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January 24, 2017 8:37 PM Final Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview lands, bringing iOS support

The fifth version of Google's wearable OS finally paves the way for next month's release. As promised last year, Google has released the fifth and final version of the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview, paving the way for the full release of the wearable OS and urging developers to get their apps ready for next month’s launch. While the release mostly 18

January 24, 2017 5:32 PM Many people still see smart home voice assistants as a novelty

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. A new report from VoiceLabs on smart home speakers and their AI-powered voice assistants concludes that they have major hurdles to overcome before they move more into the mainstream of consumer homes. The data from the report indicates 38

January 24, 2017 5:26 PM Trump restores funding ban on foreign abortion groups

President Trump reinstated Jan. 23 a ban on federal funds for organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas in one of what is expected to be a series of executive orders overturning current policies. The order was among three the new president signed on his third day in office as part of his administration’s plan to make policy changes in such areas 24

January 24, 2017 3:45 AM Samsung's earnings more than double on record chip profits

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled over a year earlier thanks to record-high earnings from its brisk memory chip business and strong smartphone sales, despite costly Galaxy Note 7 recalls. The South Korean company said it posted 7.1 trillion won ($6.1 billion) in net income during 13

January 24, 2017 2:04 AM Samsung finally put the Note7 scandal to rest—here's what it could do for their future

We may never know why Samsung’s battery manufacturing partners made a handful of critical errors that led dozens of (the once widely-praised) Galaxy Note7 smartphones to overheat, and/or burst into flames. We also won’t know exactly why most of the 3 million Note7’s that were sold didn’t blow up or catch fire while dozens of others did. The flaws were there 18

January 23, 2017 7:33 AM Samsung reveals results of fire phone investigation

IDC New Zealand analyst Chayse Gorton says Samsung can overcome the “publicity issues” involved with the recall, thanks in part to proactive measures such as giving Note 7 owners free J5 phones and $100 "stress payments" to affected customers. He expects a comeback for the current quarter. But he says the company still faces the wider challenge of increasing 20

January 23, 2017 5:00 AM The decline and fall of higher education in Botswana: Quality assurance authorities complicit (Part II)

The challenge for Botswana over the last 17 or so years has been how to reconcile the rapid increase in the number of students accessing tertiary education with good quality education which is globally competitive and nationally relevant. This is something that higher education authorities elsewhere in the world are also grappling with because the general 22

January 22, 2017 7:54 AM In a World That’s Always Been America First, Trump’s Way May Undermine US Power

So President Donald J. Trump wants to put America first everywhere. There should be no surprise in this. Every leader of every country, presumably, puts his or her national interests first on every issue. This, as the early 20th century revealed, leads to intense competition – and sometimes war. For this reason, the community of nation states got together 24

January 21, 2017 7:36 PM About 700 Microsoft employees will be laid off next week, sources say

Microsoft is expected to conduct another round of layoffs next week when the company reports its quarterly earnings on January 26. About 700 jobs are expected to be impacted, according to someone familiar with the matter. That is not a huge number compared to Microsoft's workforce of about 113,000 people, but we understand nerves have been running high inside 21

January 21, 2017 5:07 PM Jurgen Klopp doesn’t like the word but admits defeat is ‘damaging’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who saw his side suffer their first home league defeat in over a year against Swansea, was unimpressed with his side’s defending. Having gone 2-0 down they drew level thanks to a Roberto Firmino double but then undid their good work by allowing the unmarked Gylfi Sigurdsson to score the winner. “There was nearly everything 9