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Eyeing China, House 5G Caucus leaders re-introduce bill on wireless standards

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Eyeing China, House 5G Caucus leaders re-introduce bill on wireless standards May 5, 2021 at 11:44 AM Tweet Co-chairs of the House 5G Caucus on Wednesday re-introduced a bill on wireless standards-settings they say will help the U.S. counter China. Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) re-upped the “Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act,” which was crafted to push back against competitors like China and Russia in the development of wireless standards. “If the United States doesn’t lead on 5G and related wireless technology, someone else – likely China –...

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eBay To Pursue Crypto Payment Options And Introduce NFTs

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eBay To Pursue Crypto Payment Options And Introduce NFTs May 5, 2021 eBay To Pursue Crypto Payment Options And Introduce NFTs May 5, 2021
eBay , the major online marketplace, has announced that it will be pursuing crypto payment options for its customers along with exploring ways to introduce nonfungible tokens ( NFTs ) on the platform.
Jamie Iannone, the CEO of eBay, said that the company will “continue to look” at payment options like crypto. He added that eBay will be “exploring opportunities” to enable NFTs on the platform “in an easy way,” comparing the digital offerings to collectibles.
He said:
“One of the great things about eBay is when there’s a new trend, it just shows up on eBay. That’s what we’re seeing in areas like NFT, which we’re looking at how can we explore that better.”
the CEO said parts of NFTs were “already transacting” on the platform now but eBay had not yet simplified the process for buyers and sellers. Some users are also able to list Bitcoin (BTC) for sale on the platform seemingly without eBay specifically sanctioning such auctions. ALSO READ : Polkadot Plans To Run Final Denomination Of Its Native DOT Token With Real DOTS eBay may accept crypto soon! CEO Jamie Iannone said the company is exploring payment options like crypto with an eye for NFTs. Is this the next major wave of adoption? https://t.co/aH8Pi21Xoo 4, 2021
However, executives at the online marketplace have previously hinted that eBay could be open to accepting crypto payments. Three years ago, a senior vice president at the firm said eBay was “seriously considering” integrating BTC into its platform as a payment method.
The platform also partnered with PayPal to facilitate payments prior to the payments provider announcing it would allow crypto trading last year.
Thus, the firm is slowly transitioning from using PayPal to e-commerce firm Adyen. As of the first quarter of 2021, eBay has around 187 million active buyers.
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eBay To Pursue Crypto Payment Options And Introduce NFTs

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eBay To Pursue Crypto Payment Options And Introduce NFTs May 5, 2021 eBay To Pursue Crypto Payment Options And Introduce NFTs May 5, 2021
eBay , the major online marketplace, has announced that it will be pursuing crypto payment options for its customers along with exploring ways to introduce nonfungible tokens ( NFTs ) on the platform.
Jamie Iannone, the CEO of eBay, said that the company will “continue to look” at payment options like crypto. He added that eBay will be “exploring opportunities” to enable NFTs on the platform “in an easy way,” comparing the digital offerings to collectibles.
He said:
“One of the great things about eBay is when there’s a new trend, it just shows up on eBay. That’s what we’re seeing in areas like NFT, which we’re looking at how can we explore that better.”
the CEO said parts of NFTs were “already transacting” on the platform now but eBay had not yet simplified the process for buyers and sellers. Some users are also able to list Bitcoin (BTC) for sale on the platform seemingly without eBay specifically sanctioning such auctions. ALSO READ : Polkadot Plans To Run Final Denomination Of Its Native DOT Token With Real DOTS eBay may accept crypto soon! CEO Jamie Iannone said the company is exploring payment options like crypto with an eye for NFTs. Is this the next major wave of adoption? https://t.co/aH8Pi21Xoo 4, 2021
However, executives at the online marketplace have previously hinted that eBay could be open to accepting crypto payments. Three years ago, a senior vice president at the firm said eBay was “seriously considering” integrating BTC into its platform as a payment method.
The platform also partnered with PayPal to facilitate payments prior to the payments provider announcing it would allow crypto trading last year.
Thus, the firm is slowly transitioning from using PayPal to e-commerce firm Adyen. As of the first quarter of 2021, eBay has around 187 million active buyers.
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Maybank Lazada Promo Code 20% Off (Maximum RM20 Discount) 12 13 December 2016

