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That’s why Apple will also produce the iPhone 14 in India in the future


Apple wants to increasingly produce its iPhone 14 in India in the future. The US group is thus introducing a fundamental change in strategy. The company’s primary goal is to reduce dependence on China as a production location.

Apple has started production of its iPhone 14 in India. This is the first time that the US group is producing a new model series locally in the second largest smartphone market in the world. A company spokesman confirmed this to the news agency Associated Press (AP):

The new iPhone 14 introduces groundbreaking new technologies and key security features. We are proud to produce the iPhone 14 in India

iPhone 14: Apple wants to increasingly relocate production

Citing a report by US bank JP Morgan, Apple plans to shift five percent of its iPhone 14 production to India this year, according to AP. According to the analysts, it should be 25 percent by 2025. In addition, it can be assumed that this applies to the entire product range.

Instead of five percent, Apple wants to produce around 25 percent of all its products in India by 2025. Analyst Sanyam Chaurasia said:

Apple has been trying to diversify its supply chain for some time, but those efforts have increased over the past two years because of US-China trade sanctions.

Apple wants to reduce dependence on China

Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 is to be delivered in India by the assembly company Foxconn. Increasing outsourcing of production could also lower the prices of the devices in India. Most iPhones and iPads are still manufactured by contractors in China.

However, China, as the world’s largest smartphone market, has not been a good place for Apple so far, as the US group has not been able to keep up with the prices of its local competitors. The company has therefore been considering relocating its production for several years.

Change of strategy due to supply bottlenecks and geopolitical tensions

The main reasons for Apple’s change in strategy are geopolitical tensions between China and the USA and supply bottlenecks. Due to the Chinese measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple’s production in China has recently come to a standstill.

While the iPhone maker has yet to reveal details about its new course, the company is also said to be planning to move iPad and wireless headset assembly to Vietnam.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/09/27/apple-iphone-14-indien-statt-china/

Could too many electric cars overload the power grid?


Researchers have investigated the extent to which charging electric cars affects the power grid. Night-time charging in particular can overload the networks. A rethink seems necessary.

In the coming years, a radical change will begin in one industry in particular: we are talking about the automotive industry. Because more and more people are switching to electric vehicles and are thus making a valuable contribution to environmental protection. We hardly have any other choice, as many countries will ban combustion engines completely in the next 20 years.

But electromobility also harbors risks. Because when it comes to security of supply, millions of e-cars could throw the power grid out of sync. One reason is that owners often charge their electric cars at night – at a time when electricity from sustainable sources is hardly available.

Electric cars: Overnight charging could overload the power grid

Researchers have also recognized this. However, a new study led by researcher Siobhan Powell from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich also raises hope. But what could a world look like in 2035? At least in the USA, around 50 percent of all car owners could then own an electric car. With this information, the researchers fed an algorithm to simulate the effects on the power grid.

Should it come to that, nighttime electricity demand is likely to increase by around 25 percent. This is usually not a problem for a modern power grid, but it involves significant costs. Because there is a lot of solar energy available during the day compared to the night. However, if demand skyrockets at night, it has to be stored in expensive batteries during the day.

E-cars: Intelligent charging can reduce costs

If the power grid and charging behavior are optimized so that many people charge during the day, savings of between 700 million and 1.5 billion US dollars could be achieved. According to the researchers, however, there are no power outages to be feared either during the day or at night.

Nevertheless, the results make it clear how important an intelligent power grid is. On the one hand, there are the vehicle owners, who will be able to charge more during the day due to home office and mobile work. On the other hand, a power grid with different types of power storage is required. Then electric mobility should not only be sustainable, but also cheaper.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/09/28/elektroauto-ladevorgang/

Agile working with Jira made easy II


Some time ago – over lunch with work colleagues – we were talking about project management. A colleague told me that they are currently using the Scrum method with Jira in a project. Unfortunately, she was disappointed with the tool because she could not see the hoped-for success. As our conversation continued, it turned out that her team didn’t exactly know how to use Scrum in Jira and I gave her helpful tips that have moved her project forward. We would like to share these tips with you in our blog posts and webinars.

