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What Impact Is Technology Having On Today’s Workforce?

What is the impact of technology on labor and today’s workforce? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. 

Answer by Maëlle Gavet, Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, and Author, in her Session: 

Tech companies have generally fixated on increasing productivity and profits by automating work, and thus eliminating jobs. The gig economy is merely positive branding for the same impulse – to reduce the complexity and costs of managing real, live human employees. Fundamentally, in most cases (there are exceptions), it’s a way for companies to keep a lion’s share of the profits.

While the digital revolution has undeniably created new jobs, the jury is still out there when it

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Big tech’s emerging market finance push brings rewards and risk

LONDON: A push by big technology firms into financial services in developing countries will improve access to them, but might also make traditional lenders more vulnerable, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) said.

The expansion in emerging markets has generally been more rapid and broad-based than that in advanced economies, the FSB, which coordinates financial regulation for the Group of 20 Economies (G20), said in the report released on Monday.

Lower levels of access to traditional banking and financial services developing economies had created demand for services now offered by big tech firms, the report found, particularly among low-income populations and in rural areas.

An increasing availability of mobile phones and internet access supported this trend, the FSB said.

“However the expansion of BigTech activity also gives rise to risks and vulnerabilities,” it said, pointing to lower financial literacy and firms using other data gathered.

“Competition from BigTech firms may, in

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What Does the Cerebellum Really Do?

Jeremy Schmahmann, then a neurology resident at Boston City Hospital, also developed a fascination for the cerebellum around that time. His interest stemmed from emerging evidence that another part of the brain once thought to be involved solely in motor control—the basal ganglia—also contributed to cognition. This led Schmahmann to wonder whether the same could be true of the cerebellum.

To address this question, Schmahmann set out on what he describes as an “archeological dig” through the stacks at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine. There, he discovered manuscripts dating to the 1800s documenting instances of cognitive, social, and emotional impairments in patients with cerebellar damage—and in rare cases where people were born without a cerebellum at all. “There was a little counterculture going back right to the beginning that was completely neglected,” says Schmahmann, now a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital

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Uganda banks, MTN, Airtel hacked by mobile money fraudsters



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A major hack that compromised Uganda’s mobile money network has plunged the country’s telecoms and banking sectors into crisis.

The Oct. 3 hack was a result of a security breach on a consumer finance aggregator, Pegasus Technologies, which mainly affected bank to mobile wallet transfers, according to an Oct. 8 statement by MTN Uganda, the country’s largest mobile phone company. Kampala-based Pegasus Technologies provides financial and billing solutions for various companies including all the affected entities.

At least $3.2 million is estimated to have been stolen in this latest incident with some reports quoting a much higher figure. The hackers used around 2,000 mobile SIM cards to gain access to the mobile money payment system, according to local papers. They then instructed the banks to transfer millions of dollars to telecommunication companies who then paid out mobile money to these different SIM cards across the country.

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Nvidia’s New Video-Conferencing Boasts Mind-Blowing Features: Zoom Doesn’t Come Close

If you’re tired of video meetings, squinting at low-quality video with nobody making virtual eye contact, maybe you should be turning to Nvidia and its new AI software, called Maxine.

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Announced in a press release, Nvidia said that the “GPU-Accelerated AI Platform, Nvidia Maxine, enables video-conference providers to vastly improve streaming quality and offer AI-powered features.”

Maxine is a cloud-native platform, which means that the heavy lifting is done on Nvidia’s servers.

Video compression saves bandwidth

Video-compression technology based, as so much of the company’s product claims to be, on AI, means that the video bandwidth consumption is massively reduced. This makes for much smoother video, even with internet speeds that leave much to be desired.

Gaze correction and face alignment

That

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Can temperature scanning slow COVID-19 spread? Airports are the testing ground for new tech

A camera in the security lines at Dallas Love Field is scanning every passerby for elevated temperatures, in a test by the airport and Southwest Airlines to find out if it can detect sick people before they board flights.

In the back hallways, employees are getting temperature checks at kiosks before they start work each day, trying to keep sick employees out of the airport, too.

As airlines, companies and governments scramble to reopen a battered economy facing the eighth month of a worldwide pandemic, airports are now the frontline for evolving thermal imaging technologies designed to pick out infected travelers before they can spread COVID-19 further.

Temperature scanning device makers such as Dallas-based Wello Inc. and Beaumont’s Infared Cameras Inc. have suddenly been inundated with requests for their technology. Even small restaurants, hotels and schools are asking about it.

“It’s not just convention centers and airlines,” said Gary Strahan,

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Here’s Why According To Science

As the pandemic began, you were productive and effective. You were pulling yourself up by your bootstraps (as our grandparents used to say), taking a determined approach and making it work. But as the pandemic wears on, you may be hitting a wall. Your productivity is probably suffering, and your career may be taking a hit as well.  

When you consider productivity and your career, you know it’s not just about working harder. It’s really about being intentional and reflecting on some key elements of your work, your team, and yourself to be your best. In addition, while you may love working in your home office—after all who doesn’t love wearing sweatpants, avoiding the commute and working side-by-side with their furry companion—it may be detracting from your productivity and your career growth.

There are ways you can be more productive and strategic

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Spotify Developing iOS 14 Widgets in Latest Beta

One of the big new features of iOS 14 is Home Screen widgets, which provide information from apps at a glance. The ‌widgets‌ can be pinned to the ‌Home Screen‌ in various spots and sizes, allowing for many different layouts.

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Many third-party apps have released ‌widgets‌, and now evidence that Spotify is developing its own official widget has appeared in a TestFlight beta.

The widget is currently available in small and medium sizes, with the former designed to display the artwork of the last played artist, song, or album, while the latter size shows four of the same content elements.

Unfortunately there are no play, pause, or next song buttons, since Apple only allows ‌widgets‌ to present read-only information, with interactive elements such as scrolling elements or switches not allowed, presumably due to battery life considerations.

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Instead, both ‌widgets‌ include

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Prime Day Australia: Save $70 on Echo Show 8, Echo Dot deals, and Audible, Kindle Unlimited for free

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Now’s as good a time as any to pick one up.


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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Prime Day is literally days away and this time round us folks in Australia have an advantage! Australians will get some additional time for bargains. Prime Day kicks off in Australia midnight AEST on Oct. 13 but ends at the end of Oct. 14 Pacific Time, giving Australians a few more hours to shop.

A Few Tips

  • Some deals are already available, like this limited time offer, a four-month Amazon Music subscription for a dollar.
  • The below deals are all specific to Amazon Australia, and we’ll be updating as we find more, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out some of the deals on Amazon US.  But in
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Specifications of OPPO A15 smartphone leak ahead of launch

Specifications of OPPO A15 smartphone leak ahead of launch

12 Oct 2020: Specifications of OPPO A15 smartphone leak ahead of launch

Chinese smartphone maker OPPO is planning to launch its A15 smartphone in India next week. In the latest development, the complete specifications of the upcoming handset have been leaked by 91Mobiles.

As per the report, the device will run on Android 10-based ColorOS 7.2, pack a MediaTek Helio P35 processor, a 4,230mAh battery, and come in a 3GB/32GB storage configuration.

Here’s our roundup.

Design and display: OPPO A15: At a glance

The OPPO A15 will sport an edge-to-edge screen with a waterdrop-shaped notch and a thick bezel at the bottom. On the rear, there will be a triple camera setup and a physical fingerprint scanner for secure authentication of biometric data.

The device will have a 6.52-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) IPS LCD screen with an aspect ratio

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