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American Airlines Computer Glitch Could Wreck Your Christmas Travel Plans

American Airlines Computer Glitch Could Wreck Your Christmas Travel Plans

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If you’ve flown more than a handful of times, chances are you’ve experienced some type of problem moving from Point A to B. While local incidents can be absorbed by the airline system as a whole, a sharp delay or major problem at one airport can lead to cascading delays and cancellations across the country, as flights are rerouted and passenger manifests shuffled to try and keep everyone moving towards their destinations. Christmas is a particularly tough problem from a scheduling perspective, and American Airlines just made a mistake that could make holiday travel difficult-to-impossible for hundreds of thousands of people.

Normally, American Airlines pilots bid for time off based on their seniority. This time, however, a computer glitch allowed every single pilot to take time off — which means AA is missing pilots for an estimated 15,000 flights.

American is offering up to 150 percent in overtime pay to pilots who are willing to come back to fly routes, while also tapping its reserve pilot lists to cover flights. The company and the Allied Pilots Association are in negotiations on terms that would meet the needs of both groups while remaining in-line with a just-negotiated contract between American and its pilots.

American Airline’s pilot leave system (artistic depiction)

“Basically there’s a crisis at American for manning the cockpits,” Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, told Reuters.

There are strict legal requirements on how much rest pilots are required to receive, in addition to any requirements of the airlines themselves. On domestic flights, pilots must receive at least 10 hours of rest per 24 hour period, including at least eight hours for uninterrupted sleep. Pilots are also limited to 8 or 9 hours of flying time per 24 hour day, though this can be extended if the pilot receives a larger rest period at the end of the flight to compensate for this extending shift. The reason for these rules is simple: Airline pilots literally have the lives of hundreds of other people in their hands when they fly, to say nothing of anyone on the ground. These requirements may make it harder for American Airlines to flesh out an alternative duty roster for various flights if it can’t persuade pilots to come back in.

American is hoping to avoid canceling any flights, but keep an eye on things if you’re planning to travel this Christmas. If AA can’t staff every flight, consumers will quickly leap for other airlines to make up the slack. Seating space could be hard to come by, come late December.

Published at Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:16:40 +0000

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Witness: Uber Had Secret Unit to Steal Intellectual Property

Witness: Uber Had Secret Unit to Steal Intellectual Property

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Uber is gaining a reputation for making every mistake it’s possible to make. From mishandling harassment claims to hiding data breaches, Uber just can’t get it right. The ongoing case with Waymo over the alleged theft of intellectual property is another example and one that’s getting more bizarre before our eyes. A witness in the case has testified that Uber set up a secret unit with the express purpose of stealing trade secrets from competitors.

The case stems from Uber’s hiring of former Google/Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski. Waymo claims that Levandowski took vast repositories of confidential information from Waymo upon his departure, and then promptly got hired by Uber to put that information to use developing the company’s own self-driving car tech. Waymo (now an Alphabet subsidiary along with Google) filed a lawsuit in February seeking at least $1 billion in damages.

In case you thought Uber couldn’t get itself into any more trouble, a former employee made some startling accusations at a hearing in San Francisco yesterday. Richard Jacobs, who still works as a consultant for Uber after leaving his post, told the court Uber set up a secret department tasked with stealing intellectual property from competitors and influencing lawsuits. The covert unit allegedly went so far as to identify employees at other companies who might be willing to leak confidential information.

Uber is said to have used Wickr to destroy evidence.

Perhaps the most damaging part of Jacobs’ testimony is the way Uber trained members of its so-called “corporate surveillance” unit to manage its data. Jacobs testified that the department used separate servers and messaging systems from the rest of Uber, and messages (on a platform called Wickr) would be deleted almost immediately in order to eliminate any paper trail that could harm the company later.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup expressed concern that these allegations could mean Uber has been withholding evidence. Alsup, who you might remember from the Google-Oracle case, noted that he found Jacobs to be a trustworthy witness, and delayed the start of the trial phase indefinitely. That was set to begin on December 4th, and Uber was pushing hard for that to happen. Alsup also demanded Uber provide a list of all employees who had an account on the Wickr service.

