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DiDi, SoftBank to provide platform services for Japan taxi industry
With 2 million taxi drivers connected to the app, DiDi is now the world’s leading online platform for taxi-hailing. The focus is on taxi drivers and taxi operator firms because peer-to-peer ride services are not legal in Japan.
2/10/2018[1] US Congress set to vote to avert shutdown
Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, talking to reporters in between votes at the US Capitol in Washington , DC.

Senate – and rather than fisticuffs, his weapons of choice were obstinacy and the chamber’s weird rules.
2/10/2018[2] Featured Stock: Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT)
Hence the difference between Predicted EPS and Actual EPS reported is £0.02/share which shows an Earnings Surprise of 2.2 Percent. The Indiana-based Horizon Investment Services Llc has invested 1.15% in the stock. (NASDAQ:AMAT).

57,000 are owned by Bonness.
2/10/2018[3] Winter Olympics 2018: Lindsey Vonn reveals motivation behind her final Olympics
And then Vonn, Red Bull athlete, disappeared the Coke bottle next to her microphone on the dais. “It really depends on my knee”. But she chose to sit out the giant slalom, saying that her knee “is just not really in a place to do that”.
2/10/2018[4]

Terrorists attack army camp in Jammu and Kashmir
Three Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists barged into the JCO family quarters in the garrison of the 36 Army Brigade and opened fire. The terrorists entered quarters of a junior commissioning officer, Madan Lal Choudhar, an intelligence source said.
2/10/2018[5] Philadelphia needed this win
Anyhow, Frank’s had to answer to screaming Eagles fans since making these remarks, but credit him for sticking to his guns.

You just have to wonder if McDaniels will be held up to Belichickean standards if he does become his successor.
2/10/2018[6] Stranger spanks toddler in store check-out line, police say
Police were called to the scene by the child’s father, Logan Morris. “I told him, ‘Well, this isn’t Mexico'”. When police attempted to handcuff Martinez, he reportedly pulled away and refused to be taken into custody.
2/10/2018[7]

Opko Health Inc. (OPK) CEO Buys 50000 Shares of Stock
Hence the difference between Predicted EPS and Actual EPS reported is £0.01/share which shows an Earnings Surprise of 2.1 Percent. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that cover Opko Health.
2/10/2018[8] Mopar Preps 2019 Ram 1500 for Adventure
The brawny Mopar 1500 is created to give you an idea of what your Ram can look like with a healthy dose of factory accessories.

Mopar has some of those too, including black Katzkin leather upholstery for the seats embroidered with the Ram head logo.
2/10/2018[9] Alexis Sanchez exclusive: I joined Manchester United to win everything
A move to Manchester City collapsed in late August, forcing Alexis to remain at the Emirates Stadium as his contract continued to wind down.
2/10/2018[10] House vote ends overnight government shutdown
Paul said as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the bill would cost some £320 billion, mostly in the first year.

The latest politico pointing out just how much the Republican Party has changed under President Trump comes from the inside.
2/10/2018[11] Herbert shoots to lead at Perth golf event
Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, Lucas Herbert of Australia, Scot Grant Forrest and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat share third place on 7 under. Brett Rumford needed all his wisdom on a testing day at Lake Karrinyup. “It was just rough from the word go.
2/10/2018[12]

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) Director Purchases 10000 Shares of Stock
The transportation company reported £0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of £0.88 by £0.08. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of £65.35. (NASDAQ:PEP) rating on Friday, April 28.
2/10/2018[13] Nebraska hoops rejects boycott proposal
At a campus rally Wednesday, attended by Miles, some Nebraska students called for Kleve to be expelled from the university.

The players instead plan to make a video for the Rutgers game Saturday and wear T-shirts that say, “Hate will never win”.
2/10/2018[14]

Warren Gatland names unchanged facet as Wales put together to face England
England have given starts to Jonathan Joseph and Danny Care for their NatWest 6 Nations match against Wales on Saturday.

