Foxconn to invest $8 bn in China LCD plant

Foxconn, a major Apple supplier, will spend the vast sum on an industrial complex in the sprawling southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, state media saysTaiwan tech-giant Foxconn plans to build an $8.8-billion factory in China, state media said Saturday, amid reports its billionaire boss is cooling off on future US investments. Foxconn, a major Apple supplier, will spend the vast sum on an industrial complex in the sprawling southern city of Guangzhou. "We have in China a government that knows how to be efficient and supports new technology," said Foxconn president Terry Gou in an interview with China’s 21st Century Business.

This is how Apple Music plans to steal everyone from Spotify

Apple Music still has a ways to go before it catches up to Spotify, but with 20 million paying subscribers already on the books, Apple’s relatively new streaming service is doing quite well just 17 months after its release. With an Apple Music subscription costing $9.99 at a minimum, it stands to reason that the company has already recouped the $3 billion it spent to acquire Beats in May of 2014. In a new profile of Apple’s streaming service, The New York Times recently interviewed Apple Music executives Larry Jackson and Jimmy Iovine where the two discussed a wide range of topics, including the company’s never-ending quest to secure exclusives and even Jackson and Iovine’s relationship with Kanye West. Of particular interest is that Apple Music is being positioned as a marketing platform as much as it is a music platform. To this point, Apple’s music executives are eager to point out that many albums that premiere exclusively on Apple Music, coupled with a promotional push from Apple, end up performing exceedingly well on the charts. Drake wasn’t the only one to benefit. Albums this year from Travis Scott, Future and DJ Khaled all debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart as Apple Music exclusives, as did “Blonde” by Frank Ocean, who rattled the industry when he ditched his label to work directly with the streaming service. Chance the Rapper’s Grammy-nominated mixtape, “Coloring Book,” was not sold at all and was available to stream only via Apple for two weeks. As far as Apple’s ongoing effort to secure exclusives is concerned, one of the ways the company is able to convince artists to sign on the dotted line is that the company, via its marketing muscle and iTunes footprint, can provide promotional assistance in a manner that Spotify simply can’t match. With Drake in particular, Apple went so far as to sponsor the rapper’s 60-city Summer Sixteen tour this past summer. Of course, Apple can’t always secure every exclusive it sets its eyes on. Iovine, for example, told the Times that he would have loved to get Adele’s most recent album as an Apple Music exclusive but that it just wasn’t feasible. For anyone interested in a behind the scenes look at the individuals largely tasked with driving Apple Music forward, make sure to check out the entire interview via the source link below.

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Berlin blockchain start-up opens financial books to public

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lisk, the decentralized blockchain application platform based in Berlin, said on Wednesday it has opened its financial records to the public in the interest of transparency and to demonstrate to its thousands of investors its intent to make its project work. The company’s founder and chief executive officer, Max Kordek, said the disclosure of its books was made possible after it registered a foundation – the Lisk Foundation – in Zug, Switzerland to further grow and develop its business. As of Wednesday, the Lisk Foundation controlled approximately $10 million in bitcoins and Lisk tokens, which are the company’s own crypto-currency.

Hacker group takes over Netflix Twitter account

The Netflix sign on is shown on an ipad in Encinitas(Reuters) – One of Netflix Inc's Twitter accounts was hacked on Wednesday by an entity calling itself "OurMine". Several mocking tweets were sent from the Netflix US Twitter account (@netflix). "World security is shit. We are here to prove this :)," said one tweet. Some of the tweets were deleted in less than 10 minutes. Netflix could not be immediately reached for comment. However, the company's verified customer support twitter handle tweeted: "We're aware of the situation and are working to get it resolved." http://bit. …

LG’s bright idea for home cinema fans

LG Electronics will unveil its first compact laser projector, the LG ProBeam (HF08JA), at CES 2017.The LG ProBeam will be marketed as a compact consumer projector with professional performance when it goes on sale after its global debut at CES 2017 this January. It tips the scales at just 2kg, so it's lighter than most notebook computers, and, thanks to Bluetooth and Miracast support, should be simple to pair with audio and visual sources — i.e., a set of wireless speakers and the video content from a smartphone or tablet. "LG is confident its expertise in the home entertainment sector will make its first compact laser projector a hit with consumers," said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA.

Mark Zuckerberg’s built-from-scratch AI is cooler than any smart home gadget, ever

Throughout 2016, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has been quietly working on his own AI system. He set a “challenge” for himself earlier this year to build “a simple AI” to handle various smart home functions like controlling lights, temperature, or playing music. Now that 2016 is almost over, he’s posted a lengthy note on Facebook describing how he built the AI, which he calls “Jarvis” in honor of Iron Man , and explains everything it can do. It is, in short, ridiculously awesome. Not to dive too deep into the coding and actual function of the bot — partly because it’s extremely technical and partly because I don’t understand most of it myself —Zuckerberg utilized Python, PHP and Objective C in its creation, and it currently works via his home computer and Facebook Messenger. Zuck’s home is equipped with a smart home network that manages lights, the thermostat, and doors, and there’s a Sonos sound system with Spotify, smart TVs, and IP webcams. The basic tasks he set out to accomplish, like giving the bot voice recognition and the power to manage his home’s basic functions, pale in comparison to some of the more impressive features like, well, its ability to actually learn. “Once I wrote the code so my computer could control my home, the next step was making it so I could talk to my computer and home the way I’d talk to anyone else,” Zuckerberg writes, adding that Jarvis can accept text inputs as well as translate speech into text and then read it itself. Things got more complicated when he sought to make Jarvis understand natural language. “The more context an AI has, the better it can handle open-ended requests,” says Zuckerberg. “At this point, I mostly just ask Jarvis to “play me some music” and by looking at my past listening patterns, it mostly nails something I’d want to hear. If it gets the mood wrong, I can just tell it, for example, “that’s not light, play something light”, and it can both learn the classification for that song and adjust immediately.” By adding cameras to his home’s entrances, he was able to integrate the video capture with the door lock system, so Jarvis knows who is coming and going, and whether or not they should be let in. “I built a simple server that continuously watches the cameras and runs a two step process: first, it runs face detection to see if any person has come into view, and second, if it finds a face, then it runs face recognition to identify who the person is. Once it identifies the person, it checks a list to confirm I’m expecting that person, and if I am then it will let them in and tell me they’re here.” As for the future, Zuckerberg plans to build an Android app for Jarvis soon, to go along with the iOS version he already built. He also says he’s interested in exploring “ways to make [Jarvis] available to the world.” He said he considered making it open source, but that the bot is catered so specifically to his own needs that it wouldn’t be practical.

Yahoo security problems a story of too little, too late

A photo illustration shows a Yahoo logo on smartphone in front of a displayed cyber code and keyboardBy Joseph Menn, Jim Finkle and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the summer of 2013, Yahoo Inc launched a project to better secure the passwords of its customers, abandoning the use of a discredited technology for encrypting data known as MD5. In August of that year, hackers got hold of more than a billion Yahoo accounts, stealing the poorly encrypted passwords and other information in the biggest data breach on record. Yahoo only recently uncovered the hack and disclosed it last week.