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North Korea makes another 'crucial test' at its rocket facility

Al Jazeera - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 08:06
Unspecified test comes after South Korea think-tank's warning that Pyongyang may end nuclear talks later this month.
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'Det er egetræer': Dronningen satte Jakob Ellemann på plads med knastør rettelse

DR Nyheder - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 08:00
Det gik ikke upåtalt hen, da Jakob Ellemann-Jensen kludrede i de danske træer.
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United States and China have reached a limited trade agreement

Al Jazeera - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 07:25
Trump administration has called off new tariffs due to start on Sunday and will reduce existing levies.
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Lander du på hæl eller forfod? Løbestil har ikke betydning for antallet af skader

DR Nyheder - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 07:06
Dansk forsker understreger dog behovet for yderligere undersøgelser på området.
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Ja! Folk forsøgte faktisk at score i Wordfeud! Her er 8 alternative online scoresteder, du måske havde glemt

DR Nyheder - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 07:02
Gennem tiden har vi langtfra kun forsøgt at score på Tinder og Dating.dk.
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USA's højesteret skal afgøre sager om Trumps skattepapirer

DR Nyheder - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 06:57
Først næste sommer bliver det afgjort, om præsident Trump skal udlevere dokumenter om sin privatøkonomi.
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Livet i ghettoen er bedre end sit rygte

DR Nyheder - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 06:49
Beboere i udsatte boligområder og ghettoer føler sig trygge, viser undersøgelse blandt 10.000 beboere.
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Greta Thunberg holder juleferie: 'Jeg har brug for at hvile'

DR Nyheder - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 06:29
Efter måneders kampagne mod klimaforandringer erkender den svenske aktivist, at hun har brug for at hvile ud.
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New Zealand volcano: Search resumes for two remaining bodies

BBC News - World - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 06:25
The search operation continues near White Island volcano after one body was spotted in the water.
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Politikere skal aflevere telefoner: Frygter aflytning på Christiansborg

DR Nyheder - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 06:22
På grund af trusselvurdering foregår møder i Det Udenrigspolitiske Nævn nu uden telefoner.
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Hong Kong leader Lam heads to Beijing as pressure mounts at home

Al Jazeera - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:51
During her four-day visit, Lam is due to discuss political and economic situation in Hong Kong with President Xi.
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Australia heatwave: Next week could see hottest day on record

BBC News - World - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 04:12
Fire warnings are in place for many areas including Perth, where temperatures are set to remain high.
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New Zealand divers attempt to recover last 2 volcano victims

Al Jazeera - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 03:46
Search for missing bodies resumed at dawn on Saturday after it was suspended Friday afternoon due to weather conditions.
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Uber's co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick sold off close to $166 million shares over the past three days, continuing to offload his stake in the ride-sharing giant (UBER)

Businessinsider - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 03:27

  • Uber's co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick continues to cash out his stake in the ride-hailing company, selling off close to $166 million worth of shares this week. 
  • The ousted chief executive has sold off a little more than $2 billion worth of Uber stock since the company's post-IPO lockup period in early November, an act that has rapidly liquidated his stake in the company. 
  • Kalanick holds a little more than 21 million shares in the company as of December 13th, which is less than a quarter of his original stake in the company. 
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Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick dumped close to $166 million of company stock over the past three days, continuing a selling streak that began in the first week of November. 

The 43-year-old founder sold a little over 5.8 million shares between December 11th and December 13th, according to an SEC filing. As of December 13th, the former chief executive holds 21 million shares. 

Kalanick raised eyebrows by selling close to $1.7 billion worth of Uber stock in November right after the company's post-IPO lockup period. Early investors were allowed to offload shares for the first time on November 6, and the subsequent sales dragged the stock to record lows.

But he has continued to sell off shares in December. In total, the Uber co-founder seems to have liquidated over $2 billion in Uber stock since early November.

Uber's stock closed at $28.69/share on Friday. The company, which originally priced its stock at $45/share, has so far had a disappointing run on the stock market since its May debut

Kalanick was ousted from the ride-hailing company back in 2017, after a series of scandals and some serious boardroom drama. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was appointed in his place to right the ship. 

Since his departure from Uber, Kalanick has pivoted away from ride-hailing and into the ghost kitchen space. His new startup CloudKitchen leases kitchens to help delivery-only restaurants optimize their space. Aside from investing $300 million of his own money into the company, the charismatic startup founder managed to garner $400 million from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, The Wall Street Journal reported.