Uber has maintained that it never used any of Waymo’s confidential intellectual property, but Waymo seems to have strong evidence that Levandowski did take data from Waymo upon his departure. That seems like exactly the sort of thing Uber’s secret unit would be trying to acquire.

Published at Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:02:18 +0000

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Firefox Quantum is a Really Great Browser

Firefox Quantum is a Really Great Browser

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A few weeks back, we covered the launch of Firefox Quantum (Firefox 57). On paper, it looked pretty good — faster start times, faster UI, better multi-threading, claimed performance improvements even against Chrome. But in all honesty, I was skeptical.

I’ve used Firefox for well over a decade, but it’s been a long time since I would’ve described it as a great browser. Its UI was never as fast as Chrome or Chromium-derived browsers, and it had an irritating habit of sending RAM usage and single-thread CPU use through the roof, often bogging down my entire system until I killed it. A full reinstall + Firefox profile deletion earlier this year fixed some of these issues, but not all of them. Similarly, activating Firefox’s new multithreading mode did improve things a bit, but it didn’t completely resolve my performance or system resource problems.

Firefox 57 (Firefox Quantum) has solved these problems, at least for me. While this article isn’t a formal review, I’m not the only person to spend time with the browser and come away thinking Mozilla has knocked one out of the park. Wired has an extensive write-up on the new features of Quantum, its customizability, and speed. HowToGeek echoes these claims and praises the browser’s ability to parallelize CSS sheets across all CPU cores and its still-powerful about:config tool for low-level access to various tools and abilities.

Mozilla isn’t resting on its laurels, either. A security expert who created the “Have I Been Pwned” tool to check and see whether your login credentials have been stolen has confirmed the site will be working with Mozilla to fold this functionality directly into the browser.

My own use-cases for Firefox are more mundane. I don’t use many add-ons and I don’t do much personalization. What I do need, from any browser, is the ability to juggle tons of tabs and enough long-term stability to avoid the kinds of memory-hogging, CPU cycle-eating issues that used to leave me restarting FF 2-4x per day. Quantum doesn’t just deliver — it delivers perfectly. I haven’t had to restart Firefox due to stability or system-wide performance issues once since upgrading. The browser handles the extensions I use (which, again, isn’t exactly tons) with ease. I can’t speak for whether it uses memory more efficiently than Chrome, but given that Chrome is known to use more RAM than other browsers, I don’t find that claim difficult to believe.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that a good browser will win commensurate market share, and I can’t say whether Chrome will see any loss. But if you migrated away from Firefox in the past, or have simply stuck with Google Chrome because conventional wisdom said Chrome was faster, I’d recommend giving Quantum a try. It’s easily the fastest, most-stable version of FF that I’ve used in recent and not-so-recent memory.

Published at Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:30:55 +0000

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Trump Says He Passed On Being 'Person Of The Year.' 'Time' Says He's 'Incorrect' – NPR

Trump Says He Passed On Being 'Person Of The Year.' 'Time' Says He's 'Incorrect' – NPR

Donald Trump holds a copy of Time magazine in January 2016 in Winterset, Iowa. His golf clubs have displayed fake Time covers featuring Trump.

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President Trump took to Twitter Friday afternoon to say he passed on possibly being Time‘s Person of the Year because he didn’t want to agree to an interview and photo shoot.

The magazine tweeted a few hours later that that wasn’t the case:

Trump was named Time‘s Person of the Year last year, which he called a “tremendous honor” at the time.

The yearly title isn’t necessarily a mark of praise, but rather an acknowledgement of influence. “[T]he person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse,” a former managing editor of the magazine wrote. Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin have both been featured in the role.

The magazine started naming a “Man of the Year” during a slow news week in 1928, it says. The title became “Person of the Year” in 1999, though socialite Wallis Simpson was a “Woman of the Year” in 1937.

In June, The Washington Post noted that fake covers of Time magazine featuring Trump hang in at least four of his golf clubs.

The Person of the Year will be announced Dec. 6.

