Coronavirus clouds Apple’s timeline for new iPhones

first_img“Are Apple’s engineers with the Foxconn engineers? If they are, they’re probably making progress. But if they’re not, if they’re quarantined, that could be bad.”While Apple uses other contract manufacturers such as Wistron Corp to make some iPhones, Taiwan’s Foxconn tends to handle the introduction of new models because its capabilities are the most advanced, supply chain experts said.Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, delayed reopening key iPhone factories in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou after the Lunar New Year holiday but hopes to resume half of its Chinese production by the end of February.Senior Foxconn officials who have been working remotely from Taipei since the holiday have not yet returned to China on a large scale, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, speaking of company officials generally. Travel restrictions to China because of the coronavirus have come just as Apple Inc’s engineers usually jet off to Asia to perfect the production of this fall’s new iPhones, former employees and supply chain experts told Reuters.High-volume manufacturing is not scheduled until summer, but the first months of the year are when Apple irons out assembly processes with partners such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co’s Foxconn, two former Apple employees said.“They probably have one assembly line they’re trying things out on,” said one of the former employees who asked not to be named discussing production matters. Apple declined to comment. Foxconn Technology Group said in an emailed statement on Tuesday that the company is following all legally required health and safety practices at its factories to protect employee welfare.“Consistent with this, we are taking a cautious approach in the implementation of our post-holiday production schedules in each of our facilities in China,” the company said.Last week, Apple warned investors it was unlikely to meet revenue targets for the first three months of 2020 and that global iPhone supplies would be limited as manufacturing sites in China were not ramping up production as quickly as expected.Foxconn said this month that the coronavirus outbreak would lower its revenue this year.Earlier this month, United Airlines, which has disclosed that Apple is a major customer, said it was cancelling all fights to China until late April. Apple, meanwhile, said on Jan. 28 that it was restricting employee to travel to China to “business-critical” situations.Medical workers in protective suits check a CT (computed tomography) scan image of a patient at a community health service center, which has an isolated section to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus and suspected patients of the virus, in Qingshan district of Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 8, 2020. (REUTERS/China Daily)Collaboration criticalFor new iPhone models, the transition from prototype to the assembly of millions of units starts in earnest when the Lunar New Year holiday in China ends in late January and early February, people familiar with the process said.At that point, Apple has tested numerous prototypes and is in the late stages of what is called engineering validation, in which Foxconn workers assemble small numbers of devices while engineers from both firms troubleshoot.If delays occur at this stage it would eat into the time Apple needs to finalize orders for chips and other parts, almost all of which are custom-made for the iPhone.Because of the huge volumes needed, “they can’t wait to make component selections”, said Ron Keith, founder of Supply Chain Resources Group, which works with electronics makers such as Alphabet Inc’s Nest.In March and April, Apple engineers typically work with Foxconn counterparts to set up new assembly lines and do trial runs, before making final adjustments in April and May. The aim is to have production lines up and running in June so others can be added progressively to ramp up output.“It’s very complicated. There are so many variables in the environment, including small factors such as air pollution,” one of the people familiar with the process said.Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, a former Apple engineer and founder of Instrumental, a startup focused on factory automation based in Mountain View, California, said on-the-ground engineering collaboration was critical for new products.“You can fly those engineers somewhere else but there’s knowledge about how you make a product in that environment. It’s not that it can’t be taught but it’s a hard thing to move,” she said.While supply chain experts and industry insiders say Apple still has time to keep its annual iPhone schedule on track, travel restrictions have left it in a tough spot.“There is no face-to-face work being done,” an executive at a semiconductor firm that supplies smartphone companies and works with teams in China said, speaking generally about phone production cycles.“And the word is, that’s probably not going to change for another month at best. You’re really talking about two lost months, which in the consumer electronics cycle is huge.”Topics :last_img read more

