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Temper music

Picture copyright Uniform Picture caption Solo, the “emotional radio”, tries to learn your temper out of your expression Would we get on higher with intelligent machines in the event that they understood what temper we had been in? Many roboticists and laptop engineers appear to suppose so, as a result of they’re at all times making an attempt to make their creations extra human. Take Solo, the “emotional radio”, for

‘Gig’ financial system

Picture caption A tribunal discovered courier Maggie Dewhurst ought to be classed as a employee, not self-employed What’s the so-called “gig” financial system, a phrase more and more in use, and seemingly so in reference to employment disputes? In response to one definition, it’s “a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, versus everlasting jobs”. And – taking opposing partisan viewpoints – it’s both a

Ounceschain trials fewer self-checkouts to struggle carrot-swiping theft

Picture copyright Getty Photos Picture caption The transfer by Coles comes months after it introduced a crackdown on shoplifting A significant Australian retailer is limiting self-service checkouts in an try to cut back shoplifting. Final yr, Australian analysis urged a widespread apply of scanning costly gadgets as carrots to “trick” the automated system. Coles will restrict self-service checkouts to 12 gadgets or fewer at some shops as a part of

Prince’s music is coming to streaming providers this Sunday

Picture copyright AP Picture caption The star’s music is at the moment withheld from most main streaming providers After months of hearsay, it has been confirmed Prince’s music will grow to be accessible to stream this weekend. Songs like Purple Rain, Kiss and Little Crimson Corvette, at the moment solely accessible on Tidal, will seem on Sunday, forward of the Grammy Awards. Spotify, the world’s largest streaming platform, advised the

FTSE 100 rises as China information lifts miners

Picture copyright AFP The UK inventory market closed barely increased as mining shares rose on the again of sturdy commerce information from China. The FTSE 100 share index completed up by 25.62 factors at 7,255.12, with miners dominating the risers board. Rio Tinto climbed 5.6%, Antofagasta rose four.9% and Anglo American was up four.eight%. The shares have been boosted by information from China displaying better-than-expected progress in imports and exports

French carmaker Renault reviews file revenues

Picture copyright AFP French carmaker Renault has reported file annual revenues after a revamp of its vary boosted gross sales. Revenues rose 13.1% to 51.2bn euros (£43.6bn) final 12 months, barely forward of expectations, whereas internet revenue jumped by almost 20% to three.54bn euros. Earlier this week, Renault mentioned it had offered three.2 million automobiles final 12 months, a 13.four% rise on 2015, with market share rising in all areas.

Disney to purchase most of Euro Disney

Picture copyright AFP Disney is to take near-complete possession of Disneyland Paris theme park operator Euro Disney. The transfer might finish non-public investing within the firm after greater than 26 years, leaving simply two shareholders. The US leisure agency arrange Euro Disney to run the Disneyland Paris resort, which opened in 1992. Disney stated it will plough 1.5bn euros (£1.28bn) into the corporate and goals to purchase out non-public buyers,

Taiwan: The place Uber could not crack

Picture copyright EPA Picture caption Supporters of Uber have rallied for it to be legalised in Taiwan Uber has suspended its ride-sharing providers in Taiwan after a prolonged battle with the federal government. Since launching 4 years in the past, greater than 15 million journeys have been booked via its app throughout simply 4 Taiwanese cities. Uber says it hopes to achieve a decision with the authorities that may enable

Is India’s Infosys in a Tata-style battle?

Picture copyright Getty Photographs Picture caption Infosys was the early torchbearer of India’s IT trade Lower than six months after company India was shaken up by a boardroom battle at one its most revered corporations, one other Indian agency is caught up in a public spat between its founder and board, says the BBC’s Yogita Limaye. Software program firm Infosys could not have as lengthy a historical past because the

UK manufacturing ended 2016 strongly

Picture copyright PA The manufacturing sector grew quicker than anticipated on the finish of 2016 because the UK financial system continued to defy worries of a downturn following the Brexit vote. Output from the sector grew by 2.1% in December, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, and was up 1.2% within the October-to-December quarter. Nevertheless, the ONS warned that December’s determine was boosted by output from the “risky” prescription