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5 Technology Trends Disrupting the Airport Industry

Airports have seen a substantial increase in the number of people flying over the last ten years, presenting a wide variety of challenges from security to efficiency. The processing of people, their luggage, as well as the growing requirements for aircraft, has spurred on progress in a number of smart technologies. From artificial intelligence to […]

Space

NASA announces first all-female spacewalk scheduled for October 21

NASA has announced that the first-ever all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) will be taking place on October 21, 2019. The mission was originally scheduled for March 26, 2019, but had to be postponed.   The women undertaking the spacewalk are Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who are currently living on the ISS. […]

Facial recognition Mobile Mobile devices

China introducing facial recognition test requirement to obtain a new mobile number

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has passed a new law whereby all citizens applying for new mobile and data services are required to have their faces scanned using facial recognition technology to verify their identity. The law, which is due to come into effect on December 1, 2019, is an upgrade […]

Artificial Intelligence Developers

Huawei announces $1.5 billion investment in the next 5 years

Source: Huawei. Huawei Developer Program 2.0 is announced Huawei has announced an investment of $1.5 billion in the next 5 years as part of its Developer Program 2.0 during its HUAWEI CONNECT 2019 conference. The company will partner with enterprises and individual developers to build the ecosystem of the computing industry. Huawei initially launched the […]

Gaming

University students create the first brain-controlled video game

NeurAlbertaTech, a group of undergraduate students from the University of Alberta have produced the first-ever mind-controlled video game using neurotechnology. The students formed the group to compete in the international NeuroTechX contest and was awarded with fifth-place after spending only two months developing the video game. The two-dimensional game, called AlphaBlaster, utilizes technology that measures the […]

Audio equipment Smart home

Bose Launches New Portable Smart Home Speaker

Source: Bose, Bose Portable Home Speaker Bose has announced the launch of the Bose® Portable Home Speaker, a multifaceted, compact speaker integrating Bluetooth, voice control, and 360-degree sound with battery power. The compact speaker which will be available from September 19th in Luxe Silver and Triple Black boasts the most bass above any other smart-portable […]

Artificial Intelligence Health

NHS to invest £250 million in AI Lab to Improve Healthcare

Health Secretary for The United Kingdom, Matt Hancock has announced the Department of Health and Social Care will invest £250 million in an Artifical Intelligence (AI) Lab. The AI lab will form part of NHSX, a new branch of the National Health Service that will be responsible for the digitization of the health care system in […]

5G Mobile devices Opinion

Is There Any Evidence To Suggest That 5G Poses Risks To Our Health?

The competition is in full swing to deploy 5G networks around the world. According to GSA’s LTE and 5G Market Statistics – July 2019 report, 293 operators in 98 countries are investing in 5G networks in the form of tests, trials, pilots, planned and actual deployments. Of those, 35 operators in 20 countries are offering […]

Satellites Space

Gateway Earth Development Group proposes plans for a space station to recycle space junk by 2050

Recycling is a necessary practice in order to keep our planet clean, but now a group of scientists is looking beyond our Earth and into the space around her to try and solve the ever-worsening issue of space junk. With an estimated one million pieces of space waste currently orbiting the Earth, the need to […]

Autonomous vehicles Environment

Unmanned Saildrone Successfully Circumnavigates Antarctica Streaming Back Vital Data

Credit: Saildrone – SD 1020 approaches Point Bluff, New Zealand in stormy conditions after finishing the first Saildrone Antarctica Circumnavigation Saildrone, a wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV), has successfully completed its first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica. The seven-meter long saildrone departed from Southport in Bluff, New Zealand on January 19, 2019 and returned to the […]

Space

NASA’s TESS Discovers Three New Worlds

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, otherwise known as TESS, has discovered three new planets in a solar system called The TOI 270 System. TOI (TESS Object of Interest) 201 is located roughly seventy-three light-years away in Pictor, a constellation in the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. The three worlds orbit a M-type dwarf star that is about […]

Space

Whitehouse announces plans to return to the moon, then onto Mars

Michael R. Pence, Vice President of the United States, has announced that Trump and his administration intend to build a base on the moon, before heading to Mars. The statement coincided with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing, speaking of that mission he said, “Unity is the true legacy of Apollo 11 – […]

Voice Recognition

Chinese voice recognition company, iFlytek, secures $407 million from state investors

iFlytek, the Chinese voice recognition software company, has secured $407 million in government funding. The finances were obtained through private placement that gained investments through a number of provincial government funds, including Artificial Intelligence Venture Capital, Anhui Smart Voice, Anhui Railway Development Fund and a state-backed industry fund for state-owned companies, that are controlled by the […]

Streaming

AT&T to launch new streaming service, AT&T TV in Summer 2019

AT&T has announced the upcoming launch of its new streaming service AT&T TV. Trials for the company’s latest addition will begin over the summer. Details on the new service are currently limited, leaving some wondering what will set it apart from AT&T’s existing streaming options, such as Watch TV. Watch TV already offers unlimited data […]