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#1 Maybank Malaysia Lazada Promo Code for 20% Discount Missed out the #Lazada online sale last November? Don’t worry, its coming back on the 12 December 2016! Save the date and remember to key-in this promo code: 20M2UOR when you checkout via #Maybank2u to get 20% OFF! #M2U LAZADA Malaysia Online Revolution Discount Code LAZADA - Online Revolution is set again to urge shoppers to participate in the grandest online sale in Malaysia of the year: the 12/12 Online Revolution. Starting December 12 at 12 midnight, online shoppers may take advantage of the many hot deals and hourly flash sales when they visit the LAZADA website or use the LAZADA Mobile App.
Remember to key in the Promo Code: 20M2UOR to get 20% off and ‘checkout' with Maybank2u.
Visit www.lazada.com.my/online-revolution to find out more Maybank Lazada Discount Promo Code Terms & Conditions Discount code is valid only on 12 & 13 December 2016. 20% discount is applicable with a maximum discount value of RM20 upon checkout. Discount is applicable on the Lazada website, mobile web and application User must sign up for Lazada account to redeem discount. Discount is applicable for one (1) time redemption per Lazada account. Discount is not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotions. Product exclusions may apply. No cash alternatives or refund will be offered in lieu of promotion entitlement. Discount cannot be combined and accumulated. Lazada reserves the right to alter, cancel, terminate or suspend the promotion any part thereof or any part of the applicable terms & conditions from time to time, with or without any prior notice. Contact our customer service hotline at 03-86011888 to report any issues pertaining to the usage of this discount.

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Maybank Lazada Promo Code 20% Off (Maximum RM20 Discount) 12 13 December 2016

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#1 Maybank Malaysia Lazada Promo Code for 20% Discount Missed out the #Lazada online sale last November? Don’t worry, its coming back on the 12 December 2016! Save the date and remember to key-in this promo code: 20M2UOR when you checkout via #Maybank2u to get 20% OFF! #M2U LAZADA Malaysia Online Revolution Discount Code LAZADA - Online Revolution is set again to urge shoppers to participate in the grandest online sale in Malaysia of the year: the 12/12 Online Revolution. Starting December 12 at 12 midnight, online shoppers may take advantage of the many hot deals and hourly flash sales when they visit the LAZADA website or use the LAZADA Mobile App.
Remember to key in the Promo Code: 20M2UOR to get 20% off and ‘checkout' with Maybank2u.
Visit www.lazada.com.my/online-revolution to find out more Maybank Lazada Discount Promo Code Terms & Conditions Discount code is valid only on 12 & 13 December 2016. 20% discount is applicable with a maximum discount value of RM20 upon checkout. Discount is applicable on the Lazada website, mobile web and application User must sign up for Lazada account to redeem discount. Discount is applicable for one (1) time redemption per Lazada account. Discount is not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotions. Product exclusions may apply. No cash alternatives or refund will be offered in lieu of promotion entitlement. Discount cannot be combined and accumulated. Lazada reserves the right to alter, cancel, terminate or suspend the promotion any part thereof or any part of the applicable terms & conditions from time to time, with or without any prior notice. Contact our customer service hotline at 03-86011888 to report any issues pertaining to the usage of this discount.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G 128GB $754.11 Delivered ($737.35 eBay Plus) @ Allphones eBay

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Basically no warranty, and the seller is less reputable than Allphones/Mobileciti.
But you do get dual sim and save $40 or so, if you want to risk it/really needed dual sim. LoungeLizard on 05/05/2021 - 17:16
Warranty, hassle of dealing with a smaller retailer, some functions (banking) or frequency bands may be not be available. Unless dual sim is critical for ~$40 difference I would rather take a local phone.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G 128GB $754.11 Delivered ($737.35 eBay Plus) @ Allphones eBay

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Basically no warranty, and the seller is less reputable than Allphones/Mobileciti.
But you do get dual sim and save $40 or so, if you want to risk it/really needed dual sim. LoungeLizard on 05/05/2021 - 17:16
Warranty, hassle of dealing with a smaller retailer, some functions (banking) or frequency bands may be not be available. Unless dual sim is critical for ~$40 difference I would rather take a local phone.