SEE ALSO: WeWork, SmileDirectClub, and Peloton: Here are the 5 biggest 'unicorn' IPO flops of 2019

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US Navy commander: China 'bullying' Southeast Asian neighbours

Al Jazeera - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 03:08
Admiral John Aquilino says China constructing islands in disputed waters and installing anti-aircraft missile system.
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T-Mobile is outpacing the rest of the Big Four US carriers on value, loyalty, and satisfaction — here's what consumers say is most important when selecting a mobile provider (TMUS, S, VZ, T)

Businessinsider - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 03:00

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. This report is exclusively available to enterprise subscribers. To learn more about getting access to this report, email Senior Account Executive Jeff Jordan at jjordan@businessinsider.com, or check to see if your company already has access.

Although competition in the US wireless carrier market remains fierce, the price war among the Big Four US carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint — began to cool over the past year.

In an attempt to avoid further competition on price, carriers began shifting their focus to adding value to their mobile plans with new offerings to differentiate from the competition. This helped average revenue per user (ARPU) start to stabilize across all carriers in Q1 2018, after declining over the last two years.

The Big Four have now begun reshuffling their unlimited plans to lure subscribers by providing more options. This strategy has been unrolling in two flavors: introducing new, expensive unlimited plan tiers loaded with an array of features and choices, while also catering to price-sensitive customers with more affordable plans that strip away extra perks like free digital content and international coverage. As a result, a new battleground is emerging, with differentiation now coming down to the value loaded in their mobile plans.

Looking forward, the US carrier market will see competitive pressure pick up due to a number of trends: 

  • The US smartphone market is creeping toward saturation. Penetration in the US hit 85% in 2018, up from 82% in 2017 and 77% in 2016.
  • eSIM technology is making it easier for consumers to switch carriers. eSIM technology is a nonphysical SIM card slot that pairs with the physical SIM card to enable dual-SIM functionality — allowing customers to switch carriers without changing to a different SIM card or device.
  • And cable mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are edging in on US carriers' share of wireless adds. Cable MVNOs, such as Comcast's Xfinity Mobile and Charter's Spectrum Mobile, are expected to snag roughly 50% of total wireless customer net adds, or about 2.2 million subscribers, by 2020.

All of this means fostering loyalty and winning over new subscribers is more important than ever for the Big Four, making it crucial for these mobile carriers to understand consumer sentiment around their services.

In this report, Business Insider Intelligence uses consumer survey data from our proprietary panel, collected during 2017 and 2018, to evaluate which features are most important to consumers when selecting a mobile provider, as well as to determine which features would convince them to switch to the competition. It contains insights that can help telecoms guide strategic investment and marketing decisions to win and retain customers in this increasingly competitive space.

The companies mentioned in the report are: AT&T, Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tidal, and Verizon.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • T-Mobile came out on top again, outpacing the rest of the Big Four US carriers on value, loyalty, and satisfaction. T-Mobile customers want to see coverage improvements, though. 
  • Verizon customers don't see much more value in its offerings than a year ago.
  • AT&T was the only carrier to show declines in all capacities. 
  • Sprint is still a good deal, but it doesn't offer much else.
  • When it comes to features, subscribers still value the basics most. However, demand for international coverage is growing.
  • 5G is the next major battleground for the Big Four, and the winner of the 5G race has the potential to leap ahead in customer volumes. 

 In full, the report:

  • Determines the features that are most important to consumers when selecting a mobile provider.  
  • Identifies which features are nice to have or essential in consumers' willingness to switch carriers. 
  • Examines consumers' feelings on emerging technologies and trends in the mobile industry, such as 5G, new network-connected devices, and the T-Mobile-Sprint merger.
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SEE ALSO: 5G in the IoT: How the next generation of wireless technology will transform the IoT

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Amazon's new video game costs $40, but some players who signed up years before launch will get it for free (AMZN)

Businessinsider - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 02:04

  • Amazon's "New World" is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game, in the style of "World of Warcraft" and "Final Fantasy XIV."
  • When Amazon first announced "New World," it was pitched as a free-to-play game. This week, though, Amazon announced that it will launch in May 2020 — and  pre-orders are $40.
  • On Friday, Amazon sent out emails to people who preordered "New World" in 2018, back when it was first marketed as a free-to-play game, to tell them that they'll still get it for free at launch.
  • In "New World," players will adventure through a supernatural island called Aeterneum, clearing out dangerous beasts and monsters and gradually building homes and settlements.
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When Amazon first announced its new massive multiplayer role playing game "New World," the company said that it would be free-to-play. This week, though, Amazon said that when it drops in the May of 2020, "New World" will cost $40 for lifetime access. 

