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  • APPLE MUSIC TO BE REVAMPED WITH THE ACQUISITION OF SHAZAM

    APPLE MUSIC TO BE REVAMPED WITH THE ACQUISITION OF SHAZAM

    News by Editorial Team 12 Dec 2017

    The song recognition app has been confirmed to be bought by Apple. With the acquisition, Apple stands to profit directly from using the expertise of Shazam to rival Google music, which also has a song recognition feature. The move came as Shazam was struggling to redefine their business model with revenues only touching the $54 million mark, last year.  

     

    read more at The Verge
  • ITS MORGAN STANLEY THIS TIME, TO BE PLAGUED BY PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT

    ITS MORGAN STANLEY THIS TIME, TO BE PLAGUED BY PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT

    News by Editorial Team 08 Dec 2017

    The 2005 housing boom, which saw young workers touch 11.7 million has dropped to 10.2 million. This was in 2016 but the picture looks no better today. The lure of employment has shifted to the digital economy which promises a life-long experience of relentless learning. That said, the lack of labor would only contribute towards rising house prices coupled with a shortfall in construction project delivery.

     

    read more at Fortune
  • McDONALD’S “MISFIRES”, BY ALLEGEDLY LAYING-OFF AUTISTIC MAN

    McDONALD’S “MISFIRES”, BY ALLEGEDLY LAYING-OFF AUTISTIC MAN

    News by Editorial Team 08 Dec 2017

    Angelica Martinez, sister of 19-year old Alex Martinez, claims her brother was fired for having “shaky-hands” within the first week of employment. Alex, who was open about his autism since the start, stated that the message was conveyed to his grandmother than him. The owner of the franchise has promised action following detailed questioning of his team.  

     

  • LIGHTNING MAY STRIKE TWICE FOR FEMA

    LIGHTNING MAY STRIKE TWICE FOR FEMA

    News by Editorial Team 08 Dec 2017

    The Federal Law constitutes regulation as per which some of the federal employees’ payment could be capped. This comes as bad news for the staff of the Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA) who clocked in extra-time and were paid as such. As a consequence, paid-employees will be billed in the upcoming months for the sum exceeding the legal threshold limit.  

     

    read more at Fortune
  • TIME COMMEMORATES THE #MeToo MOVEMENT

    TIME COMMEMORATES THE #MeToo MOVEMENT

    News by Editorial Team 07 Dec 2017

    In a year that saw public figures rocked by sexual assault allegations, Time magazine has chosen to honor the work of those who spearheaded this change. Among those who made it to the cover are Susan Fowler, Adam Iwu, Ashley Judd & Taylor Swift. Ironically the announcement was first televised on NBC’s Today show, the last anchor of which, Matt Lauer, was fired for similar allegations.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • GENERAL MOTORS, FINALLY PUTS THE WORD OUT FOR SELF-DRIVEN CARS

    GENERAL MOTORS, FINALLY PUTS THE WORD OUT FOR SELF-DRIVEN CARS

    News by Editorial Team 06 Dec 2017

    In a statement that its competitors will take as a warning, GM will roll-out its self-driven cars by 2019. As if waiting for the best time to announce, after studying Uber and Ford, the car manufacturer sees great potential in error-less driving leading to congestion-free roads, something of a dream if you ask people! GM has been poaching talent across industries to realize its goals. 

     

    read more at Fortune
  • GOOGLE TO HIT HIRING-SPREE

    GOOGLE TO HIT HIRING-SPREE

    News by Editorial Team 06 Dec 2017

    Instead of grappling to hire 11th-hour candidates and risk customer experience, Kohl’s has begun staffing solutions 5 months in advance. Filing positions for its 300 outlets, experienced retail employees will be incentivized with 15% discounts on purchases along with competitive wages. The recruitment strategy is being lauded by the experts given the fact that Kohl’s would face stiff competition from Amazon & Walm  

    read more at The Guardian
  • FACEBOOK’S POLICIES FACING STIFF CHALLENGE OF CENSORSHIP