Italy have just two wins in 45 away games in the Six Nations , both those wins coming at Murrayfield.
2/10/2018[15]

References

  1. ^ DiDi, SoftBank to provide platform services for Japan taxi industry (alhubeco.com)
  2. ^ US Congress set to vote to avert shutdown (alhubeco.com)
  3. ^ Featured Stock: Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) (alhubeco.com)
  4. ^ Winter Olympics 2018: Lindsey Vonn reveals motivation behind her final Olympics (alhubeco.com)
  5. ^ Terrorists attack army camp in Jammu and Kashmir (alhubeco.com)
  6. ^ Philadelphia needed this win (alhubeco.com)
  7. ^ Stranger spanks toddler in store check-out line, police say (alhubeco.com)
  8. ^ Opko Health Inc. (OPK) CEO Buys 50000 Shares of Stock (alhubeco.com)
  9. ^ Mopar Preps 2019 Ram 1500 for Adventure (alhubeco.com)
  10. ^ Alexis Sanchez exclusive: I joined Manchester United to win everything (alhubeco.com)
  11. ^ House vote ends overnight government shutdown (alhubeco.com)
  12. ^ Herbert shoots to lead at Perth golf event (alhubeco.com)
  13. ^ Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) Director Purchases 10000 Shares of Stock (alhubeco.com)
  14. ^ Nebraska hoops rejects boycott proposal (alhubeco.com)
  15. ^ Warren Gatland names unchanged facet as Wales put together to face England (alhubeco.com)

The best DIY computer kits for 2018

The Raspberry Pi reignited interest in the DIY home computer market. Thanks to the little marvel there are now a wide range of kits and platforms available for users to assemble their own machines, ranging from budget boards up to more expensive complete kits that include keyboards, cables, batteries, and even robotic arms. Whether you’re looking for a project to tinker with, a chance to learn some coding skills, or just a gift for a curious kid, it can be hard to know where to begin – so we’ve done our best to break down what you can expect from the best DIY computer kits on the market.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Although it certainly wasn’t the first DIY computer kit, the Raspberry Pi has quickly become the most widely known platform thanks to a few key elements.

Firstly, it’s cheap; second, it’s British (although production was moved from Wales to China in order to meet demand); and third, it was adopted by schools all over the UK as an excellent way to teach basic programming and encourage kids to invent their own technical solutions to problems. The success of the Raspberry Pi has seen a huge range of projects spring up around the platform, with Raspberry Jams (user groups were people show off their ideas) occurring regularly around the country, and indeed the world.

There are dedicated magazines and books covering the kind of devices you can build, an excellent website[1] that has a variety of fun projects laid out and explained, and even a recent initiative called AstroPi which enabled code written on a Raspberry Pi to be taken into space and used on the International Space Station. Raspberry Pi uses it’s own operating system, called Raspbian, but can also run with flavours of Linux and even a slimmed down edition of Windows 10.

There are several variants of the Raspberry Pi available. The latest is the unbelievably cheap Pi Zero[2] (under GBP10/£10), but the most powerful – currently – is the Pi 3[3], which is around GBP30/£30.

Of course the Raspberry Pi is just a circuit board, so to do anything useful with it you’ll need a USB keyboard, mouse, monitor, and SD card to run the OS. While you can use any spares you have around the house, there are also full kits available.

As a starting point for DIY computing the Raspberry Pi, thanks to its widespread support and educational links, is an excellent place to begin. If you want to buy a Raspberry Pi along with a few vital accessories like a keyboard and HDMI cable, you might be best off looking at our guide to the best Raspberry Pi starter kits[4].

Arduino Uno

The best DIY computer kits for 2018

Long before Raspberry Pi was around Arduino was the place to go for do-it-yourself computing. The company began in 2005 when it released an open source platform which people could use to build a whole number of impressive devices.

From robots to security cameras, Arduino has been used in pretty much anything you can turn your mind towards. Due to recent internal disputes Arduino boards sold outside the US are now known as Genuino, but retain the same components and design. There is actually a wide range of boards available, such as the UNO (Rev3) that costs around GBP15/£15 and contains 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button.

You can buy more complex boards for advanced projects, such as the Mega 2560 (Rev 3) for GBP25/£25, and there is even a board for wearable projects if you want to build the next smartwatch or intelligent t-shirt.

A huge community of enthusiasts surrounds Arduino/Genuino and meet ups are found all around the world. It does have the feel of a more advanced product, with specialised uses catered for, so if you’re confident in your abilities then Arduino is the place to go.

Kano Computer Kit

The best DIY computer kits for 2018

The Kano is a DIY kit that uses a Raspberry Pi at its centre, but surrounds the device with beautifully designed peripherals that fit together to make a complete, small, PC. The idea came from a challenge to build a simple computer that was as fun as Lego.

