Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in the top spot in Asia in an annual global ranking of universities that is read by educational institutions and governments. In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released this morning, NTU rose by one position and NUS retained its rank from last year, to share the top spot in Asia and 11th place in the world. The Singapore Management University (SMU) climbed to 477th position from 500th last year. The top three institutions worldwide on the list, which is in its 16th edition, are all from the United States: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Harvard University. The QS rankings employ six performance indicators to assess a university's strengths in research, teaching, employability and internationalisation. Global higher education consultancy QS said the latest result "sees the prospect of a Singaporean university entering the world's top 10 … [Read more...] about NUS and NTU tie as Asia’s top university
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Apple on Monday announced the demise of its groundbreaking iTunes platform in favor of three more tailored apps, as it refines its offerings to be a stage for digital music, films, podcasts and more. iTunes transformed the way people buy and listen to music after its launch in 2001, but is now being phased out, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said, while helping kick off the technology giant's annual gathering of developers in Silicon Valley. "The future of iTunes is not one app, it's three," Federighi said. "Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV." Since the launch of iTunes, lifestyles have shifted to streaming music, video and more from the internet cloud as online data centers and high-bandwidth connections gave rise to on-demand entertainment expectations. The iTunes software let users manage and listen to music collections as well as buy digital versions of songs. "There is no reason for iTunes to exist, period." said Creative Strategies … [Read more...] about Apple iTunes to play last song
Google has been leading the news since the opening day of its annual developer conference – Google I/O 2019, which is held in Mountain View, California. On the first day, Google has unveiled its anticipated Pixel 3a series and new large smart display called Nest Hub, which now sports a camera.Apart from these hardware announcements, the search giant also showcased some of its software advancements. In software, the next-generation Google Assistant remains the most-talked-about topic as its new features and capability are going to the next level.Here, we are listing some of its new features that were showcased at I/O developer conference.Continued ConversationsThis feature is coming to the new flagship Pixel devices later this year – most likely in Pixel 4, which could come in October. Now, you can perform a conversation with Google Assistant without any break or any lag.The feature has made a ground appearance because Google has changed data processing on the Assistant. … [Read more...] about Google Assistant is getting scary smart: The best is yet to come
By Greg Ip WSJ Wed., May 1, 2019 It’s time to stop worrying that robots will take our jobs—and start worrying that they will decide who gets jobs. Millions of low-paid workers’ lives are increasingly governed by software and algorithms. This was starkly illustrated by a report last week that Amazon.com tracks the productivity of its employees and regularly fires those who underperform, with little human intervention. “Amazon’s system tracks the rates of each individual associate’s productivity and automatically generates any warnings or terminations regarding quality or productivity without input from supervisors,” a law firm representing Amazon said in a letter to the National Labor Relations Board, as first reported by technology news site The Verge. Amazon was responding to a complaint that it had fired an employee from a Baltimore fulfillment center for federally protected activity, which could include union organizing. … [Read more...] about For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived
What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu? I was in Makati for a day to attend the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) annual stockholders meeting where media from the Visayas and Mindanao were invited. Actually, it was the first time for BPI to invite the Cebu and Davao media to their annual stockholders meeting and it was good for me to meet with our old friends, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and his brother Fernando where we talked about the old days when they went to Cebu with their motorcycles to ride with us. Unfortunately our good friend, Bobby Aboitiz who played host with them, passed away two years ago. As the top honchos of BPI pointed out, BPI for the 1st Quarter of 2019 posted a 7.6 percent increase in its net income, which stands at P6.72 billion and up to 10.5 percent versus the 4th Quarter of 2018. In their joint message to the BPI stockholders, chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President and CEO Cezar Consing, noted, … [Read more...] about What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu?