Samsung is feeling the chill from cooling global demand for smartphones.The South Korean technology giant said Friday that it expects operating profit for the first quarter to plunge by 60% compared to the same period year ago.Samsung (SSNLF) warned last week that its earnings would be hit by slowing demand for memory chips and display panels, a sign that device makers and their suppliers are coming under pressure.The company estimated Friday that operating profit for the first three months of 2019 will total 6.2 trillion Korean won ($5.4 billion), lower than analysts’ already downbeat expectations.
1) What do you think is behind the “cooling demand for smartphones”?
2) What influences your decision to purchase a new smartphone, and how has that decision making process changed over the last 3 years?
South Korea was long expected to be first with 5G. It is a technological powerhouse with ultra-fast broadband, home to giant firms such as Samsung and a government that sees leading the world in connectivity as a matter of national pride.
Three networks were due to launch commercial 5G services on Friday when news emerged that an American operator was trying to steal their thunder.
With quite a fanfare, Verizon launched its service on Wednesday in very limited areas of Chicago and Minneapolis.
So the South Korean operators moved their launches forward to the same day, although it appeared that only a handful of celebrities were able to use it on the first day.
In both South Korea and the US, these are largely symbolic launches because just about nobody has a 5G-enabled mobile phone yet.
Despite talk that RPA is over hyped, Sarah Burnett, a guru on automation technologies, says that it can cut process costs by 30%, but there is another benefit, not so obvious, and it lies with creating data we can trust.
Phishing attacks have been a way for malicious actors to compromise organizations at alarming rates over the years. In fact, a recent survey found that 83% of respondents experienced a phishing attack in 2018, and that a successful attack costs a mid-size enterprise organization $1.6 million. Unfortunately, most industry experts agree that phishing will also be one of the top attack vectors for 2019, so it’s important to have a phishing prevention plan in place.
Late last month, I was the keynote speaker at the Tax Executive Institute in San Mateo, CA. This was a gathering of global tax leaders from accounting firms and public companies coming together to discuss the impact of technology in tax and accounting professions. I asked several folks a simple question — how much of your time is spent gathering data compared to acting on it? The surprising response from many attendees was over half of their time — and these are expensive senior leaders! Imagine if instead that time could be spent on strategic initiatives and investing in people.
1) ” while Artificial Intelligence (AI) is predicted to eliminate 1.8 million jobs by 2020, it’s also predicted that AI will create 2.3 million jobs in the same time period (Gartner) ” What sorts of jobs get eliminated?
2) “while Artificial Intelligence (AI) is predicted to eliminate 1.8 million jobs by 2020, it’s also predicted that AI will create 2.3 million jobs in the same time period (Gartner) .” What sorts of jobs get added, and what are you doing to make sure you are capable of performing those jobs?
Ever wanted to write music like Johann Sebastian Bach?
In honour of the composer’s 334th birthday, today’s Google Doodle uses artificial intelligence to turn a simple melody into a four-part chorale arrangement.
The machine-learning model that powers the Doodle, Coconet, was developed by Anna Huang. She’s an AI resident at Google and worked on the project while she was a visiting student at the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms.
For years, space agencies around the world have used satellites to track greenhouse gas emissions from individual countries, but now a Canadian startup is able to focus more precisely on facilities such as power plants, refineries and landfills.
The oilsands industry in northern Alberta is already using the technology as the sector tries to gather better information about emissions.
Montreal-based GHGSat will launch its second satellite into space this summer to improve the it data collects and give companies an even better picture of the emissions from their facilities.
For the senior manager of a large corporation in Hong Kong, it was instant cold sweat.
He had heard about this type of computer virus and how dangerous it could be. But he never thought that he would be tricked into clicking on a wrong link. Now, as he read the ransom note, he panicked. This could cost him his job.
Ransomware is a particularly nasty type of computer virus.
Instead of stealing data or money from victims, the virus takes control of computers and scrambles every single document, picture, video and email.
Then the ransom demand is issued. Sometimes it’s written inside a note left on a desktop, sometimes it just pops up on a screen without warning.
MANY OF US have little more than a weak, reused password standing between our financial assets and a remote attacker—one armed with powerful tools and a database of passwords from security breaches. This is a losing battle. It’s the most likely way for weak computer security to put our finances at risk.
Think this can’t happen to you? I’ll bet you have at least one password taken in a big security breach. A quick way to find out is entering your email address at Troy Hunt’s HaveIBeenPwned site.
Nonie Wideman said a plastic mesh she had surgically implanted to support her bladder gave her debilitating health problems. Health Canada rejected her multiple requests to see the clinical evidence the department used to approve the mesh for use in Canada. (Craig Chivers/CBC)
1) “Canadians want greater access to credible information that will enable them to make well-informed decisions about their health and that of their families.” How will the release of this medical data do this?
2) What are the privacy concerns around releasing this sort of information to the public?