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5 May 2021: Billion 5.5 Sale on Shopee

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5 May 2021: Billion 5.5 Sale on Shopee Billion Malaysia is having their 5.5 Sale on Shopee . Enjoy Great deals Amazing discounts and many more. Let’s add in to our cart! Start from [email protected]! 1st come 1st grab it! Visit Billion store on Shopee now: Date: 5th May 2021 Avaialble at: Shopee Malaysia Online
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U.S. Commerce Dept. presses Taiwan for more chips to automakers Netscape Gadgets & Tech

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department is pressing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd and other Taiwanese firms to prioritise the needs of U.S. automakers to ease chip shortages in the near term, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said. Raimondo told a Council of the Americas event on Tuesday that longer term, increased investment was needed to produce more semiconductors in the United States and that other critical supply chains needed re-shoring, including to allied countries.
"We're working hard to see if we can get the Taiwanese and TSMC, which is a big company there, to, you know, prioritize the needs of our auto companies since there's so many American jobs on the line," Raimondo said in response to a question from a General Motors Co executive.
"As I said, there's not a day goes by that we don't push on that," she said, adding the medium- and long-term solution would be "simply making more chips in America."
On Wednesday, TSMC said that tackling the shortage remained its top priority.
"TSMC has been working with all parties to alleviate the automotive chip supply shortage, we understand it is a shared concern of the worldwide automotive industry," it said in a statement to Reuters.
Last month, Chief Executive C C Wei said TSMC had worked with customers since January to reallocate more capacity to support the auto industry, but the shortage worsened due to a snowstorm in Texas and a fab manufacturing disruption in Japan.
Wei expected the chip shortage for the firm's auto clients to be greatly reduced from the next quarter.
Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua told lawmakers in Taipei that many countries had sought help from the government and TSMC.
"However, TSMC has a commercial mechanism and must comply with commercial norms," she said on Wednesday, without elaborating.
The Commerce Department plans a meeting with automakers next week on the chip shortage issue, said officials briefed on the matter. A Commerce Department spokesman declined to comment.
United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar said in written testimony for a U.S. House hearing on Wednesday that the chip shortage had brought layoffs of "tens of thousands of workers."
He added, "Clearly, we need to bolster domestic production of automotive-quality semiconductors."
Last week, Ford Motor Co warned the chip shortage might slash second-quarter production by half, costing it about $2.5 billion and about 1.1 million units of lost production in 2021.
On Friday, GM said it would extend production halts at several North American factories because of the shortage.
On April 12, President Joe Biden convened semiconductor and auto industry executives to discuss solutions to the crisis. He backs $50 billion to support U.S. chip making and research.
(Reporting by David Lawder and David Shepardson in Washington; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard, Yimou Lee and Jeanny Kao in Taipei; Editing by Stephen Coates and Clarence Fernandez)

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Digital twin helps speed concrete casting in Hong Kong