There's good news, though: Amazon on Friday started to notify some players who pre-ordered the game when it was first announced — which was in 2018 — that they'll get the finished product for free at launch.

"Today, we're making 'New World' available for pre-order again. You were one of the first customers to order New World, and you ordered it when it was free-to-play," according to a copy of the email reviewed by Business Insider. "Your order is still good, and your price  — $0.00 — is still good also." 

The e-mail goes on to tell those players that they'll be eligible to participate in a special pre-launch beta test of "New World" that's reserved for those who pre-ordered the game.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider over how wide-spread this promotion will be.

Amazon announced the release date of "New World" with a cinematic trailer during the 2019 Game Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night. The retail giant's in-house video game studio has been working on "New World" since 2016, and held a private alpha test earlier this year with an unfinished version of the game.

Some of the most successful online roleplaying games charge players a monthly fee to play, including "World of Warcraft," and "Final Fantasy XIV." However, "New World" will give players full access to the game for $40 with no additional fees.

If you pre-order "New World" now you'll get access to the game's beta test in April 2020, a month before it launches for the public. The players who pre-ordered for free in 2018 will receive access to that closed beta as well.

"New World" game director Scot Lane said at the Game Awards that the Amazon Games team will continue to incorporate feedback from players to fine-tune the game after release. "New World" will let players spend hundreds of hours exploring an uncharted island during the Age of Exploration.

SEE ALSO: Amazon just released the first trailer for 'New World,' a massive multiplayer online game coming to PC in May 2020

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AI IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Why carriers could lose out if they don't adopt AI fast — and where they can make the biggest gains

Businessinsider - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 02:00

In the face of rising demand for data, increasingly saturated mobile markets, and stiff opposition from legacy players, tech entrants, and startups, global telecoms are locked in a battle for market share. These market pressures have led to vicious price wars for mobile services and, as a result, declining average revenue per user (ARPU).

Making matters worse, improvements in infrastructure and technology have made telecoms largely comparable in terms of coverage, connection speeds, and service pricing, meaning companies must transform their businesses if they hope to compete.

For many global telecoms, shoring up market share under today's pressures while also future-proofing operations means having to invest in AI. The telecom industry is expected to invest $36.7 billion annually in AI software, hardware, and services by 2025, according to Tractica.

Through its ability to parse large data sets in a contextual manner, provide requested information or analysis, and trigger actions, AI can help telecoms cut costs and streamline by digitizing their operations. In practice, this means leveraging the increasingly vast gold mine of data generated by customers that passes through wireless networks — the amount of data that moves through AT&T's wireless network has increased 470,000% since 2007, for example. 

In the AI in Telecommunications report, Business Insider Intelligence will focus on the use of AI to enhance the customer experience, which can directly impact revenue. Each year, an estimated $62 billion is lost by US businesses after inferior customer experiences, according to NewVoiceMedia. We will discuss the forces driving firms to AI, pinpoint some of the top use cases of AI along the customer journey, and identify some of the leading companies in the space

The companies mentioned in this report are: AT&T, CenturyLink, China Mobile, IBM, Spectrum, Sprint, Swisscom, Telia, T-Mobile, and Vodafone.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • Telecoms have long struggled with their customer experience image: In 2018, telecommunications had the lowest average Net Promoter Score (NPS), a measure of how favorably a company is viewed by customers, of any industry.
  • Companies that use advanced analytics, which can be accessed via AI, to improve this image and the overall customer experience are seeing revenue gains and cost reductions within a few years of adoption. 
  • Most (57%) executives believe that AI will transform their companies within three years, per Deloitte's State of AI in Enterprise. 
  • Overall, telecoms should focus on a hybrid organizational model to move beyond pilots to launch full-scale AI solutions that can have the biggest impact on their companies.

In full, the report:

  • Outlines what factors are leading telecoms to turn to AI technology. 
  • Describes the benefits of using AI in telecommunications. 
  • Highlights players that have successfully implemented AI solutions.
  • Discusses how telecoms should move forward with AI projects. 

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Can kitchen gardens combat climate change?

BBC News - World - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 01:45
Growing your own fruit and veg is already eco-friendly, but it could also help fight climate change.
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Rune Møller Stahl: Valget i Storbritannien var en sejr for Brexit og nationalpopulismen. Fremtiden for Labour – og unionen – er uklar

Ræson: Magasin om politik - Sat, 12/14/2019 - 01:40
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