Published at Sat, 25 Nov 2017 10:15:00 +0000

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The FCC's abandonment of network neutrality will end the internet as we know it – Los Angeles Times

The FCC's abandonment of network neutrality will end the internet as we know it – Los Angeles Times

In any event, decisions on corporate capital spending, especially in a technologically volatile industry like telecommunications, are complex and multifaceted. They depend on technology cycles and internal finances, as well as the competitive landscape. To judge the impact of a regulatory initiative by one or two years of corporate behavior, as Pai tries to do, is the height of irresponsibility. Pai undoubtedly knows this. The only possible explanation for his claim doesn’t lie in hard facts, but ideology.

Published at Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:49:23 +0000

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Trump Defends Roy Moore, Citing Candidate's Denial of Allegations – New York Times

Trump Defends Roy Moore, Citing Candidate's Denial of Allegations – New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump defended Roy S. Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct with minors, saying on Tuesday that Mr. Moore “totally denies” the allegations against him.

Mr. Trump said that Alabama voters should not support Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate running against Mr. Moore in a special election next month.

“We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones,” Mr. Trump said. “I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military.”

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Mr. Trump declined to say whether he would campaign for Mr. Moore in the final days before the election, adding that he would let reporters know next week about his plans. Asked by a reporter whether electing an accused child molester is better than electing a Democrat, Mr. Trump responded by saying that Mr. Moore denies the charges against him.

“If you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it,” Mr. Trump said. “He says it didn’t happen. You have to listen to him also.”

Mr. Trump had declined to weigh in on the charges against Mr. Moore for more than a week, leaving it to his press secretary to say only that the president believed it was up to Alabama voters to decide.

Mr. Trump had issued an earlier statement expressing confidence that Mr. Moore would step aside if the charges against him were true.

In brief comments on Air Force One during his recent trip to Asia, Mr. Trump said he had not had time to examine the allegations against Mr. Moore. He added, “I’ll have further comment as we go down the road. I have to get back into the country to see what’s happening.”

Speaking on Tuesday before he left for his Thanksgiving break in Palm Beach, Florida, Mr. Trump also responded to a question about what a reporter called “this pivotal moment” regarding sexual assault.

“Women are very special,” the president said. “I think it’s a very special time, a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society and I think it’s very very good for women, and I’m very happy these things are coming out.”

But he declined to say whether Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, who has been accused by two women of inappropriate sexual conduct, should resign from the Senate.

“I don’t want to speak for Al Franken,” he said.

Mr. Trump’s defense of Mr. Moore and his rejection of his Democratic opponent in the race were tantamount to an endorsement of Mr. Moore, who has been abandoned by nearly all of the Republican establishment in Washington.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has called on Mr. Moore to step aside as a candidate, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee has severed ties with Mr. Moore, saying it would no longer raise money for his campaign.

Mr. Trump took a different stance on Tuesday. After campaigning unsuccessfully against Mr. Moore during the Republican primary earlier this year, the president had appeared uneasy about getting involved in the race again. His decision to defend Mr. Moore appeared likely to please his conservative base, which is frustrated with establishment Republicans like Mr. McConnell.

Members of Mr. Trump’s administration have argued that keeping the Senate seat in Republican hands was important for advancing the president’s agenda, including tax cuts as part of an overhaul of the tax code.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said on Fox News on Monday that Mr. Jones could not be counted on to support those plans.

“Doug Jones in Alabama — folks, don’t be fooled,” she said. “He will be a vote against tax cuts.”

Asked whether that meant that the White House was urging a vote for Mr. Moore, Ms. Conway said, “I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through.”

Published at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:26:32 +0000

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The FCC Votes in December To Dismantle Net Neutrality, Other Consumer Protections

The FCC Votes in December To Dismantle Net Neutrality, Other Consumer Protections

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In 2015, the FCC under Tom Wheeler classified broadband (and therefore broadband providers) as a communication service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The goal of the FCC at the time was to ensure corporations were required to serve data at a constant speed, rather than having the legal right to force consumers into fast and slow lanes, a policy known as net neutrality. But under President Trump and FCC Chair Ajit Pai, this policy has changed. Pai has announced that the FCC will vote to revoke net neutrality on December 12.

The impact of this statement stretches beyond merely allowing paid prioritization in the future. Classifying companies like AT&T, Spectrum, and Comcast as communication service providers gave the FCC increased authorization to regulate them and protect consumers as a result. Pai is set to unwind those protections as well. The only protections Pai appears to keep are those that require ISPs to be transparent in their billing practices.

