General Election 2015: British Chambers of Commerce calls for quick EU referendum

first_img Share A vote on whether Britain should remain a part of the EU or not should take place soon to avoid uncertainties for business, the head of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.Speaking ahead of the BCC annual conference, director general  John Longworth told the BBC: “Our members say that they actually want a referendum. There is obviously a debate around a referendum at the moment … that is creating uncertainty, so if we are going to have a referendum we ought to do it quickly.” Longworth will address an audience of British business leaders in London today, where Conservative and Labour politicians are also set to battle it out to win the backing of the business world ahead of the General Election in May.With just 87 days to go, Longworth said: “We have to come to a conclusion on these things and move on… Uncertainty is bad for business.”In his speech later today, Longworth will say BCC members support reform of Britain’s relationship with the EU, but will warn that the next government needs to protect the UK against “the prospect of being in a club where all decisions are being made by, and for the Eurozone.”“Without true reform, business support for the European project is far from guaranteed. A new settlement for Britain in Europe is essential to achieving our economic ambitions – helping our businesses succeed here at home, and across the world,” Longworth will say.Due to address business leaders throughout the day are Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, business secretary Vince Cable, chancellor George Osborne, shadow chancellor Ed Balls and shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna. More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tuesday 10 February 2015 4:56 am Lynsey Barber Tags: Brexit General Election 2015 whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp General Election 2015: British Chambers of Commerce calls for quick EU referendum last_img read more

Google is poised to unveil a new look California HQ – and it has Heatherwick Studios and Bjarke Ingels on the case

first_img Google is poised to unveil a new look California HQ – and it has Heatherwick Studios and Bjarke Ingels on the case Catherine Neilan Tags: Google Wednesday 25 February 2015 11:23 am Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Google is expected to reveal its plans for new headquarters in California this week, and the company behind the iconic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games is behind it. London-based Heatherwick Studio and award-winning Danish architect Bjarke Ingels are thought to have put together “a series of canopylike buildings” for the tech giant’s new premises.  According to the New York Times, Google has discussed the project with members of the local council, but the paper claims the plans could “aggravate an increasingly testy relationship between the company and community leaders who fear the company is overrunning their small city”. There is little information available about exactly what the designs will look like, though Ken S Rosenberg, one of the members of the city council, said the criteria include that it is “architecturally interesting”. He wants to make Mountain View “a world-class city”.  That shouldn’t be too much of a challenge for the design team. Current projects for Heatherwick Studio include the Garden Bridge, the Teeside Power Station (which looks a bit like a Bond villain’s lair) and last autumn its Bombay Sapphire Distillery was opened to the public. Garden Bridge (Source: Heatherwick Studio)  Bombay Sapphire Distillery (Source: Heatherwick Studio) Teeside Power Station (Source: Heatherwick Studio) It seems much of the new design will revolve around the problem of the ever-expanding tech firm coping with the challenges of small town life.  Traffic is apparently a huge issue for the residents of Mountain View, so the proposals, which should be submitted on Friday, are expected to include bike and pedestrian paths for some of its 20,000 employees, to cover the 7.3 million square feet of office space. Google’s headquarters proposal is not thought to include any plans for housing, but it is keen to get approval for new homes to be built. However there are concerns about the impact this would have on local wildlife (specifically burrowing owls) and that it could create “a Google voting bloc”.  Sharelast_img read more