If you are reading this blog article, I assume that you are considering setting up a Scrum project with Jira. This article is intended to help both people who have already gained experience with Scrum and those who are hearing about Scrum for the first time. So first some information about the method itself.

Scrum is an agile method that can be a blessing or a curse. This depends on how much you know about the pillars and values ​​of Scrum and how you apply them.

When you start a new project, there is a good chance that the words Agile, Scrum and Jira will be thrown around. But how do these terms fit together and how can they be distinguished from one another?

This graphic shows the connection between Agile work, Scrum and Jira. Agile working represents the concept, Scrum is the method to put the concept into practice and Jira is the tool with which the method and its users are technically supported and their work should be made more efficient.

Fig. 1. The connection between Agile work, Scrum and Jira (Source: Vanessa Schreuder and Gresa Nuredini, CONET)

Now that we’ve clarified the connection between these three, let’s dive deeper into Scrum. But if you are also interested in learning more about Jira and agile working, you are welcome to read our previous blog article on this topic: Agile working made easy with Jira.

To achieve successful outcomes, we need to understand the pillars and values ​​of Scrum. These are shown in the figure below.

Fig. 2: The three pillars of Scrum are Adaptation, Transparency, and Inspection (Source: Vanessa Schreuder and Gresa Nuredini, CONET)

Adaptation: As long as the project is alive and being implemented, it is constantly subject to change. Because of this, Scrum is very adaptable, meaning Scrum allows for changes to be accommodated [1].

Transparency: A project can only be successful if the team knows and understands the processes and their purpose. Therefore, it is important to be visible to the entire Scrum Team and its stakeholders during the development process. Transparency in Scrum means defining common standards that all participants agree on for all aspects of the development process.

Inspection (Inspection): To foster a culture of improvement, both team members and stakeholders need to review projects. By reviewing progress, we create visibility for the challenges. In Scrum, these inspections take place during the Sprint, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum Meetings, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective.

In order for the three pillars to work well and to create a solid basis of trust, each team member must know and live the right values ​​when working together, because every role affects the entire development.

Which Scrum values ​​to follow?

Scrum describes the following values [2]:

    • Mut: Scrum encourages courage to work on difficult problems. When a mistake is made or a misunderstanding arises, having the courage to admit the mistake and be transparent is appreciated by the other team members. This creates stronger team dynamics and helps to help the other members.
    • Concentration: Scrum teams offer the advantage of being able to focus on important elements in smaller portions. This means that each team member focuses on the work required for the current sprint and also on the goals of the entire Scrum Team to achieve a better result.
    • Commitment: Each team member is personally committed to achieving the Scrum Team’s goals. After the team’s sprint goals are defined, each member sets their own goals and responsibilities to accomplish in a specific time period. With this, each team promises to fulfill this commitment.
    • Respect: Within the Scrum framework, respect is critical to making a project a success. Opinions will always differ in a team, but creating a culture of respect for each team member creates a better work dynamic that translates into a better product. With a respectful tone, the team is able to provide feedback and constructive criticism, resulting in a pleasant work environment.
    • Openness: Openness and transparency are often underestimated, but if you want to work with Scrum, these two factors are crucial for the success of a Scrum team. When the team and the stakeholders are on the same page, acting as a cohesive unit, and dealing transparently with each other – given openness and honesty – then challenges in the project are easier to overcome.

Scrum working method and the mapping in Jira

As an introduction to the question of how Jira can support the Scrum methodology, we offer a rough summary of how Scrum works here. You can find more detailed information in the Scrum Guide [3].

In Scrum, the requirements for the product of a project are maintained in a product backlog. This backlog is filled both initially and continuously. The product backlog serves as a starting point for planning the sprint backlog.

A sprint backlog is always filled at the beginning of a new sprint. A sprint is a predefined period of time in which the requirements that are in the sprint backlog are to be processed.

After the period has expired, a new sprint is filled and started with the incomplete requirements from the previous sprint and/or with requirements from the product backlog.

A Scrum project in Jira can map exactly this way of working. Because a Scrum Jira project supports tool-based functionality of the product backlog, the sprint backlog, the management of requirements during the sprint as well as other useful report and management functions. In our picture you can see first impressions of how these look like per board in Jira.