The problem with the arguments against net neutrality is that they don’t factually hold up. Pai claims (PDF), for example, that net neutrality “depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation.” But there’s literally no evidence this is true. Ars Technica has discussed how investment cycles in wireless show no structural impact from net neutrality, while a report (PDF) from Free Press showed how ISPs have literally told their investors net neutrality has had no negative impact on their businesses. While these companies have still complained about net neutrality publicly, there is no evidence they’ve suffered even the smallest problem — apart from not being allowed to shove consumers into paying more and more for the same basic tier of service.

Pai’s plan to de-classify ISPs under Title II has been deeply unpopular; an estimated 98.5 percent of unique comments left on the FCC’s website opposed it. The rule will also be challenged in court by pro net neutrality advocates, though courts have typically given wide latitude to government agencies to decide if a group fell under common carrier regulation or not. The FTC will regain some authority to regulate ISPs once they aren’t considered common carriers, but it lacks the FCC’s ability to create rules that the ISPs are required to follow (it can investigate specific incidents, but it can’t create a formal structure).

Does This Constitute ‘Destroying the Internet?’

There’ve been some hyperbolic headlines across the internet, alleging that allowing ISPs to return to the previous status quo constitutes destroying the internet. It doesn’t. But what it does signal is a further willingness by the modern GOP to tolerate virtually any business practice if someone, somewhere, is willing to claim it benefits consumers.

There is no evidence to show ISP capital investment has been harmed by net neutrality, but Pai insists it has. The FCC has taken the position that markets can be competitive even in cases where there’s only a single ISP providing service to that address. On the other hand, one could argue that net neutrality has had precious little impact on the wireless world, where AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile have had great success pushing customers towards data plans with huge per-GB costs and throttling schemes that degrade video quality or preferentially don’t count certain services towards a customer’s monthly broadband usage. The actual implementation of net neutrality in the US has, for better or worse, been less monolithic and heavy-handed than its detractors claim and less universal and effective than its advocates desire.

But if establishing net neutrality drew a line in the sand, however faint, Pai is determined to erase it. It won’t destroy the internet, but it’ll almost certainly make it more expensive to access in the long term, as companies roll out service tiers and products intended to push customers towards higher-end premium packages.

Update: On a call with reporters today, the FCC commissioners revealed that, as part of the new rules, states will be barred from creating their own net neutrality requirements or standards. This is another win for ISPs, who have argued that states should not be allowed to create their own privacy standards or content service requirements.  Ars Technica reports that all consumer protections within the 2015 net neutrality order are being vacated, not merely those related to net neutrality. ISPs will no longer be required to disclose hidden fees and data caps, for example. Also, the FCC will no longer evaluate whether ISPs can charge competitors for data cap exemptions or oversee interconnection disputes.

Published at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:01:16 +0000

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Impeachment Is Worth the Wait for Zimbabwe – Bloomberg

Impeachment Is Worth the Wait for Zimbabwe – Bloomberg

When you get rid of your dictator, is it important to follow the rules? That delicate question is dominating the transition-in-progress in Zimbabwe, where longtime president Robert Mugabe has refused to step down despite the demands of the public, the army and his own political party.

The counterintuitive answer is that it actually is worthwhile to show obedience to the rule of law, even when the person being overthrown hasn’t and doesn’t. Following the rules sends a message that the future regime wants to respect the law. If the Zimbabwean people, who have had 37 years of Mugabe, can wait a few more weeks to remove him lawfully, the delay will have been worth it.

The events in Zimbabwe have been fascinating, not least because they haven’t followed the usual pattern of dictator removal. Ordinarily, dictators remain in power until serious cracks appear in their authority — after which they crumble fast.

In this way, the fall of a dictator is like bankruptcy as described by Ernest Hemingway in “The Sun Also Rises”: “‘How did you go bankrupt?’ Bill asked. ‘Two ways,’ Mike said. ‘Gradually and then suddenly.’”

The combination of a general appearing on television to announce the transition, the largest protest in the country’s history and the general sense that Mugabe is finished ought to have moved the transition from the gradual stage to the sudden.