News / 600 jobs to go as Cathay Pacific restructures and reviews cargo operation

first_imgAt the end of April, the carrier announced James Ginns (pictured above) would replace Simon Large as director of cargo – now, the spokesperson said, Mr Ginns would take up a UK-based role with the group.The decision to remove the role of cargo director and wrap its duties with those of the chief customer and commercial officer appeared to indicate a retrenchment of the cargo division.However, this was denied by Cathay’s deputy director cargo Mark Sutch, who said: “Although we are no longer having a stand alone cargo director we are having a very senior commercial director that holds the title ‘Director Commercial and Cargo’. There really is a massive emphasis on cargo at CX – I think our new deal to take two aircraft from Atlas to bring our fleet to 23 B747 is a case in point – I think that makes us the biggest 747 freighter operator in the world>2But others saw the news in the same vein as recent cargo retrenchments made by Air France-KLM and Singapore Airlines – however, with cargo making up more than 21% of Cathay’s revenues the move has perplexed some.One commentator described any move away from cargo as idiotic; while others speculated the changes in Hong Kong may be linked to claims that Cathay has sought closer ties with a mainland Chinese company.Chief executive Rupert Hogg said the “tough but necessary” decisions were taken to protect the future of the business and its customers.“Evolving competition and a challenging business outlook have created the need for significant change,” said Mr Hogg.“As we look to the future we will have a new structure that will make us leaner, faster and more responsive to our customers’ needs.”The changes will affect senior and middle management executives, as well as non-managerial roles at the group’s Hong Kong headquarters, with 190 management and 400 non-managerial cuts expected.This represents 25% of management and 18% of non-managerial positions.“Our immediate priority is to support our colleagues affected by today’s announcement, and I’d like to thank them for all they’ve done for Cathay Pacific,” added Mr Hogg. By Alexander Whiteman 22/05/2017 Cathay Pacific has scrapped the role of cargo director and will review the division as part of a major group shake-up that will see 600 head office employees made redundant.A spokesperson for the carrier told The Loadstar there would be a review and restructuring of the cargo division as part of a reorganisation of the group’s head office in Hong Kong.“We will streamline the structure by removing the role of cargo director, with all commercial and planning functions reporting to the director of commercial and cargo,” said the spokesperson.“This will be overseen by the chief customer and commercial officer, while the services function will report to the director of service delivery.”last_img read more

State-owned gas stations crush private competition

first_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2017.03.31 5:46pm Facebook Twitter All prices shown in KPW and current as of March 24, 2017. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News SHARE State-owned gas stations crush private competition Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April News In this week’s edition of Market Trends, we will discuss North Korea’s dynamic gasoline market. For details, we turn to special economic reporter Kang Mi Jin. Daily NK has received reports that the price of diesel and regular gasoline is decreasing in North Korea. This price reduction comes as welcome news for consumers, but merchants in the gasoline industry view the situation differently. Gasoline prices have continued to fluctuate in recent weeks. In an even more disruptive development, North Korea has begun to set up and operate state-owned gas stations, creating a formidable source of competition for the private gas supply businesses.Merchants have been selling gasoline in secret for years, so it seems difficult for the authorities to put a dent in their business. Why are the merchants so unhappy with this development? As you alluded to, private merchants are not officially permitted to sell gasoline and diesel. However, it’s possible to purchase gasoline by asking around in the markets. Gasoline merchants tend to be known in their local areas, so customers seek them out to buy gas whenever they need it. However, the growing presence of state-owned gas stations all across the country is threatening this business model.Because gasoline sold at the state-run stations is fixed to a price below the market rate, most consumers are switching suppliers. Naturally, this comes as quite a blow to the private merchants, who are now having a hard time making a living. In addition to this new competition, there are occasional crackdowns on illegal gasoline sales, where the authorities seize diesel and regular gasoline that is being sold from individual houses. What happens to the gasoline that gets seized by the authorities? First, the seized gasoline is collected by the local police. Then, either cadres use it, or it’s sent to a local state-run gas station to be sold. On some occasions, the gasoline is returned, but in most cases it’s not. The reason that most of the seized gasoline isn’t returned is because the bribe required to get it back is more expensive than the cost of simply purchasing more. The result is that the authorities, or whichever security agency seizes the gasoline, make the most profit. Because these crackdowns happen with relative frequency, those engaged in the private sale of gasoline usually try to store their supply in hidden places so the authorities can’t find it. They only bring out the exact quantity they intend to sell during any given transaction. This ensures that the secret storage location remains well hidden, even to customers.  Can you provide a little context that might help us to understand the story of how the authorities came to enter the market with state-owned gas stations? In 2010, the number of taxis, cars, and vehicles on the road began to increase all over the country. In response to this trend, the authorities began to construct gas stations. As the situation continued to develop, residents became surprised to see that the authorities were selling products to the people. Some residents remarked that, “it’s now a totally capitalist system, so why do they still produce socialist propaganda?”  The authorities are harnessing capitalism to their advantage, and using it as a way to create new sources of revenue. From the authorities’ perspective, entering the market this way allows them to earn money while also positioning themselves as suppliers of national goods. They probably realized that there are now a sufficient amount of privately-owned cars on the road to make gasoline sales a good enterprise. Can you break down the price difference between the state-owned stations and the private merchants? To take Ryanggang Province’s Hyesan city as an example, individual merchants are selling gasoline for 8400 KPW per kg, while the state-owned stations are selling it slightly cheaper at 8200 KPW. The price difference isn’t that big, but customers are also attracted to the state gas stations because they are concerned that the gas sold by individuals merchants might not be of sufficient quality. On the other hand, the general perception is that gas being sold by the state-run stations is always genuine. As the state consolidates its market power, it will become harder for individual merchants to compete.   Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News News last_img read more

