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New App Lets You Watch, Taunt AR-Clad Friends You Race in Space

Tom's Hardware - 2 hodiny 25 min zpět
Hyperspeed, a free mobile gaming app for iOS and Android launched today. The game lets you wear an AR mask and speak to and hear opponents as you race spaceships on a cosmic racetrack.

Southwest has blamed an 'unprecedented' number of canceled flights on a mechanics union — and the stock is tanking (LUV)

Business Insider SAI - 2 hodiny 40 min zpět

It’s not been a good week for Southwest Airlines.

The carrier on Wednesday blasted a mechanics union for hundreds of cancellations in recent days, a level it’s calling unprecedented.

"On Feb. 12, just days after our last negotiations session with AMFA, we experienced an unprecedented number of out-of-service aircraft in four specific maintenance locations despite no change in our maintenance programs, no changes in leadership, and no changes in our policies and procedures," chief operations officer Mike Van de Ven said in a statement.

"We are committed to operating a safe fleet, and every report is investigated, which is why we issued a notice to require an "all hands" response to get out-of-service aircraft back into the fleet serving our Customers."

This week alone, Southwest has canceled more than 600 flights, and delayed over 1000 others, according to FlightAware. It blamed those interruptions on a number of planes out of service that was more than double the usual 20. Last week, it declared an operations "emergency"

The mechanics union hit back, accusing the airline of using it as a scapegoat for other issues.

"For Southwest's leadership to connect the airline’s self-declared “operational emergency" to collective bargaining negotiations is simply an attempt to divert attention away from the airline’s safety issues," the 2,700-member organization said in a statement.

Shares of Southwest sank more than 4% in trading Wednesday morning, as a revenue guide-down for the first quarter of 2019 and a Wall Street downgrade also weighed on investors' minds.

Read more: Assigned seats on Southwest? Here's how a major change would set the company apart from other airlines

In a regulatory filing Wednesday morning, the airline said the government shutdown would have more of an impact than the previously disclosed $10 to 15 million. It now expects a negative revenue impact of $60 million due to "softness in passenger demand and bookings as a result of the government shutdown."

Separately, a downgrade from Goldman Sachs related to its Hawaii launch was also adding to the airline's headache. Analyst Catherine O'Brien cut her rating to sell for the stock, saying the new routes could shrink Southwest's pretax margins by 60 basis points.

"We continue to be positive on LUV’s long-term thesis, but we prefer ALK at this time," she said in a note to clients Tuesday evening.

SEE ALSO: Assigned seats on Southwest? Here's how a major change would set the company apart from other airlines

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Southwest has blamed an 'unprecedented' number of canceled flights on a mechanics union — and the stock is tanking (LUV)

Business Insider SAI - 2 hodiny 40 min zpět

It’s not been a good week for Southwest Airlines.

The carrier on Wednesday blasted a mechanics union for hundreds of cancellations in recent days, a level it’s calling unprecedented.

"On Feb. 12, just days after our last negotiations session with AMFA, we experienced an unprecedented number of out-of-service aircraft in four specific maintenance locations despite no change in our maintenance programs, no changes in leadership, and no changes in our policies and procedures," chief operations officer Mike Van de Ven said in a statement.

"We are committed to operating a safe fleet, and every report is investigated, which is why we issued a notice to require an "all hands" response to get out-of-service aircraft back into the fleet serving our Customers."

This week alone, Southwest has canceled more than 600 flights, and delayed over 1000 others, according to FlightAware. It blamed those interruptions on a number of planes out of service that was more than double the usual 20. Last week, it declared an operations "emergency"

The mechanics union hit back, accusing the airline of using it as a scapegoat for other issues.

"For Southwest's leadership to connect the airline’s self-declared “operational emergency" to collective bargaining negotiations is simply an attempt to divert attention away from the airline’s safety issues," the 2,700-member organization said in a statement.

Shares of Southwest sank more than 4% in trading Wednesday morning, as a revenue guide-down for the first quarter of 2019 and a Wall Street downgrade also weighed on investors' minds.

Read more: Assigned seats on Southwest? Here's how a major change would set the company apart from other airlines

In a regulatory filing Wednesday morning, the airline said the government shutdown would have more of an impact than the previously disclosed $10 to 15 million. It now expects a negative revenue impact of $60 million due to "softness in passenger demand and bookings as a result of the government shutdown."