Mugabe, at 93, cannot realistically expect to continue to hold power. By now it is also clear that he won’t be able to transfer power to his wife, as he apparently intended to do. Yet Mugabe hasn’t abdicated his position — and he hasn’t yet been removed by force.

The main explanation seems to be the strong desire of the relevant actors to follow a legal script, so they can continue to claim, as they have from the beginning, that their coup isn’t really a coup at all.

And Mugabe, for his part, has been taking advantage of this desire for a semi-orderly transition. After the ruling political party, the Zanu-PF, purported to expel him from the party, Mugabe insisted in a speech that he would preside over the party congress meant to convene Dec. 12. According to the Zanu-PF party constitution, the head of the party can (arguably) only be removed by a vote of the full party congress — not by the leadership of the central committee that voted Mugabe out.

The party also lacked the legal authority to remove Mugabe from the presidency. Consequently, the central committee voted to direct the party whip to commence impeachment procedures against Mugabe on Tuesday if he has not resigned by then.

Exploiting the fact that no one with formal legal authority to remove him from the presidency has yet acted, Mugabe has not (as of this writing) agreed to step down. It would appear that he intends to let the impeachment process go forward. It could potentially go fast, or it could take several weeks. Most important, given the composition of Parliament, Mugabe can only be removed from office with the active participation of the opposition. And the opposition can be expected to try to extract some promises of power-sharing from the Zanu-PF leadership.

Given Mugabe’s canny skill at resisting removal using procedural barriers, it will be very tempting for the military and the politicians alike to force him out without respect for the formal procedures. If they did, it’s unlikely that too many other countries would object, or that many Zimbabweans would raise a ruckus.

One effect of autocracy and one-party rule is that it tends to weaken the idea that constitutional niceties must always be observed. What’s more, the democratic ideal that the people should be able to remove a de facto dictator would also seem to point in favor of rapid and direct action.

But that perspective would be a mistake. Zanu-PF and the military and the Zimbabwean people would be much better served by a legal process than by an efficient one.

Admittedly, following procedures in overthrowing a dictator is a form of hypocrisy. But hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, as the old maxim has it. In this case that means, by showing even a hypocritical respect for procedural forms, the coup plotters are doing something to enforce the value of procedural regularity in constitutional government.

In practice, if the coup plotters take their time and follow the forms, they are sending a meaningful signal to the public and the world that they care to some degree about constitutional values and the rule of law. Sending the signal isn’t free for them, because they have to pay the cost of tolerating Mugabe in power after they have declared him finished.

This constitutional respect doesn’t guarantee that the next leader of Zimbabwe will truly respect the rule of law, or that meaningful political reform will stem from the Zanu-PF. But it does subtly increase the likelihood that, when future conflicts arise between political expediency and a constitutional rights, the new leadership will be open to respecting those rights, if only as a matter of cost-benefit analysis.

It’s time for Mugabe to go, historically speaking. But if the dictator ekes out a few more days or weeks in the name of constitutional procedures he himself was traditionally willing to violate, that will actually be a meaningful victory for democracy and the rule of law.

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Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:49:32 +0000

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'We will continue to report this uncowed by his threats': Alabama Media Group responds to Roy Moore – ThinkProgress

'We will continue to report this uncowed by his threats': Alabama Media Group responds to Roy Moore – ThinkProgress

Alabama Media Group, which publishes the three largest newspapers in the state, responded this week to threats by Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, calling his accusations of defamation and libel a “grandstanding attempt to frighten us, silence us, make us back off.”

In a letter on Friday published by the Washington Post, an attorney for the Alabama Media Group told Moore’s attorney that they will neither retract their coverage of the sexual assault accusations against Moore nor cease further reporting into him, his wife, and their Foundation for Moral Law. Michelle Holmes, vice president of content for the organization, told ThinkProgress Monday that she sees Moore’s threats as an attempt to suppress the media.

“This is a grandstanding attempt to frighten us, silence us, make us back off, and that’s not what we do,” she said. “What we do is report the news, and we’ll continue to that.”

Holmes said that as of Monday, Moore and his attorney, Trenton Garmon, have not responded to the letter.

“We will stand behind our reporting,” Holmes said. “We will continue to report this uncowed by his threats.”

Last week, Garmon sent a letter rife with grammatical mistakes to an attorney for the Alabama Media Group, accusing the reporters with the organization of “defamation, libel & slander, fraud, malice, suppression, wantonness, conspiracy, and negligence.” Garmon threatens to sue the media organization, despite the lack of evidence that anything they reported was factually incorrect.

The letter from Moore’s attorney includes a number of false claims, including that only two women have publicly accused Moore of sexual misconduct or assault (as of the date of the letter, it was five). Garmon also says his firm has a handwriting expert who will prove that the signature in a yearbook belonging to one of Moore’s accusers is not Moore’s writing, but Moore’s lawyers have yet to produce evidence to support that claim.

Holmes pointed out that Moore and his attorney do not include any specific facts they allege are incorrect. Instead, they broadly accuse the organization of defamation and libel — charges that are extremely hard to prove against the press. To win in court, Moore and his attorney would have to show that the reporters conducted their work with “actual malice” because Moore is a public figure.

From now until the December 12 election, Holmes said her organization, which publishes AL.com and newspapers across the state, will continue doggedly investigating the claims against Moore.

“We have a number of excellent reporters and editors who are spending almost all of their time working on this,” she added. “We continue to look at these allegations, on the race itself, [and] on Doug Jones.”

On Sunday, the organization’s three papers published an editorial on their front pages urging readers to reject Moore.

Published at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:06:36 +0000

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IoT Newsletter

IoT Newsletter

#BOE to Work With #Alibaba, SAP on New Retail Ecosystem, Draws Up New #IoT Strategy

  • BOE to Work With Alibaba, SAP on New Retail Ecosystem, Draws Up New IoT Strategy – – (Yicai Global) Nov. 14 — BOE Technology Group Co. [SHE:000725], the leading global supplier of semiconductor display technologies, signed cooperation agreements with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. [NYSE:BABA] and SAP SE [ETR:SAP]…
  • BOE recently started operations at Hometimes a new retail smart store established in conjunction with Alibaba at the INtime Mall, located in the West Lake district of Hangzhou, the capital of China’s eastern Zhejiang province.
  • BOE has also worked with Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest smartphones maker to develop an 8K + 5G (8K display + 5G network) industrial ecosystem.
  • Other recent successes include the creation of a new IoT port solution with state-owned China Mobile Communications Corp., one of China’s big three mobile operators.
  • BOE is transitioning from a display device manufacturer to an IoT-based company that provides smart port products and professional services for information exchange and healthcare sectors.

(Yicai Global) Nov. 14 — BOE Technology Group Co. [SHE:000725], the leading global supplier of semiconductor display technologies, signed cooperation agreements with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. [NYSE:BABA] and SAP SE [ETR:SAP] on the creation of a new retail ecosystem at its 2017 Global Innovations Partner Conference held today.

BOE to Work With Alibaba, SAP on New Retail Ecosystem, Draws Up New IoT Strategy

(Yicai Global) Nov. 14 — BOE Technology Group Co. [SHE:000725], the leading global supplier of semiconductor display technologies, signed cooperation agreements with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. [NYSE:BABA] and SAP SE [ETR:SAP] on the creation of a new retail ecosystem at its 2017 Global Innovations Partner Conference held today.

The firm also laid out its Internet of Things strategy at the event, identifying display, sensor, artificial intelligence, and big data as its four core technical capabilities. Three key businesses were also named as display devices, smart systems and healthcare services.

The company will also work with computing, storage and sensing chip makers, software and content providers, as well as functional equipment manufacturers and partners in all walks of life in an effort to promote innovation.

BOE recently started operations at Hometimes a new retail smart store established in conjunction with Alibaba at the INtime Mall, located in the West Lake district of Hangzhou, the capital of China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

The company has accelerated its strategic layout related to IoT over the past year and launched smart and interactive shops jointly with Intel Corp. [HKG:4335]. BOE has also worked with Huawei Technologies Co., China’s largest smartphones maker to develop an 8K + 5G (8K display + 5G network) industrial…

BOE to Work With Alibaba, SAP on New Retail Ecosystem, Draws Up New IoT Strategy

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