Scotia Global Asset Management announces fund and series closures

first_img Related news BMO Private Investment Counsel announces fund merger SLGI Asset Management terminating two mutual funds Keywords Fund caps and terminationsCompanies 1832 Asset Management LP Scotia Global Asset Management is closing four funds and the advisor series of 13 other funds, Toronto-based 1832 Asset Management LP announced Monday.The closures are effective on or about Jan. 25, 2019. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Scotia is closing the following funds:Pinnacle Growth PortfolioPinnacle Income PortfolioScotia Conservative Government Bond Capital Yield ClassScotia Fixed Income Blend ClassScotia is also terminating the advisor series of the following funds:Scotia Balanced Opportunities Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia Canadian Dividend Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia Canadian Growth Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia Canadian Income Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia Diversified Monthly Income Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia Global Growth Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia Global Opportunities Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia International Value Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia Money Market Fund — Advisor SeriesScotia Selected Balanced Growth Portfolio — Advisor SeriesScotia Selected Balanced Income Portfolio — Advisor SeriesScotia Selected Growth Portfolio — Advisor SeriesScotia Selected Maximum Growth Portfolio — Advisor SeriesThe funds are no longer available for purchase, and Scotia GAM says unitholders may redeem at any time. Advisor series unitholders may reclassify their units into another series of the same fund if they so choose. In both cases, Scotia says, applicable redemption fees and sales charges will be waived. Any remaining units will be redeemed for cash on the closure date. CI GAM announces fund mergers Anne-Marie Vettorel Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Global dividends to recover in 2021: IHS Markit

first_imgcalculator with the word dividends on the display kchung/123RV Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton However, it sees a bounce back for dividends in the year ahead. IHS said global dividends are forecast to rise by 6.5% this year to US$1.78 trillion.“With the uncertainties of the Brexit deal and U.S. elections behind us, and the availability of the vaccine expected to reduce uncertainty, we expect more companies to resume payments or grow dividends in 2021,” said Amira Abdulkadir, head of U.S. dividend forecasting at IHS Markit, in a release.While overall dividends are expected to rebound, the firm said that the recovery will vary by region.For the U.S., it said that dividends are seen declining by another 0.7% this year, due to weakness in the banking and energy sectors.Conversely, dividends in Europe are expected to rise by 22% and by 30% in the UK specifically.In the Asia Pacific region, dividends are expected to grow by 6.7% this year.IHS also said that it expects the banking sector to lead the global rankings, with the sector’s dividends expected to grow by 10.9% this year to US$214.2 billion.It also said that the insurance sector will record the fastest growth, with payouts rising by an estimated 20%. Related news A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Keywords Pandemics,  Coronavirus,  Dividends Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO CERB payments went to workers hit hard by lockdowns: StatsCan After dropping notably in 2020, global dividends are seen rebounding this year as the economy rebounds, according to a new report from IHS Markit.Global dividend payouts dropped by US$113 billion last year, amid the economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the firm said. Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

