5G Mobile Mobile devices

AT&T To Bring Its 5G service To Tens of Millions of Customers This Year

AT&T has announced that it will be making its 5G service available to tens of millions of consumers and businesses ahead of the company’s plans to offer nationwide 5G coverage in the first half of 2020.  Customers with AT&T Unlimited Extra and AT&T Unlimited Elite plans will be able to access the 5G service, with their first […]

Cybersecurity Data Breach

Keeper Security survey finds nearly 3 in 4 retailers have been attacked by cybercriminals

Keeper Security has released the findings of its 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses survey. The findings revealed that almost 3 out of 4 retailers have already fallen victim to cybercriminals and that over 50% of these companies are yet to come up with a sufficient defense strategy. The study, which evaluated […]

5G Autonomous vehicles Smart cars Transport

London autonomous vehicles testbed to use O2 5G Connectivity

O2 has signed an agreement to provide 5G connectivity for the testing of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in the Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) in London. The government backed connected and autonomous vehicles testbed, based in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, has been created to further test self-driving vehicles […]

Environment Transport

OjO launches electric rideshare scooter service in Memphis

V2 OjO scooters in Memphis (Source: OjO Electric Corp.) OjO Electric Corp. has launched its electric rideshare scooter service in Memphis, Tennessee, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Explore Bike Share.  An initial fleet of 250 V2 seated scooters have been deployed. OjO will be available at select existing Explore Bike Share stations as well […]

Space

NASA Administrator Invites The Public to Update on Agency’s Return to Moon

NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, has invited the public to an update on NASA’s Artemis program and the role international partnerships have in returning astronauts to the Moon and to Mars.  The talk, entitled “From the Moon to Mars: NASA’s Artemis Program,” will occur during Public Day at the 70th International Astronautical Conference, taking place at the […]

Artificial Intelligence Environment

Valley Irrigation launches service using artificial intelligence to detect crop health

Valley Irrigation has launched a service that uses artificial intelligence to detect crop health and irrigation concerns. The Valley Insights service uses computer vision to identify areas of over or under-irrigation, analysing the visual data, detecting issues and alerting the grower.  The company partnered with Prospera Technologies to develop the service, which was initially released in […]

Artificial Intelligence Internet of Things IoT

CUJO AI Platform Surpasses 500 Million Monitored, Protected Connected Devices

CUJO AI, a company using Artificial Intelligence to improve the security, control and privacy of connected devices in homes and businesses, has announced that it has surpassed 500 million connected devices under monitoring worldwide. The CUJO AI platform uses an advanced set of machine-learning algorithms to detect, recognize and classify connected devices, used applications and […]

3D Printing

ICON Uses 3D Printing To Build Homes for the Homeless in Austin

Source: ICON, 3D Printed Home, Community First! Village ICON, the Texas startup, has used 3D printing to build a 500-square-foot welcome center for the Community First! Village, a community developed by non-profit Mobile Loaves & Fishes to provide permanent housing for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. The Community First! Village, which is […]

Artificial Intelligence Cloud FinTech

Moula leverages cloud computing and artificial intelligence to power SME lending

Moula, an Australian FinTech, is leveraging cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) to make loans more accessible to small businesses. Moula offers a 48-hour turnaround, delivering loans of up to $500,000 based on a much clearer understanding of an organization’s creditworthiness due to Moula’s machine learning algorithms.  The majority of small businesses start as micro […]

Wearables

IDC Report Finds That Hearables Are The New Wearables

IDC has released its data from the Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker which found that global wearable device shipments grew 85.2% in the second quarter of 2019 (2Q19) totalling 67.7 million units.   One of the most rapidly growing wearables categories was earworn devices, otherwise known as hearables, which accounted for 46.9% of the overall […]

Automotive

J.D. Power Study Reveals Driver-Assistance Technology Seen As Annoying and Bothersome

J.D Power has published its findings of the 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study, revealing that some drivers of vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have found alerts “annoying or bothersome.” J.D. Power’s study found that an average 23% of drivers, ranging from 8% for one domestic brand of car and more than […]

Space

Search continues for India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander

Source: ISRO, hoisting of Vikram lander during Chandrayaan2 spacecraft integration at launch centre The search for India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander continues following a failure to land on the moon on September 7. ISRO, The Indian Space Research Organisation, launched Chandrayaan-2 (moon vehicle 2) on July 22, 2019 and after over a month in space, […]

Education

CTA Study shows 4 in 5 educators believe technology helps children learn

A new study conducted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the trade association representing the $398 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, has found that a staggering 79% of educators believe technology assists students in learning. These results are the findings of an online survey (fielded July 10-17, 2019) conducted by the CTA of 502 teachers […]

