Devices & Products

UK allows limited 5G role for Huawei, bans ZTE

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The UK will let Huawei play a limited role in building the country’s 5G mobile phone networks, denying he United States’ efforts to ban the tech giant. London said it will keep high risk vendors...

UK to make Huawei 5G decision today amid intensifying US pressure

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London is expected to grant the Chinese tech giant Huawei some access to its 5G network, according to media reports. UK prime minister Boris Johnson is reportedly looking at imposing a cap on Huawei’s...

Tesla’s market value hits $100bn

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Tesla reached a $100 billion market cap for the first time on 22 January. The market value reached more than $107 billion, up by more than 8% before dropping at the end of the...

UK prepares to allow Huawei into 5G

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The UK is preparing to allow Huawei to supply 5G equipment, and resist the pressure of the United States, who is trying to push for 5G ban over security concerns. “The market conditions are not...

Germany’s interior minister opposes Huawei exclusion

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Germany’s interior minister Horst Seehofer warned that if Huawei is excluded from the country’s 5G rollout project, it could be stalled for as long as five or even ten years. "I don't see that we can...

Johnson says Huawei critics should suggest alternatives

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British PM Boris Johnson said that opponents of Chinese tech company Huawei should suggest alternatives. The comment comes as US officials arrived in Britain to push for Huawei’s 5G ban, as Johnson’s government prepares to...

Google sued for infringing patents

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The American consumer electronics company Sonos is suing Google for patent infringement. The company announced it filed a lawsuit on 7 January. It says Google used their technology to make smart speakers with multiroom music...

Ryanair prepared for further 737 MAX delays

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Ryanair is prepared for further delays to the delivery of its Boeing 737 Max airliners, its chief executive Michael O’Leary said in an interview. O’Leary said that he will be lucky to see any by...

Huawei’s sales grow despite US sanctions

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Despite the US sanctions imposed on the company, Huawei's revenue grew around 18% in 2019 to more than 850 billion Chinese yuan, or about $122 billion. “These figures are lower than our initial projections, yet...

US warns UK about allowing Huawei in 5G

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The United States’ national security adviser, Robert O’Brien has warned the United Kingdom about allowing China’s Huawei Technologies into its 5G telecoms networks. O’Brien said the action would pose a risk to UK’s secret intelligence...

Tesla’s stock hits record high

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After seeing a dramatic rise for weeks, Tesla stock reached an all-time high of over $420 on 23 December. Last year, CEO Elon Musk tweeted he had “funding secured” to take the company private at...

US Navy bans TikTok app from government-issued smartphones

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The United States Navy has banned the video sharing app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying it represented a "cybersecurity threat." Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Uriah Orland explained that the "Cyber Awareness Message" that the...

Amazon, Google, Apple join forces to improve smart home devices

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Amazon, Google, Apple and the Zigbee Alliance announced on 18 December that they will team up in an effort to make smart homes easier to use. The group is working on a project with an...

Germany delays decision on Huawei for 5G rollout

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives along with their Democrat partners have decided to delay till 2020 the decision on the 5G security rules that will decide Huawei’s fate in Germany. Earlier this month, Telefonica Deutschland...

China orders removal of foreign tech in public offices

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The Chinese government has ordered state offices and public institutions to remove foreign technology within three years. This is one of the latest developments in the trade war between China and the United States. The...

Huawei launches new legal action against US ban

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Telecom giant Huawei announced on 5 December it has launched an authorized challenge to last month's decision by US regulators to classify it as a national security threat. The legal challenge is a response to...

Uber’s European competitor shows higher profitability

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Estonia’s car-hailing platform Bolt is profitable in two-thirds of the markets in which it operates, surpassing Uber’s profitability. Founded in 2013 as Taxify and rebranded as Bolt, the Estonian company has a 25 million customer...

Russia moves to ban sales of devices without pre-installed domestic software

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Russia has adopted a new law prohibiting the sale of imported "complex electronic" devices unless Russian-made software is pre-installed. The legislation passed a final vote in the State Duma, Russia's lower house, earlier in November...