Kano came up with the design, then released a Kickstarter project that became an instant success. The pack costs GBP139.99/£149.99 and features a Raspberry Pi 3, Bluetooth / USB RF keyboard with built in touchpad, external speaker, 8GB SD card, plastic case for the Pi, WiFi dongle, cables, books, and stickers.

The software is also excellent – not only does it feature an extensive range of tools to teach real coding skills, it also wraps a lot of them up into a videogame in which you explore the world inside the computer, which should help incentivise kids to keep on learning. While you can put together your own set for less money, the friendly, easy construction, and child-sized keyboard make this an excellent kit for the younger people on your life.

One of these under the Christmas tree will certainly be a welcome present for many children this year, and a few adults too. The company also offers kits to make your own screeninteractive light board[6] to expand the set.

BBC micro:bit go

The best DIY computer kits for 2018

Those of a certain age (and nationality) will remember the BBC Micro B, one of the first home computers in the UK, and one that many people started their PC adventures upon. Now, thirty years on, the BBC is once again looking to bring computing into the classroom with its micro:bit.

This tiny circuit board packs some impressive specs, with Bluetooth capabilities, an accelerometer, compass, two programmable buttons, and a grid of LEDs that are also controllable. The micro:bit can be programmed by a range of devices, from PCs to mobile phones, making it open to everyone that’s interested in making an electronic scoreboard, Bluetooth remote shutter button for a smartphone camera, or even a basic games machine.

You can buy the micro:bit board on its ownmicro:bit go kit[8], which only costs a tiny amount more but includes batteries, a battery holder, and a USB cable to help you get started.

FUZE powered by Raspberry Pi

The best DIY computer kits for 2018

Another Raspberry Pi-based system is FUZE. This titanic unit is a fully metal construction, with a full size keyboard, chunky body, and all powered by an included Raspberry Pi – though you can now get a separate model with the slightly more powerful Asus Tinker Board[9] instead.

The look is very reminiscent of early home computers from the ’80s, and with its focus on teaching children programming, starting with FUZE BASIC, the comparisons to BBC Micro B and Acorn Electron models are justified. The kit also comes with a box of electronic components and a ‘breadboard’ on which to mount them. This allows children, or indeed adults, to build simple electronic devices and control them via programs written on the unit.

The included, and very detailed, project guides and programming manual make the process a lot easier, enabling users to create things quite quickly.

All of this doesn’t come cheap, as the standard FUZE model[10] costs a not inconsiderable GBP129.99, but if you’re going to spend that kind of money then we recommend adding an additional chunk of cash and buying the model that comes with a programmable robot arm[11]. Yes it’s GBP189.99, but come on. A robot arm.

If that doesn’t get kids interested in programming, nothing will. The Fuze is only sold in the UK, but you can always get it shipped abroad if you live elsewhere.

BeagleBone Black

The best DIY computer kits for 2018

If you prefer to use Linux or Android on your device then the Beaglebone Black is an interesting choice. The small board is inexpensive and comes loaded with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB of 8-bit eMMC on-board flash storage, a 3D graphics accelerator, plus USB, ethernet, and HDMI ports.

It runs on a range of operating systems, with Android 4.0 supported, alongside Ubuntu, Debian, and others.

When connected to your PC the Beaglebone is recognised as a standard flash drive, and you can access the unloaded files that link to online tutorials about how to use the device and projects you might want to attempt.

BeagleBone also makes several other boards, varying in complexity and capability, while the user base is growing, meaning there are plenty of people to help you if you get stuck.

The BeagleBone Black is a very tempting unit for those who want to push things a little further than your standard Raspberry Pi.

References

  1. ^ excellent website (www.raspberrypi.org)
  2. ^ Pi Zero (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Pi 3 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ best Raspberry Pi starter kits (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  5. make your own screen (www.amazon.co.uk)
  6. interactive light board (www.amazon.co.uk)
  7. buy the micro:bit board on its own (www.amazon.co.uk)
  8. micro:bit go kit (www.amazon.co.uk)
  9. ^ separate model with the slightly more powerful Asus Tinker Board (www.fuze.co.uk)
  10. ^ standard FUZE model (www.fuze.co.uk)
  11. ^ model that comes with a programmable robot arm (www.fuze.co.uk)

TalkTalk to invest to help build 3 million full fibre premises

Another week another three million premises of full fibre has been announced this time by TalkTalk as a key part of its latest financial results. The location of the three million homes and businesses is unknown as are any time scales for when they will reach the 3 million target, but we presume its a lot faster build rate than the expansion from 14,000 to 54,000 premises in York which is set to finish in 2020. The new build involves setting up an indepedent company with Infracapital who are an equity investment arm of M&G Prudential, with TalkTalk operating as a founding wholesale customer and funding of 20%.

