Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 24, 2013 – 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT . . .BMW today announced the introduction of an entirely new model series with the introduction of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupe. This new take on The Ultimate Driving MachineTM will arrive in the US in the first quarter of 2014 as the 228i and the M235i. The BMW M235i, the first M Performance Automobile offered in the US, includes an impressive list of performance enhancing features. This successor to the successful 1 Series Coupe will continue the decades-long tradition of premium sub-compact coupes with impeccable driving dynamics when it makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 2014. The 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i, including $925 destination and handling. The BMW 2 Series Coupe BMW celebrates the premiere of another new model series – The BMW 2 … [Read more...] about The All-New BMW 2 Series Coupe
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Draft legislation, which will pave the way for the new European Data Protection Directive, is set to be announced in January. After two years of researching the reach and breadth of the USA PATRIOT Act, particularly how the U.S. government can access European data, the draft legislation will include measures to counteract how U.S. law enforcement acquires data from Europe covertly. Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, told ZDNet nearly six months ago that "no company" could guarantee that European data will not leave Europe under any circumstances, even under a request by the Patriot Act. Frazer's admission validated over a year's worth of research. The European Parliament was furious at Frazer's admission. This outrage led to members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to ask questions of the European Commission, Europe's executive body, in a concerned bid to clarify the current data protection laws. Viviane Reding, vice-president of the European Commission for … [Read more...] about European data protection law proposals revealed
Ed Burnette Broken or Needed Steven Shaw Best Argument: Needed List of Events: Opening Statements Rebuttal Closing Statements The moderator has delivered a final verdict. Opening Statements Patents are a minefield Ed Burnette: The goals of the patent system are commendable: to encourage and reward innovation, and to make information about new inventions available to other practitioners. This may have worked for physical objects, but when applied to software, the system is actually having the opposite effect. Patents do not reward the innovators; instead, the only ones rewarded are the lawyers and those who game the system. Developers are routinely accused of "stealing" and hauled into court because somebody else came up with the same (often obvious) solution. Patents are bought and sold like commodities, with none of the proceeds benefiting the original author. Because willful knowledge could trigger extra damages in a lawsuit, developers are seldom allowed … [Read more...] about Software patents: Broken system or needed for innovation?
I've posted before in these pages about how the business lobby, under pressure to respond to climate change, is starting to fracture. There was another dramatic example of this yesterday in Kuala Lumpur at the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when the CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, took an extraordinary swipe at the UK government and the banking industry. In the run up to the Copenhagen climate talks IATA has belatedly offered up a pledge on behalf of its member airlines to pay to offset growth in aviation greenhouse gas emissions to 2020. But in return, Bisignami is calling for a normalization of existing environmental tax regimes so the industry only pays once. The UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a particularly sore point, its been around for years and was set up by the UK government to collect funds to nominally compensate for the environmental costs of aviation. Unsurprisingly, the duties collected have long been inhaled … [Read more...] about Airlines on Climate: Don’t blame us blame the Banks
Agriculture is commonly cited as an industry that has much to gain by harnessing the Internet of Things (IoT), with some even saying that it could be "the first big industrial IoT market". Advancements in technology mean that farm equipment, soil, waterways, and even livestock can now be instrumented. This gives farmers the ability to automatically collect objective information about the status of their soil, water, crops, and animals. But the potential of IoT to transform agricultural efficiency, improve financial performance, and boost yield is best achieved when it's combined with data analytics and machine learning. FREE DOWNLOAD Special Report: Harnessing IoT in the Enterprise You can download all of the articles in this series in one PDF. It's free to registered ZDNet and TechRepublic members. Read More Australia has strong productivity levels in areas such as cropping and red meat -- in 2016, Australia's crop productivity was 19.2 tonnes per hectare compared with the … [Read more...] about Transforming the agriculture industry using IoT and predictive analytics