Fig. 3 This is how the product backlog, the sprint backlog and the management of the requirements by board in Jira look like (Source: Vanessa Schreuder and Gresa Nuredini, CONET)

Conclusion: Scrum & Jira – a strong team

Scrum is very useful for breaking down complex tasks into manageable tasks. With the planned events and transparency, it ensures a good development cycle.

Jira offers tool support to work effectively based on the Scrum methodology. You can find out how this can be implemented technically and what active work based on the Scrum methodology in Jira looks like in our next blog post and in our webinar: Mastering everyday project management with Jira on November 15th, 2022.

So if you can apply the above information about Scrum and the method in Jira, then you are on the right track. Don’t lose hope. It takes time and practice to implement a method with a specific tool and achieve success.

Learn more about project management with Jira

In our webinar we will show you how you can successfully master everyday project management with Jira. Using an example, we will guide you step by step through project management and give you an insight into sprint planning according to Scrum.

To register for the webinar

Vanessa Schreuder has been working as a junior consultant at CONET since April 2020 and advises internally and externally in the area of ​​service management with a focus on Atlassian products.

Gresa Nuredini has been working at CONET as a junior consultant since January 2022 and supports in the area of ​​service management for JIRA.

Source: https://www.conet.de/blog/agiles-arbeiten-mit-jira-leicht-gemacht-ii/

Email to employees: Elon Musk warns of possible Twitter bankruptcy


The short message service could face billions in losses. Also: Amazon is rethinking business areas and FTX boss apologizes for the debacle at the crypto exchange.

In the email, Elon Musk also wrote that employees should return to the offices with immediate effect.
picture alliance / NurPhoto | Nikolas Kokovlis

Good morning! While you slept, work continued elsewhere in the digital scene.

The top topics:

The new Twitter-Chef Elon Musk has warned in an email to staff that the short message service faces difficult times. “There is no way to whitewash the news,” Musk wrote in the email, which US broadcaster CNBC published in full. “The economic picture before us is grim, especially for a company like ours that is so dependent on advertising in a challenging economic climate,” it said. Musk, who at the same time Tesla– and SpaceXboss warned that without user subscriptions, Twitter could eventually go broke.

Twitter was already making losses before Musk acquired it, but a number of advertisers have paused their advertising since the deal. During a staff meeting, Musk told employees that he had previously bailed out Twitter financially by selling Tesla stock. In addition, the platform has once again lost a member of the management team: the head of information security, Lea Kissner, has announced her departure. [Mehr bei CNBC, Bloomberg, Techcrunch, Handelsblatt, Handelsblatt und Wall Street Journal]

on Founder scene: The own Lead a company from a sunny foreign country, that should be tempting for many founders, especially in the winter and autumn days. Actually, that’s not a problem – but there is a tax trap that can quickly complicate the project. An expert explains what it’s all about. And reveals a trick on how to avoid the whole thing. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]

And here are the other headlines of the night:

Amazon is putting all its divisions to the test, according to a media report: After the e-commerce and cloud provider has lost a trillion US dollars in market value, unprofitable areas may be eliminated or employees cut back. One business that has so far made an annual operating loss of more than five billion dollars is the device division with the Alexa language assistance system. The group said, however, that Alexa should be preserved. At the same time, however, some employees were advised to look for other positions in the group. [Mehr bei Wall Street Journal]

FTXCEO Sam Bankman-Fried has after the collapsed deal with the crypto exchange Binance on Twitter wrote that he was “sorry” about the whole thing. He admitted that he “screwed things up” and “should have done better”. Bankman-Fried also announced that he Alameda Research, the trading company he co-founded with FTX, will be dissolved. The former star of the crypto sector needs billions to avert the bankruptcy of his crypto exchange. [Mehr bei CNBC und The Information]

ASML plans to triple its sales by 2030. With this news, the Dutch chip supplier has put investors in a good mood. By 2030, annual revenues could increase to 60 billion euros, it said. In 2022, the most valuable tech group in Europe expects sales of 21 billion euros. In addition, ASML plans to buy back shares for twelve billion euros. [Mehr bei Reuters]

Our reading tip on Gründerszene: Start a part-time job? Pauline Thierry tried that and founded a ceramics start-up with two friends. She experiences flights of fancy, but in the end the business fails. She took five important lessons with her from the experience. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]

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That’s why she’s so important [Anzeige]


Drones are fun, they film the entire environment and create unique images. In addition to the many positive aspects, users should always note that failures and accidents can occur. That’s why we’re introducing you to Adam Riese’s drone liability insurance.