Separately, a downgrade from Goldman Sachs related to its Hawaii launch was also adding to the airline's headache. Analyst Catherine O'Brien cut her rating to sell for the stock, saying the new routes could shrink Southwest's pretax margins by 60 basis points.

"We continue to be positive on LUV’s long-term thesis, but we prefer ALK at this time," she said in a note to clients Tuesday evening.

SEE ALSO: Assigned seats on Southwest? Here's how a major change would set the company apart from other airlines

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Tesla's top lawyer is leaving the company after two months — here are all the key names who have departed in recent months (TSLA)

Business Insider SAI - 2 hodiny 52 min zpět

  • Tesla is known for its high rate of executive turnover, and the past year has been no different.
  • During a year in which the automaker faced production and delivery issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge. 
  • General counsel Dane Butswinkas is leaving the company after less than two months on the job, 

Tesla has seen a lot of senior employees leave in the last year. 

As the automaker has faced production and delivery issues, investigations from the federal government, and questions about the decision-making of CEO Elon Musk, departures from senior employees have added yet another challenge. 

The outflow hasn't stopped in the new year, either. 

On Wednesday, February 20, Tesla's confirmed that general counsel Dane Butswinkas is leaving after less than two months on the job. He will be replaced by Jonathan Chang, an eight-year veteran of the company who played a key role in the purchase of SolarCity, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Read more: Tesla's Amazon store is another example of how the automaker is better at using online retail than its competitors, an expert says

"I'm grateful for the opportunity over the past seven months to have worked with both Elon and Tesla, first as outside counsel and most recently as General Counsel at Tesla. I am returning to my home in Washington, DC and to my trial practice at Williams & Connolly," Butswinkas said, according to CNBC. 

"I look forward to continuing my work with Tesla in an outside counsel role. I have observed and have tremendous confidence in Jonathan's leadership skills and in the Tesla team. When I joined the company, I said it would be hard to identify a more timely or essential mission than Tesla's—that's as true today as it was then."

These are the key names who have left Tesla or have announced their departure in 2018 or so far in 2019, as well as when they left and where they went next (according to their LinkedIn profile or company announcements):

  • January - Jason Mendez, director of manufacturing engineering: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • January - Will McColl, manager of equipment engineering: founded WaveForm Design
  • February - Jon McNeill, president of global sales and services: became COO of Lyft 
  • March - Eric Branderiz, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Enphase Energy 
  • March - Susan Repo, corporate treasurer and vice president of finance: became CFO of Topia (she left Topia in June, according to her LinkedIn page)
  • April - Jim Keller, head of Autopilot hardware engineering: became head of silicon engineering at Intel
  • April - Georg Ell, director of Western Europe operations: became CEO of Smoothwall
  • May - Matthew Schwall, director of field performance engineering: became heady of field safety at Waymo 
  • July - Ganesh Srivats, vice president overseeing retail, delivery, and marketing: became CEO of Moda Operandi 
  • September - Sarah O'Brien, vice president of communications: became VP of executive communications at Facebook
  • September - Gabrielle Toledano, chief people officer: became executive in residence at Comcast Ventures
  • September - Dave Morton, chief accounting officer: became CFO of Anaplan
  • September - Liam O'Connor, vice president of global supply management: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • September - Antoin Abou-Haydar, senior director of production and quality: became vice president of global quality for Byton
  • October - Justin McAnear, vice president of worldwide finance and operations: became CFO of 10X Genomics
  • November - Phil Rothenberg, vice president in the legal department: became general counsel of Sonder
  • November - Jeff Jones, head of global security: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • November - Dan Kim, senior director of global sales, marketing, and delivery: became director of Airbnb Plus at Airbnb
  • December - Aaron Chew, director of investor relations: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • January 2019 — Todd Maron, general counsel: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • January 2019 — Charles Mwangi, senior director of engineering: LinkedIn profile says he is working at an unnamed startup
  • February 2019 — Cindy Nicola, vice president of global recruiting: LinkedIn profile does not list next position
  • February 2019 — Dane Butswinkas, general counsel: returning to his trial practice at the firm Williams & Connolly
  • 2019 — Deepak Ahuja, CFO: Ahuja said he is retiring once he leaves Tesla

Have a Tesla news tip? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

SEE ALSO: We drove an $87,000 Jaguar I-PACE to see how it compares with a $57,500 Tesla Model 3 and a $150,000 Model X. Here's the verdict.

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5G in the IoT: How the next generation of wireless technology will transform the IoT

Business Insider SAI - 2 hodiny 54 min zpět

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here.

5G is very nearly here, and these lightning-fast networks will change how telecommunications shapes business and offer new and transformative possibilities in the IoT space.

As 5G networks become a reality in 2019 and 2020, the new standard will further increase the appeal of cellular solutions in the areas where it's available. And, as 5G-supported hardware rolls out, companies can use the network to support their IoT business.

But the excitement around 5G doesn't mean it should be selected above all other options whenever available. In fact, in some cases, it's not even the best among cellular solutions. Companies that use IoT devices and providers of IoT-based services and solutions need to be discerning in their determinations of where 5G will help and where it won't.

In The 5G and The IoT Report, Business Insider Intelligence will examine how the introduction of 5G is poised to transform portions of the IoT ecosystem. First, we look at the 5G standard broadly, identifying its strengths and weaknesses in comparison with existing standards, as well as laying out the timeline for rollout and expectations within the wireless industry. Next, we look at the new practices that 5G will enable in the IoT, focusing specifically on the capacity for high-bandwidth remote analytics, as well as the ability to use remote processing centers for mission-critical services. Finally, we examine areas where 5G will leave gaps and how companies will need to cope with the standards’ early limitations.

The companies mentioned in this report are: AT&T, Ericsson, FairCom, InterDigital, Motorola, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Quectel, Sierra Wireless, Telstra, Verizon, and ZTE. 

 Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • Where available, 5G will enable exciting new IoT use cases, like real-time remote analytics and the remote execution of mission-critical services.
  • While 5G will offer a variety of useful new capabilities for companies that provide and use IoT solutions, there will be areas where it won't be useful within the IoT — at least not immediately.
  • Companies offering IoT solutions need to look at 5G as a tool in their arsenal; the thing they need to figure out is when they can build solutions that amplify its strengths, mitigate its weaknesses, and when turn to alternatives if they can't adequately do either.

In full, the report:

  • Provides an overview of the key differences between 5G networks and today's alternatives.
  • Highlights the ways that 5G will enable new practices in the IoT.
  • Presents some of the expectations for 5G from companies that will bring the standard to the world.
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The first-ever investor pitch deck for $31 billion startup Airbnb‚ which has raised over $3 billion and is nearing an IPO

Business Insider SAI - 3 hodiny 9 min zpět

Airbnb is one of the greatest startup success stories of late.

It stumbled throughout its first year before exploding. Now, it has raised more than $3 billion at a $31 billion valuation and it's nearing an IPO.

The founders shared its first pitch deck with an MBA student, back when it wanted to be an air mattress rental company.

We gathered all the slides for you, here.

Back then, Airbnb was called "AirBed&Breakfast."

In 2008, when Airbnb was founded, there were things like couch surfing, but there really wasn't an easy way to book a room with a local, which the founders thought could be cheaper than hotels.

The solution was a "share culture," where locals could make money renting space on their floors via air mattresses to strangers.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

The first-ever investor pitch deck for $31 billion startup Airbnb‚ which has raised over $3 billion and is nearing an IPO

Business Insider SAI - 3 hodiny 9 min zpět

Airbnb is one of the greatest startup success stories of late.

It stumbled throughout its first year before exploding. Now, it has raised more than $3 billion at a $31 billion valuation and it's nearing an IPO.

The founders shared its first pitch deck with an MBA student, back when it wanted to be an air mattress rental company.

We gathered all the slides for you, here.

Back then, Airbnb was called "AirBed&Breakfast."

In 2008, when Airbnb was founded, there were things like couch surfing, but there really wasn't an easy way to book a room with a local, which the founders thought could be cheaper than hotels.

The solution was a "share culture," where locals could make money renting space on their floors via air mattresses to strangers.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Intel to Take On AMD's Athlon With 4 GHz Pentium Gold G5620

Tom's Hardware - 3 hodiny 16 min zpět
Intel to try and reclaim back market share from AMD's Athlon processors on the budget end with high clocked Pentium Gold G5620

Australia is letting people use emojis as an official part of their car license plates

Business Insider SAI - 3 hodiny 41 min zpět

  • Drivers in Australia can now incorporate an emoji icon as part of their vehicle's license plates.
  • A choice of five emojis can be added to plates registered in the state of Queensland from March 1, 2019.
  • People can only choose the emojis "laughing out loud," "winking face," "cool sunglasses," "heart eyes," and "smiley face."  
  • The state government-owned company Personalised Plates Queensland will offer the service, which will cost between $115 (AUS$160) and $358 (AUS$500).