    FACEBOOK’S POLICIES FACING STIFF CHALLENGE OF CENSORSHIP

    News by Editorial Team 06 Dec 2017

    The temporary ban on the profiles of Marcia Belsky and a few others for using “hate speech”, has many wondering about their means of expression. The comedian who posted “men are scum” in reply to a post, was banned for violating the company’s moderating directives. The guidelines censor content which is explicit in nature and projected towards race/cast/color among other things.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • APPLE CEO TALKS ABOUT HUMANIZING AI TECHNOLOGIES AT CHINA’S WIC

    APPLE CEO TALKS ABOUT HUMANIZING AI TECHNOLOGIES AT CHINA’S WIC

    News by Editorial Team 04 Dec 2017

    Tim Cook, while speaking at China’s World Internet Conference (WIC), called for technologies which are open and humanized with human values and still offer the refuge of privacy and safety. Specifically talking about AI, he said “I don’t worry about machines thinking like humans. I worry about people thinking like machines”(Sic).

     

    read more at Bloomberg
  • MCKINSEY REPORT OUT: AUTOMATION WILL TAKE AWAY 800 MILLION JOBS BY 2030

    MCKINSEY REPORT OUT: AUTOMATION WILL TAKE AWAY 800 MILLION JOBS BY 2030

    News by Editorial Team 04 Dec 2017

    McKinsey Global Institute, in its recent report covering 46 nations and 800 occupations, stated- machine operators, back-office employees, and fast-food workers up to the margin of 800 million workers may lose their jobs to automation by 2030. What remains to be seen is how the professions evolve on skills and talent to keep up with the latest advancements.

     

    read more at Bloomberg
  • NON-PAYMENT OF SALARIES LANDS WAYNE BURT PRECISION TECHNOLOGIES IN SOUP

    NON-PAYMENT OF SALARIES LANDS WAYNE BURT PRECISION TECHNOLOGIES IN SOUP

    News by Editorial Team 04 Dec 2017

    Wayne Burt Precision Technologies Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based oil and gas equipment manufacturer is under the scanner for failing to pay, 24 employees, their salaries. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) charged the company with 91 charges under Singapore’s Employment Act (EA) which lays down an example, in sternest voice, about the employee rights and employment obligations.

     

    read more at MOM Singapore
  • MALAYSIAN AVIATION PLEDGES TO BRING TO FRUITION ITS SOCIETAL DUTIES

    MALAYSIAN AVIATION PLEDGES TO BRING TO FRUITION ITS SOCIETAL DUTIES

    News by Editorial Team 30 Nov 2017

    In a commendable gesture, Malaysian Aviation Group pledged a no-tolerance policy in its fight against human & wildlife trafficking. In an age where commercial success tops board-room agenda, acts like this that give back to the society are rare to be seen. The group would extend the help of its resources to report to governmental authorities, suspicious activities leveraging its air-power.

     

    read more at Malaysia Air
  • NOT EVERY LEAVE OF ABSENCE IS DUE TO ALLEGATIONS OF “MISCONDUCT”!

    NOT EVERY LEAVE OF ABSENCE IS DUE TO ALLEGATIONS OF “MISCONDUCT”!

    News by Editorial Team 30 Nov 2017

    Andy Rubin, who earlier led Google’s Android Division & now heads the tech-venture Essential, is in the news supposedly for asking a temporary leave of absence. The reason, as per company sources relates to his personal life. Sceptics, however, were quick to point out that a Googler who worked under Andy had reported him to his ex-employer for misconduct.

     

    read more at Fortune
  • UPSKILLING TO KILL AI-INSPIRED EMPLOYEE PURGE

    UPSKILLING TO KILL AI-INSPIRED EMPLOYEE PURGE

    News by Editorial Team 29 Nov 2017

    Job-security shouldn’t be an issue for a skilled-workforce as long as it keeps itself abreast with the latest demand. This is the mantra being embraced by the United Overseas Bank (UOB) who is looking forward to imparting a new set of expertise to 900 personnel. The group shall be subject to training in various disciplines of the finance industry.

