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Strong jobs report boosts chances of interest rate hike
Strong jobs report boosts chances of interest rate hike WASHINGTON — A second straight month of robust hiring pointed on Friday to an economy healthy enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates...
Tips for hiring painting contractors
Painting is the most common do-it-yourself project for homeowners — after all, the consequences of messing up a paint job pale by comparison to botching electrical or plumbing work. [...] painting is...
The first project Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked on was a high school prank
VISIT CNBC.COMX Entrepreneurs EntrepreneursThe first project Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked on was a high school prank Kathleen Elkins | @kathleen_elk 39 Mins Ago CNBC.com Tony Avelar | Bloomberg...
Want to own the original 'Apple' watch? Seiko releases Steve Jobs inspired line
Seiko has eaten a big portion of 'member berries and decided now is a good time to re-release the watch that Steve Jobs sported in one of his most iconic photo shoots.Seiko has teamed up with Nano Universe...
Americans believe robots will take everyone else’s jobs, but theirs will be safe
VISIT CNBC.COMX Careers CareersAmericans believe robots will take everyone else’s job, but theirs will be safe Catherine Clifford 1 Hour Ago CNBC.com Photo by VCG A robot delivers meals in a restaurant....
Facebook is rolling out job postings and applications posing a challenge to Linkedin
Facebook is entering the job market. The social network will now let employers post jobs directly to their Page, and users can apply for those jobs on Facebook. Applications are pre-populated with a user's...
Small US Company Bucks a Trend, Adds Manufacturing Jobs
A rising tide of automation, trade problems and lagging growth in productivity have slashed millions of jobs from the U.S. manufacturing sector. At the same time, a small factory in Massachusetts has been...
Rolls-Royce plans crewless ships by 2020
The engineering giant is working with government-backed groups across northern Europe on the autonomous vessels.The company estimates that the move could cut sea transport costs by as much as 20%.Rolls-Royce...
Amazon to create 2,000 full-time jobs in California fulfillment centers
Amazon is planning to hire 2,000 full-time workers at new California fulfillment centers. One new facility in Eastvale will focus on books, electronics and toys, while the other, in Redlands, will have...
Apple’s Tim Cook: Steve Jobs’ philosophy will be at Apple in 100 years
The philosophy of Apple's late founder Steve Jobs will run through the company 100 years from now, Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday. Addressing students at the University of Glasgow in Scotland,...
Trade deficit for 2016 hits highest level since 2012
A gain in exports of commercial aircraft, heavy machinery and autos offset a rise in imports. Trump has pledged to impose penalty tariffs on countries such as China and Mexico to force them to drop what...
Solar Foundation expects 10% job growth in 2017 despite coal-focused government
Enlarge / From our recent look at residential solar, here's a look at one Ars reader's setup. Nik White reader comments 0 Share this story A solar advocacy group called the Solar Foundation released a...
Jobless rate at 4.8% as hiring picks up, more look for work
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers stepped up hiring last month, adding a healthy 227,000 jobs, and more Americans began looking for work, a sign that President Trump has inherited a robust job market. Friday’s...
Op-Ed: Jobs in an AI future will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen and leaders need to get real
"I love driving for Uber, but they want to replace me with driverless cars. I don't know what will happen to me and everyone else, but there could be a revolution." A conversation with my Uber driver...
Thumbtack CEO: Machines may replace Uber drivers, but not your plumber or wedding planner
Commodity jobs in the so-called on-demand economy — such as driving for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft — are likely to be automated away in the near future and workers are right to be concerned,...
Business News Roundup, Jan. 18
Mark Zuckerberg, saying that it was the first time he had testified in a trial, vehemently denied claims that the virtual reality headset maker acquired by Facebook in 2014 had stolen technology for the...
Creativity "can't be coded": Business leaders urge new thinking in age of AI
It’s no secret that automated machines and robots are rapidly replacing human workers. In Europe, concerns about the loss of good-paying jobs to automation is so strong that the idea of a universal basic...
'AI already is in so many things,' said Salesforce CEO Benioff
Evolving technologies should develop at a steady enough pace to adequately replace the jobs they eliminate, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told CNBC on Tuesday. "Technology's always taken jobs out of the...
Robots will take jobs, but not as fast as some fear, new report says
More from the New York Times: N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications The Guide to Being an Airbnb SuperhostPeter Thiel, Trump's Tech Pal, Explains Himself "This is going to take...
Human connections give job seekers a leg up
Human connections give job seekers a leg up Even in an era of searching for jobs online, networking on LinkedIn and checking out applicants on Facebook, human connections still rule. “Social media is...
