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Xiaomi Corp.’s highly-anticipated Hong Kong initial public offering could value the Chinese smartphone giant at as little as $53.9 billion, roughly half its initial goal.
Beijing-based Xiaomi started marketing the deal to investors Thursday, touting cornerstone investments from U.S. wireless-chip giant Qualcomm Inc. and SF Holding Co., the Chinese equivalent of FedEx Corp. The company and existing investors are offering 2.18 billion shares at HK$17 to HK$22 apiece.
The price range values Xiaomi, once the world’s most valuable startup, at $53.9 billion to $69.8 billion, according to terms for the deal obtained by Bloomberg. That could rise to as much as $70.3 billion if a so-called over-allotment option is exercised.
Top executives at Xiaomi were initially pushing for an IPO valuation of as much as $100 billion when they began preparations for the listing last year, Bloomberg News reported at the time. The tussle over valuation stems partly from mixed messages about what Xiaomi does.
While 70 percent of revenue comes from selling smartphones, co-founder Lei Jun insists that Xiaomi’s real goal is to be an internet services company making money off ads and online games.
OnePlus 6 has received Android P Beta 2 with Google Lens integration in camera, Ambient Display, Face Unlock along with the ability to change system colour accents.
OnePlus last month launched its latest flagship, the OnePlus 6 with Android Oreo OS. Google at its annual developer conference, I/O 2018 announced Android P developer preview will be pushed across flagship phones including OnePlus’ latest model, and the smartphone has now received the Android P developer preview 2.
The latest version of the developer preview for the OnePlus 6 brings a number of features along with support for Google Lens. The Developer preview also comes with support for some new OxygenOS features as well.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and tag readers make use of proximity and have automated ad hoc setup for transferring small amounts of information. The key features of the RFID tag are a fixed unique identifier and necessary proximity of tags to a tag reader. However, some kinds of RFID tags exist that cycle through a predefined list of identifiers. Also some manufacturers have developed RFID tags that are compatible with WiFi networks to extend location tracking to a whole WiFi network, avoiding the need for an extra tracking network. The cheapest variety of RFID tags are called passive, although ‘reactive’ would be a better term, because they draw their power to transmit from the radio signal of the tag reader. They are commonly used for tracking the movement of objects, typically at distances of up to a few metres, but potentially up to 200 metres with ‘active’ or ‘semi-active’ tags i.e. with their own power source. RFID tags are also widely used to control and monitor access through door and gate entry systems and to ‘tag’ animals and occasionally people. They are increasingly being used in asset tracking and security applications. The ability to add a unique identifier to objects that can be tracked is very useful and should lead to further innovations, especially in combination with other technologies.
The Daily RFID Company has introduced its DL920 – a passive RFID tag reader with a range of up to 15m that averages less than 10ms for 64 bits from a single tag. Trimble claims it has an RFID reader able to read tags moving at up to 200kph. Murata Manufacturing have announced they are “going to launch mass production” of what they claim is the world’s smallest (3.2×3.2×0.7mm) HF band (13.56MHz) RFID tag. They say it needs no external antenna and say it has “extremely high resistance to environmental conditions (high temperature, high humidity)”. Our thanks to Virtual-Strategy Magazine for highlighting this.
Astronomers have discovered a special kind of neutron star for the first time outside of the Milky Way galaxy, using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.
The biggest challenge to IT in the future is security. Security could negatively impact connectivity to public networks. If these problems cannot be successfully addressed, I envision a time of closed, private networks and less information sharing. The risks now are so great and getting worse every day that we even see foreign governments toppling superpowers the way Russia toppled the US and put its puppet in charge because of weak controls and poor security.
AI permeation: Artificial intelligence (AI), largely manifesting through machine learning algorithms, isn’t just getting better. It isn’t just getting more funding. It’s being incorporated into a more diverse range of applications. Rather than focusing on one goal, like mastering a game or communicating with humans, AI is starting to make an appearance in almost every new platform, app, or device, and that trend is only going to accelerate in 2018. We’re not at techno-pocalypse levels (and AI may never be sophisticated enough for us to reach that point), but by the end of 2018, AI will become even more of a mainstay in all forms of technology.
Google Home and Amazon Echo are without a doubt the top contenders in the smart speakers segment. According to a report by Canalys, smart speakers are the fastest growing technology segment in the first quarter of this year. Compared to same quarter last year, the segment grew 210 per cent. Another major development in this segment is the new market leader.
In a groundbreaking new study, researchers used a customized, low-cost 3-D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. The technology could be used by soldiers on the battlefield to print temporary sensors on their bodies to detect chemical or biological agents or solar cells to charge essential electronics.
