PLDT warns of slower internet during maintenance on submarine cables

Noble Horvath

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PLDT Inc. on Thursday warned customers that they might experience slower internet speeds from Sept. 26 to 30 due to maintenance activities on submarine cables.

The “emergency” maintenance activities will be conducted on the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cables in the waters of Hong Kong, the mobile operator said in an e-mailed statement.

The telco giant said connectivity will continue during the maintenance period, as it has alternative cable systems.

“PLDT has been investing substantially in expanding and boosting the capacity of existing and new international submarine cable systems, such as the Jupiter Cable and the Asia Direct Cable systems, to provide redundancy to ensure continuous service in situations like this. Such investments are vital because bulk of internet content used by Filipinos comes from overseas,” the company said.

It said measures like “traffic rerouting” and “local catching” have been put in place to minimize the impact

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Google Chromecast Review: A Streaming Device That Gets Better the More It Knows

Noble Horvath

All told, I was disappointed. Given how much Google knows about me, I was hoping it would do a better job at predicting what I would like to see. In the top row, labeled “Top picks for you,” Google recommended that I watch “The Wendy Williams Show,” a celebrity talk show, as well as “SportsCenter.” (For the record, both my wife and I don’t watch talk shows, and we’re not sports fans.)

It also recommended I check out “Wonder Park” and “Bigfoot Junior,” both children’s animated movies. (We don’t have children.)

A few of Google’s recommendations were spot on. “Snowpiercer,” a movie from my favorite Korean director, was a top pick. One row of recommendations was devoted to home improvement shows, which makes sense because I’ve been watching dozens of do-it-yourself repair videos to work on my house amid pandemic-induced boredom. Another row presented cooking videos from YouTubers I frequently

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This $10 single-board computer is faster than a Raspberry Pi 3

Noble Horvath

When the first Raspberry Pi computer launched in 2012, there was nothing quite like it on the market: a $35 single-board computer designed for education, home use, or development projects.

These days cheap mini PCs and development kits are plentiful. But I was still surprised to see the Iconikal Rockchip 3328 single-board computer selling for just $10.

This little PC may not be quite as powerful as a current-gen Raspberry Pi 4 computer, but it’s powered by a chip that outperforms the previous-gen Raspberry Pi 3 in most benchmarks. And unlike most Raspberry Pi devices, the starting price for the Iconikal computer includes accessories including a power supply and microSD card.

Update: The Iconikal single board computer seems to be going in and out of stock at Amazon. So if you’re seeing a “currently unavailable” message, you might want to check back at a later time. The price is

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Internet, incentives top agenda items at upcoming PHL business conference

Noble Horvath

PHILIPPINE businesses will ask the government to improve internet connectivity and provide longer-term incentives in some of the potential recommendations at the upcoming 46th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E).

The conference will be held online on Oct. 7 and 8, during which the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) will present its resolutions to the government.

Among the recommendations collected from regional meetings were longer-term fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, PBC&E Chair Eunina Mangio said.

“(This will) ensure the survival and recovery of businesses to continue providing employment,” she said.

PCCI is also asking the national government to step up the automation and digitalization of government processes, which Ms. Mangio said will reduce physical contact during the pandemic.

“The national government (should) provide incentives for companies to digitalize, automate, and undertake programs to upskill and reskill their human resources,” she said.

The PCCI will also ask the government

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AiDash Taps UP42 Earth Observation Platform to Create Vegetation Management System

Noble Horvath

AiDash, a satellite analytics company based in Santa Clara, Calif., has launched a predictive vegetation management product for utilities that leverages the UP42 Earth observation marketplace.

AiDash’s satellite-powered intelligent vegetation management system (IVMS) has reduced outages and reduced vegetation management costs for a Fortune 500 electric utility.

“Easy access to satellite data using UP42 formed the backbone of our IVMS solution,” said AiDash CEO Abhishek Vinod Singh. “The archive of historical high-resolution satellite imagery, which is hard to find elsewhere, is readily available from UP42.”

