Robots Will Replace 5 Million Workers By 2020

From Reuters as reported by Huffington Post:

Disruptive labor market changes, including the rise of robots and artificial intelligence, will result in a net loss of 5.1 million jobs over the next five years in 15 leading countries, according to an analysis published in Davos on Monday.

The projection by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is holding its annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort this week, assumes a total loss of 7.1 million jobs, offset by a gain of 2 million new positions.

The 15 economies covered by the survey account for approximately 65 percent of the world’s total workforce.

 

Remember the Xbox 360 Scratched Disks

For those of you who own a Xbox 360, you probably have at least one scratched disk rendering it unplayable. It’s a well-know issue within the Xbox 360 community. Thousands of users have lost money due to the damaged disks. In 2007, a class action suit was filed against Microsoft. Microsoft continues to fight, and even had the case dismissed a few years back, stating that there were not enough complaints to warrant such a case. From Kotaku.com:

According to an AP report released on Friday (via Polygon), a federal judge dismissed the class action suit in 2012, stating there were not enough complaints to justify a class action suit. Shortly after the dismissal was reversed by a federal appeals court.

And so this past Friday the Supreme Court of the United States of America agreed that they would hear Microsoft’s last attempt to shake the class action lawsuit. The company wants to argue that since individual claims from defendants in the class action had been thrown out previously, the group claim should as well.

The Supreme Court will rule over whether or not Microsoft has to face the class action suit. Should their decision come back in the plaintiffs’ favor, we’ll check back in another five years or so to see how it’s going.

Microsoft Skype Integration with Slack

You can now make Skype calls within Slack.

Microsoft released on January 14 a preview version of Skype integration for Slack. The preview enables teams on Slack to make Skype voice or video calls from within Slack. Slack is an instant messaging-collaboration platform for teams. Anyone on the Slack team will be able to start a Skype call from a computer by typing “/skype” into the Slack chat regardless of whether team members are using Slack on the Web, Windows, Mac, iOS or Android, according to a Microsoft blog post announcing the integration.

From ZDNet.

Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances

You can now purchase reserved instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. From Amazon:

You can now purchase Amazon EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. Reserved Instances provide a capacity reservation so that you can have confidence in your ability to launch the number of instances you have reserved when you need them.

Starting today, the new Scheduled Reserved Instances option allows you to reserve capacity on recurring daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. For example, you can purchase a daily reservation such as midnight to 6am every day, a weekly reservation such as 8am-5pm every weekday, or a monthly reservation such as the first five days of each month.

Details.

Robot Wars Coming Back to TV

Remember Robot Wars a decade ago? Well, BBC is bringing back the popular series. From BBC:

The iconic entertainment show will return as a 6×60’ series and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before.

The new series includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.

Amazon Cloud Drive Pricing

Just checking lately on Amazon’s Cloud Drive pricing and options.

Amazon Cloud Drive has two options: Unlimited Photos and Unlimited Everything.

Unlimited Photos

You can save your cherished photos of family and friend using Unlimited Photos. You can upload your pics from your mobile, PC, tablet or Fire device, and share your photos on any device. Amazon also will give you 5GB of free storage for non-photo files. If you’re a first time user, Amazon will give you a free trial for 3 months. It’s $11.99 per year after the 3 month trial.

Unlimited Everything

If you need to store non-photo files that’s larger than 5GB, then it makes sense to sign up for Unlimited Everything. You can store unlimited number of photos, videos, or any type of file to the cloud. You can upload your files from any device and access them from any device, just like the Unlimited Photos service. Amazon will also give you a free 3 month trial. It’s $59.99 per year after the trial period.

Apple Music Has 10 Million Subscribers

A recent report said that Apple Music now has 10 million subscribers. Spotify has 20 million users, so Apple Music is halfway still behind. It’s an incredible climb considering the 10 million users happened in just six months. It took Spotify many years to reach the 10 million users mark. Spotify clearly opened up the flood gates for the music subscription service. Spotify paved the way. Apple is riding on Spotify’s coattails. The question is, will Apple Music eventually supplant Spotify in the future?