Month: April 2020

Tesla to reduce price of standard range Model 3 in China – TechCrunch

Tesla said it will reduce the price of its standard range Model 3 vehicle in China to meet the government’s new eligibility requirements for subsidies.

This marks the second time this year that the automaker has reduced the price. Several months ago, the base version of China-made Model 3 was lowered by 9%.

Tesla has to cut the price of the vehicle to continue to qualify for government rebates on electric vehicles. The Chinese government instituted new regulations that require prices below 300,000 yuan for electric vehicles to qualify for subsidies.

The base price of the standard range Model 3 made in China is 323,800 yuan, or $45,754 before subsidies.

The price reduction will go into effect tomorrow in China, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a earnings call Wednesday. Musk, who didn’t provide a specific figure, said he is confident the vehicle will deliver a gross margin despite

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What makes developers happy? Contributing to open source

Commentary: One of the best things for your business and your developers is to encourage them to write open source software.

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Senior executives may not know much about open source, and that’s OK–or, it was. What they do know is that software is an increasingly critical component of their businesses–whatever those businesses may be–and that developers write that software. So let’s connect some dots.

Must-read developer content

SlashData recently surveyed over 16,000 developers to see what makes them tick… what they care about. The data is collected in SlashData’s State of the Developer Nation, though let me give you the tl;dr: 59% of developers contribute to open source software today. Why do they contribute? The top two reasons are: To improve coding skills and because they believe in open source.

Want to keep those developers happy and employed with you? Let them contribute.

SEE: How

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COVID-19: Summer internships aren’t going away, but they may look very different this year

The coronavirus quarantine has impacted US summer internships, which are instrumental in establishing a career after graduation.

Traditionally, coveted summer internships involve shadowing a seasoned professional mentor, guide, and liaison who introduces the intern to a professional environment. Internships apply the reality to concepts outlined in textbooks. With restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, remote work is the norm, so nearly all internships are, too.

COVID-19, and its communicable and potentially deadly characteristics still pose a safety concern that is reflected in the dramatic decline (52%), from March 9 to April 13 in internship opportunities, according to data from economic-research company Glassdoor. It reported the pandemic has had a near-instant impact on US internship hiring.

SEE: Coronavirus: Critical IT policies and tools every business needs (TechRepublic Premium)

Over the last two years, from April 2018 to April 2020, internships posted on Glassdoor declined 39%. From the March

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Can API vendors solve healthcare’s data woes? – TechCrunch

A functioning healthcare system depends on caregivers having the right data at the right time to make the right decision about what course of treatment a patient needs.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic and the acceleration of the consumer adoption of telemedicine, along with the fragmentation of care to a number of different low-cost providers, access to a patient’s medical records to get an accurate picture of their health becomes even more important.

Opening access to developers also could unlock new, integrated services that could give consumers a better window into their own health and consumer product companies opportunities to develop new tools to improve health.

While hospitals, urgent care facilities and health systems have stored patient records electronically for years thanks to laws passed under the Clinton administration, those records were difficult for patients themselves to access. The way the system has been historically structured has made

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Video analytics is a powerful tool, but make sure you do it right

Video analytics is costly and open to security and privacy risks, so be sure it’s right for your company before implementation.

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Video has established its role as an essential and mission-critical technology during the COVID-19 crisis. Its role has been substantiated with every video conference, virtual performance, tele-health appointment, and tele-learning session.

The expanding role of video in business has also paved the way for more big data analytics that operate on video and photographic data—with an end goal of delivering actionable, visual intelligence.

SEE: How to Choose the Right Video Analytics for Business, Operational, or Security Intelligence (TechRepublic download)

Among the industry use cases for video are hospital asset tracking; building, workspace and warehouse usage monitoring; thermal imagery for fever detection; methane gas leak monitoring; and health monitoring and counting of livestock. 

“From this video analysis, you can tell what people

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10 things you thought you knew about blockchain that are probably wrong

Not so long ago blockchain was being touted as the hyper-secure, single source of truth that would solve all manner of business problems. Some of that was overhyped.

Even though distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) have matured a lot over the past few years the promise of these technologies has far outpaced the reality of their adoption. 

According to a new Forrester research report, Blockchain In 2020: A CIO’s Guide To The 10 Most Prevalent Myths, the idea that mathematically immutable repositories of data and information would rapidly replace existing, trust-based models has not come to pass; nor will it anytime soon.

SEE: How blockchain will disrupt business: A special report (Free PDF) (TechRepublic)

There are many reasons listed in the report, said lead author Martha Bennett, a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, but, overall, there is just a lot of misunderstanding about what the technology can and

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