Keeping vegetation trimmed near power distribution lines is an expensive and time-consuming – yet critical – task for electric utilities. Encroachment by bushes and trees can cause wide-spread outages and spark devastating wildfires. Energy utilities worldwide spend billions of dollars each year to continuously monitor vegetation in their powerline corridors from the ground and the sky, often using manned and unmanned aircraft.

The AiDash IVMS

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Reviewing OneConnect Financial Technology (OCFT) and Its Competitors

Noble Horvath

OneConnect Financial Technology (NYSE: OCFT) is one of 71 public companies in the “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare OneConnect Financial Technology to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares OneConnect Financial Technology and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OneConnect Financial Technology N/A N/A N/A
OneConnect Financial Technology Competitors -12.63% -59.35% -6.74%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.2% of OneConnect Financial Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.3% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional

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A computer predicts your thoughts, creating images based on them

Noble Horvath

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed a technique in which a computer models visual perception by monitoring human brain signals. In a way, it is as if the computer tries to imagine what a human is thinking about. As a result of this imagining, the computer is able to produce entirely new information, such as fictional images that were never before seen.

The technique is based on a novel brain-computer interface. Previously, similar brain-computer interfaces have been able to perform one-way communication from brain to computer, such as spell individual letters or move a cursor.

As far as is known, the new study is the first where both the computer’s presentation of the information and brain signals were modelled simultaneously using artificial intelligence methods. Images that matched the visual characteristics that participants were focusing on were generated through interaction between human brain responses and a generative neural network.

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The internet reacts to debacle of a presidential debate

Noble Horvath

“The Academy Award goes to…” is what went through my mind as I watched what can technically be called a “presidential debate” between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“It is hard to find the words to describe what we saw on that debate stage last night,” said Robin Roberts in an ABC News Video

Good Morning America Anchor George Stephanopoulos summed it up in one word: “disgrace.”

TAKEAWAYS FROM FIRST DEBATE: Five takeaways from the first presidential debate between Trump, Biden 

Folks on Twitter didn’t hold back in sharing their thoughts

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Gadgets for brewing the perfect cup of coffee

Noble Horvath

Supercharge your mornings

A high-end coffee machine – all chrome, brushed steel and Italian branding – is a proven way to “prompt coos of admiration” from anyone who enters your kitchen, says Brad Nash in GQ Australia. “Imagine the reactions you’ll draw if you install one of these bad boys.” The look of the RS Black Edition from South African firm Super Veloce is based on the flat-six engine that powered Porsche’s 911 GT1 car to victory at Le Mans. It has a hand-crafted carbon-fibre exterior and perfectly combines “elegance and muscle”. Is it the “coolest coffee machine ever? Yep, we reckon so”, says Top Gear. It had better be – it’ll set you back £9,000. See superveloce.co. 

A barista for your home

For a coffee “as close to a barista-brewed cup of the nice stuff as you’ll get”, look no further than De’Longhi’s Dinamica Plus, says Esquire magazine.

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Ypsi-area residents create website, grassroots organization to encourage civic engagement

Noble Horvath

When Ypsilanti resident and community activist Gail Summerhill hears a politician tell constituents, “Register and go vote,” she says it makes her feel like cussing.

 

“It’s like a knife every time I hear it. All you ever hear is ‘register and go vote,’ but you’re assuming that a person’s life is like yours when you make that statement,” she says. “It’s like saying to someone, ‘Take the keys to my car and go to Kroger and get a loaf of bread and bring it back.’ And you find out it’s a stick shift and you’ve never driven a stick shift.”

 

Empowering Ypsilanti-area residents with the building blocks of civic education is the goal behind the grassroots organization and website Summerhill and a team of friends created: Ypsi, Can I Share?

 

The website “is filling a communication gap most people and groups involved in community activism and politics ignore,” says Ypsi,

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