Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin CEO of AIoT chip company XMOS , Mark Lippett is a technology leader with 25 years’ experience in startup, scale-up and blue-chip companies. The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) always brings technology under the sustainability spotlight. As the global climate issue becomes more pressing, a recent study by McKinsey is demanding widespread commitment to environmental protection targets to realize a 1.5°C trajectory by 2030. One focus in 2022 was semiconductors—given their environmentally taxing production and their application within devices that consume power throughout their lifetime. Of course, realizing more sustainable methods of chip manufacture and energy-aware device functionality can be a major advance in reducing overall emissions. The Semiconductor Climate Consortium (SCC) was formed in November last year, comprising 60 founding members who attended COP27 in Egypt to outline … [Read more...] about Semiconductor Sustainability: COP27 And The Potential Of Chips To Save Energy
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The $1Trillion U.S. freight industry is known for its volatility with radical swings in freight rates as shippers and carriers try to balance supply and demand. For example, DAT reported the number of spot market postings in December 2022 had fallen by 57.3% from the previous year and prices had dropped by 15.2% despite rising fuel costs during that same period. Shippers such as Solvay are turning to new providers such as Leaf Logistics to drive business certainty by focusing on collaboration and advanced data analytics to coordinate supply and demand. Post-pandemic supply chain inconsistencies drive companies like Solvay — a global leader in materials, chemicals and solutions — crazy. While the rates rise and fall as predictable as the sun rising and setting, the length of a cycle and the extreme limits within that cycle drive is frustrating for companies like Solvay that require reliability to serve their … [Read more...] about Solvay And Leaf Logistics Build Certainty In An Uncertain Freight Market
Bank of England, London (File image: Reuters) The Bank of England raised interest rates by half a percentage point Thursday as it sought to tame double-digit inflation that is fueling a cost-of-living crisis, public-sector strikes and fears of recession. The bank’s monetary policy committee voted 7-2 to push its key rate to 4%, approving the 10th consecutive rate increase since a post-pandemic surge in the world economy and Russia’s war in Ukraine drove inflation to 40-year highs. Economists suggest this may be the last big rate increase for Britain’s central bank as inflation begins to slow. “The extent to which domestic inflationary pressures ease will depend on the evolution of the economy, including the impact of the significant increases in Bank Rate so far,” the bank said in a statement. “There are considerable uncertainties around the outlook.” The U.S. Federal Reserve has already started tapering its response, boosting its key rate by just a … [Read more...] about Bank of England hikes rates by half-point to tame inflation
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When the Pentagon revised its defense strategy to focus on China in 2018, no military service moved faster than the Marine Corps to begin making changes. Incoming Commandant General David Berger declared in his initial guidance the following year that Marines needed to be trained and equipped “to operate inside actively contested maritime spaces” in support of other naval forces. This wasn’t a new mission for the Corps, but because the spaces Berger had in mind were first and foremost in the Chinese littoral, the potential danger was unprecedented. China has been fielding increasingly capable antiship and antiaircraft missiles along its coast for some time, along with the overhead surveillance systems needed to find and track hostile forces. Other nations are doing the same, but not on the scale of China’s efforts; combined with Beijing’s huge naval shipbuilding program, the new missiles and sensors present a … [Read more...] about The Marine Corps’ Light Amphibious Warship Seems To Be Faltering. Here Is A Novel Solution.