Gojek, Paxel expand intercity delivery service to three more cities

first_imgHomegrown ride-hailing giant Gojek has teamed up with app-based logistics provider Paxel to expand its intercity delivery service to reach Semarang and Surakarta, Central Java, as well as Yogyakarta, amid surging demand during the health crisis, the companies announced on Wednesday.Earlier in April, the two firms launched the GoSend intercity delivery service to transport goods between Greater Jakarta and West Java capital Bandung, with the exception of Bogor.“Since then, demand for the service has jumped by three-fold,” Gojek head of logistics Junaidi said in a press briefing. Demand for GoSend itself rose by 90 percent between March and July, with food and beverage products topping deliveries, followed by apparels, he added.Indonesia recorded its first cases of COVID-19 in March and has since implemented large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several regions to contain the virus, forcing many people to stay at home.“Consumer behavior has shifted during the pandemic from going to brick-and-mortar stores to online shopping. This phenomenon has increased demand for delivery services such as GoSend,” Junaidi said.The intercity delivery service will also be equipped with live-tracking and end-to-end services. “We provide live-tracking and package insurance, which enables us to compete [with logistics companies]. Our pick-up and shipment process is also quick, as we are focusing on same-day and next-day delivery services, and our prices are competitive.”According to Gojek’s presentation, the intercity delivery service will cost between Rp 15,000 (US$1.02) and Rp 30,000 for packages weighing up to 5 kilograms. Packages are also covered by insurance worth up to Rp 10 million.Meanwhile, Paxel cofounder Zaldy Masita said the collaboration with Gojek extends beyond operational services but also includes technological system integration.“We are collaborating from the operational standpoint and IT system. Furthermore, Paxel now also accepts GoPay as a means of payment.”Zaldy added that the service also implemented special delivery procedures for food and beverage products using Paxel’s chillers and coolers.“There are no other logistics companies that are focusing on food products. Alongside GoSend, we want to cater to the needs of culinary MSMEs [micro, small and medium enterprises] by providing delivery services for temperature-sensitive products.”Paxel reported that demand for the company’s logistics services has more than doubled since the COVID-19 outbreak started.MSMEs and retail users dominate 85 percent of the demand.“MSME potential, especially in the food and beverage sector, is huge in Central Java. Yogyakarta and Semarang are famous for their foods and we would like to cater to that potential,” Zaldy said.Topics :last_img read more

Adrien Rabiot plays down transfer rumours amid Arsenal links

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 7 Jan 2020 8:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Arteta post-Leeds win: We are not good enough to relaxTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:08FullscreenArteta post-Leeds win: We are not good enough to relax is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Arteta has requested three signings this January (Picture: Getty)‘I worked a lot, I joined Juventus and I think 2020 could be a positive year.‘I feel good physically, I follow the work that the coach tells us to do and I feel good here.’AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m at the team’s disposal, I don’t have a problem with what side of the pitch I play at,’ he continued.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘On the right I can re-enter to the left, whilst on the left I will have a better opportunity to shoot. But it’s only important to be useful for the cause.‘The Italian league is not easy, but no championship is. I am adapting as I am learning about the characteristics of the tournament.’While Arsenal are keen to sign Rabiot, he could be used in Juventus’ attempt to land Paul Pogba from Manchester United.Juventus are eager to bring Pogba back to Italy and the midfielder is open to a return to his former club.Arteta will not want to lose Rabiot to United, but the Arsenal boss is also targeting Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.center_img Adrien Rabiot plays down transfer rumours amid Arsenal links Comment Rabiot only joined last July (Picture: Getty)Adrien Rabiot insists he is happy at Juventus despite Arsenal pushing to sign him in the January transfer window.The midfielder is reportedly a key target for Mikel Arteta, as the Arsenal boss aims to strengthen his midfield and defensive options this month.Rabiot only joined Juventus last summer and hinted he intends to continue in Turin for the foreseeable future.‘It’s true that 2019 was a very good year for me,’ Rabiot told Tuttomercatoweb.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Computers ‘good judge of character’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Computers ‘good judge of character’ by: BBC News – January 14, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share 149 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img What do your Facebook “likes” say about you?Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.By analysing “likes” on Facebook, a computer model deduced a person’s character on five key traits better than brothers, mothers and even some partners.The Cambridge team acknowledge that personality is more complex than this.But they say the results show computers can outpace humans.And the findings, in the journal PNAS, suggest some interesting associations – Facebook fans of Dr Who tend to be shy, while fans of Big Brother are conservative or conventional.Digital footprintThe University of Cambridge and Stanford University researchers had already said that Facebook “likes” could be used to predict a raft of personal information including sexual orientation and political leaning.In this study, they wanted to go a step further and pit man against machine to see which would perform better at making judgements about human character and personality.Dr Youyou Wu and her colleagues ran the data of 70,520 willing Facebook users through their computer system, which linked “likes” to five core personality traits:• agreeableness• conscientiousness• extraversion• neuroticism• opennessThe Facebook users completed a personality questionnaire and were asked to get their colleagues, friends and family to act as character witnesses by filling out a survey.The researchers then compared all the results to see how the computer model fared in summing up a person’s self-reported character.Given enough “likes”, the computers came closer to a person’s self-reported personality than even their closest allies.By looking at just 10 Facebook “likes”, the computer was able to outperform a work colleague.Analysing 70 “likes” let the machine rival a friend or flatmate.Using 150 “likes”, it trumped a family member, but not a partner – it took 300 likes to match or outdo their deductive power.Given that the average Facebook user had about 227 “likes” on their profile, this was ample for a computer to go on, said Dr Wu – a visiting intern at Facebook and a PhD student at the University of Cambridge.“It may seem surprising because people are generally good at judging personality.“It’s intuitive to think that people close to us know us very well, so it’s even more impressive that computers are able to beat us at our game.”She said that people now spent a lot of time online, which gave computers the edge.“Friends and colleagues might only see us in a limited number of situations, so they have less information to go on.“Computers can access a lot of relevant information about us and have a huge memory capacity.“And they can make judgements in a consistent, systematic way, whereas humans may be biased.”Alan Redman, a chartered psychologist with a specialist interest in personality and psychometrics, said advertising companies already used our digital footprints to build a picture of who we were.And potential employers might want to check social media sites before seeing a candidate.“We do need to be careful,” he added.“We have little control over the data that is being collected about us.” Share Sharelast_img read more


