Boris Johnson’s allies warned there is a ‘deep pit in Hell’ waiting for Michael Gove tonight after the Justice Secretary stabbed his fellow Brexit champion in the back saying he was not up to being PM.
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Apple puts out a new iPhone what feels like every six months, but consumers are no longer jumping at every new device that hits the market.
A majority of U.S. smartphone users are now waiting more than two years to upgrade their devices, according to a new Fluent survey. This is a marked increase from the average recorded between 2014 and 2015 of between 24 and 26 months, notes The Wall Street Journal.
The survey asked about the frequency of smartphone upgrades, and just 30% of respondents said they upgraded their phones every two years, compared to 42% who said they waited three or more years.
These figures stem from two major changes in the U.S. smartphone market: the transition from two-year contracts to monthly payment plans, and the lack of new and better device technology.
T-Mobile shook up the wireless carrier market when it abandoned the traditional two-year contract with its Uncarrier movement. This separated the cost of the smartphone from the cost of the monthly data plan and let customers user their own devices. Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T all followed suit as T-Mobile’s approach gained steam, so customers do not rely on their carriers to upgrade their phones at the end of a two-year cycle anymore.
Furthermore, smartphone technology is starting to grow more slowly, so many users are choosing to squeeze every last drop out of their devices before they upgrade. Overall, 44% of U.S. smartphone users upgrade when their carrier allows it, while 54% wait until their phone completely stops working, according to a Gallup poll.
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Mr. Johnson’s decision not to seek leadership of the Conservative Party came after Mr. Gove, a onetime ally, entered the contest.
With the Juno mission set to arrive at Jupiter on the Fourth of July, NASA did what any reasonable space agency would to celebrate the momentous occasion, teaming with Apple to release a short film and enlisting artists like Weezer and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor to celebrate.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly expanding, which means the space is becoming increasingly competitive.
Companies are racing to establish themselves as the go-to names in this market before the IoT truly explodes, and three companies in particular will have a significant advantage in becoming the backbone of the IoT, according to The Motley Fool.
The first is Cisco, which is betting that the demand for network infrastructure will increase as the IoT grows. Motley Fool notes that Cisco is the leader in this area, which should give it a tremendous boost once the IoT becomes mainstream.
The second is General Electric, which is both a supplier and a user of IoT technology. Specifically, its Predix platform permits real-time monitoring and analytics of industrial machines and sites. The company said in its annual report that it expects 200,000 assets, 100 GE applications, and 20,000 developers to use the Predix platform by the end of 2016. GE’s analytics apps generated $5 billion in 2015.
The third is Verizon, which has an extensive wireless network that connections companies’ IoT deployments and provides remote control of those devices in the field. Verizon also plans to debut its 5G network in 2017 and said this network will be 30 to 50 times faster than 4G, ahead of competing network providers. The company said in its IoT report that 5G will provide “the ecosystem to enable a fully mobile and connected world.”
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Nathaniel and Bethanie Richards opened Niftie’s in Dover, Kent, last week and sold 1,600 individual items in the first six days. The most expensive item is 70p, while onions will set you back just 10p.
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Aled Griffith (pictured), 20, was just two weeks into his new job at a McDonald’s restaurant in Mold, north Wales, when he showed a caring attitude to 16-year-old Alex Deyes.
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The transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx, said certain 2001-3 Hondas and Acuras needed to be repaired immediately because of faulty Takata airbags.
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Airbnb called it an “unprecedented step” when it decided to sue its hometown after San Francisco passed stricter home-sharing regulations.
In New York, lawmakers voted to fine people who rent their apartment for less than 30 days, a move tech leaders slammed as limiting Airbnb’s potential.
The clash in both cities is in part because of Airbnb’s own efforts to shape the rules it’s now complaining about. And startup political strategist Bradley Tusk doesn’t know if Airbnb will be able to overcome the setbacks that Airbnb’s political maneuvering has brought upon itself.
“I think it’s a real problem. I don’t even know how I’d tell them to fix it at this point,” Tusk said at a dinner with reporters Wednesday in San Francisco. “I don’t think it is fixable, at least in those two cities.”
Tusk identified two areas where Airbnb would become a “cautionary tale” to companies in the future: It didn’t take regulation seriously enough, and then it moved too slowly and let the opposition get oxygen and grow.
“I get wanting to be super aggressive. I started doing this with [Uber CEO] Travis five years ago, and there’s no one more aggressive than Travis. But still, there are times when you have to recognize the political reality of what you’re dealing with,” Tusk said.
Instead of agreeing to work with New York years ago, Tusk says Chesky gave the hotel industry and affordable-housing advocates time to figure out what was going on and to become a powerful coalition against the startup. These aren’t easily defeatable groups either, compared with other constituencies Tusk has worked to beat.
“If the boogieman is casinos, like we just did FanDuel, or the taxi medallion owners, they’re kind of bad, sleazy guys. Affordable-housing advocates are kind of likable. They’re just harder to beat,” he said.
It’s even harder to understand how the situation in San Francisco went so wrong, since the startup had such a heavy hand in passing the legislation in the first place. A “miscommunication” would be a charitable way to put it, Tusk says, now that the city has backed Airbnb into a corner.
That leaves Airbnb with a really tough choice, according to Tusk. It can either operate in a legal gray area and risk lots of fines imposed on its hosts or on the company, or it has to right-size the market to only include legal listings, cutting into its profits.
“They’re now in a situation, and it’s just my view, that I don’t see how they can overcome it. They’ve got a really tough choice,” Tusk said. “They’re raising now at a higher valuation. But if you were to say here’s how much the San Francisco and New York markets are really worth in legal compliance and rerun the numbers, I don’t know if it’s a $30 billion company.”
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Rain and a much bigger rival threatened to sink the startup behind Governors Ball. But its founders had another card to play.
Security services swooped on addresses thought to be ISIS cells in Istanbul and in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, just a day after 42 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing at Ataturk airport.
When digital media leader Sree Sreenivasan was given the pink slip by the Met, he made a comeback by making very emotionally intelligent decisions.
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The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. Like in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Tickets are very limited and released on a rolling basis. It’s $85 to attend and $1000 to exhibit your startup at a demo table.… Read More
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Justin Bariso, founder of the consultancy firm Insight, explains why the lessons you follow when learning an instrument should apply to all goals.
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Hunt is on for animal in Montana
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Dolly Parton isn’t one to shy away from sharing her opinion even when the topic is politics.
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Lisa Boothe crunches the numbers
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Earlier this month, IBM and Cisco announced they would work together to integrate IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology into edge routers from Cisco, and today the two IT giants are deepening their partnership again, as they aim for a bigger piece of the enterprise collaboration market being chased by the likes of fast-growing, popular upstarts like Slack, large… Read More
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Tax authorities in Spain have raided Google’s offices in Madrid as part of an investigating into tax evasion and fraud, TechCrunch understands. Local press and the Reuters news agency are also reporting the raids. Read More
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The next generation can transform your organization — if you take the right steps to attract, inspire, and motivate them.
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Cher still has a thing or two to learn about Twitter.
I have noticed an increase in the use of “Rhett” as a name. This leads to the question: When will all children be named Rhett? The post If Y’all Keep This Up, Every Baby Will Be Named Rhett by 2020 appeared first on WIRED.
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