Australia is letting drivers add an emoji to their official government issued license plates. 

Drivers in the state of Queensland are able to add one of five emoji to the end of their usual state issued license plate numbers from March 1.

People can choose "laughing out loud," "winking face," "cool sunglasses," "heart eyes," and "smiley face" emojis.  

The government's personalization service, Personalised Plates Queensland, have been advertising sample plates, like these below on their Instagram page in the run up to March 1:

Soon you will be able to add a little character to your plate!

Australia is letting people use emojis as an official part of their car license plates

Business Insider SAI - 3 hodiny 41 min zpět

  • Drivers in Australia can now incorporate an emoji icon as part of their vehicle's license plates.
  • A choice of five emojis can be added to plates registered in the state of Queensland from March 1, 2019.
  • People can only choose the emojis "laughing out loud," "winking face," "cool sunglasses," "heart eyes," and "smiley face."  
  • The state government-owned company Personalised Plates Queensland will offer the service, which will cost between $115 (AUS$160) and $358 (AUS$500).

Australia is letting drivers add an emoji to their official government issued license plates. 

Drivers in the state of Queensland are able to add one of five emoji to the end of their usual state issued license plate numbers from March 1.

People can choose "laughing out loud," "winking face," "cool sunglasses," "heart eyes," and "smiley face" emojis.  

The government's personalization service, Personalised Plates Queensland, have been advertising sample plates, like these below on their Instagram page in the run up to March 1:

Soon you will be able to add a little character to your plate!

Arm Announces Neoverse N1 & E1 Platforms & CPUs: Enabling A Huge Jump In Infrastructure Performance

AnandTech - 4 hodiny 25 min zpět

Anybody following the industry over the last decade will have heard of Arm. We best know the company for being the enabler and providing the architecture as well as CPU designs that power essentially all of today’s mobile devices. The last 7-5 years in particular we’ve seen meteoric advances in silicon performance of the mobile SoCs found in our smartphones and tablets.

However Arm's ambition goes widely beyond just mobile and embedded devices. The market for compute in general is a lot larger than that, and looking at things in a business sense, high-end devices like servers and related infrastructure carry far greater profit margins. So for a successful CPU designer like Arm who is still on the rise, it's a very lucrative market to aim for, as current leader Intel can profess.

Today’s announcement is all about enabling that server and infrastructure ecosystem. To that end we're covering in detail two new “platforms” that will be at the core of Arm’s infrastructure strategy for the next few years, the Neoverse N1 and E1 platforms.

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These are the 15 best-looking games you can play on your iPhone (AAPL)

Business Insider SAI - 4 hodiny 55 min zpět

  • As Apple continues to improve the iPhone, more gamers are turning their smartphone into their primary gaming device.
  • While mobile games are often considered less important than their counterparts on expensive video game consoles, developers have taken notice of the growing audience on iPhone and are bringing more premium games to the App Store.
  • The iPhone X and XS have shown that they're capable of running some of the most popular games on consoles as well, like "GRID Autosport" and "Fortnite," the latter of which lets iPhone players join with friends on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

As Apple continues to pack the iPhone with ever more powerful chips and graphics performance, gamers are starting to view their smartphones as a preferred device for video games.

Eager developers are working to capitalize on the growing mobile video game market, and the quality of games available on the iPhone is steadily increasing. Whereas mobile games were once considered inferior to their counterparts on expensive video game consoles, today's smartphones are capable of running some of the most popular video game titles, like "Grid Autosport" and "Fortnite." Upgrades in technology have also made it easier for players on mobile to enjoy online play, making space for new types of multiplayer games.

Devices like the iPhone X and iPhone XS now have the strength to render impressive 3D graphics too, which has helped developers bring popular games that were previously limited to consoles and PC to the App Store. With a mix of 3D games that have been optimized for iOS, and indie titles that employ a unique style for smartphones, the iPhone has no shortage of great looking games.

