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Tim Cook says keep Apple out of tech breakup talk

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment 19 Photos Tim Cook Apple Tim Cook says Apple isn’t a monopoly. CNBC Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s tired of the perception that all tech companies are cut from the same cloth, especially from vocal figures in Washington who have called for his company to be broken up.”I’m frustrated that tech is painted as monolithic. Tech is not monolithic,” Cook said Monday during an interview with CNBC, comparing the idea to the notion that all restaurants are alike. The suggestion that tech giants need to be broken up was floated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren in March. The Democratic presidential candidate said tech companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook have too much influence over our lives and would like to see them broken up.In Apple’s case, Warren says Apple’s App Store gives the company too much of a competitive advantage.”Apple, you’ve got to break it apart from their App Store. It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren said. “Either they run the platform or they play in the store.”Cook, unsurprisingly, doesn’t see things the way Warren does.”I don’t think anybody would call us a monopoly,” Cook said. “We’re geographically in the same location as a lot of tech companies, and that is about the extent of the commonality.”Warren sees tech companies gaining too much power over the economy, society and democracy. She’s also suggested passing laws that prevent large e-commerce platforms (with global annual revenue of $25 billion or more) from owning both the platform and any sellers on it.”They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else,” she wrote in a blog post about the tech titans. “And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”During his CNBC interview, Cook also sought to distance his company from the waves of data privacy scandals that have flowed through the tech community. “We don’t traffic in your data,” he said, defending how the company curates its platform. “We’ve always curated … we don’t get wrapped up in a pretzel about saying, ‘No, that doesn’t go on our platform, no that app doesn’t work, and therefore it’s not going in the App Store,'” he said. “I know that that has opened us for criticism.”But it’s a part of being a shop owner or whatever. If you own the shop on the corner, you decide what goes in your store.” 18 Apple products that changed the world Tags Apple Tech Industry Politics Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice • 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Tim Cook says keep Apple out of tech breakup talk Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See Alllast_img read more

RAB arrests fake DB members in Dhaka

first_imgThe members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Saturday arrested eight people from Dhanmondi area in the capital as they allegedly pretended to be members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police, reports news agency UNB.RAB sources said they also recovered foreign pistol, vehicle, and other materials from their possessions.last_img

Hostility towards ethnic people breaks all records Santu Larma

first_imgSantu Larma addressing a press conference on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloThere has been no remedy to the violation of human rights of the indigenous communities, said president of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Forum Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, popularly known as Santu Larma.”The state’s irresponsibility and hostility towards them have broken all previous records. The existence of the indigenous people is threatened,” alleged Santu Larma while addressing a press conference at a hotel in the capital on Saturday.The press conference was organised on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August.The leader of indigenous people said the government claims that the country has seen a wave of development, but millions of people, including ethnic people, poor farmers and labourers, are being washed away by this so-called development, he added.He said the government did nothing despite in landslides killing 131 people and affecting 20,000 families in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.Santu Larma said around 15000 people were starving in Sajek of Khagrachhari, 10000 tonnes of rice was needed, but the government remains indifferent.Santu Larma announced various programmes to mark 9 August. He said educationist professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal will inaugurate the main event at Central Shaheed Minar while civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon will attend it as chief guest. Functions to mark the day will be organised in the districts where the ethnic people live.Oikya NAP president Pankaj Bhattacharya alleged that an attempt was on to wipe out the existence of indigenous people from the country. He terms this attitude as a collapse in the spirit of democracy and the spirit of the liberation war.Researcher columnist Syed Abul Maksud said, “Not only indigenous people, no one is in fine, except pro-Awami League people. The country does not only belong to the pro-AL people. We fought together to liberate the country.”Professor of Dhaka University Mesbah Kamal said the state does not recognise the existence of indigenous people. The election commission declares regional political parties will not be allowed to participate in the election, he said, adding that in the neighbouring country such parties participated in the elections and formed the government.Kamal called upon the EC to allow all parties including Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity to participate in the election.Indigenous Peoples’ Forum member secretary Sanjib Drang moderated the press conference addressed by human rights activist Numan Ahmed Khan, and organising secretaries of indigenous peoples’ forum Saktipad Tripura and Rabindra Saren.last_img read more

