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How Ants Turn Into Zombies

Allow us to explain the gruesome process by which ordinary ants become the pawns of an insidious and spectacularly clever fungus.
Source: Wired

Farmers Can Now Buy Designer Microbes to Replace Fertilizer

Pivot Bio is the first company to offer US corn farmers a new ‘probiotic for plants’ as a replacement for expensive, greenhouse-gassy fertilizer.
Source: Wired

Tencent shakeup puts the focus on enterprise

Chinese internet giant Tencent is reorganizing its business to place more emphasis on enterprise as it prepares for the future of technology and looks to alleviate the pressure on its under-fire consumer business.

The reorg, which Reuters reports is the company’s first shakeup for six years, was announced over the weekend — ahead of a holiday in China — and it comes at a challenging time. Tencent’s share price is down 33 percent from a record high in January, and the firm just experienced a rare quarterly profit drop largely on account of regulators freezing new game releases in China.

Gaming is where the firm is strongest — Honour of Kings over 200 million monthly players and is one of the top-grossing games ever, while Tencent has stakes in current blockbusters Fornite and PUBG — but a change in government regulation has prevented any new titles being released in China for months. Titles already in the market have also been affected. Under pressure from the government, Tencent was forced to acknowledge that some gamers are addicted and it has introduced systems to combat that — which now include a facial recognition pilot.

This structural change seems to be targeted at helping Tencent grow revenue beyond the consumer space, where it has seen tremendous success with WeChat, China’s top messaging app, perhaps its most successful product.

The change will see Tencent retain four units — ‘Corporate & Development,’ ‘Interactive Entertainment,’ ‘Technology Engineering’ and ‘Weixin’ (its WeChat business) — but add two new ones. Those will include ‘Platform & Content’ which will unite its digital services beyond WeChat, that includes its social networks, online media and content divisions.

The other new addition is ‘Cloud & Smart Industries,’ as the name implies that caters to cloud services, maps, security and other enterprise-led initiatives from the company. In addition, the firm’s advertising operations will be united in a single division which will sit under the corporate and development department.

Finally, Tencent is also putting a renewed focus on upcoming technology with a newly created ‘Technology Committee’ that’ll be tasked with looking at “cutting-edge technologies,” including AI, robotics, quantum research and more.

Chairman and CEO Pony Ma said in a statement that the changes mark “a new beginning” that’ll prepare Tencent for the next 20 years of operations:

It is a very important strategic upgrade as we step into the second stage of the Internet, the Industrial Internet era. In the first stage, we connected users to high quality services. In the second stage, we aspire to enable our partners in different industries to better connect with consumers via an expanding, open and connected ecosystem. As an Internet-based company focused on innovation, communications, and content, Tencent views technology as our core infrastructure. With the emergence of AI and 5G, we will use technology as our innovation engine, and to explore new connections between social networks and content. We need to not only focus on our existing businesses, but even more so seek to position ourselves for the long-term future. Together with this strategic upgrade, we will reinforce our investment in cutting-edge technologies.


Source: TechCrunch

Amazon increases minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour

Amazon just announced that it will be raising its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour, effective November 1.

The policy will cover employees at Amazon subsidiaries, including Whole Foods, and well as seasonal and temporary employees. Amazon says that in total, this will cover 250,000 employees, plus 100,000 seasonal employees.

This comes as Amazon is facing increasing scrutiny over how its workers are treated and paid. Senator Bernie Sanders, for example, recently introduced legislation to end what he calls “corporate welfare” — and it’s pretty clear who he had in mind, since the bill was titled Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS).

Meanwhile, a group of Whole Foods workers have been pushing to unionize, with demands that included a $15 minimum wage.

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in the announcement. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”

Amazon says its existing benefits will not change, except that its RSU stock grant program will be phased out for hourly fulfillment and customer service employees and replaced with a direct stock purchase plan, supposedly because those employees “prefer the predictability and immediacy of cash to RSUs.”

In addition, the company also pledges its public policy team will lobby for an increase to the federal minimum wage from $7.25 — it doesn’t identify a specific wage that it’s targeting, but instead says, “We believe $7.25 is too low. We would look to Congress to decide the parameters of a new, higher federal minimum wage.”

It remains to be seen whether Amazon’s critics are satisfied with these moves.


Source: TechCrunch

2019 BMW 3 Series gets trick chassis and iDrive tech, $40,200 price tag – Roadshow

BMW hopes the 3 Series will once again become the benchmark for all luxury/sport sedans.
Source: CNET

Say goodbye to the BMW 3 Series' manual transmission – Roadshow

The G20-generation 3 Series will be the first without a stick shift.
Source: CNET

Opera Touch is a solid alternative to Safari on the iPhone

Browser company Opera is back doing what it does best, offering you beautifully-designed alternatives to the stock browsers from the likes of Google and Apple . This week the company brought its ‘Opera Touch’ browser to iOS to give iPhone owners a new alternative to the basic Safari browser.

The app was first launched for Android in April and, as we noted at the time, it reinvents a lot of the established paradigms to work well on mobile and particularly large screens that don’t have a home button — which is steadily becoming every premium devices on the market today.

Touch for iOS — which you can download here — will be particularly of interest to owners of the iPhone X or Apple’s newest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and (upcoming) iPhone XR devices since it is optimized for one-handed use. That’s to say it employs the same nifty user interface seen on the Android app (see below), which lets you open or close tabs, switch to search, go back or forward using a menu bar located at the bottom of the screen. One thing it is missing, for now, is more comprehensive management of bookmarks.

The app also includes Opera’s ‘Flow’ technology which lets a user pass links, images and notes from their phone to an Opera browser on their computer using a “secure and private” connection.

As ever, the Opera browser comes with ad blocking built-in and there’s the company’s usual protection from cryptojacking — that’s the process of being hacked and having your CPU used to mine crypto for someone else.

All in all, the browser is worth taking for a spin if you have Apple’s new home buttonless devices and seek an alternative to the pre-loaded Safari browser. Other options might include Google Chrome, recently given a redesign for its tenth anniversary, as well as Mozilla, UC Web, Dolphin and Brave.


Source: TechCrunch

We shall lust after the Mercedes-AMG A35 from afar – Roadshow

We’ll get some sort of AMG A-Class in the US, but sadly, it won’t be this.
Source: CNET

Porsche will bring the 991 Speedster to production in early 2019 – Roadshow

1,948 units will be built, referencing the year the first Porsche 356 hit the road.
Source: CNET

Facebook's Asia team moves to gigantic new headquarters in Singapore – CNET

The social media giant wants to be big in the Asia region.
Source: CNET

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