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Apple to stop iTunes Store access for first-gen Apple TV, Windows XP, and Windows Vista February 28, 2018

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1st-gen-appletv-100750790-largeTech companies (especially Apple) want us to use the latest products the company has to offer. They want to make money from the sales, but they also develop and implement new technology that older devices can’t support at all (or can’t support it in a way that’s acceptable to the user). Eventually, each product’s time runs out, as is now the case with the first-generation Apple TV.

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Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group February 25, 2018

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99956130_mediaitem99940050One of the most vocal critics of AI quits the ethics board as Tesla utilises the technology.

via Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group — BBC News – Technology

The Dark Side of Wireless Technology February 23, 2018

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The Dark Side of Wireless Technology

New film explores hidden health problems linked to constant connectivity
By Conan Milner, Epoch Times
January 9, 2018 6:11 pm Last Updated: January 9, 2018 6:11 pm

Wireless technology is modern magic. For the price of a device and a data plan, you are granted the power to communicate and connect to the World Wide Web through a pocket-sized screen. But some evidence suggests this magic has a dark side, and we may be paying more for it than we realize.

With an estimated 4.8 billion cellphone users worldwide, it’s hard to fathom that something so commonplace could pose health problems. Besides, since the…

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Intel’s New Smart Glasses February 21, 2018

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Installation Canadarm2’s Original “hand” on the International Space Station [Live Feed] February 17, 2018

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NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai take part in a spacewalk to install Canadarm2’s original “hand” on the International Space Station’s mobile base.

 

Apple iOS 11 Bug Can Crash iPhone Messaging Apps, Disable Devices — Variety February 16, 2018

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A newly discovered bug in the current version of Apple’s iOS 11 operating system can disable iPhone messaging and email applications and send smartphones into an endless reboot loop, if a user receives a text with a specific Indian-language character. Apple devices running iOS 11.2.5, as well as desktops running macOS, Apple Watch and Apple […]

via Apple iOS 11 Bug Can Crash iPhone Messaging Apps, Disable Devices — Variety

FASTBOOKING Appointed by Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts to Strengthen Direct Sales Strategy November 26, 2015

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FASTBOOKING announced today that it has entered a multi-year partnership with SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts. FASTBOOKING is a leader in the e-commerce and digital marketing solutions for the hospitality industry. SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts, established in 1981 and managed by PT Grahawita Santika, owns and operates hotels across Indonesia and Singapore including the Santika, Santika Premiere, Amaris and The Royal Collection.

SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts has very ambitious plans to grow our direct channel sales,” says Agustino Fernando, General Manager of e-commerce & Revenue Management, SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts. “Today, we manage more than 80 hotels in 38 cities across Indonesiawhich makes us one of the biggest local chains in the hospitality Industry. While we see an increase of business through various online channels, less than one-third of these contributionsare derived from our direct channel.

We believe it is essential for SANTIKA Hotels & Resorts to be able to work directly with our customers so that they can benefit from a more personalized and enhanced customer loyalty experience. Our customers should feel more secure, comfortable and rewarded when they book directly with us. That is why our partnership with FASTBOOKING complements our direct sales strategy. FASTBOOKING will provide the tools, resources and technology to accelerate our direct sales, increase preference for our brands and provide us with greater control over our distribution channelsFASTBOOKING also has dedicated local teams that will provide local support for our hotels, which are very important to us.”

SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts will implement FASTBOOKING’s e-commerce solutions to upgrade their booking services as well as provide an enriched user experience to improve its online reputation and conversion rate. The hotel chain will use FASTBOOKING’s full suite of digital solutions, including web design, the Attraction online booking solution, Direct Link, PMS Connectivity and the Distribution Manager platform. FASTBOOKING’s new Distribution Manager empowers the hotel chain to strategically pilot and increase control of their distribution channels. The platform gives SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resorts a single dashboard to gain visibility of all their sales channels.

Pierre-Charles Grob, Managing Director of Asia for FASTBOOKING, underscored their role: SANTIKA’s brief was very clear: they wanted to boost their direct sales online. I am very proud that SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels & Resortshaschosen our solutions for their hotels. Our teams are already working together to ensure that the migration is smooth and quick. Our common objective is to see SANTIKA’s direct sales as well as profitability and customer loyalty improve quickly. It is truly an honorfor us to be chosen by the largest local brand hotel in Indonesia.

FASTBOOKING has been serving hotels in Asia since 2003 and will continue to strengthen our teams across the different markets in the region as well as invest in product development. SANTIKA’s 87 hotels will benefit from our cutting-edge cloud based solutions and our web marketing expertise to increase traffic on their direct channel and their conversion rate.”


About FASTBOOKING

FASTBOOKING offers leading edge e-commerce solutions for hotels to boost their direct sales strategy. Our solutions based on a cutting-edge cloud platform and our proven expertise in digital marketing enable hotels to boost brand visibility and promote online sales through online and mobile channels. Our local experts offer daily support to hoteliers, in more than 90 countries, to help them leverage our solutions and retain their independence.

Founded in 2000, FASTBOOKING is now part of AccorHotels group, as the specialist for digital solutions dedicated to independent hotels.

About SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels and Resorts

SANTIKA INDONESIA Hotels and Resorts is the biggest hotel local chain in Indonesia. Established on 22 August 1981, Santika Indonesia Hotels and Resorts succesfullyoperates more than 80 hotels in 38 cities across Indonesia under 4 main brands: The Royal Collection, including the The Samaya and The Kayana, as premium resorts; Santika Premiere as 4-star hotel; Santika as 3-star hotel and Amaris Hotel as a smart hotel. In 2013, Santika Indonesia Hotels and Resorts expanded into the ASEAN region with the Amaris Hotel in Singapore.

Santika Indonesia provides the best staying experience by combining the warmest Indonesian tradition with excellent service that demonstrates hospitality from the heart.

Could this be the future of driving? October 13, 2014

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Listen to this Tesla P85D purr …

Why Five Days in the Office Is Too Many March 4, 2013

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Here’s a good explanation why. The idea that everyone must be in the office five days a week harks back to a time when workers didn’t have the proper tools to work from home. But we live in a very different world today. Given that technology has made employees accessible around the clock, and that they are often expected to work after hours, the traditional 40-hour schedule is in many ways an anachronism.

However, this writer have a valid point why sometimes, it is a good idea to have everyone at the office. Why Five Days in the Office Is Too Many.

The End of Telecommuting at a Tech Giant? February 28, 2013

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When I recently read about Yahoo!’s move to bring all staff, including telecommuters, back into the office, it just baffles me. Why would a technology company not embrace technology to get work done, no matter where the physical staff members are.

Here’s what I understand:

“To foster collaboration, Yahoo announced it will require employees to work at the office instead of allowing them to telecommute”. 

Work is work, whether it’s from home or at a work station. The majority of us have to deal with traffic, commuting costs and children in school. But most of us don’t work with a tech giant either.

This policy can cut both ways, and the Yahoo situation is unique. It says its culture needs to change. Well, bring people in every day, for a time, and create the new culture. At that point, and if the new culture is successful, working from home could be re-established. What do you think?