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You are here: Innovative Thinking Digital twin helps speed concrete casting in Hong Kong 05 May, 2021 By Jackie Whitelaw
Evolution of a concrete “digital twin” combining sensors that detect curing rates with building information modelling has allowed one Hong Kong contractor to strike its pours 38% faster.
Covid-19 is regarded as the cause of an accelerated uptake of technology worldwide. And that is certainly the case in Hong Kong where in the last six months the construction industry has adopted a purely technical solution for determining concrete integrity by using sensors instead of crushing cubes.
The next step, described as a world first by Gammon Construction and construction technology pioneer Converge, has been to integrate sensors and building information modelling (BIM) via the new Converge ConcreteDNA Pro system. The technology creates a digital twin of concreting on site, offering real time visibility of pours, curing rates and productivity. Innovation versus labour shortages
Hong Kong’s £30bn a year construction sector has had impetus to adopt innovation well before the pandemic following publication of the government’s Construction 2.0 – Time to Change policy in September 2018. The policy’s launch was a signal to the Hong Kong construction sector that innovation and new technology had to be embraced to counteract labour shortages and to improve productivity.
Converge’s sensors have been in use around the world for the last four years including in Hong Kong on the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok bridge and in London at City Airport.
For these projects, the sensors were cable tied to reinforcement in concrete frames and floor slabs and measured compressive strength of the concrete as it cured. Site engineers then collected the data via handheld devices.
But in the latest ConcreteDNA Pro iteration being used at Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) by Gammon Construction, the hardware uses a new cellular gateway dubbed the Signal Live Hub. This automatically transmits sensor data to the cloud in real time so no manual data collection is required.
The sensors give you confidence to strike the slabs earlier than you would with cubes
The real time sensor data links to a BIM model of the AMC concreting programme that is available on the ConcreteDNA platform and, along with added artificial intelligence-based predictions that are part of the package, creates a digital twin.
“We’ve gathered data from tens of thousands of sensors from several hundred projects in the past which has allowed us to create algorithms that predict when concrete will be up to strength so contractors can programme future pours,” says Converge chief executive officer Raphael Scheps.
ConcreteDNA Pro introduces concrete performance and temperature differential analytics to the platform which means project teams can track and ensure concrete is meeting expected standards, he says. Monitoring with BIM
“In the BIM model, pours are colour coded. We can see them developing strength, can see in real time what is done and not done, create average floor to floor cycle times, assess performance of different types of mix, compare progress on different days of the week or of different gangs and how close we are to hitting key milestones,” says Gammon executive director and chief technical officer Paul Evans.
“For me, this is all about generating productivity improvement. The sensors give you confidence to strike the slabs earlier than you would with cubes – up to 38% earlier, we have found.”
Gammon building director Sammy Lai can also see the benefits. “The AMC project team collects much less manual data from each pour, saving considerable manpower and avoiding potential human error. The curing predictions and notifications that a pour has reached the required strength also means the right people get to the right place at the right time,” he says.
“The contextual information for curing predictions has allowed our team to coordinate better, allocate resources more efficiently and mitigate project risks by planning ahead with better 4D oversight.”
There are also benefits in terms of carbon reduction. Gammon saved over 110t of concrete waste by not having to test approximately 14,000 cubes on the AMC project.
“Construction produces 11% of the world’s carbon emissions and 7% of the global total is from cement,” says Scheps. “Eating away at that is a real target for data and our sensors.”
With ConcreteDNA Pro we can bend the cost curve in favour of green [solutions] by reducing cost and raising productivity
Gammon and Converge can also see potential to use the data provided by the sensors and ever refined artificial intelligence to take mix design to the next level.
The goal is to reduce cement content in the concrete, again with an eye on emissions. That means looking at the mixes themselves to see how much cement is really needed and cut out any overdesign which will translate directly to reduced carbon cost, while opening opportunities to use less carbon intensive cement substitutes.
“There is usually a downside to greener, cement-free concrete because you lose productivity as it takes longer to reach strength. With ConcreteDNA Pro we can bend the cost curve in favour of green [solutions] by reducing cost and raising productivity,” Evans says.
Next steps involve enlarging the scope of the sensor technology and the digital twin. Delivery tracking
“As Hong Kong switches to more modularisation and design for manufacture under Construction 2.0, we will be working with Converge through our Digital G digital business to use sensors as part of the logistics set up, tracking prefabricated units through manufacture to delivery and installation on site,” Evans says. “We are still in the early days of collecting data on logistics but even now we are getting benchmarks to build into future tenders.
“We’ll also want to put in sensors to track structural stability, measuring tilt, movement, vibration and load. The vision is to optimise concreting, which links to logistics. That links to site productivity rates and then structural performance.
“At the moment we’ve got some challenges – Wi-Fi on site is variable, for instance, but that will change over the next couple of years. And the sensor batteries last for around three years. If we want to create a full digital twin with data being collected when the buildings are in use, they will need a much longer life.”
The next few years will require a culture change in construction, Scheps and Evans predict. “We have got to stop thinking like contractors. We’ll be logistics specialists for up to 70% of the time and we’ll need people who can interpret data to sharpen our abilities,” Evans believes.
The partnership with Converge has helped put Gammon on that path. As Gammon chief executive Thomas Ho says: “ConcreteDNA Pro has really enabled us to take strides in evolving our processes for the future of construction.”

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