The phrase “nine to five” is becoming an anachronism.About half of all managers work more than 40 hours a week, according to a new survey from tax and consulting firm EY, and 39% report that their hours have increased in the past five years. Little wonder, then, that one-third of workers say it’s getting more difficult to balance work and life.The survey, which fielded opinions from 9,699 full-time employees in eight countries, raises some questions about the sustainability of the current pace of work, said Karyn Twaronite, who heads up diversity and inclusion efforts for EY and commissioned the study.
Ron Johnson, the former Apple retail chief who was ousted as J.C. Penney’s boss two years ago, is officially taking the wraps off his new startup that aims to bring a personal touch to online retail.The company, Enjoy Technology, on Wednesday will begin selling high-end consumer electronics – smartphones, laptops, speakers, tablets and even drones – on its website, GoEnjoy.com, but with a twist. Johnson said Enjoy will provide a personal-delivery and in-home setup service that comes at no added cost to customers. Think Best Buy’s Geek Squad for the online generation.
iPhone Maker’s Robot Turns Its Hand to Noodles: A robot created by Foxconn is becoming a celebrity in north China’s Shanxi Province, where it cuts traditional noodles. Photo: Menglin Huang/The Wall Street JournalFour years ago, Foxconn founder Terry Gou envisaged an army of one million robots would now be working the assembly lines at the world’s biggest contract electronics maker.Today the Taiwanese assembler of iPhones and iPads has around 50,000 automated employees and still has more than one million humans in its chain of Chinese factories.
The word of the day for Microsoft is: platform. On Wednesday, CEO Satya Nadella and his lieutenants ran through a nearly three-hour keynote presentation to kick off the company’s annual Build developer conference in San Francisco, and no word came from executive lips more often than “platform.”Nadella called Microsoft a platform company. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems, only referred to Windows 10 as a platform. Microsoft Azure, a cloud service to build and deploy apps on? Yes, it’s also a platform. HoloLens, Microsoft’s augmented reality headset, which runs Windows 10, was even positioned as a platform that’ll define the future of how we interact with computers—taking on both wearables and virtual reality at once.
Facebook Inc. doesn’t yet have an intelligent assistant, like the iPhone’s Siri. But the social-networking company says it’s aiming higher, in what has become one of the biggest battles raging between Silicon Valley’s behemoths: How to commercialize artificial intelligence.The once-niche field is aimed at figuring out how computers can make decisions on a level approaching that of human intelligence. Apple Inc.’s Siri, Microsoft Corp.MSFT -1.33%’s Cortana and Google Inc.GOOGL -1.77%’s Google Now are all early manifestations. They are voice-recognition services that act as personal assistants on devices, helping users search for information–like finding directions or rating nearby restaurants. Both “learn” from their users, adapting to accents, for instance, and learning from previous searches about users’ preferences.
A study tying the aging process to the deterioration of tightly packaged bundles of cellular DNA could lead to methods of preventing and treating age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, experts say.
With the help of modern brain scanning technology, scientists have begun methodically mapping the brain by asking people to perform tasks or inducing experiences in a scanning machine and recording brain activity to see which regions are active. Now, such research is rising above the mundane.
Millennial generation and young parents hit the hardest by demands of career and family life.A third of full-time employees globally find it more difficult to manage work- life in the last five years, revealed a new survey by EY.Approximately half (46%) of managers globally are working more than 40- hour weeks, and four in 10 say their hours have increased over the past five years, the survey found.While women are more often seen making sacrifices in their careers to spend time with family, the survey revealed a different reality in the US.
Most people are naturally adept at reading facial expressions — from smiling and frowning to brow-furrowing and eye-rolling — to tell what others are feeling. Now scientists have developed ultra-sensitive, wearable sensors that can do the same thing. Their technology could help robot developers make their machines more human.