Sep 17, 5:34 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Ranjitha Shastry 09/17/18 AT 5:01 AM The Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo said he favored a limited regulatory approach to cryptocurrencies to let them develop. The CFTC chief spoke to CNBC at the Singapore Summit on Sept. 14 and discussed his views on a framework for cryptocurrency regulations. Giancarlo compared cryptocurrency to the internet, which he said flourished because regulators didn't step in rigidly but rather applied a careful, "do no harm" approach."I’m advocating the same approach to cryptocurrencies and all things having to do with this new digital revolution of markets, and of currencies, and of asset classes," he said.At the same time, Giancarlo also pointed out that some regulation was required because fraud and manipulation often seen in foreign exchanges and precious … [Read more...] about CFTC Chairman Says Cryptocurrency Needs ‘Do No Harm’ Approach
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There has been an ongoing employee "poaching" from electric car-maker Tesla to Apple for a few years now, and the trend has recently accelerated, it seems. Back in 2015, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said that Apple serves as the " Tesla graveyard " for staff that left or was no longer needed. Fast forward a few years, however, and Apple seems to have nested no less than 46 people that used to work for Tesla since the beginning of 2018. What is Apple doing with all these engineers, supply chain or procurement specialists, and even interns that ended their sting with Tesla? Well, they are reportedly working not only on Apple's car ambitions, but also on "display, optics, and battery-tech" for the myriad of mobile devices that Apple makes. The company from Cupertino can afford to pay 150% of the salaries that Tesla doles out, and that might be one of the reasons that high-profile talent like Tesla's VP of engineering Doug Field is now back at Apple, after a few years at the electric … [Read more...] about Apple keeps poaching Tesla people for work on cars and batteries: ‘We have 100 times less money than Apple’
Apple is realigning its familiar laptop line, dramatically reshaping and in some ways merging the favorite options for both heavy-duty "pro" users and everyday customers. And the poster child for this more muddled future is the pricey new MacBook Pro, which appears in stores this week. Apple wants you to focus on the new Pro’s boldest feature, called the Touch Bar. It’s a touch-operated strip of buttons and sliders displayed on a thin screen at the top of the keyboard that changes functions depending on what you’re doing. It injects a bit of iPhone and iPad feel into the Mac. And it’s well worth noting. But, the bigger story here to me is that the Pro, once mainly aimed straight at people who do especially taxing work like professional video editing or serious design, is now being stretched to suit a much larger audience. That’s especially true of the 13-inch model (there’s also a 15-inch variety). It’s thinner and lighter, and is the only … [Read more...] about Mossberg: New MacBook Pro is a fast, slim tweener
OLED is the future of television. Or, at least one of the many possible futures televisions could take down the road. It's a technology that becomes infinitely more interesting the more you know about it and, even for those of us who know quite a bit, still finds a way to improve upon itself year over year. OLED (which stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode) describes a type of panel that TVs use - like LED-LCD, plasma or CRT. It's different from the other types of panels that have come before it, but the overarching idea is exactly the same: OLED panels help bring images and video to life in front of your eyes. In short: OLED truly is the next big thing in home entertainment and it's finally at a price where the average consumer can buy one their own. It offers better image quality (think blacker blacks and brighter whites), reduced power consumption and fast response times over traditional LED TVs.So why doesn't everyone own one? Because it's prohibitively expensive and … [Read more...] about OLED TV: what you need to know
Last year's release of the Ryzen processors, built around AMD's new Zen core, was a major event for the chip company: after years in the doldrums, AMD finally had processors that were credible alternatives to Intel's chips. However, AMD still didn't offer Intel much competition, because its chips lacked an important feature: integrated GPUs. In both the laptop and the mainstream and corporate desktop markets, most processors sold combine a CPU with a GPU, while discrete GPUs are reserved for high-performance, gaming, and other specialized systems. The first wave of Ryzen chips all needed to be paired with video cards. That made them appealing to enthusiasts and certain high-performance markets but irrelevant to Intel's bread-and-butter market. We knew that situation was temporary. A few mobile processors that combined Zen with a GPU hit the market late last year, and desktop parts were promised for February at CES. The first two chips to use the "AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors with … [Read more...] about Desktop Ryzens with Vega graphics: Is fastest-ever integrated GPU fast enough?