U.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference

first_imgU.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference The United States participated in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference on November 23-24, the sixth quadrennial gathering to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan. The conference was hosted virtually by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. At the conference, the United States emphasized its commitment to a secure, stable, democratic, and self-reliant Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and its neighbors, and underscored the following:The United States has announced the availability of up to approximately $600 million in civilian assistance for Afghanistan for calendar year 2021. We were pleased to pledge $300 million in civilian assistance today, with an amount of up to approximately $300 million also available in the near term depending on our assessment of progress in the peace process. Future assistance beyond 2021 is planned at comparable levels provided there is consistent progress on transparency and accountability, as well as on the peace process, on the part of the Afghan government.The United States will continue to support Afghanistan Peace Negotiations. All sides must seize this historic opportunity for peace and commit to a reduction in violence that will enable these talks to succeed. Future assistance decisions will reflect progress made in these negotiations.We encourage Afghanistan to prioritize peace, security, protection of the rights of women and girls, as well as much-needed economic reforms, specifically its anti-corruption efforts, to achieve its goal of stability and self-reliance.The advancement of women’s rights is vital to economic, social, and political progress in Afghanistan. The United States and the international donor community are united in the view that future assistance will be determined by the steps Afghanistan takes to protect the human rights of all Afghans, especially those of women, girls, and ethnic and religious minorities.Today’s civilian assistance pledge is in addition to the approximately $4.3 billion per year in security assistance the United States provides to Afghanistan.In addition to the civilian assistance funds pledged at Quadrennial Donors Conferences, the United States has provided more than $3.6 billion in humanitarian assistance to Afghans in Afghanistan and the region since 2002. In Fiscal Year 2020, the United States provided nearly $277 million in humanitarian assistance to support emergency food, health, humanitarian protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance to the most vulnerable Afghan households affected by conflict and natural disasters, as well as reintegration efforts for internally displaced peoples, returning refugees, and host communities.The United States has provided substantial support to Afghanistan as part of our global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including more than $39 million in health and humanitarian assistance and the donation of 100 ventilators to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.Afghanistan’s Gains since 2001Afghanistan has faced and continues to face enormous challenges, foremost on the security front, and far too much of the cost of the war has been born by the Afghan people. But due in large part to their determination and resilience, it is undeniable that today Afghan men and women are healthier, more prosperous, better educated, and enjoy greater freedoms than two decades ago. The United States is proud of the contributions we and our donor partners have made to enable this historic progress, including in the following areas:Access to education has improved significantly for millions of Afghans, especially for women and children. Support from the United States and other donors over the last 19 years has improved the access and quality of basic and higher education in Afghanistan and enabled a generation of young Afghan women to receive an education. Over nine million children are enrolled in school, including over 3.5 million girls. Approximately 300,000 Afghans, including around 100,000 women, have enrolled in public and private universities. Today, 40 percent of students enrolled in basic education are girls, and more women than ever are serving as ambassadors, cabinet members, and members of parliament and the security forces.Since 2002, life expectancy among women increased from 47 years to more than 60, and the combined infant and maternal mortality rate at birth has been reduced by more than half, in part due to the support of the United States and other international donors. An increased number of midwives and female health workers has been key to this progress.Afghanistan’s economy has experienced significant growth, improved development outcomes, and strengthened macroeconomic management since 2001. U.S. assistance focused on private-sector led, export-driven growth has supported the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, improved livelihoods for farmers and Afghans across the country, expanded markets for Afghan exports, and advanced regional economic integration. The United States has facilitated over $845 million in increased sales of agricultural products and made more than 540,000 hectares of farmland more productive through better irrigation since 2006. Our trade promotion events in six countries enabled Afghan business owners, including a significant number of Afghan businesswomen, to sign over $47 million in sales agreements in addition to establishing new markets and sales channels.Aided by U.S. training and assistance, Afghanistan’s criminal justice institutions – the Supreme Court, Attorney General’s Office, and Ministry of Justice – have laid the foundations for rule of law, presiding over trials, prosecuting offenders, and defending clients in accordance with Afghan law. With our support, the Afghan government has improved Afghanistan’s correctional system and deployed prosecution units focused on combatting violence against women to all 34 provinces, boosting conviction rates for crimes of domestic violence.U.S. counternarcotic programs have helped address the production and trade of illicit drugs, introduced alternative livelihoods, and improved the delivery and effectiveness of drug treatment and recovery programs.Our support for demining programs has reduced the threat of landmines and unexploded ordinance.Since 2001, the United States has provided significant assistance to Afghan media organizations and training to journalists. The development of a strong, free and independent media over the past 19 years is a key achievement, crucial to ensuring democracy, accountability, and transparency. The United States will continue to support a free and independent media and the security of journalists who put their lives at risk to inform the public. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Afghanistan, attorney-general, criminal justice, Department of State, domestic violence, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, independent media, life expectancy, mortality rate, prosecution, public health, rule of law, Supreme Court, United Nations, United Stateslast_img read more