     

    read more at Straits Times
  • MILITARY TO ACCEPT TRANSGENDER ENROLLMENT FROM JANUARY 1ST

    MILITARY TO ACCEPT TRANSGENDER ENROLLMENT FROM JANUARY 1ST

    News by Editorial Team 29 Nov 2017

    Following a crucial ruling on Monday at the District Court of Columbia, the military shall now be legally obliged to accept transgender applications for its positions. Acknowledging their constitutional rights of gender equality, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly opened the doors for transgender people which the Trump administration had shut through its policies.

     

    read more at RT
  • WHERE THERE IS SMOKE, THERE’S FIRE – CONTROVERSIAL WORK-CULTURE

    WHERE THERE IS SMOKE, THERE’S FIRE – CONTROVERSIAL WORK-CULTURE

    News by Editorial Team 28 Nov 2017

    Two wrongs don’t make one right if only the duo of Volkswagen & Nissan knew this. The latter admitted on Monday to having handed quality assessments of almost 2,500 cars to unauthorized personnel, subsequently embellishing emission records. A disregard for public and environment safety, the move calls in question the project planning, not to mention social responsibility, of Nissan who’d certainly not have a shortage  

    read more at INC
  • TESLA OFFERS SEVERANCE TO FIRED EMPLOYEES TO AVOID BAD-PRESS

    TESLA OFFERS SEVERANCE TO FIRED EMPLOYEES TO AVOID BAD-PRESS

    News by Editorial Team 28 Nov 2017

    Of the 300 employees that were recently fired from the company on grounds of low-productivity, many are now alleging the car-maker of forcing them into separation agreements. These would prohibit them from publicly criticizing the company and its CEO Elon Musk. Tesla followed up its recent annual reviews by mass layoffs, which many claims, are meant to protect miscreants favoring discrimination in the workplace.

     

    read more at News Week
  • MNCS RE-WRITE RULE BOOKS FOR CULTURE DIVERSITY

    MNCS RE-WRITE RULE BOOKS FOR CULTURE DIVERSITY

    News by Editorial Team 28 Nov 2017

    Workplace Programs aimed at hiring Autistic subjects by MNCs such as Dell, Capgemini & Cisco are setting the trend straight, once & for all. With profiles such as software engineer, business analysis & quality analysis suiting autistic professionals, initiatives such as those at J.P Morgan Chase are geared to start making the organizational culture more diverse, only this time in reality than just on paper.

     

    read more at Autism Gazette
  • THE WORLD’S FIRST AI POLITICIAN MAY RUN FOR OFFICE IN A COUPLE OF YEARS

    THE WORLD’S FIRST AI POLITICIAN MAY RUN FOR OFFICE IN A COUPLE OF YEARS

    News by Editorial Team 28 Nov 2017

    A three-fourths share of the US smart speaker market & cross-industry partnerships for endless upselling opportunities, Amazon has reason aplenty to celebrate. And yet there looms a danger of down-staffing. How? If major hospitality chains implement convenient ordering with Alexa, what happens to in-house operators? A reallocation of roles! A far-fetched possibility perhaps, yet the repercussions appear fathomable for those whose job might hang by a thread, come the day.

     

    read more at Engadget
  • FACEBOOK PLANS TO UPGRADE DIGITAL SKILLS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA

    FACEBOOK PLANS TO UPGRADE DIGITAL SKILLS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA

    News by Editorial Team 27 Nov 2017

    Facebook which is aiming to train more than half a million people in Asia by 2020 has launched it's digital training hubs. Ritesh Mehta, Head of Programs, Facebook, India & South Asia, was heard saying, “We want more people to have the opportunity to build their skills, build a business or build something for their community — because investing in people can lead to incredible things.”

     

    read more at Gadgets

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