers — where FPGAs can be used to accelerate workloads such as artificial intelligence. The other major supplier of advanced FPGAs is Intel, which acquired its market position through the purchase of Altera Corp. in 2015.

Representatives for AMD and Xilinx declined to comment.

Xilinx shares closed at $105.99 in New York on Thursday. That gives it a market capitalization of $25.9 billion, about a quarter of AMD’s value. Shares of Santa Clara, California-based AMD closed at $86.51. The stock has almost

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

6 Reasons Why Video Is Hero In Digital Marketing

Using video in a marketing campaign is one of, if not, the most effective way of reaching millions of audiences today. Nearly three out of four businesses that use video for marketing benefit from better conversion rates while nearly two-thirds confirm it has led to direct sales. 

With over 230 million online viewers in the U.S. in 2020 alone, investing in video marketing is a no-brainer to drive growth to your business. In fact, over half of the viewers believe watching a video about a product made them more confident about their purchasing decisions. With online videos, you really have nothing to lose, since platforms such as YouTube will host them forever and they will continue to generate traffic for years to come. You can even supplement your main marketing video with videos providing further information about your product as well.

Here are six reasons video marketing is king and why your business needs to incorporate it now.

YouTube YouTube and other video platforms get hundreds of millions of visits every day Photo: Pixabay

1. Search engines love videos

Videos affect overall search engine ranking and most engines, including Google and Bing, suggest video links for almost every search query. So always include video embed/s on your posts or simply have a dedicated YouTube channel for your products or services. The chances of your website or videos ranking high on the search engine platform increase nearly 50 times if you have these at your disposal.

2. Videos offer a high return on your investment

The primary purpose of incorporating videos into your marketing strategy is to increase sales.  In fact, nearly 90% of businesses believe video marketing boosted conversation about brands and gave them a higher ROI. Over nine in 10 businesses surveyed also said that they will increase their spending

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

CAC claims majority of Mahindra vehicles under PNP still running healthy

Majority of the Mahindra units  procured by the Philippine National Police (PNP) are said to be in good condition. This was based on the report submitted by the Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC).

CAC said that around majority of the 2,045 vehicles—composed of Enforcer Patrol Jeeps and the Scorpio Light Transport Vehicles (LTV)—have undergone continuous aftersales program.

From October 22, 2018 up to February 29 this year, Mahindra conducted a regular Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) and free inspection on 1,645 units that were under the PNP and were serviced for freesaving more than P10 million worth of parts and services in the campaign.

Further, CAC gave Goodwill Warranty for the 474 units that were already out of coverage—meaning a unit has been accorded with the same service as those under the rated period. Such move gave an additional savings of above P12.6 million.

The initiative was made possible as Mahindra has a P30-million spare parts stock to replace worn out parts of the PNP units.

Moreover, Mahindra CAC has dedicated a service group of Service Engineers that would monitor the areas where Mahindra units were stationed. These engineers are deployed in the four parts depot strategically-located in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. An additional four Mobile Service Vehicles were built to conduct regular site visits.

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Furthermore, Mahindra claimed that such move was done to ensure that the vehicles assigned to the police force will be running and functioning properly when needed.

“We even conducted regular training exercises with the handlers and managers of these Mahindra units covering the subjects of proper operation, maintenance and basic trouble shooting of the units so the drivers and users of the patrol jeeps and LTV’s are familiar with their Mahindra service vehicles,” Mahindra After-Sales Director Antonio Mallari Jr. said.