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More than one-fifth of smartphone sales evaporate in China as pandemic grips Middle Kingdom

Huawei has emerged from China’s COVID-19 ravaged smartphone sector in Q1 as the only handset maker to report a local sales bump – not a big one, but it’s likely not complaining. That’s quite a feat considering the Chinese market actually declined 22 per cent year-on-year, during those three months, according to number cruncher CounterPoint Research. Huawei’s unit shipments grew by 6 per cent year-on-year to 28.7 million, causing…

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Human intelligence may not be enough: US military turns to machine learning algos to predict food shortages

Analysis The US Department of Defense is building machine learning tools to help predict critical food and medicine shortages as America grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Supply chains are buckling under the strain of COVID-19 as meat processing plants, factories, and warehouses wind down their operations or shut up shop as employees fall ill. Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat suppliers, warned that grocery stores would face shortages…

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Tesla sued over Tokyo biker’s death in ‘dozing driver’ Autopilot crash

Motorcyclist had stopped to help with a separate traffic accident, say court docs A white Tesla Model X. File photo Tesla is being sued by the widow and daughter of a man killed when an allegedly dozing driver let his Model X’s Autopilot feature steer it into a group of people. The complaint was filed on Tuesday in a court in the Northern District of California and assigned to…

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We’re not Finnished yet: Nokia chalks up €200m sales hit to ‘COVID-19 issues’

Nokia Oyj told the market this morning that it estimates the novel coronavirus has “had an approximately €200m negative impact” on its Q1 2020 sales, mostly due to “supply chain challenges” but insisted the sales would be “shifted to future periods”, rather than being lost to the ledger entirely. Nonetheless, Nokia managed to cut its losses for the most recent quarter despite the disruption (and subsequent economic slump)…

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Google is a ‘publisher’ says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer

An Australian court has declared that Google is a “publisher” and awarded an aggrieved lawyer £20,000 after searches on his name returned criminal allegations from his past. Today the Australian state of Victoria’s highest court ruled that Google was legally liable for publishing an excerpt from a 2004 report in its search results pages. George Defteros, described as having represented numerous gangland figures in criminal trials, sued the adtech…

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Sun shines on ServiceNow amid pandemic storm after belated spree of $1m+ deals

Workflow wizard ServiceNow seems to have dodged the market glitch at the end of Q1 and secured deals sufficient to beat guidance with its results. The company boasted $995m in subscription revenue in its first 2020 quarter, 34 per cent growth year‑on‑year. Net income was $48m and total revenue was a little over $1bn, up 33 per cent on a year ago. ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott said the company…

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Virtual meetings in Animal Crossing are so last month. Behold the virtual computer museum

News reaches Vulture Central of more retro computing goodness courtesy of the hit game Animal Crossing and an enterprising member of staff at the currently shuttered Centre for Computing History. Sadly for those hoping to alleviate the grind of building up their Nook-based empire in the most recent Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch, the team have taken the retro approach of going with 2013’s Animal Crossing:…

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Microsoft unveils simpler, easier Windows Virtual Desktop: You no longer need to be a VDI expert to make this work

Microsoft is having a crack at simplifying Windows Virtual Desktop while rolling out support for more operating systems. The Register spoke to corporate veep for Microsoft 365, Brad Anderson, and director of product marketing for the platform, Melissa Grant, about the updates. As demonstrated by its recent quarterly figures, Microsoft has been able reap the rewards of its investment in the cloud with the likes of Teams now enjoying…

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Process miner Celonis pushes out application tools to tighten up how they’re used in anger

Better look into how users don’t use software the way biz thinks they do Wait! Did you see that event log? That’s why those invoices are taking 2 days Celonis has carved a niche by selling companies such as Siemens, 3M, Airbus and Vodafone the software and analytics techniques to “X-ray” their business processes in the hope of iroing out kinks to save time and money. This week, the…

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Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

Lars Ulrich, drummer of corporate shlock rock merchants Metallica, has threatened that the thrash metal giants could make a new album despite the coronavirus lockdown as he wagged chins with Salesforce chief Marc Benioff. To that some of us would say: “Haven’t we suffered enough?” During a live webcast on Tuesday by the enterprise SaaS outfit about “connecting with your customers fans from home”, Ulrich told apparent best buddy…

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