The immediate effect of this is that the dividend is temporarily reduced as an initial GBP200m is raised and as we guess a sign of commitment the Executive Chairman and other Directors are to contribute up to GBP40m. No contracts appear to have been signed but what is described as ‘heads of terms’, which in non city speak means things have been agreed in principle. Of course more full fibre is welcome news, and this new rush has been many years in coming and for those saying rule changes and other factors are the reason why, while they may have a part to play, the fact that superfast roll-outs are almost over in the urban areas of the UK and as TV viewing as emerged as the killer app broadband operators are keen to roll-out networks that should provide a TV platform as reliable or more reliable than the existing cable TV network and while the broadband is unlikely to be a big source of profit for many years, the profits in the short to medium term will come from selling access to movies and boxsets.

Another factor is that the revenue from telephone calls has vanished and from 2006 onwards the profit was not the broadband but from the call revenue. What is most interesting is that the York full fibre trail was in partnership with CityFibre, but this latest announcement does not mention them and means that while the Gigabit City labels of CityFibre give a clue as to where Vodafone is likely to go with its 1 million premises, there are no clues for the TalkTalk roll-out. By creating this new venture it also makes it easier to be acquired and the equity investors to get their return once the full fibre market starts to merge, this might be a decade away but the experience from the cable franchise market suggests we will reach that point eventually.

After more than two years wasted by many operators who were campaigning for the full seperation of Openreach from the BT Group, we are now looking at a situtation where the only major broadband retailer outside BT Consumer who is not embarking on their own full fibre roll-out is Sky and thus we are looking at a scenario where Openreach is regulated heavily but only has 1 or 2 major wholesale customers, while competitors have masses more freedom to do as they wish, either operating vertically integrated networks or wholesale services on their own terms. One almost thinks that the campaign for a split was more about limiting what Openreach can do to respond to these networks rather than creating a services that would be attractive to retailers. We predict that if Sky announces a full fibre build or intent to be a big customer for one of the competing networks that BT will be looking for lots of rule changes in the areas the new networks are emerging, e.g. full commercial freedom in areas where cable and a full fibre operator are present.

Predicting the coverage levels for full fibre broadband across the UK is becoming impossible now as we expect there to be massive overlaps, but the danger with the overlaps is that the nimby factor will have some residents blockading the second or third operator to bring their trenching machines and fibre down their street. To some extent there is already a steady trickle of complaints over the Virgin Media expansion and in some areas where full width re-instatement is insisted upon expansion may stop in some areas. For any public funded roll-outs in procurement in 2018, e.g.

Wales and Scotland the indicators are very much that if there is not a high proportion of full fibre involved the procurement could be described as a failure.

We strongly welcome this commitment by Talk Talk to take full fibre broadband to 3 million homes and businesses in the UK. This investment will make significant strides in giving Britain the connectivity we need to be fit for the future. It’s fantastic to see Talk Talk stepping up to the plate – we want a healthy, vibrant, competitive next generation broadband market and are working hard to deliver the investment and good jobs that comes with it.

DCMS Secretary of State Matt Hancock

Back to the TalkTalk of today and its Q3 financial year 2017 results, their added some 37,000 on-net customers during the quarter, which is the fourth quarter of growth after a turbulent period and the fixed low price plan (FLPP) means that they have 1.8 million customers in contract (61% of the retail customers) and people are fixing their prices for longer periods 18 and 24 months, rather than the shorter 12 month. This is not that surprising as wage growth for many is still a dream and fixing the cost of utility bills helps with budgeting and a Friday night in with a boxset binge is vastly cheaper than a night out. The VDSL2 (FTTC) services are growing with 89,000 additions in the quarter and for customers joining TalkTalk 40% of new customers take a fibre based service.

There will be a few York FTTP customers but no specific numbers are given other than to say customer satisfaction is high and churn levels are minimal, given how good FTTP is meant to be one would hope for zero churn levels, but the network does overlap in places with other superfast and ultrafast options so it does have price and bundle competition.

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