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Geotermia: la primera gran apuesta de Bill Gates por la energía limpia

El fondo de casi 1.000 millones de euros para investigaciones en este sector creado por el millonario acaba de anunciar los primeros proyectos que recibirán dinero. Y todos están relacionados con esta forma de energía renovable procedente del interior del planeta 
Source: MIT

¿Quiere saber cuándo morirá? La fecha está escrita en sus genes

La ciencia está cada vez más cerca de encontrar un preciso reloj que marce el final de la vida cada persona. Mientras tanto, cabe preguntarse si tener esta información será útil para algo y, sobre todo, si será ético. Ninguna ley protege contra la discriminación ni la falta de privacidad epigenética
Source: MIT

HBO Disappears From Dish as Monopoly Concerns Mount

Critics of AT&T’s Time Warner acquisition say their fears have been realized, as Dish blacks out HBO amid a contract dispute.
Source: Wired

Apple misses estimates for the iPhone, but still made more money than in 2017

Apple didn’t quite hit estimates for iPhone units in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, but despite that, it made more money than expected. How? Well, largely by raising the average selling price of the iPhone.

The post Apple misses estimates for the iPhone, but still made more money than in 2017 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Google Walkout Is Just the Latest Sign of Tech Worker Unrest

Workers around the globe protest company’s handling of sexual-harassment claims.
Source: Wired

Apple will stop sharing numbers on how many devices it’s selling

Apple shared its latest quarterly earnings report today, but during its call with investors the company’s CFO Luca Maestri also delivered an unexpected announcement: it won’t be sharing unit sales of its iPhone, iPad or Mac anymore.

This gives analysts (and the public) one less item to determine the health of the company, but according to Apple’s leadership, devices sold aren’t a very good indication of the company’s financial health anymore because the company is selling devices at so many price points.

“Our product ranges for all the major product categories have become wider over time and therefore a unit of sale is less relevant for us at this point compared to the past because we’ve got these much wider sales prices dispersion,” Maestri said in the call. “So unit of sale per se becomes less relevant”

The move perhaps reflects just how much Apple’s pricing has stretched towards the high-end in the past year.

The iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099, the Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $399, the new iPad Pro starts at $799 and the new MacBook Air starts at $1,199. The company is keeping prices pretty consistent on the low-end for iPhone and iPad as it continues to sell older units, that isn’t as true of Mac which has seen a fairly uniform price bump in the most recent generations of devices (with a $4,999 iMac Pro rounding out the high-end).

Unit sales tell a small part of the story. While Apple shipping 46.89 million iPhones this quarter represented flat unit growth, the company’s iPhone revenues jumped 29 percent. That’s because the average sale price of the iPhone went from $793 versus $618 a year ago.

Maestri noted in the call that some of the company’s biggest competitors in smartphone and tablet sales (Google, Samsung) do not break out unit sales in their quarterly earnings reports either. Nevertheless, more data on a company’s performance is better for analysts, so the lack of transparency from Apple here leaves some room for speculation on why they’re making this change now.


Source: TechCrunch

Elon Musk says soon Teslas will come when you call them

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised in a series of tweets that an advanced version of its auto-parking technology Summon that will let owners remotely control their car through their phones will be ready in six weeks. Or even follow you like a pet.

The Summon parking feature is available in Tesla vehicles with the advanced driver assistance system known as Autopilot or the upgraded version called “enhanced Autopilot.”

In a separate set of tweets that appear to be unrelated from the upgrade coming next month, Musk said by next year Summon should be able to drive a Tesla around a parking lot, find an empty spot and read signs to confirms it’s valid and park.

Summon is an auto-parking technology that lets Tesla owners park or retrieve their vehicles by using the Tesla mobile app or keyfob. The company introduced Summon way back in January 2016 in its 7.1 software update for its hardware 1-equipped vehicles. At the time, the capability was rather limited, essentially allowing owners to owner prompt a parked Tesla to roll out of a garage or parking space. An owner standing outside of the vehicle could also  hit a button and have roll into the parking spot.

It certainly wasn’t capable of autonomously driving through a parking garage until it found an empty space.

In October 2016, Tesla began producing hardware 2 vehicles equipped with a more robust suite of sensors, radar, and cameras that Musk said would deliver new levels of capability and eventually drive autonomously. Summon was just one feature that would become more capable as a result.

That goal has taken much longer than expected as the company has worked for years to develop its own vision system that relies on image processing via an onboard neural net for object identification and avoidance.


Source: TechCrunch

GoPro shares tank after reporting revenue dives 13%

GoPro stock is currently down 15% in after-hours trading and is falling after reporting its third quarter earnings. The company saw revenues dive 13%.3, while still managing to beat Wall Street revenue expectations.

Overall GoPro reported a net loss of $27.1 million, or 19 cents per share, in the quarter that ended on Sept. 30. Is compared with a profit of $14.7 million, or 10 cents per share, from the previous year. Likewise, GoPro saw revenue fell to $285.9 million from $329.8 million, down 13% year-over-year and up 1% sequentially. Cash and investments totaled $148 million at the end of Q3 2018.

Earlier in the day, the company’s stock was up 9.3% on the day. It was rebounding nicely after ending last week down but all the gains could be lost if it opens tomorrow at today’s after-hours level.

The third quarter noted some successes though. The new Hero7 Black saw the company’s best first-month sales of any unit today. Likewise, GoPro’s spherical camera, the Fusion, holds 47% dollar share of its niche market. The company’s products are gaining popularity in oversea markets, too. In Europe, Japan and Korea, the company increased its unit and dollar marketshare substantially. In the US, GoPro still holds a massive chunk of the dollar and unit share of, 96% and 87%, respectively. And for the 19th straight quarter, GoPro is the number one selling camera by unit volume in North America.

The company is also still growing its social channels, reaching a 21-month high in September.

GoPro recently revamped its camera line up in time for the holiday quarter. Yet GoPro is still struggling, at least seemingly, at convincing owners to buy another unit. While GoPro annually releases the latest and greatest action camera, most owners I’ve talked to are satisfied with the capabilities of the GoPro they purchased previously.


Source: TechCrunch

Russia Blames a Bad Sensor for Its Failed Soyuz Rocket Launch

An investigation into the crewed Soyuz rocket that aborted mid-flight blamed the incident on a handling error.
Source: Wired

Apple patent suggests future Macs could use eye tracking to go hands-free

A public Apple patent called “Gaze detection in a 3D mapping environment” includes mentions which hint that one day you might be able to ditch your mouse and look at your Mac in a completely different way. 

The post Apple patent suggests future Macs could use eye tracking to go hands-free appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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