Fire breaks out at godown in Rajarhat no casualties

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at a warehouse at Podra near Langolpota in Rajarhat on Thursday morning. Firefighters brought the flames under control at around 5.20 pm. However, none has been injured in the incident.According to the firefighters, the godown was filled with large quantities of handcraft items (both finished and unfinished), which were extremely inflammable. Fire safety equipment was not present at the premises.At around 7 am, some local residents noticed smoke coming out from a two-storied godown beside Rajarhat Road. Sensing danger, locals immediately rushed inside the godown campus and alerted the workers who were inside. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWith the help of passerby and residents of the area, all the workers were safely evacuated from the godown. Police and fire & emergency services were also informed. After receiving information, both firefighters and police reached the spot without delay.As there were no other house or construction adjacent to the godown, firefighters got the situation under control. But since the fire had captured the whole godown, they faced difficulties in arresting the fire fast. At first 5 fire tenders were pressed into action. But as time passed, firefighters called for backup. At noon, more fire tenders were sent to the spot from various fire & emergency service stations.Finally, with the help of 14 fire tenders, the blaze was arrested at around 5:20 pm. According to the police, no one has been injured in the incident. Later, a mobile forensic unit visited the godown and collected samples. The godown in-charge Ashoke Nandi has been detained by the police for further investigation.last_img read more

Shantanu Sen files Rs 10 cr defamation case against promoter

first_imgKolkata: Member of Parliament Dr Santanu Sen has lodged a civil defamation case of Rs 10 crore at Calcutta High Court as well as a criminal defamation case at Sealdah Court against promoter Sumantra Chowdhury, who allegedly maligned Dr Sen by giving false allegations with “ulterior motives”.Dr Sen also condemned the way he was maligned in the society. He is also the National President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). He also raised protest against the mudslinging on a person like him, who holds high esteem in the society. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn a press statement Dr Sen said: “My fight is against this practice of maligning a reputed person in the society without any evidence. It is against the culture of Bengal too. A person takes years to earn respect in the society. The hard earned respect of a person is reduced by this type of allegations.” Dr Sen also pointed out that it takes years for a person to prove his/her innocence. A person who is a victim of such false allegations undergoes mental and emotional agony until he proves his innocence through a prolonged process, he stated. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe MP has also sent across a message that he will continue his fight till the end. It is evident that Dr Sen has not taken the allegations lightly and will eventually prove his innocence, as claimed by him. It may be mentioned that Chowdhury had brought some allegations against Dr Sen a few days ago, which created a furor in the city. Following the incident, Dr Sen had hinted about filing a lawsuit against the promoter.last_img read more

This App Will Make Your Next Virtual Meeting Awesome

first_imgJanuary 5, 2015 3 min read LAS VEGAS — One new video conferencing app is looking to change how you have virtual meetings. Called Personify, the computer and mobile app transforms your average run-of-the-mill video call into an immersive 3-D experience that feels more like an in-person meeting than a conversation with your computer screen.Previously able to just overlay a single person onto a presentation for a one-on-one conversation, the app is today launching new video conferencing features at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Related: 6 Ways to Manage a Virtual Work ForceThe big difference between Personify and competitors like Skype and Google Hangouts is where and how the people you’re chatting with are displayed on the screen. Using a 3-D camera (you’ll need to snag one of those to use the app) and Intel’s RealSense, Personify captures a 3-D image of let’s say developer Bob whom you’re working with across the country.When you chat, the app applies a virtual green screen of sorts (the thing the weather man stands in front of) to the background behind Bob and replaces it with your desktop.  Instead of showing up in a window, Bob will be at the bottom of your computer screen, just like he’s sitting across from you. Any other people you bring into the conversation will be placed beside Bob at the bottom of the page, giving the feel of a roundtable discussion.Related: For More Productive Meetings, Throw Out Your Conference TableWhile the experience can make your average work meeting a bit more natural, the real win with the app comes when you need to work on something with the people you’re chatting with on Personify.  Since everyone is at the bottom of the page, the rest of the screen is open for you to do other things.  For instance, you could use the app while playing a collaborative game with a friend, or watching movie with mom. Unlike some other solutions, there’s a balance between the people you’re chatting with and what you’re doing on your desktop.Videos can also be shared live or recorded and shared later on. That way someone can see your face while watching a recorded video of your pitch presentation or you could have your child chat with grandma about her latest trip to Disney World while virtually showing off pictures. Pretty neat.Eager to give it a try? You can check out Personify for yourself from the company’s website.Related: The Biggest Do’s and Don’ts of Video Conferencing  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more