Amazon to create more than 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in US by 2018
Amazon announced Thursday plans to create 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months. The move would bring the e-commerce giant's workforce to more than 280,000. The company said in a...
10 memorable iPhone facts on its 10th anniversary
When Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at a keynote address at the Macworld Convention in San Francisco’s Moscone West conference center a decade ago today, he promised the company would...
Old School Approach to Building the Workforce of the Future
Automation and some trade deals have cost the United States millions of manufacturing jobs, leaving many people unemployed or underemployed. Meanwhile, U.S. companies can't find skilled people to fill...
Macy’s to close stores, cut jobs amid weak sales
Macy’s says it is eliminating more than 10,000 jobs and plans to move forward with 68 store closures after a disappointing holiday shopping season. The department store chain also lowered its full-year...
Trump says Sprint, OneWeb to create 8,000 U.S. jobs
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said telecommunications group Sprint Corp and a U.S. satellite company OneWeb will be bringing 8,000 jobs to the United States,...
Will artificial intelligence kill or create jobs?
Computers powered by artificial intelligence are smart enough to threaten a range of jobs, whether computers developing treatment plans for cancer patients or Amazon.com opening a grocery store without...
Will Robot Truckers Take Jobs From Human Drivers?
Researchers say companies will deploy autonomous trucks as experts solve engineering, regulatory and safety concerns. The growing number of robot truckers could begin to take jobs from the 3.5 million...
Almost half of all US jobs could be taken over by the AI revolution
From Amazon's Alexa to Facebook's Jarvis, if 2016 has taught us one thing, it's that the AI revolution is underway, and advancing at an astonishing rate. But for every voice-activated Christmas playlist...
Federal report: AI could threaten up to 47 percent of jobs in two decades
Enlarge / Semi-automated trucks are driven on the E19 highway in Vilvoorde, Belgium, on April 5, 2016 as part of the 'EU Truck Platooning Challenge 2016.'ERIC LALMAND/AFP/Getty Images reader comments...
AI could boost productivity but increase wealth inequality, the White House says
"Because AI is not a single technology, but rather a collection of technologies that are applied to specific tasks, the effects of AI will be felt unevenly through the economy. Some tasks will be more...
Trump meets with tech titans as Bezos lauds 'productive' session
The full list, according to Trump staff, included: Safra Catz - Oracle Jeff Bezos - Amazon Tim Cook - Apple Brian Krzanich - Intel Larry Page - Alphabet Eric Schmidt - Google Chuck Robbins - Cisco Ginni...
The ultimate threat to your job
Automation could result in the loss of 2 billion jobs in our lifetime. This guy is coming for your job. YOU have caught a driverless bus into town, downed a schooner of beer pulled by a droid and eaten...
Trump and Carrier: how a modern economy is like a parking garage
In the two hours that President-elect Donald Trump spent flying to Indiana on Thursday to boast that he saved 1,000 jobs, about 6,000 private-sector jobs in the United States were probably destroyed....
More jobs, better pay in final report before election
Workers enjoyed their best pay raises in seven years last month as employers added 161,000 jobs, the government said in the last major snapshot of a slow but durable economy before Americans choose a...
Apple and the legacy of Steve Jobs
For 17 years thought to be lost, this candid, in-depth interview with the late visionary filmed in 1995, Steve Jobs discusses at length his early days, career battles, and vision for the future, just two...
More people look for jobs, unemployment rate up to 5%
More people look for jobs, unemployment rate up to 5% WASHINGTON — Drawn by steady hiring and slightly higher pay, more Americans began looking for work in September, a sign of renewed optimism about...
Business News Roundup, Oct. 6
Valero Energy Corp. has accused the city of Benicia of violating state and federal law when it denied the company’s request last month to build a rail terminal to transport crude to its refinery there....
Uber subsidiary offers job training for self-driving engineers
For tech-minded types who want to catch that wave nice and early, there’s now a 36-week online program to gain a nanodegree — a kind of certification — as a self-driving car engineer. Otto, the self-driving...
How Salesforce Success Will Bolster Economy, Jobs Market
Two new reports analyze the broad impact Salesforce.com is having on the economy and the jobs market, and the outlook is good for those with Salesforce skills. The rapid growth of the Salesforce ecosystem,...
Building Pipeline of Tomorrow's Female Tech Talent
Computer science is among the fastest growing industries in the US. It is estimated that more than four million jobs in the field will be open in the next decade. But women likely to fill only a fraction...
Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US government
Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. The investments are expected...
