Amazon Added 18,100 Employees in Q2 2015

Amazon’s second quarter 2015 report, released on July 23, 2015, shows 183,100 employees worldwide, an increase of 18,100 from 165,000 employees in Q1 2015. That’s a some pretty impressive hiring growth, far ahead of US economy and peer companies. “The vast majority of that is in operations, where we’re adding people for our new fulfillment centers and call centers,” Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky said during Thursday’s earnings call. This the largest quarterly increase in the Amazon’s history.

Amazon Added 18,100 Employees in Q2 2015

China Claims Successful Test of Homemade Laser Defense System

Xinhua, the state press agency of the People’s Republic of China, has announced a successfully test of a homemade laser defense system. The news release claims the following parameters:

Potential targets: small UAVs
Range: 2 km
Target Altitude: 500 m
Target Speed: up to 50 m/sec
Engagement time: 5 sec
Successful hit rate (30 targets): 100%

Analysts of Market Research Media, a think tank behind the recent market report High Energy Military Laser Market Forecast 2017-2022, have been skeptical about Chinese claims. “We believe that Xinhua’s news release is the PR stint trying to counterbalance the very real US advancement in military use of high energy laser systems. Currently US holds technological lead. Neither Chinese, nor Russians have the right mix of mature technological solutions”, says senior analyst of Market Research Media.

VMware to Acquire Nicira for $1.05 Billion

VMware has announced coming acquisition Nicira, Inc., a network virtualization company and provider of software-defined networking (SDN), for $1.05 billion in cash plus approximately $210 million of assumed unvested equity awards. This acquisition considerably strengthens VMware position in emerging software-defined datacenter marketplace. The idea of software-defined datacenter is to abstract hardware resources and pool resources into aggregate capacity in virtual layer.

Highly Fluorescent Dyes and Their Applications in Solar Energy

Research group of Prof. Dr. Langhals (Chemical Dept, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich) presents highly fluorescent dyes with absorption regions from the visible to the NIR at the Technology 2011, the 21th International Fair For Technological Innovations and Achievements in Tel Aviv. One of the possible applications is solar energy harvesting.

NIR-Dyes and Their Applications in Solar Energy, Technology 2011, the 21th International Fair For Technological Innovations and Achievements, June 14-16, 2011, Tel Aviv, Israel

Photo taken at the Technology 2011, the 21th International Fair For Technological Innovations and Achievements, June 14-16, 2011, Tel Aviv, Israel.