first_imgPOLITICIANS ARE ALSO HEREWhen I say politicians, I mean APC and PDP members. Yes, they are here at the World Cup and enjoying quality football. Like every other Nigerians who cannot allow the Mundial go without being physically on ground to savour the atmosphere, these men are watching the matches but are monitoring situations back home. Of course, it is no longer news that the list of some of the big wigs who have come and gone is not limited to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Works Minister Babatunde Fashola, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio and several others too many to mention here. Our own former Secretary General of the NFF, Sani Ahmed Toro, who was previously in the House of Representatives is making moves to return to the Green Chamber of the National Assembly. NFF Board member and Chairman of the Nation-wide League, Ahmed Muazu Kawu,  is also believed to be angling to step up into the Senate from the House of Reps.  RUSSIANS AND BRAZILIANS LOVE NIGERIAHost country Russia has shown so much love for the Super Eagles and Nigerians here for the Mundial. When Eagles lost to Croatia, they consoled us openly, praying for luck to come our ways in other matches. Then, gbam! Iceland fell to the fire-power of Ahmed Musa who incidentally plys his trade with Russian army team, CSKA Moscow. They sang and danced with us. Some even painted their faces in our green and while colours.  Several Brazilians who are also here joined our fans to root for the Super Eagles. Now, the Brazilians are praying that Nigeria defeats Argentina on Tuesday. Are you surprised they are not backing their fellow South Americans against us? Well, the story of the animosity between fans of both countries is not for today. We are enjoying this support even as some of us keep our eyes on personal effects.*Keep a date here on the story of some Nigerians here for the games who are making brisk business selling jerseys, local Nigerian delicacies and body nor bi wood matters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram VOLGOGRAD TRAGEDY AVERTEDSuper Eagles 2-0 defeat of Iceland last Friday would have been dampened by the death of two Nigerians if not for the timely intervention of some compatriots and Russian medics at the Volgograd Stadium. Immediately Ahmed Musa scored the second goal of his brace, Nigerians in the stands erupted in wild celebrations. Some danced and sang to high heavens praising Super Eagles and Musa in particular for the victory.But unknown to many, death lurked in the waiting to silence us. Some Nigerian fans probably didn’t know that the barrier on which they were dancing could no longer carry their weights and within a twinkle of an eye, crashed. Two of them fell into a nearby hard object behind Eagles reserve bench. One of them, the son of a prominent football personality from Kano passed out and had to be revived with the support of the Russian doctors. The other fellow is still in the hospital and is likely to spend the next three to four weeks there.last_img read more