Artificial Intelligence

IDC predicts spending on AI systems to reach $97.9 billion In 2023

IDC has updated the Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Guide predicting that spending on AI systems will maintain its strong growth trajectory as businesses continue to invest in projects utilizing the capabilities of AI software and platforms. The Spending Guide, which quantifies the AI opportunity by providing data for 26 use cases across 19 industries […]

Apps Health Mobile devices

Fitbit Launches New Health and Fitness Subscription Service

Fitbit has released its latest product, Fitbit Premium, a paid subscription service available through the Fitbit app.  This service is said to offer users the most individualized experience to date, with over ten years of Fitbit data being utilized, as well as medical and professional advice with actionable coaching and guidance. Fitbit Premium’s features are […]

5G Cloud Gaming

LG U+ to launch NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service for its 5G customers

LG U+ has joined forces with NVIDIA to launch a 5G cloud gaming platform. GeForce NOW is the first of its kind, allowing users to play hundreds of games on 5G-enabled smartphones or PCs without downloading them to their devices. The gaming platform is the first in the world to utilize 5G technology for game streaming, which […]

Cybersecurity Internet of Things IoT

Global Cyber Alliance Launches Cybersecurity Development Platform for IoT Devices

The Global Cyber Alliance, a global, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk has launched the Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem (AIDE). The cybersecurity platform enables small businesses, manufacturers, service providers and individuals to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and secure IoT devices against the growing number of attacks on IoT devices. The AIDE platform automatically collects data […]

Internet of Things IoT Microsoft

Microsoft announces new research report on state of IoT adoption

Microsoft recently announced IoT Signals, a new research report on the IoT landscape globally. Microsoft surveyed over 3,000 IoT decision-makers in enterprise organizations in order to give a view of the IoT ecosystem, with adoption rates, related technology trends, challenges, and benefits of IoT. According to the findings of the report, IoT adoption is growing rapidly […]

Environment

Study shows Nanotechnology Could Be Used To Clean Up Microplastics In Our Oceans

Scientists have published a study on the use of nanocoils to break down microplastics. It is estimated that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in oceans worldwide, the majority of which do not break down for hundreds of years. Plastics that do not break down rather fragment into microplastics, which are plastic particles […]

mHealth

Essenlix Develops the World’s Smallest, Simplest, and Lowest-Cost Blood Count Device

Essenlix Corporation has announced the development of the world’s smallest, simplest, and lowest-cost blood count device – iMOST-CBC (instant mobile self-test for complete blood count). The company is a provider of instant personal mobile health test solutions using nanotechnology, machine learning and advanced biology to develop the health test solutions. Essenlix’s iMOST is an instant […]

Consumer electronics Trade

Trump Threatens More Tariffs on Chinese Imports Starting September 1.

President Trump has announced an additional tariff of 10 percent on the remaining 300 billion dollars of goods and products coming from China into the U.S. This does not include the 250 Billion dollars already tariffed at 25% in May. The U.S. imported a record $539 billion in goods from China in 2018 with computers […]

Cloud Smart construction

Komatsu looks to smart construction solutions harnessing Microsoft Azure to boost productivity

Komatsu, the Japanese company that manufactures a variety of military, forestry, mining, and industrial equipment, has turned to Microsoft’s Azure cloud for data management and insights in order to better productivity. In 2009, the Tokyo-based corporation began collecting productivity data using on-premises servers and in 2014 “KOM-MICS” was launched, an Internet of Things (IoT) system […]

Cybersecurity

Trinity Cyber Secures $23 Million in Funding to Redefine Cybersecurity by Disrupting Cyber Attacks

Trinity Cyber has secured $23 million in funding from investors led by Intel Capital. Trinity Cyber’s new technology proactively intercepts and controls cyberattacks before they reach a customer’s network. The stealth interception of external threats is a significant complement to existing cybersecurity solutions. The company’s approach is unique because it does not compete with traditional, […]

Cybersecurity Data Breach

Capital One Data Breach Affects 100 Million in U.S.; Cybercriminal Arrested

Capital One has announced that it has suffered a data breach affecting approximately 100 million individuals in the US and approximately 6 million in Canada. The company determined that there had been unauthorized access by an outside individual who obtained certain types of personal information relating to people who had applied for Capital One credit […]

Intelligence platform Risk management

Stratfor Launches Geopolitical Risk Monitor Tool to Anticipate and Monitor Global Change

