Isabel Ge Mahe, vice president of wireless technologies, has been named the managing director of the Greater China project on 18th July. She will directly report to Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. The role she has been entrusted with is newly created as an effort to combat the gradual decline of sales in Apple’s second largest market.
According to Livemint, Apple disclosed plans to establish its first data center in China last week to adhere to the new laws that require foreign companies to store user data within the country.
Apple CEO Tim Cook stated, “Apple is strongly committed to invest and grow in China, and we are thrilled that Isabel will be bringing her experience and leadership to our China team.”
The Chinese-born wireless technology veteran has played a major role in developing Apple Pay, HomeKit and CarPlay and has worked intimately with Apple’s Research and Development Center in China to advance features for the iPhone and iPad specific to the China userbase like QR code scanning in the latest version of iOS.
It has been reported that Apple will invest one billion dollars for a project in the Guizhou province that will comprise of a data center run in collaboration with a local partner. The systems will have an iron-clad security that negate outside parties from being able to access data. Apple will also invest an additional 508 million dollars to build two Research and Development centers in Shanghai and Suzhou.
Sources: NDTV, Livemint
South Korean technology major, Samsung is set to retrieve 157 tons of gold, silver, cobalt, copper and other metals from millions of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were recalled last year, due to faulty batteries and heating issues.
This move is aimed at reducing technological waste. Though the company has not clarified how it would use these retrieved materials. So far, the phone’s display modules, memory chips, camera models and other components for sales or recycling.
According to Business Standard, in South Korea Samsung has already begun selling 400,000 units of Galaxy Note FE made from unused parts of the recalled smartphones.
When several airlines refused to allow passengers carrying Note 7 onboard due to safety concerns, around three million Galaxy Note 7 handsets were returned to Samsung, making it the largest recall for Samsung ever, costing the organistion over $5 billion and hampered its reputation. It was reported that the smartphone catches fire. The sheer numbers of recall made groups like Greenpeace express concern regarding the rising wall of tech waste that is harming the environment.
Even though in April 2017, Samsung posted its highest quarterly net profit from the sales of memory chips, leaving behind its Note 7 debacle; it has come under pressure on wider fronts.
Sources: Business Standard, NDTV
Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company Foxconn has plans to pump $5 billion (approximately Rs 32,000 crore) in the Indian market according to the Times of India.
With a view to making India a ‘parallel manufacturing hub’ to China, the global contract manufacturer is looking to export to European and American markets. On a visit to India, Chairman & CEO Terry Gou had spoken about potential investments and would like to join hands with other nationally based manufacturers.
To achieve this, Foxconn will expedite its Indian operations according to a top official who also said that the move was a result of the introduction of a Goods and Service Tax mechanism in the country apart from an import tax which dissuades mobile handsets coming in from foreign locations.
Last Saturday, the central government introduced a 10% customs duty on phones and their key parts( batteries, chargers, USB cables, etc). This, along with tax benefits for companies producing cell phones nationally – is expected to assist the local manufacturing market.
According to a report in the Financial Express, Foxconn is considering setting up one such base in the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). The company produces phones for brands such as Xiaomi, Nokia, Oppo and Gionee.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new brain training application that is found to significantly improve the memory of patients with early signs of dementia. The application is in a game-show format where the ultimate goal of the player is to collect gold coins. The format comprises of the participants associating certain geometric patterns with the corresponding locations and each correct answer awards them extra gold coins. There’s also a game-show host that motivates the players to move beyond their last played level.
The game was tested on a small group of patients over the course of one month. These patients were diagnosed with an amnestic mild cognitive impairment which is a transitional phase between healthy aging and dementia. At the end of the trial, results suggested that the patients who played the game for the prescribed time of eight one-hour sessions (over the 4-week period) had a 40% improvement in their memory scores. The results were published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Studies of this nature are important contributors to the overall goal of finding a cure to diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The lead scientist on the study was George Savulich, who added: “Patients found the game interesting and engaging and felt motivated to keep training throughout the eight hours. We hope to extend these findings in future studies of healthy aging and mild Alzheimer’s disease.” This particular study was conducted on a small scale but the researchers aim to follow it up with a large-scale study on bigger groups of people to find out how long the memory improvement lasts.
Sources: Reuters The Telegraph
With the Wimbledon all set to kick off, Google with its Doodle is celebrating the 140th anniversary of the world’s oldest tennis tournament.
Wimbledon that is organised at the All England Club and the Croquet Club is considered to be one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments around the world and goes on for a span of two weeks in late June – early July.
It all began on June 9, 1877 with the announcement in the leisure magazine called ‘The Field’ that read, “The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon will now hold a lawn tennis meeting which will be open for all new/ old tennis players, on Monday July 9 and following days.”
The Google doodle shows two tennis rackets representing tennis players taking a shot of victory in the court. While the ‘l’ of Google hangs up as a referee and the other alphabets as excited audience.
Wimbledon has drawn crowds since the dawn of professional tennis, when the players used handmade wooden rackets. This tournament is amongst the four major annual tennis tournaments known as the ‘Grand Slams’ and is the only one which is still played on outdoor grass courts.
This year’s championship will witness Roger Federer’s eighth title while without Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova there will be a lack of star power in the women’s event.
Sources: NDTV, Financial Express
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