Shaban destroys Zambia in COSAFA U20 opener

first_imgIn the other fixture in Group A, Malawi edged Swaziland in a five-goal thriller with a 3-2 victory as Patrick Phiri bagged a brace of goals.   Highly-rated Peter Banda put the Young Flames ahead as he drilled the ball into the back of the net, before he then blasted the ball over and saw another fine effort saved by Swaziland goalkeeper Mlamuli Lukhele.Swaziland were brighter at the start of the second period and equalised through Nuno Tsabedze.Phiri put Malawi ahead three minutes later, but Swaziland were level again before the hour-mark when Order Mamba converted a penalty.But the Young Flames had the last laugh as Phiri headed home after Banda’s free-kick had come back off the crossbar.North African guests Egypt got their tournament off to a winning start in a hard-fought 1-0 success over Mozambique.  Hussein Abdelkader grabbed the only goal of the game four minutes from time for what turned out to be a deserved victory for the Young Pharaohs.Only the top team in each pool and the best runner-up advance to the semifinals that will be played on December 14.WEDNESDAY’S RESULTSGroup ASwaziland 2 (Tsabedze 53’, Mamba 59’) Malawi 3 (Banda 12’, Phiri 55’, 65’)Zambia 0 Uganda 2 (Shaban 51’, 54’)Group BMozambique 0 Egypt 1 (Abdelkader 86’)THURSDAY’S FIXTURES Benson Kolala of Zambia gets away from Fred Okot of Uganda during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Zambia and Uganda at Arthur Davis Stadium, Kitwe on 6 December 2017. PHOTO BackpagePixZambia ?? 0-2 ??UgandaKitwe, Zambia | COSAFA U20 MEDIA | Striker Muhammad Shaban scored a brace of goals as East African guest nation Uganda stunned holders and hosts Zambia with a 2-0 victory in their Group A opener at the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships in Kitwe on Wednesday.Uganda’s Hippos were deserved winners over the African champions, who have a new-look side this year as they build towards the defence of their title in the 2019 African Youth Championships.The Young Chipolopolo certainly had their chances, but were undone by Shaban’s double-strike in the second half at the Arthur Davies Stadium.Zambia came close to the opener when Captain Prince Mumba saw his shot cannon back off the woodwork, before Lameck Banda was denied by a fine stop from Uganda keeper Keni Saidi.  The East Africans were ahead six minutes into the second period when Shaban netted from a tight angle after turning home Steven Mukyala’s cross to stun the sizeable home crowd.And the Kampala City Council forward doubled his side’s lead three minutes later with another neat finish.Zambia had goalkeeper Daniel Sikanyika to thank as he denied Stephen Mukwala as Uganda pushed for a third, while the visitors also had a goal disallowed in what was an accomplished performance from them that will elevate them to one of the tournament favourites. Group C12h00 (10h00 GMT): Lesotho vs Zimbabwe – Nkana StadiumGroup B15h00 (13h00 GMT): South Africa vs Mauritius – Nkana StadiumSTANDINGSGroup A                           P            W          D           L            GF         GA        GD              Pts Uganda                            1            1            0            0            2            0            +2              3Malawi                            1            1            0            0            3            2            +1              3Swaziland                       1            0            0            1            2            3            -1              0Zambia                            1            0            0            1            0            2            -2              0Group B                           P            W          D           L            GF         GA        GD              PtsEgypt                                1            1            0            0            1            0            +1              3Mauritius                        0            0            0            0            0            0            0              0South Africa                   0            0            0            0            0            0            0              0Mozambique                 1            0            0            1            0            1            -1              0Group C                           P            W          D           L            GF         GA        GD              PtsAngola               0            0            0            0            0            0            0            0Lesotho                           0            0            0            0            0            0            0              0Namibia                          0            0            0            0            0            0            0              0Zimbabwe                      0            0            0            0            0            0            0              0TOURNAMENT STATSMatches Played: 3Goals scored: 8Biggest victory: Zambia 0 Uganda 2 (Group A, December 6)Most goals in a game: 5 – Swaziland 2 Malawi 3 (Group A, December 6)GOALSCORERS2 goals – Patrick Phiri (Malawi), Muhammad Shaban (Uganda)1 – Hussein Abdelkader (Egypt), Peter Banda (Malawi), Order Mamba (Swaziland), Muzi Tsabedze (Swaziland)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Fatal Truck Accident Shuts Down Turnpike in Martin County

first_imgA semi tractor trailer and a dump truck tangled on the turnpike early this morning southbound on the turnpike in Martin county. As of 5 a.m. southbound lanes are still shutdown stranding hundreds of drivers in the backups. One person was killed in the crash. Both trucks rolled over and are lying on their sides. FHP says the scene will take hours to clear.last_img