Chamber President Commends IT Workers in Mo-Bay Free Zone

first_imgRelatedGovernment Takes Action to Address Trade Breach FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Newly elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb, has commended workers in the Montego Bay Free Zone for providing quality service to “high-value” clients.“Having had an extensive tour of the Free Zone, for the first time, I have a new found respect for those thousands of young Jamaicans who work in the business processing sector. I saw them at their best, and I saw them giving value,” he said.The President was speaking at a meeting on May 27, held at the Sunset Resort, in Montego Bay, where an update on the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, to be held from June 16-19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, was provided by State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Arnaldo Brown.“Quite often we criticize young people and paint a picture of them as being worthless. I am telling you, you need to see those thousands of young persons there dealing with high-value clients,” Mr. Robb emphasized.He noted that representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were also on the visit, and they were impressed at the service provided at the call centres by Jamaicans.“They were totally amazed with the high value clients, and the fact that our young Jamaicans were dealing with it totally unscripted. These are areas that do exist in Western Jamaica, and we intend to fully participate in development that is going to be for the long term benefit of Jamaica, and all of us in Western Jamaica,” Mr. Robb said.Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said investors are pleased with the Montego Bay area for their call centre operations, and that expansions for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) type operations are on the horizon for Mandeville, Portmore and other parts of the island.“We believe that Montego Bay is the centre of the IT industry, and investors want to come to Montego Bay. When you show them elsewhere, they generally prefer to come to Montego Bay. The city has the infrastructure, the community colleges, and the requisite persons who are trained in the area, and it is a beautiful area, and they like to live here,” the State Minister said.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said that investors in India and the Philippines want to come to Jamaica, “because we are near to the United States of America, and we speak English very well.”She pointed out that a company, Vistaprint, came and has now relocated its headquarters to Montego Bay, because of the people.“Our value is in the people, and the people are able, the people are willing, and they must have the opportunity to (provide quality service),” the State Minister said.Contact: Garfield L. Angus Photo: JIS PhotographerPresident of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb (left), speaking at a briefing at the Sunset Resort, in Montego Bay, on May 27, where an update on the upcoming Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, was provided by the State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown (third left). Others (from second left) are: Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris and Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams. RelatedEnvironmental Measures for Logistics Hub Initiative Being Considered Chamber President Commends IT Workers in Mo-Bay Free ZoneJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Advertisements Chamber President Commends IT Workers in Mo-Bay Free Zone CommerceMay 28, 2013Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedWaterhouse Residents Rebuild Home of Senior Citizenlast_img read more