Here's a collection of the best looking iPhone games you can find in the App Store today:

SEE ALSO: Nintendo just detailed its heavy-hitting lineup of Switch games coming in 2019 — Here they all are

"Fortnite" (Free)

"Fortnite" is the world's most popular game, and it looks nearly as good as iPhone as it does on consoles and PCs. In the free battle royale mode, 100 players fight to survive on a remote island.

Find it the App Store here.



"GRID Autosport" ($9.99)

GRID Autosport is an impressive racing simulator built for consoles, PC, and smartphones. Players can choose from 100 different cars and 100 different courses for each race.

Find it the App Store here.



"Donut County" ($4.99)

"Donut County" is an award-winning puzzle game with a unique art style and humor to match.

Find it the App Store here.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

These are the 15 best-looking games you can play on your iPhone (AAPL)

Business Insider SAI - 4 hodiny 55 min zpět

  • As Apple continues to improve the iPhone, more gamers are turning their smartphone into their primary gaming device.
  • While mobile games are often considered less important than their counterparts on expensive video game consoles, developers have taken notice of the growing audience on iPhone and are bringing more premium games to the App Store.
  • The iPhone X and XS have shown that they're capable of running some of the most popular games on consoles as well, like "GRID Autosport" and "Fortnite," the latter of which lets iPhone players join with friends on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

As Apple continues to pack the iPhone with ever more powerful chips and graphics performance, gamers are starting to view their smartphones as a preferred device for video games.

Eager developers are working to capitalize on the growing mobile video game market, and the quality of games available on the iPhone is steadily increasing. Whereas mobile games were once considered inferior to their counterparts on expensive video game consoles, today's smartphones are capable of running some of the most popular video game titles, like "Grid Autosport" and "Fortnite." Upgrades in technology have also made it easier for players on mobile to enjoy online play, making space for new types of multiplayer games.

Devices like the iPhone X and iPhone XS now have the strength to render impressive 3D graphics too, which has helped developers bring popular games that were previously limited to consoles and PC to the App Store. With a mix of 3D games that have been optimized for iOS, and indie titles that employ a unique style for smartphones, the iPhone has no shortage of great looking games.

Here's a collection of the best looking iPhone games you can find in the App Store today:

SEE ALSO: Nintendo just detailed its heavy-hitting lineup of Switch games coming in 2019 — Here they all are

"Fortnite" (Free)

"Fortnite" is the world's most popular game, and it looks nearly as good as iPhone as it does on consoles and PCs. In the free battle royale mode, 100 players fight to survive on a remote island.

Find it the App Store here.



"GRID Autosport" ($9.99)

GRID Autosport is an impressive racing simulator built for consoles, PC, and smartphones. Players can choose from 100 different cars and 100 different courses for each race.

Find it the App Store here.



"Donut County" ($4.99)

"Donut County" is an award-winning puzzle game with a unique art style and humor to match.

Find it the App Store here.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

TSMC’s Fab 14B Photoresist Material Incident: $550 Million in Lost Revenue

AnandTech - 4 hodiny 55 min zpět

TSMC on Friday revealed more details regarding an incident with a photoresist material at its Fab 14B earlier this year. The contaminated chemical damaged wafers on TSMC’s 12 nm and 16 nm lines, and the company now expects the full impact of the event to reduce their revenue by a whopping $550 million in the first quarter.

TSMC said that a batch of photoresist it used included a specific element which was abnormally treated, creating a foreign polymer in the photoresist. The problem was detected late when the wafer yeilds were lower than expected. As it turns out, consequences of the photoresist incident at Fab 14B were more serious than initially calculated by TSMC. There are media reports claiming that between 10,000 and 30,000 wafers were affected and had to be scrapped, but TSMC has never confirmed either of the numbers.

According to media reports, the affected companies include HiSilicon/Huawei, NVIDIA, and MediaTek, but TSMC has not disclosed names of its customers that suffered from the incident. The only thing that TSMC does confirm is that it has already negotiated new delivery scheduled with its customers.

In any case, the cost of the wafers totals $550 million and they will be made up in Q2. In the meantime, TSMC is pulling in "certain production" from Q2, which will bring in $230 million in additional revenue in Q1. As a result, TSMC’s first quarter earnings are now expected to be between $7 billion and $7.1 billion, down from $7.3 - $7.4 billion predicted in mid-January.

In a bid to avoid similar situations in the future, TSMC will make inspection of incoming materials more thorough and will strengthen inline wafer inspection. The company also indicated that it will need better controls because of increasing complexity of leading-edge fabrication technologies.