Toyota Motor Corp said it is building a closed-course test facility in Michigan for its self-driving vehicle technology that will replicate “edge case” driving scenarios that are too dangerous to conduct on public roads.
The facility at Ottawa Lake, which is being built by the Toyota Research Institute, will go into operation in October.
Space agencies of India and France have been holding discussions to work on inter-planetary missions to Mars and Venus .
A French source said, This comes almost a month after the two sides agreed on a joint statement for an enhanced space cooperation.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French National Space Agency (CNES) had agreed to work together on autonomous navigation of rovers on Moon, Mars, and other planets, and aero-braking technologies for planetary exploration.
“Venus is under-explored compared to Mars. This is why we want to concentrate on Venus. ISRO has confirmed this priority for them. Discussions are going on for the future Indian Mars mission,” said a CNES official.
India has already undertaken two successful inter-planetary missions, Chandrayaan-I to Moon and Mangalyaan to Mars. It is likely to send Chandrayaan-II this month, another mission for exploring the Moon, through which a rover would be landed on Earth’s only natural satellite. ISRO also has plans to send another mission to Mars and Venus.
In particular, CNES could provide support to ISRO for the navigation of future moon rovers while the two will jointly work on the models to study Mars and Venus atmospheres, the CNES official said.
CNES could be involved in the definition of the scientific goals and preparatory studies for the future planetary missions of ISRO and both agencies will study the possibility of embarking French science instruments on board the future interplanetary (Moon, Mars, and asteroids) Indian missions, the official said.
Venus is Earth’s closest neighbour just like Mars. US space probe Mariner 2s flew by Venus on 14 December 1962. Since then more than two dozen missions have been undertaken to explore the planet.
Yet, Venus remains an enigmatic puzzle for scientists. Its surface is shrouded in a perpetual cloud cover and what makes Venus so different from Earth has not been easy to understand.
Indo-French cooperation is very robust in nature and is more than six decades old. India had been using the French facilities for sending its heavy satellites into the orbit. When India was grappling with technological assistance following nuclear tests in 1974, it was France that helped India.
The current app works really well, but it definitely has its quirks (“that’s not a bug, it’s a feature!” — you know), and it’s sometimes a challenge to add new features. As a company, we always want to be using the latest stable technology and, to be frank, the existing app had its first commit to version control in January of 2011! I’m not actually sure when the first line of code was written, but the app was compatible with Android 2 (or was it 1? No one remembers). Android 9 is coming out this year. I think it’s safe to say that a project designed originally for Android 2 can’t be considered the “latest stable technology.”
Jio Phone may finally be getting WhatsApp support, sooner than most people expected. While the Jio Phone runs on KaiOS, which does not offer support for WhatsApp, the social media giant has reportedly been spotted working on a KaiOS version of the app, which will bring the support for Jio Phone users. The Jio Phone, Reliance Jio’s 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone, had been launched with some smart features in 2017, but users have been complaining about the lack of WhatsApp support on the handset. Now though, KaiOS may get support for the world’s most popular messaging app, and thus bringing it to the Jio Phone.
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The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy roared into space through clear blue skies in its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site where moon missions once began, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private rocket company.”
The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket, carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster automobile into space as a mock payload, thundered off its launchpad in billowing clouds of steam and rocket exhaust at 3:45pm (2045 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.
Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed new algorithms for robots to learn to perform tasks effectively by interacting with a human instructor.
The findings of the study were presented at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.The researchers considered a specific case where a human provides real-time feedback in the form of critique.
Hyderabad added yet another feather in its scientific cap with the successful launch of India’s first student-led micro satellite from the balloon facility of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in the city in the early hours of Saturday. The balloon facility is located on the ECIL campus and the micro satellite will help in understanding cancer-causing cosmic radiation that constantly bombards the earth.
The micro satellite was developed by undergraduate students of BITS Pilani, Goa campus, under project Apeiro. The micro satellite is aimed at detecting and measuring cosmic radiation in stratosphere, one of the layers of atmosphere surrounding the earth.
A new thermal spray coating technology used for gas turbine engine in spacecrafts developed by a Rajasthan-based researcher has caught the attention of a NASA scientist, an official said.
Expressing his interest in the research, James L Smialek, a scientist from NASA wrote to Dr Satish Tailor after it was published in the journal Ceramics International and Thermal Spray Bulletin, said SC Modi, the chairman of a Jodhpur-based Metallizing Equipment Company (MEC).