So much for rebuffing Carl Ichan and his calls to split the company: eBay today announced that it would split itself into two separate, publicly traded businesses, with an ex-American Express executive, Dan Schulman, heading up the new PayPal, and an eBay veteran, Devin Wenig, running the remaining eBay portal. Schulman joins PayPal immediately as president and will step up to CEO after the separation. The two new companies will continue to maintain a relationship through “arm’s length operating agreements,” eBay says, an arrangement that the company says “will create sharper strategic focus and better position each business to capitalize on those growth opportunities as independent companies.” It expects the spinoff, subject to regulatory and other approvals, to be completed by the second half of 2015. As part of the separation, John Donahoe, eBay CEO, and CFO Bob Swan will be stepping down from their roles but will keep board … [Read more...] about Dan Schulman To Lead Newly Independent PayPal, Devin Wenig Will Be CEO Of eBay Inc.
It seems that mere stealth technology is not enough; the United States Air Force wants to get from here to there without even traversing the space in between. Are they looking for a Star Trek(TM) transporter? Or maybe even a farcaster from science fiction writer Dan Simmons' awesome novel Hyperion, which lets you step from one planet to the next?Not quite: but, lest you think that our friends at DARPA are the only ones interested in science-fictional possibilities, the USAF recently took delivery of a new study regarding the military potential of teleportation.The Teleportation Physics Study was done by Eric Davis of Warp Drive Metrics. Its purpose -The author broke down the various possibilities in this way:Teleportation - SciFi: the disembodied transport of persons or inanimate objects across space by advanced (futuristic) technological means (adapted from Vaidman, 2001). We will call this sf- Teleportation, which will not be considered further in this study.Teleportation - psychic: … [Read more...] about U.S. Air Force Takes a Look at Teleportation
Nintendo’s portable Switch gaming console is selling like hotcakes, or it would be if there were enough to go around. Major retailers are having a difficult time keeping the product on shelves. Auctions on eBay are getting $400 or more on the $299 device and sellers on the site are asking $450 to “buy it now.” Why is the device in such short supply? Some have accused Mario and company of intentionally shorting shipments to drive up demand, and it would not be the first time Nintendo has been accused of such actions. In 2007, the Wii console had a hard time meeting demand. At the time Gamasutra reported that Gamestop COO Dan Dematteo said that he felt the company was intentionally withholding Wii shipments “because they made their numbers for the year.” Nintendo denied the allegation. Ars Technica interviewed Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta recently and asked him directly about the shortage. “It's definitely not … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch shortage is ‘not intentional’ market manipulation
Smart speakers zijn er in alle denkbare vormen en maten. Sommige zijn zo groot als een onderzetter en focussen op de nuttige functies van een spraakassistent, terwijl andere speakers krachtig geluid kunnen afleveren.Qua spraakassistenten heb je in Nederland en België maar één optie als je een Nederlandstalig hulpje wil, namelijk Google Assistant. Vind je een Engelstalige assistent niet erg, dan kan je ook voor Amazon's Alexa kiezen. We merken wel dat de algemene voorkeur hier momenteel uitgaat naar Google.Als je benieuwd bent naar de mogelijkheden van een slimme speaker, dan hoef je daarvoor geen honderden euro's neer te tellen. De Google Nest Mini heeft namelijk een richtprijs van 59 euro, die dankzij Black Friday en Cyber Monday nu nog lager is geworden. Voor amper 33 euro kan deze kleine en handige smart speaker al van jou zijn!Bekijk hier ons overzicht met Cyber Monday dealsCyber Monday Google Nest Mini aanbiedingGoogle Nest Mini voor €33 i.p.v. €59,99 De … [Read more...] about Haal nog snel een Google Nest Mini in huis met bijna 50% korting!
Spoilers ahead for season 7 of Game of Thrones. Also: a lot of complaining. But some compliments too! A lot changed in season 7 of Game of Thrones. The season got shorter, while the episodes got longer. The pace accelerated rapidly. Characters who’ve been gone for years resurfaced; characters who haven’t seen each other in years reunited. Showrunners and writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss moved beyond the last of George R.R. Martin’s written material, and struck out on their own, with Martin himself repeatedly reminding viewers that they’d diverged from his plans, and are, for instance, killing off characters he plans to keep in his books. The show arguably became an extended exercise in fan fiction. And above all, the dragons, the White Walkers, and magic in general took center stage. A handful of Verge staffers have been dutifully writing about Game of Thrones every week, and a lot more of us have been watching and discussing the series behind the scenes. … [Read more...] about The Verge looks back on season 7 of Game of Thrones