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Pilotless planes could save airlines billions

Pilotless planes: would anyone fly?

The aviation industry could save $35 billion a year by moving to pilotless planes, according to a new report from UBS. Just one problem: The same report warns that only 17% of travelers are willing to fly without a pilot. UBS said that the technology required to operate remote-controlled planes could appear by 2025. Further advances beyond 2030 might result in automated business jets and helicopters, and finally commercial aircraft without pilots.

“The technologies in development today will enable the aircraft to assist and back up the pilot in all the flight phases, removing the pilot from manual control and systems operations in all types of situations,” the report said. Commercial flights already land with the assistance of on-board computers, and pilots manually fly the aircraft for only a few minutes on average.

http://money.cnn.com…   Fri.,  11  August 2017

Foxconn unveils $10 billion plan to build LCD display plant in US

Trump announces that Apple’s top supplier is building a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group announced at the White House Wednesday its plans to invest $10 billion to build a massive display panel plant in Wisconsin that could employ up to 13,000 workers but would require up to $3 billion in subsidies from state taxpayers.

“America does not have a single LCD plant to produce a complicated system. We are going to change that,” Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said at a news conference. “It starts today with this investment in Wisconsin.”

Foxconn is a major supplier of Apple iPhones and other Apple devices and comes a day after President Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Apple CEO Tim Cook promised him the company would build “three big plants, beautiful plants” in the U.S.

The Wisconsin-based Foxconn plant will focus on display panels used in televisions and other devices. Last year, Foxconn bought Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp.

http://www.usatoday.com…   Thu.,  27  July 2017

US/China trade war

Trump challenging China’s industrial policies

The top U.S. trade negotiator said late on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is determined to challenge China’s use of unfair subsidies and “non-economic” industrial policy to build up export industries that are costing American jobs.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in a rare media interview, said that the Trump administration would work to hold China’s practices to the rules of the World Trade Organization, an organization that he has criticized for being ineffective in enforcing fair trade.

Speaking on the syndicated “Kevin McCullough Radio” conservative talk show, Lighthizer said there was “no question that China has an industrial policy that is designed to create jobs and wealth in China.”

http://www.reuters.com…   Wed.,  26  July 2017

Legal marijuana, a very profitable business

Nevada sold out of legal marijuana so quickly, the government used a ‘statement of emergency’ to bring in more weed

On July 1, Nevada locals and tourists visiting from out of state waited hours in line in triple-digit temperatures to become the first in the state to purchase legal recreational marijuana. Less than two weeks later, the 47 retailers licensed to sell the drug are running out of supply. The Nevada Tax Commission, a subsidiary of the state Department of Taxation, has passed a new regulation to address the shortage in a unanimous vote.

The commission found that the current pool of stores licensed to distribute marijuana is insufficient to support the market. It will reopen applications and allow dispensaries previously operating in the medical marijuana program to vie for a spot in the recreational market. The regulation come as a response to a “statement of emergency” issued by the department and endorsed by Governor Brian Sandoval late last week.

http://www.businessinsider.com…   Fri.,  14  July 2017

The bright future of the electric car

All Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019

All new cars launched by Volvo from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely battery-powered, in what the company called a “historic end” to building models that only have an internal combustion engine. Between 2019 and 2021, the firm will introduce five 100% electric models, and ensure the rest of its conventional petrol and diesel range has a hybrid engine of some form. It is the first major manufacturer to make such a bold move.

Håkan Samuelsson, the Volvo chief executive, said: “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car.”

http://www.theguardian.com…   Thu.,  06  July 2017

Massive cyber attack

Petya cyber attack: Ransomware spreads across Europe with firms in Ukraine, Britain and Spain shut down

Major firms, airports and government departments in Ukraine have been struck by a massive cyber attack which began to spread across Europe on Tuesday afternoon. In Ukraine, government departments, the central bank, a state-run aircraft manufacturer,  the airport in Kiev and  the metro network have all been paralysed by the hack.

In the UK, the advertising firm WPP said its systems had also been struck down, while in the Netherlands a major shipping firm confirmed its computer terminals were malfunctioning. The virus is believed to be ransomware – a piece of malicious software that shuts down a computer system and then demands an extortionate sum of money to fix the problem.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk…   Wed.,  28  June 2017

The future of Nestle

 U.S. activist presses for ‘bold action’ at Nestle

U.S. activist shareholder Third Point LLC has targeted Nestle (NESN.S) by taking a $3.5 billion stake in the food maker and urging Europe’s most valuable company to boost returns as demand for its products weakens.

Nestle shares jumped as much as 4.8 percent on Monday, touching a record high after Third Point disclosed its position late on Sunday in a letter to the hedge fund’s investors. In the letter, Third Point said it was urging the Swiss group to improve margins, buy back shares and get rid of non-core businesses, including its $27 billion stake in L’Oreal (OREP.PA). Third Point’s 40 million shares – or 1.3 percent of the total – make it Nestle’s eighth-largest shareholder, according to Thomson Reuters data. The $10 billion added to Nestle’s market value on Monday showed that shareholders hoped the investment would spark change at a company which has a reputation for being slow-moving and insular.

http://www.reuters.com…   Tue.,  27  June 2017

Japanese airbag maker Takata files for bankruptcy

Takata would be bought for $1.6 billion by U.S.-based Key Safety Systems

Japan’s Takata Corp (7312.T), the firm at the centre of the auto industry’s biggest ever product recall, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan, and said it would be bought for $1.6 billion by U.S.-based Key Safety Systems.

In the biggest bankruptcy of a Japanese manufacturer, Takata faces tens of billions of dollars in costs and liabilities resulting from almost a decade of recalls and lawsuits.

http://www.reuters.com…   Mon.,  26  June 2017

AIRBUS versus BOEING

Boeing launches new jet

Boeing unveiled a new version of its best-selling 737 aircraft on Monday, injecting life into a faltering civil aviation market as French President Emmanuel Macron flew in to open the world’s biggest airshow in Paris.
After years of booming orders driven by increased air travel and more fuel-efficient planes, passenger jet manufacturers are bracing for a slowdown in demand while they focus on meeting tight delivery schedules and ambitious production targets.

 http://www.reuters.com…   Tue.,  20  June 2017

Female comic book superhero works

Wonder Woman for Hollywood

They said a female comic book superhero movie couldn’t work. They said women couldn’t direct big-budget action blockbusters. They said audiences overseas wouldn’t go for a big-budget spectacular not centered around a white guy. They said a lot of things over the last few decades.

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman just outgrossed the entire global total of Green Lantern ($219m) this weekend. Oh, and by tomorrow, it will probably be the biggest DC Comics movie ever not based around Batman or Superman. Sorry, Constantine ($230m in 2005 and sans 3D), I still think you’re pretty cool.

http://www.forbes.com…  Wed.,  07  June 2017