09 February 2013

Manufacturing jobs leaving China for robots in the US (video)


60 Minutes looked at the jobless recovery and the replacement of workers with automation and robotics.

The Industrial Internet may be the next big thing--and how the US could regain a manufacturing lead: What Is the Industrial Internet? | MIT Technology Review: " . . . In November, GE announced it would invest $1.5 billion in efforts to fine-tune its machines’ performance and capture big efficiency gains by connecting them to its enterprise software and to the wider Internet (see “General Electric Pitches an Industrial Internet”). Although the idea of networking machinery isn’t new, GE thinks that cheaper computing power and sensors are now poised to usher in a new era of big data for industry. Jeff Immelt, GE’s CEO, has called the idea a revolution, and the company’s top economist has suggested it could help increase worker productivity by as much as 1.5 percent a year. . . . "

Largest Prime Number Yet Discovered | FOX2now.com – St. Louis News & Weather from KTVI Television FOX2: " . . . A prime number is a positive integer that cannot be divided evenly by any number except itself and 1. The first 10 prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29. There is no clear pattern in these numbers, nor is there an easy formula to calculate the 11th prime number (31). And, as proven by the great mathematician Euclid, around 300 B.C., there are an infinite number of primes. That means there are unfathomably large numbers that are prime. The newest find is 2 to the power of 57,885,161 minus 1. That means 2, multiplied by 2 more than 57 million times, minus 1. Don’t try this on any ordinary calculator. . . . "

MPG - Core Rot at Apple - Apple Core Rot: Introduction: " . . . As of early 2013 -  iTunes — a nightmarish kitchen sink design cluttered with dozens of tabs and modes and animations and clutter, all mixing highly variant purposes Fortunately, Walter Mossberg likes it (but it’s time for him to hang up his jockstrap). iCloud — a organization-destroying bug-ridden unreliable disaster. OS X Finder — damages the system, can’t copy files reliably, can’t do useful things it ought to do at all, hides key files, rife with bugs. iPhoto — arbitrary removal of keyboard shortcuts and similar made a slightly useful program into a useless toy. Aperture — so full of display bugs on dual-display systems as to be unusable. Time Machine — auto-excludes critical data from backup, silently. . . . "


It is beautiful, and interesting how the internet is "wired"--TeleGeography's gorgeous map of the global Internet.: "At first glance, the lines appear to mirror long-proven global trade routes, with major hubs in global capitals like New York, Amsterdam, and Mumbai. But Mauldin notes that there have been no new cables across the Atlantic since 2003. The growth today is in historically under-served regions like Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Nor are all the hubs located in the big cities you’d expect. That phalanx of cables converging on Brazil, for instance, lands not in Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro but Fortaleza, simply because it’s an easier hop from the Northern Hemisphere. Another surprisingly popular destination is Djibouti, whose appeal becomes more clear when you consider the relative business-friendliness of its neighbors at the mouth of the Red Sea: Somalia, Eritrea, Yemen. . . . "

For more info: Submarine Cable Map 2013
http://www.telegeography.com/telecom-resources/map-gallery/submarine-cable-map-2013/index.html

Google's Schmidt to sell roughly 42 percent of stake
Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is selling roughly 42 percent of his stake in the Internet search company, a move that could potentially net the former chief executive a $2.51 billion windfall. Schmidt, 57, will ...

Einhorn case against Apple rests on unusual legal tactic
Reuters
Einhorn's Greenlight Capital sued the iPad and iPhone maker in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Thursday to try to prevent Apple from eliminating preferred stock from its charter. The suit is part of Einhorn's bid to pressure Apple to use some of ...

Microsoft Surface Pro set for sales on Saturday
CNET
When I walked into my local Los Angeles Microsoft Store earlier this week -- where the Pro was already on display next to the RT model -- it was hard to tell right off the bat which Surface was which. Not surprising, since both tablets display the same ...

Apple and the iWatch conundrum
CNET
Apple has the knack of catching the competition completely flat-footed, surprising since many already had a big head start. The iPhone is a perfect example. Smartphones had existed for years but the iPhone sounded the death knell for Microsoft's ...

Apple Loop: Investor Says Show Us The Money, The Case For An iPhablet ...
Forbes
In case you don't remember, five publishers and Apple were accused of conspiring to raise ebook pricing – part of what the government says was a scheme to prevent retailers including Amazon.com from offering discounts and making consumers pay higher ...

ANALYSIS: Microsoft's nightmare is Dell and Apple's reversal
USA TODAY
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's worst nightmare might go something like this: PC juggernaut Dell would become so downtrodden it would become private equity bait and Apple so rich investors would be fighting for ...

Google honchos' jet business a boon to San Jose airport; fate of Moffett ...
San Jose Mercury News
SAN JOSE -- In their search for a reliable place to park their growing fleet of jet aircraft, Google(GOOG) co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have boosted the fortunes of San Jose's struggling international airport, while leaving a cloud of ...

Apple reportedly hires LG's former OLED TV expert
CNET
According to a report from the OLED Association, Apple has wooed James (Jueng-Gil) Lee, a display and semiconductor technology expert who's had stints at LG Display, Samsung, and now-defunct flat-panel design company Candescent Technologies.

Biz Break: LinkedIn, Google and Apple help push S&P 500 to new five-year high
San Jose Mercury News
Today: LinkedIn and Google (GOOG) hit record prices, helping push the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a new five-year high. Also: Apple (AAPL) moves higher on plan to push cash back to shareholders, and Dell faces issues with leveraged buyout plan.

Following a Herd of Bulls on Apple
New York Times
By November, with Apple stock in the midst of a precipitous decline, they were still bullish. Fifty of 57 analysts rated it a buy or strong buy; only two rated it a sell. Apple shares continued their plunge, and this week were trading at just over $450 ...

New York Times

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Plans To Sell 3.2M Company Shares ...
By Frederic Lardinois
Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, the company today reported in an SEC filing, plans to sell about 3.2 million of the Class A common stock he cur..
TechCrunch

Google Changes Its Ad Program to Try to Solve the Mobile Ad Riddle
By By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
Google made the biggest change to its AdWords program in years, forcing advertisers onto mobile devices and raising protests from some digital ad companies. Read more...
NYT Bits

Judge Pares Google's Patent Claims in Microsoft Suit - John ...
By John Paczkowski
“Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google's patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.” – Google CEO Larry Page ...
AllThingsD

Google aiming to build $82 million aircraft facility at SJC, probably ...
By Mark Hearn
It\'s no secret that Google has an interest in the automotive industry, but over the years the popular search engine has also managed to amass quite the. ... DNP Google trying to secure an aircraft facility at San Jose International Airport ...
Engadget

Google Stock Blasts To All-Time High - Business Insider
By Henry Blodget
REVIEW: Microsoft's New Tablet, The Surface Pro ... Share on Tumblr. Google stock. Yahoo Finance. Google stock rocketed up another $11 today to close at a new all-time high. At $785 a share, Google now has a market cap of $260 billion. The re-awakening of Google's stock follows a multi-year period in which most investors generally ignored the company. Google went ... at $260 billion. SEE ALSO: Apple's Stock Looks Cheap! .... Why Amazon's Virtual Coins Raise My Hackles...
Business Insider

The Lords of Salem - Movie Trailers - iTunes
Synopsis. From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a ...
trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thelordsofsalem/

Amazon Media Room: Press Releases - Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc ...
Amazon Coins is an easy way for Kindle Fire customers to spend money on developers' apps in theAmazon Appstore, offering app and game developers ...
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