Stratfor, the Texas-based leading geopolitical intelligence company, has announced the launch of its Geopolitical Risk Monitor (GRM). The Geopolitical Risk Monitor, available to Stratfor Worldwide Enterprise clients, offers users the opportunity to explore geopolitical risk calls organized by vital intelligence questions Stratfor analysts are focusing on for a given time period. Clients can consider the […]

Broadband Internet connectivity

Virgin Media announces plans to bring gigabit internet to 15 million homes in UK by the end of 2021

Virgin Media has announced plans to bring next-generation gigabit connections to its entire network in the UK by the end of 2021. If fulfilled, the move will make Virgin Media the UK’s largest and fastest widely available residential gigabit connectivity provider. The company aims to provide almost 15 million UK households with access to gigabit […]

5G Mobile devices

Apple to Acquire Intel’s Smartphone Modem Business in $1 Billion Deal

Apple will acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business in a $1 billion agreement. Under the agreement, approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. Apple will hold over 17,000 […]

IoT Mobile devices

Xiaomi celebrates 2019 Fortune 500 list ranking; gives workers gifts of company shares

Xiaomi has made it into the 2019 Fortune 500 list for the first time. The company was ranked at no. 468 on the list, one of seven to be included from the Internet Services and Retailing category. Founded in 2013, Xiaomi is the youngest company to be included in this year’s list, except for companies […]

Data Breach

IBM Report: Data Breach Costs Are On The Rise; Financial Impact Felt For Years

IBM Security has announced the results of its annual study examining the financial impact of data breaches on organizations. The report, sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, was based on in-depth interviews with more than 500 companies globally that had suffered a data breach in the past year. According to the […]

Artificial Intelligence

AI Poker Bot, Pluribus, Beats Humans in Multi-Player Game

Pluribus, an artificial intelligence program developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook, has become the first computer to have reached superhuman performance, beating professional Texas Hold’em players. Pluribus came out triumphant after a twelve-day long tournament against five masterful players, who were selected from a pool and agreed to challenge the computer. During the contest, […]

5G Mobile devices

Huawei releases Mate20 X 5G Available Exclusively Through Vodafone Qatar

Huawei has released the Mate20 X 5G, which is available exclusively through Vodafone Qatar. The Mate20 X 5G is equipped with a multi-mode 5G terminal chip which allows the device to switch between 4G, 3G and 2G as well as Standalone and Non Standalone network systems when 5G connectivity is limited. Huawei’s latest creation also […]

Internet of Things Satellites Space

China Announces Plans to launch a constellation of 72 satellites for IoT

A research institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has announced its proposal to launch a 72 piece Internet of Things (IoT) satellite constellation over the next three years. The research institute will utilize the private Chinese satellite company, Commsat, to execute the plans. The mission will be funded by the Xi’an Institute of […]

5G Mobile devices

T-Mobile Offers Galaxy S10 5G with Service in Six Cities

T-Mobile has announced its 5G deal with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G handset, which is now retailing in stores. The Crown Silver S10 costs $1,299.99 or $31.25 with a $549.99 deposit for contract customers, on a two year no interest plan. Making use of mmWave technology, the mobile carrier currently offers 5G coverage in limited […]

Internet connectivity Satellites Space

SpaceX Successfully Launches The First 60 Starlink Satellites

Credit: SpaceX Starlink, the satellite constellation project owned by SpaceX, successfully launched their first 60 satellites into space on May 23 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The 60 Starlink satellites were packed into the nose cone of one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. Following lift-off, the rocket’s first stage booster successfully touched […]

5G

Trump executive order could bar Huawei equipment from U.S telecom networks

U.S President Donald Trump issued an executive order on May 15, 2019 barring U.S. telecom networks from using telecommunication equipment from companies that pose a national security threat. The order would subject companies such as Huawei to serve export controls, requiring the company to obtain U.S government consent when buying U.S. technology. The executive order […]

5G M&A

FCC chairman endorses $26 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, has announced his endorsement for the $26 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger. Officials from the two telecommunication carriers have been in talks with regulators at the FCC about conditions that would allow the deal to go through. Conditions that have been discussed include the roll-out of […]

Supercomputers

HPE to acquire supercomputer leader, Cray, in $1.3bn deal

Source: Cray Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced on May 17, 2019 that it has acquired Cray, a US-based supercomputer manufacturer, in a $1.3 billion cash deal. Cray, which is based in Seattle, Washington has a number of supercomputers listed on the TOP500, a ranking system of the world’s most powerful computers. The company is also […]

Artificial Intelligence

Walmart Exploring AI To Improve Shopping Experience with New Intelligent Retail Lab