Amazon in HERE talks

first_img Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Home Amazon in HERE talks Amazon is negotiating with the consortium that owns the HERE mapping business about taking a stake, Reuters said.According to sources in the auto industry, the online giant is talking to German carmakers Audi, BMW and Mercedes about a possible investment.The consortium bought HERE from Nokia in August last year for €2.8 billion, and has subsequently considered bringing in more partners. However, these have generally been believed to be from the auto industry, which makes a report of Amazon’s involvement something of a surprise.No value was put on the potential investment by the internet firm.A stake taken by Amazon would form part of a wider partnership, which would also see the internet firm supply HERE with cloud services.In its core business, Amazon is introducing ambitious one and two-hour delivery services in the US and Europe for which it needs more accurate, real-time mapping.For its part, HERE’s current owners are interested in bringing in new parties to the share of burden of investment, as well as increase its volume of mapping data.Renault and auto supplier Continental have both expressed interest in becoming HERE shareholders. Continental said it would decide whether to go ahead with purchasing a stake within the next few months.Sources also said Ford was among those considering taking a stake.Interestingly, Amazon was not in the forefront of bidders linked to buying HERE last summer.The most prominent names, in the addition to the eventual buyers, were Uber, Baidu, Tencent, NavInfo and EQT Partners. Facebook was an early contender. Author Safaricom holds Amazon talks on mobile money move Amazon reels in MGM Richard Handford AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 APR 2016 center_img Previous ArticleAframe head urges operators to address video challengeNext ArticleFCC won’t probe Netflix for throttling video Money Related Safaricom negocia el uso de m-Pesa como medio de pago en Amazon Tags Amazonlast_img read more

Apple prioritises privacy in iOS update

first_img Google taps retail with NYC store Tags Home Apple prioritises privacy in iOS update UK consumers seek £1.5B from Apple Diana Goovaerts Author Apps Relatedcenter_img Apple pledged to make it harder for data companies to gather information about users browsing in Safari on iPhone and Mac, debuting new cookie blocking and device masking features in a thinly veiled rebuke of Facebook’s data gathering practices.At its WWDC event, Apple said the updates to Safari in iOS 12 and macOS will give users the option to block cookies from social sharing buttons and comment sections which track user activity.Apple’s SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi explained “like” and “share” buttons as well as embedded comment sections on websites can be used to trace browsing behaviour whether people use them or not, but said Apple is “shutting that down”. During a demo of the new feature, Federighi used a slide which showed how the tool can let users block tracking cookies from a Facebook comment section on a website.Both Facebook and Google collect user data to fuel their targeted advertising models. But the social media giant was recently embroiled in a scandal related to the mass collection and unauthorised sharing of user data.Federighi added Safari will now also provide limited system information to websites to further prevent tracking of unique devices based on system configuration.“There can be a lot of sensitive data on your devices, and we think you should be in control of who sees it,” he said.Deja vuBut many of Apple’s other updates to the iOS platform retrod ground already covered by competitors, including Google and Samsung.For example, Apple debuted a new suite of usage management features, including an enhanced do not disturb mode which hides notifications from the lock screen when activated. The company also introduced more controls for notifications in general to limit interruptions and help users ditch notices from apps they don’t use. A new Screen Time dashboard (pictured, left) helps users view their usage and set time limits for certain apps.However, the controls are something of an echo of digital well-being features already introduced by Google for Android P in May.Upgrades to Apple’s Siri voice assistant, including a new shortcuts feature which lets users trigger actions across multiple apps using a certain word or phrase, similarly seemed lacklustre compared with Google’s progress with its conversations feature for its Assistant and eerily realistic Duplex capabilities.New personal emojis for Apple’s camera also felt stale following Samsung’s introduction of avatars on the Galaxy S9 in February.But Apple attempted to one-up Google with upgrades to ARKit, including a new shared experiences capability which allows two users to interact together in augmented reality while a third observes. The company also debuted a new group FaceTime feature which will enable up to 32 participants on a single video chat.WatchOSWatch OS also received a refresh, with a new walkie-talkie mode, access to podcasts, interactive notifications and the ability to preview web content.Apple also enhanced Watch’s fitness capabilities, allowing users to track 12 new kinds of workouts, automatically record exercise routines and join activity competitions. KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Previous ArticleVersa sets Fitbit sales recordNext ArticleChina investigates DRAM price fixing Appledata privacyiOS Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 JUN 2018 last_img read more