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Source: TSMC

An Apple patent filing reveals what a foldable iPhone might look like

Business Insider SAI - 5 hodin 14 min zpět

  • A new Apple patent filing outlines what a folding display on the iPhone might look like.
  • It comes just as Samsung is due to show off its own foldable phone.
  • It's unlikely we'll see a folding iPhone in the next year, but the filing shows Apple is at least thinking about what it's competitors are up to.

Apple has sketched out designs for a foldable smartphone, suggesting the iPhone maker is at least thinking about following its major rivals in launching a phone with a flexible display.

The designs appear in a patent filing published on February 14, just as Samsung is preparing to show off its first ever foldable phone at a launch event on Wednesday.

Read more: A Galaxy S10 Plus commercial appears to have accidentally aired on TV ahead of Samsung's official announcement

The filing gives technical details about how a hinged, foldable display would work, and shows rough sketches of devices that fold in half, or fold into thirds.

The filing states that it isn't just smartphones that could function with a foldable display, but also laptops, tablets, smartwatches, and even headphones.

These aren't the first patent filings to hint at a bendy iPhone. In 2016, a fairly wacky patent filing hinted at an iPhone with a wraparound display.

The latest filing doesn't necessarily mean Apple will launch a foldable iPhone in the near future. The filing is just an application, and it hasn't been granted by the US Patent Office yet. Tech firms often patent futuristic ideas and designs that never see the light of day.

Still, Apple is the only major smartphone manufacturer not talking about foldable phones. Huawei confirmed it was working on a 5G foldable phone, and Samsung is expected to show off a foldable phone alongside its flagship Galaxy S10 on Wednesday. 

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An Apple patent filing reveals what a foldable iPhone might look like

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  • A new Apple patent filing outlines what a folding display on the iPhone might look like.
  • It comes just as Samsung is due to show off its own foldable phone.
  • It's unlikely we'll see a folding iPhone in the next year, but the filing shows Apple is at least thinking about what it's competitors are up to.

Apple has sketched out designs for a foldable smartphone, suggesting the iPhone maker is at least thinking about following its major rivals in launching a phone with a flexible display.

The designs appear in a patent filing published on February 14, just as Samsung is preparing to show off its first ever foldable phone at a launch event on Wednesday.

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The filing gives technical details about how a hinged, foldable display would work, and shows rough sketches of devices that fold in half, or fold into thirds.

The filing states that it isn't just smartphones that could function with a foldable display, but also laptops, tablets, smartwatches, and even headphones.

These aren't the first patent filings to hint at a bendy iPhone. In 2016, a fairly wacky patent filing hinted at an iPhone with a wraparound display.

The latest filing doesn't necessarily mean Apple will launch a foldable iPhone in the near future. The filing is just an application, and it hasn't been granted by the US Patent Office yet. Tech firms often patent futuristic ideas and designs that never see the light of day.

Still, Apple is the only major smartphone manufacturer not talking about foldable phones. Huawei confirmed it was working on a 5G foldable phone, and Samsung is expected to show off a foldable phone alongside its flagship Galaxy S10 on Wednesday. 

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TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS STARTUPS TO WATCH: The top 5 startups across digital freight services, warehouse robotics, AI, last-mile delivery robotics, and self-driving cars

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  • Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and self-driving technology are helping the transportation and logistics industry finally transform by cutting costs, optimizing delivery routes, and automating mundane tasks.
  • Startups will be the lynchpin of this transformation because they specifically target areas of need  with cutting-edge solutions.
  • Business Insider Intelligence examined the top 5 startups within five key areas: digital freight services, warehouse robotics, AI for supply chain management, last-mile delivery robotics, and self-driving car software.

Transportation and logistics industries have operated largely the same way for decades. But the surge in e-commerce in the last several years, combined with consumers’ appetite for same-day delivery, has brought us to a tipping point.

Delivery companies are doing all they can to get orders to customers’ doors as quickly as possible, which has facilitated wholesale changes in how they operate.

Cutting-edge digital solutions (including digital freight services, warehouse robotics, AI for supply chain management, delivery robotics, and autonomous driving software) are forcing traditional delivery companies to either evolve or see their core businesses erode.

Transportation & Logistics Startups to Watch, a new report from Business Insider Intelligence, monitors the biggest change agents in the industry to offer unique insight into the development of the transportation and logistics space at large, and shows how traditional companies are adapting to their new environment.

