Tag: Breaks

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

IBM, Seeing Its Future in the Cloud, Breaks Off I.T. Unit

IBM, throughout its 109-year history, hasn’t often led technology trends. But it has adapted and eventually prospered time and again.

It is trying to go the adaptation route once again.

IBM on Thursday acknowledged the challenge and embraced the opportunity for the company in the accelerating shift to cloud computing. The company said it was spinning off its legacy technology services business to focus on cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

Arvind Krishna, who became chief executive this year, called the move “a landmark day” for IBM, “redefining the company.”

The split-up strategy reflects how decisively computing has shifted to the cloud. Today, nearly all new software is being created as a cloud service, delivered over the internet from remote data centers. The computing model affords corporate customers more flexibility and cost savings, sold as a pay-for-use service or annual subscriptions.

IBM was late to the cloud market, which was pioneered by Amazon when it began Amazon Web Services in 2006. But IBM in recent years has made a major push into cloud services and software, punctuated by its $34 billion purchase in 2018 of Red Hat, a distributor of open-source software and tools used by cloud developers.

In an interview, Ginni Rometty, IBM’s executive chair and former chief executive, said cloud computing, enhanced by artificial intelligence, “is now IBM’s enduring platform.”

IBM is tailoring its cloud strategy to help corporate customers make the transition to the new technology and thus carve out a fast-growing and healthy business amid the market leaders: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google.

The main business, retaining the IBM name, will be its cloud operations, along with its hardware, software and consulting services units. They represent about three quarters of IBM’s revenue.

The business to be spun off, which is not yet named, is IBM’s basic

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

InvestGame breaks down $20.5 billion in 2020 game deals

The game industry has seen an estimated $20.5 billion in acquisitions, investments, and IPOs in the first nine months of the year, according to game investment tracking firm InvestGame.

The amount of money shows a huge amount of activity in games at a time when gameplay is spiking because of the pandemic. The data comes InvestGame, which investment specialist Sergei Evdokimov and Anton Gorodetsky run. (They both work at My.Games, but the company doesn’t produce the report.) While the firm hasn’t tracked past years, it’s a stunning amount of investor activity in gaming while other sectors of the economy are falling apart.

InvestGame tracks deals among game developers, publishers, platform and tech companies, esports, hardware, retail, outsourcing, and other related areas. But it doesn’t including gambling companies in its definition of games. The data also only covers estimates of publicly announced and closed deals in the game industry. Deals where the amounts aren’t disclosed are either estimated or not included. The numbers are estimates of the total value of tracked deals. And these numbers don’t include the biggest deal: Microsoft’s purchase of ZeniMax for $7.5 billion, which has not closed, said Evdokimov in an interview with GamesBeat.

“We track all the pieces of information in the market,” he said. “You see the numbers show it’s very huge and growing, and it’s very active. Our mission is to provide the data for investors.”


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The first three quarters of the year saw 211 gaming deals, 112 platform and tech deals, 89 esports deals, and 25 deals in other categories. Those deals generated $15.35 billion in value for gaming companies (the game developers and publishers), $3.97 billion in platform and technology companies, $685 million for esports

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

WFH tips from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Regular breaks, short meetings, and other advice

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Schedule super quick meetings just to check in with colleagues. Read more. And try to fit “moments of transition” into your daily schedule.

Those are some tips from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to help manage well-being with the new WFH lifestyle.

Nadella spoke this week at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. He said he’s focused on three major considerations of how the nature is work is changing amid the pandemic: how collaboration happens, how learning happens inside companies, and how to ensure employees aren’t burning out.

The last point has become even more important over the past several months as workers conduct multiple meetings per day via video and don’t have the same interactions with colleagues at a physical office. Microsoft studies show that people are now working after hours and on weekends more frequently, and that remote work is leading to more stress and mental fatigue.

Nadella said people can get more tired because of the concentration required during video calls. That’s why Microsoft earlier this summer rolled out the new Microsoft Teams “Together” mode, a feature for video meetings that places participants against a shared virtual background, out of the traditional grid view, to help create the perception of sitting together.

Nadella also called out the new “virtual commute” feature for Teams, which uses automation tech to help users close out tasks and designate work for the following day, log their sentiment about the work day, and direct them into a guided meditation process. Microsoft said its research finds that the blurred lines between work and home are hurting remote workers’ feelings of well-being.

Whether it’s the bus ride to and from work, or even walking down a hallway for your next meeting, there are fewer “transition times”

06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, breaks ‘Scrubtober’ delay streak

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A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


SpaceX

Space fans have been starved for action lately, with three big missions repeatedly scrubbed and postponed over the past several weeks. But early on Tuesday, SpaceX finally ended the streak that became known as #Scrubtober (the hashtag previously known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new Starlink satellites via a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight overall. It sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times

The Falcon 9 first stage landed again on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic about 8.5 minutes after launch Tuesday. SpaceX also reports that it caught at least one of the fairing halves that flew on two previous missions.

The launch, originally scheduled for September, was postponed multiple times, including twice last week due to heavy clouds in one case and an aberrant ground sensor reading in another. Monday’s scrub was yet again blamed on weather. 

Another SpaceX mission to launch a US Space Force GPS satellite has also been scrubbed multiple times, most recently on Friday. Meanwhile, United Launch Alliance has been trying to get one of its Delta IV Heavy rockets off the ground since August, but has been delayed at least six times. 

Musk expressed his clear frustration with the series of scrubs last week.

“We will need to make a lot of improvements to have a chance of completing 48 launches next year!” Musk tweeted Friday.

30
Sep
2020
Posted in internet

BTS’ Jungkook Debuts Man Bun On ‘Tonight Show’ And Breaks The Internet

KEY POINTS

  • Jungkook’s new man bun and stylish hanbok on sent his fans into a frenzy
  • The 23-year-old became a trending topic on Twitter after his appearance on “The Tonight Show”
  • BTS kicked off its week-long residency on the show with a performance of the 2018 hit “Idol”

BTS singer Jungkook broke the internet with his new look following his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday.

The South Korean act, which consists of RM, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jin and Jungkook, kicked off its week-long residency on the show with a performance of the 2018 hit “Idol” at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.

Shortly after their performance, Jungkook became a trending topic on Twitter with more than 1 million mentions on the microblogging platform.

The 23-year-old’s new man bun and stylish hanbok sent his fans around the world into a frenzy, causing him to trend no. 1 worldwide and in the U.S.

Google also witnessed a spike in searches related to Jungkook, with “Bun – Hairstyle” experiencing a 1,100% rise in the related topic searches. “Hanbok – Dress” also saw a similar surge, AllKPop reported.

Jungkook is one of the most popular members of BTS, and most of what he endorses or uses immediately sell out or become trending.

Recently, a clothing brand called A Nothing saw a spike in its social media followers after Jungkook wore its clothing on his birthday.

The clothing brand, which took two years to garner 1,000 followers, saw an increase of over 8,000 followers in just one day after Jungkook wore its apparel, AllKPop reported.

BTS has been having a good few weeks since the release of the band’s first all-English single, “Dynamite.”

The song has once again taken over the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.