Saturday, November 7, 2015



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EU-USA data deal a way away

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 07:33 AM PST

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, is pictured during an interview with the Guardian in his hotel room in Hong KongThe European Commission said today that it will probably come to a deal with the USA over data transfer within about three months.

A European Union recently ruled the existing "safe harbour" agreement was out of order after whistleblowers like Edward Snowden (left) revealed that the US government was using it to spy on all sorts of things European, including Angela Merkel.

US espionage agencies also picked up information about European citizens from Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies.

There's a hiatus between now and then which are causing bsuinesses on both side of the pond to lose business.

But companies can transfer European data to the USA by using standard contracts and asking people for their consent.

The USA resisted European demands that it restricted targeting people in Europe to carefully targeted cases.

China set to take lead in flat panels

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 06:55 AM PST

LG Display's AIT panelA report said that Chinese manufacturers will dominate the manufacture of flat panel display by 2018.

IHS Technology said that Chinese capacity for flat panels has and is growing at 40 percent a year up to 2018.

The situation is quite different for other manufacturers in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, which currently dominate the market. IHS estimates that growth between 2010 and 2018 is less than two percent a year.

By 2018, Chinese manufacturers will account for 35 percent of the global market, from its 2010 position of two percent.

The flat panel LCD market is rapidly becoming commoditised and it is expensive to keep ahead on new technology.

Charles Annis, a senior director at IHS, said: "Despite growing concerns of oversupply for the next several years in most parts of the display indistry, there is still little evidence that Chinese makers are scaling back their ambitious expansion plans. On the contrary, there continues to be a steady stream of announcements of new factory plans by various regional governments and panel makers.

This chart shows the leaders in 2010 and IHS projections for 2018.

flat panel 2010 to 2018

Uber drivers take firm to court

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 06:45 AM PST

London taxi cabBritish drivers for Uber are to take the company to court, according to a BBC report.

Over 100 people want legal rights as employees, not self employed people.

A lawyer representing the disgruntled drivers claimed Uber is not complying with UK employment laws.

The drivers want legal rights such as being paid the minimum wage, and paid holidays.

The BBC said that Uber's response was to say that most of its drivers wanted the flexibility that being self employed gave.

But drivers, who have to pay Uber 20 percent of taking, said it was hard to scrape a living under the current arrangements.

Tablet users indifferent to upgrades

Posted: 06 Nov 2015 06:17 AM PST

tabletMost people don't plan to buy a new tablet in the next 12 months because there's no real reason to do so.

That's according to a survey from Gartner, which concluded that only 17 percent plan to buy a tablet in the next 12 months. Gartner surveyed 19,000 people in the US, the UK, France, China, Brazil and India.

Meike Escherich, a principal analyst at Gartner, said applications rather than hardware sell tablets. "Most applications work pretty well first and second generation tablet hardware, and because the operating system can be upgraded for free, the user not compelled to change the device," said Escherich.

Further, people aren't particularly interested in the hardware and devices can access the cloud.

She said that "the churn of the mature installed base will continue to fall". Many tablet users may never upgrade because so called "phablets" and 2-in-1 PCs include the benefit of a tablet.

The survey showed that 48 percent of people didn't want to replace a hardware unless it was absolutely essential to do so.

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