Artificial Intelligence

AI-based search engine for market intelligence, AlphaSense, Raises $50M in Series B Funding

AlphaSense Inc., the AI-based search engine for market intelligence, has announced it has raised $50 million in Series B funding. Launched in 2011, the company’s search engine is used daily by over 1,000 enterprise customers globally, with more than 50% of the S&P 100 corporations and 66% of the 50 largest global investment firms using it. The […]

Privacy

FTC approves fine of $5 billion against Facebook over Cambridge Analytica privacy violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a fine of $5 billion against Facebook over the mishandling of users’ personal information after revelations that Cambridge Analytica improperly acquired data from 87 million users. According to reports, the fine was approved in a 3-2 vote by the FTC. The investigation surrounded allegations that Facebook was in […]

Computer Generated

Insta model, Imma, has clocked-up 75k followers but isn’t actually real

Source: Imma.gram An Instagram model called Imma, has emassed over 75,000 followers but this isn’t your typical model. Imma is computer generated although most people would not be able to tell.  The 3D rendered human was designed by Tokyo based Modeling Cafe, a company that specializes in computer-generated modeling. The digital beauty appeared alongside human […]

Broadband Satellites

Amazon Seeks FCC Approval To Launch 3,236 Broadband Satellites

Amazon is seeking approval from the FCC to launch 3,236 satellites into low Earth orbit in order to provide nationwide broadband coverage. The initiative which is called “Project Kuiper” was brought to light after Amazons subsidy company Kuiper Systems LLC filed documents with the FCC requesting approval to provide coverage to the whole of America, excluding […]

AR/VR

Snap Stock Up 200% From Its Low But Still Losing Hundreds of Millions of Dollars A Quarter

Snap Inc. stock price is up almost 200% after hitting a record low of $4.99 in December 2018. The U.S. technology company offering price is now on the rise and is currently sitting at $15.61, within reach from its initial asking price of $17 when they launched in March 2017. Goldman Sachs analyst, Heath Terry […]

Space

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket’s Third Flight A Success Despite Failure To Recover Center Core Booster

Source: SpaceX SpaceX’s third flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket was a major success, despite being labelled the most complex launch to date. The mission named STP-2 took place on June 25, involving a number of challenging manoeuvres and four separate upper-stage engine burns. The rocket was transporting 24 satellites belonging to agencies including NASA, […]

Artificial Intelligence

Samsung’s AI Technology Generates Talking Deepfakes From A Single Image

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1b5aiTrGzY Samsung has developed deepfake technology that is able to take a single image and bring it to life, according to a paper published by Samsung’s Moscow-based researchers. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) the researchers have taught a connectionist system to study facial expressions and then utilizes the learned information to animate paintings, […]

Autonomous vehicles

Driverless train reverses in wrong direction in Yokohama, Japan injuring 14

An automated train accidentally reversed in Japan’s Yokohama’s Shin-Sugita Station, injuring 14 passengers onboard on June 1, 2019. The five-car automated train, which is operated by Yokohama Seaside Line Co., unexpectedly reversed when departing from the station. Witnesses to the incident say the train left the terminal before abruptly stopping, and then suddenly travelled approximately […]

Cybersecurity

461,091 Customer Accounts Compromised in UNIQLO and GU Japan Hack

Fast Retailing, Asia’s largest retail holding company has confirmed that an excess of 461,091 customer accounts has been hacked. Fast Retailing became aware of unauthorized logins to customer accounts on the retailer’s UNIQLO Japan and GU Japan online store websites. The company has confirmed that 461,091 unauthorized logins occurred between April 23 to May 10. […]

Space

NASA confirms SpaceX Crew Dragon Parachutes Test Failed

A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft descends under its parachutes at the end of the Demo-1 test flight in March. A test of the parachutes for that spacecraft in April failed. Credit: NASA/Cory Huston SpaceX had experienced a problem during a test of its Crew Dragon parachute system in April, according to NASA at a House […]

Space

Hubble Space Telescope’s observations used to produce image containing 265,000 galaxies

Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the first major optical telescope that was launched into space, has been used to produce a new image of the deep universe. The image consisting of 7500 individual photos taken over the course of sixteen years by the HST, reveals […]

Space

SpaceX launches resupply mission to ISS after several delays

CRS-17 Mission; Source: SpaceX SpaceX has finally launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) after power outages aboard the spacecraft caused delays. The planned launch of the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule was pushed back after a switch failure caused sections of the station’s power channels to cease to […]

5G

Trump and FCC announce US 5G initiatives

U.S President Donald Trump announced alongside Ajit Pai, Chairman of The Federal Communications Commission(FCC), a number of measures that are to be put into place to encourage the growth of 5G across America. In the ongoing race to be the first nation with 100% 5G commercial network coverage, the FCC and Trump administration will auction […]

