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NHS accused of fiddling A&E figures to downplay extent of crisis 

“The changes, following instructions in October, mean some trusts appear to have made dramatic improvements in A&E performance, when in fact their waits are just as long” writes Laura Donnelly for telegraph.co.uk. The UK Statistics Authority has written to health officials demanding explanations about the way performance against a target to treat A&E patients within four hours is being recorded.It has highlighted a letter from watchdogs NHS Improvement which told trusts to start including statistics from local walk-in centres – even if they were not run by the hospital, or…

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Dow stock Nike is testing a key level, and it could be very bullish

“Nike shares surged 4.8 percent on Friday, settling at $67.21, in its best one-day performance since November 2015” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Nike’s stock performance since last summer has Maley feeling more bullish in its prospects for 2018.The stock then rallied back to $60 and exceeded it, a key breakout level in its performance.Nike shares have not fallen below $60 since Dec. 1.Analysts surveyed by FactSet have an average $66.40 price target on Nike shares, roughly 0.7 percent below current levels. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Wall Street traders brace for meager bonus checks

“While $0 bonus checks are still relatively rare, Wall Street banks are trying hard to keep a lid on compensation costs more broadly” reports foxbusiness.com. Some traders at the largest Wall Street banks are about to get big, fat zeroes for bonuses while they watch markets thrive. “We foresee a softening in the bonuses at the Wall Street banks,” he said.The big five Wall Street banks – JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley – reported an average revenue decline of 32 percent for…

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Some Wall Street traders are about to get big, fat zeroes for bonuses

“Some traders at the largest Wall Street banks are about to get big, fat zeroes for bonuses while they watch markets thrive” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. “We foresee a softening in the bonuses at the Wall Street banks,” he said.While $0 bonus checks are still relatively rare, Wall Street banks are trying hard to keep a lid on compensation costs more broadly.The big five Wall Street banks – JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley – reported an average revenue decline of 32 percent for…

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An Italian antitrust agency opened an investigation into allegations that Apple and Samsung used software updates to slow phones

“The watchdog said in a statement that the two companies had not told clients that the updates might have a negative impact on the performance of their phones” writes Reuters Staff for businessinsider.com. Lawsuits have been filed against Apple in California, New York and Illinois alleging the company defrauded users by slowing down devices without warning. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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These companies are most exposed to Meltdown, Spectre breaches

“Intel has a target on its back and is of the most concern when it comes to both Spectre and Meltdown security attacks” writes Ryan Shrout for marketwatch.com. For the second variant of Spectre, AMD claimed “near-zero” risk to its customers.Google, Amazon, and Microsoft all need worry about their cloud-based virtualized service markets and the potential for performance degradation that the patches for Spectre and Meltdown may cause. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Songs We Love: August Greene, ‘Optimistic’

“The second moment was that pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Karriem Riggins, both of whom produced “Letter,”closed the performance by sneaking in a small J Dilla tribute” reports npr.org. Looking back on Common’s gripping Tiny Desk performance at the White House in 2016, I recall a couple of prophetic moments.Months after that confession, he would win his first Emmy for his performance of the song “Letter To The Free.”.  Source: npr.org Share This:

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Here’s how Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown patch affects server CPUs

“Looking at the new benchmarks Intel shared today, the same is true on the data center side of things” reports slashgear.com. The good news is that for most tasks, Intel’s data center benchmarks don’t show a very big hit to performance.Last week, Intel shared initial benchmarks for its Spectre and Meltdown patch for recent consumer-focused Core i7 CPUs.Those benchmarks showed us the average performance hit we could expect when doing various tasks, with some tasks suffering a larger performance drop than others. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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Apple Is About to Introduce an iPhone Feature It Doesn’t Want You to Use

“The interview also delved into the battery controversy, which hit last month when it emerged that Apple (aapl) was artificially degrading the performance of certain older iPhone models” writes David Meyer for fortune.com. Apple will allow iPhone users to switch off the performance reductions that the company has introduced in the last year to counteract the effects of ageing batteries, Tim Cook has said. Source: fortune.com Share This:

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: You’ll Be Able To Turn Off CPU Throttling In Future iOS Update

“Last month, Apple officially acknowledged that its iOS version 10.2.1 introduced unexpected power management options” writes John Diente for techtimes.com. However, the user will have the option proceed or to turn off the power management profile.Alongside the battery monitoring tool, iPhone users will have the option to turn off the built-in power management controller. Source: techtimes.com Share This:

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