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“Ultra-HD” TVs are set to be the talk of International CES, the gadget show kicking off this week in Las Vegas. But the televisions aren’t likely to account for much of the market even four years down the road.
Personally identifiable information of “at least” 10,000 NASA employees and contractors remains at risk of compromise following last month’s theft of an agency laptop, a spokesman said Thursday.
Proposals to overhaul the H-1B visa program have re-emerged in Congress — and a particularly interesting one comes from Microsoft. Insider (registration required)
General Motors, which is insourcing the majority of its IT work, Friday said it is hiring 500 IT positions in Austin to staff a new ‘innovation center.’
Eking out more power from solar cells is an ongoing challenge for scientists, and now architect André Broessel has developed a spherical glass energy generator that’s said to improve efficiency by 35 percent. Acting as a lens, the rig’s large water-filled orb concentrates diffused daylight or moonlight onto a solar cell with the help of optical tracking to harvest electricity. In certain configurations, the apparatus can be used for solar thermal energy generation and even water heating. In addition to the oversized globe, Broessel has cooked up a mobile version of the contraption for domestic use and an array of much smaller ball lenses with dual-axis tracking that offers 40 percent efficiency. These devices aren’t the first venture into concentrated photovoltaics, but they are likely among the most visually impressive. If the Barcelona-based architect’s vision of the future comes true, you’ll be seeing these marbles incorporated into buildings and serving as standalone units. Hit the source links below for the picture spread of prototypes and renders.
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State and federal wildlife officials have put up a $ 10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the shooter of a Grizzly bear and her nursing cub in the wilderness of northern Idaho.
As the Mac App Store passed 1 year in business earlier this year, so too has the store this month passed the 10,000 applications – with some surprising entries sitting at the top of the charts this week. Some unsurprising entries into each of the three “top” lists on the Mac App Store are Apple-made
So the reports have proven to be true: Sony has now officially said that it will be reducing its headcount by 10,000 people worldwide, some six percent of its workforce, as the struggling electronics giant reorganizes under new management and its new “One Sony” plan.
Sony says the employee reductions will be made over the course of this fiscal year, and will also include some employees leaving the company through sale and transfer. Meanwhile, the organizational restructuring will see Sony strengthen its focus on the core units of digital imaging, gaming and mobile; attempt to turn around its ailing TV business and expand in emerging markets. Altogether Sony estimates that the restructuring will cost it ¥75 billion ($ 926 million).
Freshly minted Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has revealed his plan to turn around Sony’s fortunes and as rumored, it includes significant cuts. Two days ago, the company revised its projections for the 2011 fiscal year to reflect a $ 6.4 billion loss. The One Sony plan includes reducing headcount by 10,000 in the 2012 financial year, including jobs that will leave Sony as businesses are sold or otherwise reorganized. Currently, the plan is to focus on digital imaging, gaming and mobile for growth, until those three make up 70 percent of its total sales in 2014. As far as its beleaguered HDTV business, it’s going forward with the plans announced during CES to streamline the product line, reduce its costs, and return to profitability by 2014. Looking forward, there’s slightly fuzzier promises to “develop and commercialize” OLED and Crystal LED technology. Beyond those the idea is to expand in emerging markets, as well as medical and 4K related technologies. There’s more details in the press release after the break and presentation slides linked below, we’ll let you know if there’s any more information revealed on a conference call later on today.
There have been some major adjustments at Sony HQ already, but Japanese business sheet Nikkei reckons they’re nothing compared to what’s on the horizon. It reports that, come an announcement on April 12th, Kaz Hirai will reveal plans to clear out 10,000 jobs by the end of this year — that’s six percent of his workforce. The paper also says that seven execs, including chairman Howard Stringer, could be asked to forgo their bonuses, as the company concedes a $ 3.2 billion loss for 2011. It’s a just a single report and it’s entirely possible that none of this will happen, but merely the hint of such austerity could perhaps serve Hirai’s interests, even if he ends up being less drastic when Thursday comes around.
Parse, the San Francisco-based startup that’s trying to bill itself as the “Heroku of mobile,” is coming out of the gate with some nice momentum.
The company, which streamlines the development process for mobile apps by letting developers basically outsource their application’s server-side backend, is coming out of beta today. There are more than 10,000 developers who have signed up including 955 Dreams, which is behind those immersive iPad apps like Band of the Day and The History of Jazz. The company adds that those numbers are growing at about 40 percent month-over-month.
“There’s this trend underway with apps increasingly resting on web services. Years ago, people said you would be crazy to run your apps in the cloud,” said Tikhon Bernstam, who co-founded Parse after co-founding Scribd. “The next step is cloud platform dedicated to mobile apps. This is totally inevitable given AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Heroku.”
First time accepted submitter InsertCleverUsername writes “The Department of Commerce has announced a $ 10,000 contest for developers making apps to utilize Commerce and other publicly available data and information to support American businesses. Developers must use at least one Department of Commerce dataset to create an application that assists businesses and/or improves the service delivery of Business.USA.gov to the business community. Developers may choose any platform. A list of developer-friendly data sets can be found on the Business Data and Tools page of Data.gov.”
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After releasing a revised financial forecast for FY 2011 that predicts an annual $ 1.3 billion loss, its third in the last four years, NEC announced it will cut around 10,000 jobs. Bloomberg Businessweek reports President Nobuhiro Endo announced the cuts, revealing most of the cuts will come from the company’s mobile-phone handset business, with 7,000 of them expected to be in Japan. The company reportedly had 115,840 employees as of March so there should be a few folks left around to keep the lights on and maintain ventures like its new JV with NTT Docomo, Panasonic, Samsung and Fujitsu, the NEC Lenovo PC alliance, and its recently announced work on the Hayabusa 2 asteroid explorer. Still, we’ll have to wait and see how the cuts affect upcoming cellphones, like any potential successors to its super-slim MEDIAS N-04C seen above.
Editorial: How FAA-certified gadgets could improve air travel and eliminate the Terrible 10,000 Feet
If you’re reading this now and have experienced the wonders of modern air travel then you have surely suffered through what I call the “Terrible 10,000 Feet.” This is the period between the clunk of the cabin door closing and the bong of the cabin indicator, the chime signifying arrival of the magic altitude where “approved electronic devices” can then be used again. The first half of the worst part of the flight is then over — the latter half to commence as soon as the plane dips again below that gadget ceiling.
This is the loudest part of the flight — engines throttled up, flaps and gear hanging in the breeze and scared kids doing their best to drown all that out with screams and shouts. It’s exactly when you most want to use your portable music player, and exactly when you aren’t allowed. We’ve been told that this is for safety reasons, to prevent interference from the myriad devices carried by a cabin full of passengers, but that’s never quite felt satisfactory to me. (Why is it okay to use those very same devices over 10,000 feet? Why can pilots use iPads but I can’t?)
So many questions, but I’m not here to second-guess the people whose jobs it is to keep me safe as I schlep myself, my roller bag and my personal item across the country yet again. I’m here to propose a very simple solution: a certification program in which manufacturers submit devices for testing and the FAA charges a (possibly hefty) fee for their approval. It could not only improve the lives of frequent travellers like myself, but could also stand to provide millions in funding to the FAA, funds that could be put toward its unfortunately named NextGen air traffic control system. Win win? Read on and decide for yourself.
Jim Breyer, the star venture partner at Accel, is a very busy man. He sits on the boards of Facebook, Walmart, News Corp, and Dell, among others. I caught up with him last week at the Techonomy conference, where he talked about what areas Accel is investing in. In Part I of my video interview above, he explains his interest in the “intersection of media, technology and consumer commerce.”