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As nuclear loss grows, Toshiba needs chip investors, soon -

FILE PHOTO - Workers prepare the new year's eve numerals above a Toshiba sign in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.By Makiko Yamazaki and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) - With mounting writedowns from its nuclear business, Japan's Toshiba Corp is looking to sell part of its core semiconductors business, a world No.2 in the flash memory chips used in smartphones. Toshiba, which warned last month of multi-billion dollar charges for U.S. nuclear project cost overruns, wants to boost its capital base by the end of the financial year in March. Failure to offset the nuclear hit could wipe out already thin shareholder equity and push the company into negative net worth - jeopardizing its role in public infrastructure projects and its place on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's 'first section', for larger companies.


Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:18:53 -0500
New report sheds more light on the iPhone 8’s facial recognition feature - With 2017 in full swing, we're already starting to see a noticeable uptick in the number of iPhone 8 rumors coming through the pipeline. Just a few days ago, a report surfaced indicating that Apple's next-gen iPhone may include an advanced form of facial recognition technology, capable of even discerning specific emotional states. Bolstering this report is a new research note from reputed analyst Ming Chi-Kuo who sheds even more light on Apple's upcoming smartphone plans. In a report obtained by MacRumors , Kuo writes that the iPhone 8's new design has forced Apple engineers to come up with a new Touch ID solution "to complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design and to enhance transactions security." Indeed, it's widely believed that Apple's flagship iPhone 8 model will feature an edgeless display in the form of a wrap-around OLED display. As to the the aforementioned rumor regarding facial recognition, Kuo relays that Apple may be contemplating replacing Touch ID with a facial recognition alternative sometime down the line. Judging by the bio-recognition patents that Apple has applied for, we believe it is leaning toward facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition. However, we note that the technical challenges of facial recognition include: (1) algorithms; (2) hardware design; and (3) the build-out of a database for verification and authentication, which could be time consuming. As such, before Apple can fully replace the fingerprint system with facial recognition, a combination of the two steps of bio-recognition could be a valid solution for enhancing transactions security. This is an interesting development but it seems far-fetched to imagine a scenario where Apple would do away with Touch ID completely. Even if the implementation works swimmingly for things like authorizing financial transactions, it's inconceivable that a user would have to hold up an iPhone to his or her face in order to unlock it. Regardless, Kuo's note simply adds more evidence that Apple's upcoming iPhone will in fact feature a forward-thinking edgeless design. If this ultimately pans out, it will be a welcome change from the current design which, while elegant, has largely remained unchanged since the iPhone 6 which first hit store shelves in 2014. As for other features that might make their way into Apple's next-gen iPhone, we've seen reports that the iPhone 8 will sport a stainless steel industrial design, will be even more dust and water-resistant and may even include advanced wireless charging functionality. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:00:50 -0500
Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the Soul -

Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Discovery has the premise of Black Mirror episode and the spiritual optimism of Chicken Soup for the Sci-Fi Nerd’s Soul. It's the not-so-distant future, and Dr. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has collected overwhelming scientific evidence that upon death our brainwaves make an exodus on a subatomic level. Two years and millions of suicides after the discovery, Dr. Harber’s estranged son Will (Jason Segel) returns home, hoping to convince dad to recant his findings and, in doing, so save the world from systematically offing itself.


Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:25:37 -0500
Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the Soul -

Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Discovery has the premise of Black Mirror episode and the spiritual optimism of Chicken Soup for the Sci-Fi Nerd’s Soul. It's the not-so-distant future, and Dr. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has collected overwhelming scientific evidence that upon death our brainwaves make an exodus on a subatomic level. Two years and millions of suicides after the discovery, Dr. Harber’s estranged son Will (Jason Segel) returns home, hoping to convince dad to recant his findings and, in doing, so save the world from systematically offing itself.


Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:25:37 -0500
Tesla rolling out Autopilot to cars built since October, will limit Autosteer to 45 mph -

Tesla rolling out Autopilot to cars built since October, will limit Autosteer to 45 mphTesla is rolling out its Autopilot software to Model S and Model X cars built since October, which are equipped with second-generation Autopilot hardware, according to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The cars have been without a litany of safety features that are available in many older Tesla cars. The Autopilot software is being deployed to eligible Teslas over-the-air, and owners will not need to do anything special for the software to be downloaded.


Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:44:44 -0500


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