Why can a drone be dangerous?

For drone owners, the use of drones leads directly to a double danger: On the one hand, the drone may stop working or the battery may run out during the flight. As a rule, the drone then falls unprotected to the ground and breaks. The cost of repair or replacement is usually very expensive.

On the other hand, it can happen that the drone accidentally damages foreign objects, such as the window or the neighbor’s car. In this case, you as the owner of the drone are obliged to pay for the costs incurred. Depending on the damage, this can be very expensive. In both cases, it makes sense to take out appropriate insurance.

Am I legally required to take out drone liability insurance?

Section 43 (2) of the Aviation Act stipulates that insurance must be taken out for all drones, regardless of their weight. The background is that the use of drones can cause property damage or personal injury.

So if the drone falls out of the air and hits a person who then ends up in the hospital and cannot work, you also have to pay for the loss of salary. Depending on how severe the injuries are, you have to reckon with high costs.

So it is clear why drone liability insurance is mandatory. What many do not know: Many liability insurance policies cover the damage caused by hobby drone pilots. It’s worth taking a look at the tariff here!

What should I look for in my drone liability insurance?

As a first step, you should pay attention to the amount of coverage. The sum insured (often also referred to as the sum insured) is the maximum amount that an insurance company will pay out in the event of damage. If, as already mentioned, personal injury occurs in the event of damage, the costs can even reach into the millions. If you are not the only person who will be flying your drone, it is also important that integrated owner liability is included in your plan.

If damage occurs during a flight unintentionally due to an unforeseen event, such as a crash due to strong winds, you usually have to bear the costs incurred yourself. For this reason, make sure that your tariff includes strict liability so that the insurance company covers the costs in these cases.

Since there are different drone models with different weights, you should also make sure that your insurance covers the maximum weight of your drone. Because your insurance cover can only take effect if the weight of your drone matches the information provided by your insurance company. You can choose between different tariffs.

Drone liability insurance with Adam Riese

Flying your own drone should be fun. But this is only possible if you don’t have to worry about damage and possible high payments.

If you don’t use many different contracts, but would like to have protection in one tariff without any complications, then Adam Riese private liability insurance is suitable as drone liability insurance. Here, drone liability protection of up to three million euros for models up to 5 kilos is already included in the XXL tariff.

Your drone is optimally secured from as little as 2.42 euros per month, not only in Germany but also abroad. Convince yourself now of the Adam Riese private liability insurance and calculate your tariff free of charge.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/09/28/drohnen-haftpflichtversicherung-adam-riese/

The first all-electric commuter plane takes off


The first all-electric commuter aircraft has successfully completed its maiden flight. The electric aircraft “Alice” from the aviation company Aviation Aircraft flew a total of eight minutes in the air and reached an altitude of over 1,000 meters. The parcel service DHL has already secured several machines.

On September 27, 2022, the first all-electric commuter aircraft in the United States took off on its maiden flight. The plane took off and landed at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, and flew a total of eight minutes in the air.

The electric aircraft reached an altitude of over 1,000 meters. This was announced by the logistics company DHL in an official statement and secured twelve e-cargo planes for its global fleet network.

DHL wants to reduce its carbon footprint with electric aircraft

DHL hopes, among other things, to use Aviation Aircraft’s electric aircraft to achieve its goal of “net-zero emissions logistics”. John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, said:

Alice’s range and capacity make her a unique sustainable solution for our global air transport network. It supports us in our quest to make a significant contribution to reducing our carbon footprint and ultimately achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

According to its own statements, the manufacturer Aviation Aircraft wants nothing less than a new era in aviation. The company also spoke of a milestone and historic day. Gregory Davis, President and CEO of Eviation commented:

This groundbreaking milestone will spearhead innovation in sustainable air travel and shape both passenger and cargo travel in the future.

Aviation Aircraft: No emissions, less noise pollution and lower costs?

According to the manufacturer, the electric aircraft does not produce any emissions. Compared to classic light aircraft, the operating costs of the machine per flight hour are significantly lower. In addition, the electric aircraft could reduce noise pollution in and above cities.

Aviation Aircraft sees its electric aircraft primarily as a commuter and cargo aircraft that can cover distances of up to 400 kilometers. The machine is also suitable for six to nine people and can transport up to a ton of cargo.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/09/29/elektroflugzeug-erste-vollelektrische-pendlerflugzeug/

Investment: First German quantum cloud for industrial providers


The Munich startup Qmware is to supply the hardware and software. Also: Crypto exchange Binance acquires competitor FTX and Twitter could become chargeable.

There are currently no quantum computers for everyday use.
Taylor Glascock for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Good morning! While you slept, work continued elsewhere in the digital scene.

The top topics:

So far, there are no operational quantum computers. The Federal Ministry of Economics has now initiated a project for industry with which German companies will soon be able to use this technology. As the “Handelsblatt” reports, a consortium was commissioned to set up the first German quantum cloud for industrial users. They are involved in it University of Stuttgartthe Fraunhofer institute focus and the Munich startup Qmware. The startup is to supply the hardware and software for the project. The cloud specialist is in charge of the project Ionica subsidiary of the telecommunications group United Internet. The federal government is funding the three-year project with a low to mid double-digit million amount.

In the future, quantum computers will be able to perform tasks that today’s supercomputers cannot. With the new cloud, a platform for quantum applications is being developed specifically for German industry, it said. In addition, Germany is positioned as a pioneer. So far, large US providers such as IBM or Alphabet the development of technology. [Mehr bei Handelsblatt]

On the founding scene: Grass is grown in Saxony – quite legally. What’s more, the customer is the federal government. Soon the cannabis startup could Demecan already growing grass for semi-luxury foods near Dresden. Our editor Nadine Jantz took a look around on site. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

And here are the other headlines of the night:

Binancethe world’s largest crypto exchange, is acquiring competitor’s operations FTX outside the USA. “This afternoon, FTX asked for our help,” tweeted Changpeng Zhang, Binance CEO. “There is a significant liquidity crisis. To protect users, we have signed a non-binding letter of intent in which we intend to fully acquire FTX.com and help address the liquidity crisis.” He added that the deal is non-binding and subject to review. According to a memo reported by Reuters, customers had withdrawn $6 billion from FTX in just 72 hours. [Mehr bei Bloomberg, CNBC, The Information, Reuters und Wall Street Journal]

TwitterCEO Elon Musk is considering making the use of the short message service generally chargeable. One concept is to offer Twitter free of charge for a limited time and then demand money. So far, the tech billionaire had announced that it would offer all users who take out a subscription for eight US dollars a month the verification ticks highlighted in blue as a bonus. [Mehr bei Handelsblatt und CNBC]

quarterly results: Disney released its results for the fourth fiscal quarter for the period ended October 1st. The direct-to-consumer segment, which includes Disney+ and other streaming services, lost $1.47 billion in the quarter, more than double the year-ago figure. Disney reported that Disney+ increased its total subscriber count to just over 164 million in the quarter, up from around 152 million at the start of July. The sales and profits of Lucid fell short of analyst estimates in the third quarter. The luxury electric vehicle maker’s revenue was $195.5 million. The Lucid shares responded with a price loss of 13 percent. Tripadvisor has reported weak quarterly profit and announced a slowdown in current-quarter revenue. [Mehr bei The Information, Bloomberg und Reuters]

redundancies: Salesforce has laid off almost 1,000 employees, according to an insider. At the end of January, the software group based in San Francisco employed a good 73,000 people. Nowone of the oldest channel partners of Google Cloud, is laying off 11 percent of its workforce after missing its “overly optimistic” second-half growth forecasts. The Los Angeles-based company hit 500 employees last October and plans to hire 200 to 300 more people this year. Meta plans, as previously reported, to lay off employees today. Affected employees will be notified via email. [Mehr bei CNBC, The Information und The Information]

A U.S. federal judge granted the motion Theranos-Founder Elizabeth Holmes rejected on a new procedure. The 38-year-old, who had promised revolutionary blood-testing technology, was found guilty on four of the 11 charges in January. Holmes faces a year in prison. [Mehr bei Techcrunch und CNBC]

Our reading tip on Gründerszene: The German-speaking editors of Forbes compiles its own list of up-and-coming talent every year. Among them are 13 German founding teams. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

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Google predicts finalists for World Cup 2022 in Qatar


About two months before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Google attracted attention with a curious glitch. As numerous users report via social media, the search engine has already spit out the finalists in advance. All games are still pending.

Octopus Paul once received a great deal of media attention when he predicted numerous results for the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup. In 13 out of 14 cases, his tentacles predicted the correct outcome of the game.

Two food containers with the flags of the respective nations served as selection options in the aquarium. The name “oracle animal” or “tentacle oracle” quickly caught on.

But Paul, who lived in the large aquarium Sea Life Center in Oberhausen in North Rhine-Westphalia, was not able to experience any further European and World Championships. The octopus died of natural causes in October 2010.

World Cup 2022 in hangover: Google predicts final participants

For the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Google now seems to want to play the role of oracle – at least that was the case in the short term. Because a curious faupax made sure that the Google search spat out the supposed finalists two months before the final.

Although the company corrected the obvious error a few hours later, the damage had already been done. It was already circulating on social media Screenshots from the glitch.

Brazil vs France

Accordingly, Google displayed the game Brazil against France for the final. Although both teams are considered to be co-favourites, the other teams will certainly not make it easy for them to actually reach the final.

Some users who entered “Events Lusail Stadion”, the final venue of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in the Google search should have been amazed when the search engine already displayed the participants of the final on December 18th. It is not yet clear how the error came about.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/09/29/google-finalteilnehmer-wm-2022-katar/

These are the main trends [Anzeige]


Which factors determine whether a company in the automotive industry is successful? As so often, the most important facts are in the details. For this reason, we will show you the most important trends and explain what the automotive industry really needs at the moment.

One of the biggest problems is that companies all too often become “operationally blind” over time. What does that mean? Employees and managers think about tasks and goals, but often forget to think outside the box. What trends are there? Which innovations should not be neglected? And what changes in the company are necessary for this?

The most important trends for the automotive industry

The solution: In order to develop new ideas, you need strategic partners and also outsourcing with partners who have an eye on all innovations in the industry and are not “business-blind”. Softeq has dealt with exactly this topic in the free white paper and compiled the most important trends for the automotive industry. We present three trends below.

Enter into strategic partnerships

As already mentioned, strategic partnerships are currently particularly relevant. Because the new vehicle architecture requires a great deal of know-how that most companies can no longer manage on their own. In order to close these technological gaps, they therefore enter into partnerships with technology companies and innovative start-ups.

For example, Honda works with Sony. The two companies have signed a joint venture agreement to establish a joint venture to build electric cars. Both companies benefit from each other: Honda contributes the expertise in automotive engineering and Sony the know-how in software development.

Qualified specialists are difficult to find

While strategic partnerships are important to keep up in the marketplace, some manufacturers prefer to have in-house expertise. But that is easier said than done, because finding qualified specialists is currently a major challenge.

For example, Mercedes-Benz opened a new software center worth 200 million euros in Sindelfingen. They want to develop their own operating system by 2024. To make this possible, Mercedes-Benz needs qualified specialists. Since the labor market for qualified specialists is empty, they are currently poaching them from suppliers, among other places.

Put more emphasis on the user experience

We always expect the latest technologies from our smartphones. The same applies to cars now. Users no longer want to accept outdated technologies and interfaces. They place more and more value on personalized user interfaces, individual settings and the overall user experience.

Softeq’s experts will also deal with user experience in the automotive industry in the free webinar “User Experience in Automotive: Expectations vs. Reality” on October 6, 2022. The speakers, Benjamin Groiss, CEO of Softeq Development GmbH in Munich, and Dmitry Trubnikov, Unit Lead of the User Interfaces department, are experts in the field of software development and interface design.

All trends in the automotive industry in the Softeq white paper

It is time for car manufacturers to evolve and follow the trends. With strategic partnerships, innovative start-ups and a focus on user experience, manufacturers can continue to be successful in the future.