Robot chores: the droids are coming for your job, and no one's safe
It's Judgement Day for your jobBad news for taxi drivers: Ford, Uber and Google are working on self-driving vehicles that could render the traditional cabbie redundant within a few years. But transport...
Cisco to lay off about 14,000 employees: Report
Microsoft said in July that it would lay off about 2,850 jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 percent of its workforce. HP Inc said in February it...
Trader Poll: Do you fear artificial intelligence?
Technological advancements have changed the way we view and interact with artificial intelligence (AI). While AI may not necessarily be as nefarious as the intelligent computer system Skynet from the...
Amazon's new UK distribution center to create 500 jobs in 2017
LONDON Online retailer Amazon plans to create 500 new jobs when it opens another distribution center in northern England next year, it said on Friday.The new jobs are in addition to the 3,500 Amazon has...
Software Jobs Help Power Creative Industry Boom
The number of software developer jobs are up by 30% since 2011, while the number of dancer and choreographer jobs have increased by 41%.The total number of people now working in creative industries is...
How we can save at-risk Aussie jobs
Physicist Dr Brian Cox embarks on an adventure to discover why even the world's most famous scientists have not been able to unravel the darkest secret of the Universe. Professor Brian Cox, Forces of Nature....
Microsoft to cut 2,850 more jobs
Microsoft said it would cut about 2,850 more jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 percent of its workforce. The company said in May it would cut 1,850...
Modern off-grid lighting could create 2 million new jobs in developing world
Many households in impoverished regions around the world are starting to shift away from inefficient and polluting fuel-based lighting -- such as candles, firewood, and kerosene lanterns -- to solar-LED...
IT Jobs Market Healthy, Particularly for Software Developers
Overall IT sector employment was estimated at 4,389,600 jobs as of June 30, and almost all categories within the IT sector recorded positive growth. Two reports focusing on the IT jobs market project...
Amazon UK says no Brexit hit to sales so far
LONDON Online retailer Amazon has not seen a dip in sales at its British business in the days after the country voted to leave the European Union, its UK boss said on Wednesday."Our sales are in line...
Why you should worry about intelligent machines
Giacomo Gambineri THEY started off by wounding our pride. Will AI end up taking our jobs – or even our lives? Twenty years ago, IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess – then seen as the gold standard...
Are You Prepared for an Automated Future?
Since the beginning of automated technology, some commentators have been in a panic about the loss of employment opportunities available to humans. Others have responded by pointing out that all this...
Apple has flirted with Hollywood before: analysis
Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, ran both Apple and Pixar at the same time.(Photo: Christophe Ena, AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Apple's dalliance with Hollywood and rumors of a studio play have circulated...
Microsoft Retreats in Smartphone Battle, 1,850 Jobs to Go
Microsoft Corp announced more big cuts to its smartphone business on Wednesday, just two years after it bought handset maker Nokia in an ill-fated attempt to take on market leaders Apple and Samsung....
Scientists Warn AI Can Be Dangerous as Well as Helpful to Humans
Artificial intelligence, or AI, no longer simply exists in science fiction movies and books. Scientists warn AI has and will continue to change almost every aspect of how people conduct business and live....
New Brunswick launches strategy to become a world leader in cybersecurity
Premier Brian Gallant says New Brunswick is the first province in the country to develop a comprehensive strategy on cybersecurity and cyber innovation.Gallant made the announcement at the University...
How Steve Jobs' death led Apple to make the Apple Watch
Why did Apple make the Apple Watch? Because it wanted to change the health-care system and make people healthier. At least, that's what analyst Tim Bajarin says in a Time magazine column about the Apple...
The jobs killer is coming
Truck drivers, cafe staff, petrol station attendants and others who rely on the roadside economy could find themselves unemployed. IT’S one of the most exciting technological advances on the horizon, but...
The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs
A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the...
Google Maps Already Tracks You; Now Other People Can, Too
Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. The location-monitoring...
Google’s Duo video chat app adds voice-only calls
Duo, Google's answer to Apple's FaceTime (and more recently, the mobile replacement for Google Hangouts) is getting a new, handy feature that takes the "video" out of "video calling."Audio calls are coming...
Android security updates will soon arrive much faster for all devices
Google has shared the results of its past year of stepping up Android security, showing not just how the mobile platform has cut down on malicious apps and other hazards, but its plan to roll out security...
More Google trouble: AT&T pulls non-search Google ads as concerns mount about hate content
AT&T joins other companies that have stepped back from Google, after an investigation from The Times of London found that ads for Mercedes-Benz and Marie Curie were running next to jihadist and neo-Nazi...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark