Thursday in CE: Wisconsin Lawmakers to Vote on Foxconn Plant Deal
Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy voted to advance a $3 billion incentives package that would bring Foxconn into the U.S. for the first time.
The 8-5 vote approving the package was split along party lines, with Democrats arguing that the deal contained too many loopholes for Foxconn. Republicans, though, felt this was an opportunity that they couldn’t let pass them by.
The next step is a vote on Thursday by the full Assembly. If approved—which it’s expected to be—the bill would then go to the Legislature’s budget committee and the state Senate. Foxconn has said that if the bill passes it would commit to building a $10 billion plant that would employ 3,000 employees at the outset. That number could rise to around 13,000 in the coming years.
Because of the work surrounding the bill and the anticipated future work building the plant, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou decided to delay his scheduled keynote for IFA 2017, an event that provides a massive global platform for consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers. Gou said the “investment project” requires the full attention of the company’s strategic management resources.
That keynote has been rescheduled for IFA 2018.
— The Verge (@verge) August 17, 2017
Cracked screens are about to be a thing of the past—sort of.
According to a patent published this week, Microsoft has developed a technology that will allow a cracked screen to heal itself through simple heat application.
The self-healing process relies on something called “shape memory polymer,” which is a material that can become deformed and then self-heal through thermal cycling. And, according to the documents, this material can be used over a touchscreen LCD or LED display. Further, it was explained that the phone itself could heat the polymer in order to repair the cracked screen, but so too can the user’s body heat.
More CE News
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- Google just pushed an update to its Home smart speaker that allows users to make phone calls to any number in the U.S. and Canada for free.
- Omnidirectional elevators could help to transform our cities. This means Willy Wonka’s Great Glass Elevator could become a reality.