Cybercrime threats

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus – Chinese hackers are launching more sophisticated attacks that are as frequent and technologically savvy as Russian cyber-units, but it’s difficult to identify who is behind these attacks and international cooperation is...

Vestager plans second wave of measures against digital monopolies

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In her second term as EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is bracing for a second wave of anti-trust measures against US digital monopolies, beginning with chipmaker Broadcom, the Financial Times report. Emboldened by her authority as...

Regulators take hard line against Facebook’s Libra

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Facebook faced the grilling of 26 central bank representatives over its Libra currency plan on Monday; Libra is a virtual currency considered a threat to monetary sovereignty. Facebook executives representing were questioned by the Bank...

Washington to ease restrictions on Huawei’s US suppliers

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The U.S. is ready to ease restriction on Huawei, allowing US suppliers to continue trading with the Chinese company, Reuters reported on Monday. Since May, US authorities have barred Huawei from the US market, a...

Major operators at Mobile World Congress explore 5G’s potential

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The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) held a press briefing at the recently completed 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with several key operators to discuss future use cases for 5G networks outside of...

DarkMatter Group debuts first ultra-secure smartphone

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The world's first ultra-secure smartphone was revealed by DarkMatter Group, a UAE company specialising in cybersecurity solutions and fully-integrated digital transformation, at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The phone, dubbed the KATIM R01,...

China drives global adoption of new eSIM technology

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The GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) has found that China has become a significant driver for the adoption of new eSIM technologies in mobile phones, according to a report made by GSMA...

Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0

It is clear that in today’s world, information is the new precious commodity. In the era known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, companies are looking to take advantage of robotics, artificial intelligence, big data...

DJI launches drone training hub in the Netherlands

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DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. has launched an Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center in the Netherlands, aiming to lead in the new growing global market. The training programme to be launched...

EU Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

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The European Commission approved the acquisition of music identification app Shazam by US tech giant, Apple, after Brussels reviewed a proposed takeover under the EU's Merger Regulation which concluded that the deal would not adversely...

EU Commission: Volkswagen yet to convince on car emissions

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The European Commission and national consumer authorities in the EU criticized Volkswagen on Tuesday for failing to guarantee that repairs after the Dieselgate scandal would not affect cars’ performance. The EU Commission published today the conclusions on the...

US Senate prohibits sale of F-35s to Turkey

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The US Senate has approved a major defence bill that blocks the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey unless it abandons a deal to buy S-400 missile-defence systems from Russia. In a rare bipartisan effort by...

Belgium to allow driverless cars for testing on its roads

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Belgium is one of the rare European countries to authorise tests for driverless cars on its public roads. Belgian consumers have a bright outlook on the safety of autonomous vehicles, though concerns remain. Significantly fewer...

Turkey undeterred by US threat of sanctions over purchase of Russian missile system

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Turkey has dismissed Washington’s threats of imposing sanction on Ankara over its planned buying of Russian S-400 missile defense system, saying the deal is largely done and will not be reversed. The delivery of Russian...

Google, Amazon services partially blocked in Russia

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Google, Amazon and other services inside Russia have been hit by the country's bids to stop people using the Telegram messaging app. On 17 April, Roskomnadzor, Russia's state authority regulating telecommunications has asked Apple and...

Spanish police breakup Ukrainian-Russian ATM hacker gang

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Spanish law enforcement officials have broken up a cybercrime gang made up of Ukrainians and Russians that allegedly stole more than €1 billion from financial institutions worldwide during a five-year spree. According to statements issued...

Social media sites’ new terms fall short of meeting EU consumer protection rules

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Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ released on February 15 their new terms of service, which are designed to better align with EU consumer protection rules. The changes have been greeted with enthusiasm...

HRW criticises Germany’s new social media law as ‘dangerous precendent’

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A new German law that compels social media companies to remove hate speech and other illegal content can lead to unaccountable, overbroad censorship and should be promptly reversed, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 1, Germany started enforcing...

Russian hackers “Fancy Bear” may have disrupted the Olympic Games

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The Russian intelligence hacking group 'Fancy Bear', who recently set up a sophisticated email "phishing" scheme designed to get access to US Senate emails and targeted US defence contractors, was reportedly behind the disruption of...