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In full, the Transportation & Logistics Startups to Watch report dives into the top 25 companies - five startups across five key disruption areas - that are easing shipping burdens, improving order fulfillment efficiency, optimizing delivery, and automating processes.

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Oracle discovered a mobile fraud operation plaguing 10 million app downloads, and it shows how pervasive scammers still are for advertisers

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  • Oracle has identified a new mobile-app fraud operation it dubbed DrainerBot that has infected more than 400 popular Android apps like "Draw Clash of Clans" and Perfect365.
  • Ad fraud continues to be a challenge for advertisers as scammers get more sophisticated with their tactics.
  • All told, Oracle estimates that the infected apps are costing mobile users extra data charges to the tune of $100 a year.

Fraud in digital advertising still runs rampant, particularly in mobile apps.

Last year, Oracle started noticing unusual browsing activity in more than 400 Android apps using a tried-and-true fraud tactic: domain spoofing, in which scammers create hidden web pages to run ads that consumers never see. The tactic has been around for years in websites and more recently in mobile apps and connected TVs, though the mobile-app fraud operation differs in a couple of ways.

For one, it plugs in to popular apps like Perfect365, an augmented-reality app that lets users virtually try on makeup, and app-based games like "Draw Clash of Clans" and "Solitaire: 4 Seasons." Typically, fraudsters target less popular apps that consumers are tricked into downloading. All told, Oracle estimates that the scheme it dubbed "DrainerBot" has affected more than 10 million devices, making it one of the larger fraud operations in recent years. The operation was detected by Oracle's digital analytics arm Moat and its security-focused firm Dyn.

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Because fake video impressions are served in the background of the infected apps, there's also a direct connection to user experience and consumers' phone bills, said Eric Roza, the senior vice president of Oracle Data Cloud.

Specifically, Oracle said the scheme slowed loading speeds of websites caused from ad activity running in the background of apps and was adding charges to phone bills from data. Oracle estimates that the scheme drains 10 gigabytes of data a month from infected apps, costing people the equivalent of roughly $8 a month (or $100 a year) in added data overage charges.

"We're used to the fact that marketers are defrauded and paying for ad impressions that no one is seeing," Roza said. "What's unique here is, this is the largest-scale fraud operation that we're aware of. What's especially nefarious here is that once these apps are loaded on your phone, you don't actually need to log in, and they can be running very high bandwidth video ad impressions in the background."

Consumers are getting hit with additional data costs

Here's how DrainerBot works: Oracle identified a Netherlands-based firm called Tapcore as the tech company distributing the apps. Tapcore provides app developers with software-development-kit technology that helps publishers find scammers who create illegal copies of their apps. The company's technology then runs ads within the illegal apps, which allows publishers to track down the illegal app copies. According to Tapcore's website, the company powers more than 3,000 apps, though Oracle tracked only 400 apps.

"That sounds like a fair value prop, and that's why so many app developers large and small end up installing it," said Dan Fichter, Moat's chief technology officer.

Tapcore and Google, whose Google Play store houses the apps in question, did not respond to press inquiries.

According to Oracle, Tapcore's technology runs ads in all apps, regardless of whether they're legitimate. In some cases, users paid for an ad-free version of the app but video ads continued to run in apps within hidden web browsers. Once an app developer integrates Tapcore's code technology, it reaches out to an ad server to download additional code, which runs the domain spoofing continuously.

DrainerBot's scheme is particularly sophisticated because it targets inventory that ad verification companies think is real inventory on a legitimate publisher.

Ad fraud has been a hot-button topic for years, and while some estimates from firms like White Ops say fraud issues will become less problematic in coming years, fraudsters also constantly refine their tactics to get stealthier, making it hard for advertisers to ever eliminate.

Two operations, dubbed Methbot and 3ve, are the most noteworthy ad-fraud schemes and date back to 2014. Methbot is thought to have wasted $7 million in ad spend, while 3ve collected more than $29 million from advertisers. In November, the Justice Department charged eight people with being associated with the two operations, making three arrests.

More recently, the ad-verification company DoubleVerify identified a botnet that targeted connected-TV devices.

"You get a cat-and-mouse game," Roza said. "That's what makes DrainerBot particularly interesting — they're using some of the techniques that we've seen people use on desktop before, but they're basically applying them to the mobile environment and finding unique ways of getting on consumers' devices."

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