IRL Levittown; Source: Walmart Walmart has officially opened its AI-based store concept the Intelligent Retail Lab (IRL) in Levittown, New York. The lab is located inside a 50,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market, where computer vision along with thousands of cameras and sensors monitor the store in real-time. The technology observes details such as stock levels, the freshness […]

Cybersecurity

Japananese Government to develop malware to fight cyberattacks

According to the Japan Times, The Japanese government has announced the development of malware, consisting of viruses and backdoors which will be the countries’ first form of cyber-weaponry. Japan is the latest country to create a cyber-arsenal following in the footsteps of the USA, UK, and Germany. The technology is to be produced by private […]

Broadband

FCC announces proposal to invest $20.4 Billion in US rural internet

Ajit Pai, Chairman of The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced a proposal for an initiative, the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which will see $20.4 billion allocated over ten years toward the development of high-speed broadband in rural areas in the USA. The money will be distributed through the newly created fund using a reverse […]

Space

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashes onto the moon

Source: IAI On 11 April 2019 Israel’s first lunar lander, the Beresheet spacecraft, attempted to perform a soft landing on the surface of the moon.  The landing was meant to take place in the northern region of Mare Serenitatis, which is located within the Serenitatis basin. However, during the breaking procedure just under 500 feet […]

Mobile devices

Huawei’s Revenue Surpasses $100 Billion

Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer, has joined the likes of Google and Apple after reporting revenue of $107.13 billion in 2018. Huawei’s annual revenue report showed a 19% increase. In 2018, Huawei’s sales reached an all-time high with their consumer business division growing 45%, accounting for US$52 billion in total revenue, […]

5G Mobile devices

Verizon First to Launch a 5G Phone You Can Use on a Commercial 5G Network

Verizon Wireless has beaten South Korea in the race to launch a 5G smartphone that can be used on the company’s commercial 5G network.  Launching a week ahead of schedule, this is the latest of the company’s 5G milestones, having launched a commercial 5G service, Verizon 5G Home, in October 2018. The company’s 5G network […]

Space

NASA Requests Funding for Mars Sample Return in 2026

NASA has requested funding for a Mars sample return mission, that could be ready to launch by 2026. The space agency has made a $2.6 million budget request for the fiscal year 2020 and a portion of these funds would be allocated to funding the mission. NASA has stated that the mission would involve a […]

Mobile devices

Huawei’s Mate X Becomes First EU-Certified 5G Phone

Huawei’s Mate X has been EU certified as 5G compliant. It is the first mobile phone to be EU certified, although it was initially thought that Huawei’s Mate 20X would be the first. Mobile phones need to be CE certified before they can be imported and sold in the EU. The testing ensures that the […]

Cybersecurity Facebook

Facebook Experiences Largest Outage To Date

Social media giant, Facebook is dealing with the aftermath of its largest outage in the history of the company.  Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger have all been affected by the partial outage across North America and Europe, beginning March 13, 2019. During this time, users could open the apps but could not access many […]

Artificial Intelligence

AI Being Used in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

AI is being used to help identify and rescue victims of human trafficking. The technology, developed by researchers from George Washington University, Temple University and Adobe, initially launched an app called TraffickCam in 2016. The app, which allows people to take photos of their hotel rooms and submit them via the app, has amassed one […]

Google Play Store

Google Maps Reaches 5 Billion Downloads on Play Store

The Google Maps app has reached 5 billion downloads on the Play Store. YouTube was this first to hit 5 billion downloads back in December 2018. Shortly after, Google Play Services also hit this milestone, although this could be discounted as Play Services hasn’t actually been manually downloaded that many times, rather when someone logs […]

Autonomous vehicles Start-ups

Autonomous Truck Start-Up Becomes Unicorn After Raising Further $95M

TuSimple, the U.S-Chinese driverless truck start-up, has raised $95 million in Series D fundraising efforts. The latest funding drive was led by Sina Corp. Investors in this round of funding included Composite Capital, a Hong Kong-based Investment firm who focuses on consumers, technology and transportation. Sina also invested in earlier rounds, as did Nvidia and […]

Artificial Intelligence

Website Harnesses AI to Generate Realistic Fake Faces

A website has been launched which creates remarkably real-looking artificial intelligence (AI) generated faces. The faces are produced using NVIDIA’s StyleGAN, a generative adversarial network (GAN) face generator. The StyleGAN was open-sourced in February 2019 allowing Uber software engineer, Philip Wang, to use the tool to create www.thispersondoesnotexist.com. Philip Wang posted on Facebook: “I have […]