Sandwiched between the high-profile events of the Queen's Jubilee and the London Olympics, the inauguration of the glassy skyscraper known as the Shard on July 5 marks another big occasion: the opening of the tallest building in Western Europe. At 1,016 feet tall, the Shard dwarfs such landmarks as the Gothic 19th-century Houses of Parliament and joins other modern towers such as Sir Norman Foster's "Gherkin" as a symbol of contemporary London. The edifice, which cost a reported $750 million (a figure cited on a USA Today blog post) will be inaugurated with a dramatic night-time laser light show. Hosting the ceremonies are His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, and Prince Andrew Albert Edward, the Duke of York. The State of Qatar is a majority investor in the building--at 95%. As far as other stats go, the building has a lot of elevators and flights of stairs (44 and 206, respectively), but to … [Read more...] about The Shard opens in London, among fanfare and design criticism
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Video: ServiceNow: Five steps to achieve value from machine learning Featured stories Cryptocurrency reality checks and the coming boom USB Type-C is the iPhone charging connector that Steve Jobs would have wanted I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro. It didn’t go well Thousands of Mega logins dumped online, exposing user files I've been doing this analyst thing for a long time, and as I've grown both older and more deeply involved in a profession that is strange in so many ways (this discussion will be on my other blog when I launch my website in a few months), I keep thinking that I've seen so much and, once in a while, it all.Read also: ServiceNow beats estimates, acquires VendorHawk That is, ultimately, never the case. You think I would learn and realize that I am never going to see it all, and when it comes down to it, I don't know that much either. I was kind of at that imagined point recently, reveling in the fact that I thought I could figure out … [Read more...] about ServiceNow: Solid and uncertain — a company in transition
The newest member of Microsoft's Surface family is, technically, an incremental upgrade.From a hardware perspective, the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is almost indistinguishable from its non-LTE sibling, the Surface Pro (2017), which in turn is remarkably similar to the 2015-vintage Surface Pro 4.A close inspection of the exterior reveals one difference. Behind the kickstand, the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced includes an expansion slot that's about 5/8 of an inch wider than its non-LTE cousin. That's just enough room to squeeze a nano SIM tray alongside the familiar MicroSD memory card slot.Two additional hardware upgrades are strictly internal. A Cat 9 modem supports cellular connections up to 450 Mbps in speed, and an embedded SIM allows connections to pay-as-you-go data services without the need for an external SIM card. GPS support is also included, making this a useful option for any application that requires precise location information and navigation. Featured stories … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced: Is built-in mobile networking worth the price?
Robots -- they're the economic threat du jour.In the past several years, we've seen a variety of numbers describing just how unemployed the human race will be when automation creeps through the workforce like a bad frost. But, we're not there yet. Whether the robots are going to put us all out of work is not a yes or no situation. Loosely, the lay of the land is something like this: Some people will lose jobs. Some people will retrain, or be retrained by their company. Some will work in jobs that did not exist before automation. So, what to do? If anything at all?The lesson to glean might just be the importance of a strong and always-expanding skillset. "It's definitely true that we have always adapted by acquiring new skills that are complementary to the arrival of new technologies," said Oxford economist Carl Benedikt Frey.Frey, as well as Michael Osborne of the Oxford Martin School co-authored the oft-cited 2013 study called, The Future of Employment: How susceptible are … [Read more...] about How workers can retrain for careers in an automated world
A European electronics giant will begin to incorporate 3D memory chips from Matrix Semiconductor in portable storage cards, a strong endorsement for the chip start-up. In the second half of this year, Thomson Multimedia will incorporate Matrix's 3-D Memory in memory cards that can be used to store digital photos or music. Alhough the cards plug into cameras, Thomson is also working on card readers that will allow consumers to view digital photos on a television, said David Geise, Thomson's vice president of accessories products. What makes the Thomson/Matrix cards different from competing flash cards from Sony and Toshiba, though, is price, executives say. Because of Matrix's chip design, a 64MB Thomson card will cost about as much as camera film does today, or close to $10, according to Matrix estimates. To further strengthen the relationship with film, the cards will be sold under the name Technicolor Digital Memory Card. Similar flash memory cards from other companies cost $38 or … [Read more...] about Thomson to use 3D chips in storage cards