You can find out more about this in Softeq’s new free white paper. The experts show you which six trends are currently important for the automotive industry.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/09/30/automotive-branche-trends/

Twitter is asking some laid-off employees to return


In the takeover chaos, some are said to have accidentally been dismissed. Also: Twitter sales collapse after Musk takeover and Meta is also planning layoffs.

Since Musk took over the helm of Twitter, hate speech on the platform has increased. Musk himself briefly posted an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory, which he later deleted.
Anadolu Agency / Contributor

Good morning! Even during the weekend, work in the digital scene continued in many places.

The top topics:

That Twitter-Leadership team around Elon Musk should, according to media reports, ask the first laid-off employees to return to work. Several dozen professionals are said to have received such a message. In the chaos of the wave of layoffs after the takeover – the new Twitter boss fired 50 percent of Twitter employees last week – some appear to have been “accidentally” fired. Others were fired before management realized that their work and experience are essential to the smooth running of the platform, or that they are needed to develop the new features Musk wants.

At the same time, Musk justified the layoffs Twitter: The platform was losing $4 million a day, he wrote. All those who were made redundant would receive a three-month salary as severance pay. Nevertheless, Twitter is already being sued by former employees after the wave of layoffs. The class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco by five current or former Twitter employees, including Emmanuel Cornet, a software engineer known for his satirical cartoons criticizing Silicon Valley. He is said to have been fired on Tuesday. [Mehr bei Bloomberg, Handelsblatt, CNBC, The Verge und Handelsblatt]

on Founder scene: It’s finally here, this 49-Euro-Ticket: Starting next year, citizens in Germany will be able to travel throughout Germany with one ticket. As often and as long as you want. A revolution for our author Don Dahlmann, especially in view of the tariff jungle. Now, however, a solution for the EU must be found quickly. Dahlmann writes in his torque column what that could look like. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

And here are the other headlines of the night and the past few days:

The turnover of Twitter has “slumped massively” as advertisers stopped spending on the social media platform. wrote this Elon Muskthe new owner of the short message service, on Friday Twitter, but without giving more precise figures. Among the companies pausing their advertising are the car companies VW, General Motors and Audibut also the food company General Mills. In his Friday tweet, the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter “Activist groups pressuring advertisers”. He said Twitter hasn’t changed its content moderation strategy, adding the company has “done everything we could to appease the activists.” The $8 subscription also launched over the weekend, giving each user the option of a blue verification tick. [Mehr bei CNBC, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian und Handelsblatt]

Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) plans to start large-scale layoffs this week, according to a media report. It was previously known that Apple imposed a hiring freeze on non-research and development jobs back in October. Apple apparently expects sales growth to slow during the holiday season. Meta and Apple are not the only companies making savings: in the past week alone, Twitter also Lyft, Stripe and Chime started with layoffs while Amazon announced a hiring freeze for employees. [Mehr bei Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg und The Information]

Die Teslastock has been – since CEO Elon Musk made his takeover bid for Twitter announced – fell by more than 35 percent. For comparison, the Nasdaq Composite is down about 18 percent over the same period. Musk first announced on April 25, 2022 that he had agreed to purchase Twitter. Tesla shares closed at $332.67 on the day. They were down to just $207.47 on Friday, a week after the Twitter acquisition completed. [Mehr bei CNBC]

Paypal has lowered its full-year sales forecast and warned of a rather gloomy Christmas quarter. The California payment service provider explained this by saying that inflation had affected the purchasing power of consumers, who were also struggling with an impending recession. “Consumers have switched from expensive, high-end brands to more affordable brands,” Moshe Katri, an analyst at Wedbush, told Reuters. Also Twiliothe maker of cloud communications software, gave a weak revenue outlook when it released its quarterly results. [Mehr bei Reuters und CNBC]

Binance has processed $8 billion worth of Iranian transactions since 2018, blockchain data shows. The crypto exchange made the trades despite US sanctions aimed at cutting Iran off from the global financial system. Almost all funds flowed between Binance and Iran’s largest crypto exchange Nobitex. Nobitex provides instructions on how to circumvent sanctions on its website. [Mehr bei Reuters]

Our reading tip on Gründerszene: Strong brand or rather an innovative product? The Founder and Advisor Tobias Gross has written a book with a step-by-step guide for food startups. This is how food founders find their strategy. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

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