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Apple just blamed its weakest quarter in years on forces outside its control. But something else could be behind Apple’s 5% drop in sales for the most recent quarter. Apple is violating one of the most basic requirements for growth: customers will switch to the product that offers them the most value. Based on listening to my undergraduate students this week, many are feeling like fools for being locked in — via the iPhone — to Apple’s “ecosystem.” They would rather own a product that costs less and works better. Apple’s business is dependent on essentially jailing its customers within its ecosystem. The iPhone is a 15 year old product — that accounted for 56% of Apple’s revenues in the latest quarter. It competes in a declining smartphone industry — shipments were down 18% in the latest quarter, according to the Wall Street Journal . Apple’s growth problem is not really due to macroeconomics or supply chain … [Read more...] about With Revenue Down 5.5%, Tim Cook Presides Over Shrinking Apple
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Stephen Sokoler, Founder & CEO of Journey . With the pandemic bringing about one of the biggest workplace transformations ever—including remote work, greater employee expectations and a passionate and polarizing social and political climate—understanding the evolving needs of today’s workforce is essential. In a climate of quiet quitting, burnout and turnover, the knee-jerk reaction is to hone in on the part of the workforce fringing on disaster. However, even with benefits like employee assistance programs (EAPs), therapy and medical plans in place, HR departments may still be scrambling to find ways to appease their troubled employees and retain the quality staff they have. It turns out that mental health challenges could be driving much of the concern. Spending on disease-related medical services increased the most for mental health services out of all evaluated services between 2016 and 2019, … [Read more...] about Three Proactive Measures Employers Can Take To Prioritize Employees’ Mental Health
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Anna Belova, Founder & CEO of DEVAR , a Phygital Company. Forbes Under 30. Tech Entrepreneur. Expert in AR and Metaverse. It is relentless and inevitable that our world will change. These changes can please us, scare us, inspire us and surprise us. But they will still happen no matter our reaction. For change is like the elements—that is, it's not subject to human will. Take books, for example. The earliest complete printed book was published in 868. Since then, more than a thousand years have passed, but the essence and purpose of books have not changed. Famous Argentine poet and novelist Jorge Luis Borges was convinced that "books will never disappear. It is impossible for it to happen. Of all man's diverse tools, undoubtedly the most astounding are his books." But is this statement true now in the era of the metaverse, digital realities and artificial intelligence? Let's try to find out. … [Read more...] about How Will The Metaverse Change The Publishing Market?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The Netflix password sharing crackdown is about to begin , but the streaming giant has so far not confirmed how it will enforce it. Netflix recently revealed that password sharing would be stopped by the end of March this year, which has angered many users. As I wrote previously , Netflix knows a lot about you, because it collects a lot of data, including device IDs, watching habits and IP addresses, which can help break down your location if you aren’t using a VPN. Netflix could use this data in its password sharing crackdown, according to a document posted accidentally online by the streaming platform. First spotted by streaming testing and news site The Streamable , the document has now been removed. However, earlier this week, details published in the Netflix help center outlined measures that would help crackdown on password sharing via the devices people use to watch shows and films. This would be done … [Read more...] about Netflix Leak Reveals How Password Sharing Crackdown Could Be Enforced
Southeast Asia ‘s most luxurious new beach hotels will be at the forefront of the region’s big tourism comeback promised for 2023. Thailand expects to receive as many as 10 million visitors from China alone this year. In the Philippines – “the worst place to spend the pandemic” – tourism is up by more than the global average. Vietnam is equally poised for a boom , and Indonesia is seeing luxury resorts make their first forays into the country. The SCMP has been taking look at some of Southeast Asia’s most luxurious new beach hotels. New luxury beach hotels in Thailand Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach, Pattaya Related news Thai celebrities duped out of 20 million baht in online toy scam, 300 victims speak out 7 hours ago Thai passport worth less than Cambodian | Thailand News Today 7 hours ago A two-hour drive south of Bangkok, Andaz Pattaya is the first Thai property under the Hyatt Andaz brand. Parts of … [Read more...] about Southeast Asia’s most luxurious new beach hotels
Food inflation remains a problem for both national governments and households across the world as the factors that caused fast-rising prices last year, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are still influencing the world market, according to the United Nations (UN). In their latest monthly report, the Agricultural Market Information System (Amis) which is administered by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, said the decrease in world market prices of staple foods during the second half of 2022 has, at best, slowed domestic food price inflation, which remains stubbornly high in most parts of the world. “Food affordability thus remains a challenge at both the macroeconomic level (countries’ ability to pay their food import bills) and at the household level (increased prices in local currency for imported food and energy),” the Amis said. Overall inflation in the Philippines has risen—largely on account of food and energy items—from 3 percent in March to 8.1 percent in … [Read more...] about Food inflation still a problem globally, says UN report