Devices & Products

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...

Moscow may block Youtube, Instagram due to latest Navalny video

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Russia has threatened to shut down YouTube and Instagram unless they agree to remove a video accusing Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko of corruption. Putin’s arch-foe, opposition leader Alexey Navalny, posted a half-hour video last week purportedly showing...

MEPs scrap geoblocking and adopt new rules for online retailers

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The European Parliament has approved geoblocking legislation that prevents traders within the EU from discriminating between online customers depending on where they live. EU citizens buying goods and services online will not be blocked or...

Theresa May takes on social media for hosting terrorist propaganda

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Speaking in Davos before her meeting with US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned the World Economic Summit attendees that new forms of technology are being exploited by people with "malevolent intentions," and...

Brussels fines Qualcomm nearly 1 billion euros

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European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager imposed a €997 million fine on American chipmaker Qualcomm for the period between 2011-2016 when the company paid Apple to exclusively to abuse its dominant market position and only use...

Belgian telecom Proximus to stop zero rating ahead of stricter EU regulations

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Belgium's largest telecom company Proximus will stop its zero rating service as it prepares for stricter rules from the EU on net neutrality. Proximus started a zero rating service pilot project in 2015. The service allows...

HandsAway: Brussels wants to use bait women to catch harassers

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Nearly nine out of ten women in Brussels have already been confronted with some form of sexual harassment, but Brussels residents will soon be able to report such incidents via a special app. No less...

EU, Iran to discuss preserving nuclear deal in Brussels

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The foreign ministers of the European Union and Iran have scheduled talks in Brussels on January 11 on preserving Iran's 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, which is seen now under threat after having...

Two Romanians to be extradited to US for hacking Washington surveillance cameras at Trump...

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Two Romanian nationals are to be extradited to the US, accused of hacking Washington surveillance cameras before Donald Trump's inauguration. Mihai Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru, 28, were arrested earlier this month in Bucharest while...

Siemens loses in Russian court its claim to Crimea turbines

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A Russian court has rejected a claim by the German company Siemens that the sale of power turbines delivered to Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea region was illegal. The Moscow Arbitration Court rejected a reversal of the deal...

EU finance ministers agree on new e-commerce VAT rules

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As the digital economy is constantly challenging the agreed concepts of international tax rules, rules designed for the traditional economy, the European Council of Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) has adopted a new set of rules...

OLAF pays for state-of-the-art airplane scanner at Brussels Airport

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The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has partly funded the acquisition by the Brussels Airport of a state-of-the-art scanner van, able to X-ray airplanes. The scanner will be particularly used to detect trafficked cigarettes as well...

E-platform of professionals Douleutaras.gr secures funding of €1.8 million

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Inspired by Aesop’s Fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, Greece’s first electronic platform that brings together professionals of different skills and experience, Douleutaras.gr has managed to raise funding of € 1.8 million, by...

NATO chief says all states must apply sanctions to North Korea 

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NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday all countries must comply with sanctions on North Korea as the international community ratchets up pressure on the reclusive regime following its largest nuclear test to date. Asked...

Elon Musk leads campaign against robotic arms race

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Elon Musk is the de facto face of a campaign by 116 leading robotics experts from 26 countries to ban the development of military robots with a “kill” function. The campaign hails UN arms control...

Mogherini convenes EU ambassadors over situation in North Korea

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EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has convened today an extraordinary meeting of the EU Political and Security Committee on August 14 to discuss the latest developments in the situation on the Korean peninsula. Concern that...

Russian deputy minister blacklisted in new EU sanctions over Siemens case

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Moscow says it reserves the right to take retaliatory measures over new European Union sanctions but also reaffirms its interest in keeping and developing economic cooperation with the bloc, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The...

US vice president Pence wants Patriot missiles in Estonia to deter Russia

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The US is considering deploying Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Estonia, US Vice President Mike Pence told Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Sunday. The U.S. Patriot defense system is a mobile, ground-based system designed to...

Crypto-Apocalypse: Bitcoin Cash and Vinnik’s arrest put blockchain back in the spotlight

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Criminals exploit the cyber-world, resulting to even major and oldest virtual currency platforms being used as money laundering machines, while Bitcoin’s Crypto-Apocalypse is near Just a few days ago, it was  Alexander Vinnik, an “internationally...

BMW chooses UK over Germany to build new electric car

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In a boost for Great Britain, the German carmaker BMW announced it had chosen its plant in Oxford, England, over similar locations in Germany or Netherlands, as the location to produce an electric Mini from 2019. Mini already...