Space

SpaceX successfully sends first commercial satellite, ArabSat-6A, into orbit

Source: SpaceX SpaceX has launched the Falcon Heavy rocket on its first commercial mission in a decisive demonstration to secure military contracts. The Falcon Heavy is partially reusable and in addition to the launching of their first cargo for a customer, a communications satellite called Arabsat-6A, the team also successfully landed the core booster on […]

Cybersecurity Facebook

540 Million Facebook User Records Exposed

Facebook is facing yet another incident of users’ data being exposed, this is the latest in a number of data breaches since 2018. Australian cybersecurity company, UpGuard, discovered a large cache of data during routine checks on the Amazon S3 servers containing more than 540 million Facebook user records including account names, ID numbers, reactions, and […]

AR/VR

REWILD Our Planet Augmented Reality Experience Launched

REWILD Our Planet, the worlds first augmented reality activation, has been created by the immersive technology studio, PHORIA. Other companies who collaborated on the AR experience were Netflix, WWF, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Arup and Google. The exhibition combines Netflix’s Our Planet eight-part documentary series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and location-based AR technology with high-resolution IMAX-style content. […]

Autonomous vehicles Smart cars

EU to vote on technology standard for autonomous cars

The European Parliment Transport and Tourism Committee are getting ready to vote on an act that would make WiFi technology the standard for autonomous vehicles as opposed to the alternative approach of using 5G technology. Concerns have been raised that a move back to a WiFi-based approach would hinder future 5G technology, as the systems […]

5G

South Korea launches World’s First Nationwide 5G Network

In the race to be the first official country to commercially launch 5G, the US and South Korea have been battling it out head to head. Last week Verizon launched the first commercial 5G network with 5G enabled smartphones; however, Verizon’s commercial 5G network is currently only available in two cities, Chicago and Minneapolis. Just […]

Internet connectivity Satellites

OneWeb raises $3.4 billion for Global Satellite Internet Network

OneWeb, a global communication company, has secured $1.25 billion in new funding after successfully launching their first round of satellites into orbit. The company’s goal is to provide a “globe-encompassing internet system” to all corners of the Earth, providing high speed connections to people all over the world, including those in remote areas that have […]

Space

SpaceX successfully launches astronaut demo capsule for NASA

SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company founded by Elon Musk in 2002, has launched an astronaut demo capsule designed to test the system for regular astronaut use. The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, accompanied by Ripley, SpaceX’s test dummy. Ripley is fitted […]

Space

First Integrated Recycler and 3D Printer Installed Onboard the International Space Station

The first integrated recycler and 3D printer, The Refabricator, has been successfully installed onboard the International Space Station. The Refabricator is a recycler-manufacturer, which means it is responsible for creating the feedstock, as well as 3D printing. The Refabricator can use a variety of plastics like packaging material and foam from the cargo, as well […]

Cybersecurity IoT

Japan to Hack 200 Million IoT Devices in Preparation for Olympics

The Government-backed National Institute of Information and Communications Technology is preparing a national sweep of approximately 200 million IoT devices in preparation for upgrades to cybersecurity ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to officials. The Japanese Government approved a legal amendment giving the green light to this unique course of action on January 25, 2019. […]

Space

NASA Plans to Send Astronauts to the Moon in 2028

NASA plans to put astronauts back on the moon in 2028.  Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, told space industry representatives on February 14, “This time, when we go to the moon, we’re actually going to stay.”  He continued, “So, we’re not going back to the moon to leave flags and footprints and then not go back […]

Cryptocurrency Cybersecurity

Turkish Firm Falls Victim to Cryptocurrency Heist of $2.47 million

A Turkish based cryptocurrency company has been the target of a cryptocurrency heist totaling $2.47 million. The company, which has not been named, alerted authorities to the hack upon discovering the Bitcoin, Ether, and XRP tokens were missing from the firm’s wallets. The Istanbul Cybercrime division has confirmed that the funds had been transferred from two […]

Internet of Things

1NCE sells more than 1 million SIM cards

1NCE, the Cologne-based IoT carrier, has sold 1 million SIM cards since launching five months ago. The company, which provides mobile communication between devices on the Internet of Things (IoT) offers users an IoT flat rate of €10 for 10 years. The package includes 500 megabytes and 250 SMS as well as full access to […]

Autonomous vehicles

Bosch To Invest 4 Billion Euros in Driverless Cars

Bosch has announced they will invest 4 billion Euros into the development of driverless cars by 2022. They currently have 4,000 engineers working on self-driving car technology and have partnered with the automotive company, Daimler, to develop the cars. “Driverless driving will be a game changer for individual mobility,” said Mr Denner. “It will open […]

Space

China Sends Probe to Far Side of the Moon

China has launched the first-ever spacecraft which will land on the dark side, also known as the far side of the moon. This is another significant and groundbreaking move in Chinas’ race for space exploration. The dark side of the moon is the hemisphere that is always facing away from the earth. Although not devoid […]

Cybersecurity

Quora Suffers Data Breach Affecting 100 Million Users

The questions-and-answers website, Quora, is the latest victim of a data breach which is estimated to have affected over a hundred million users. The company was co-founded by former Facebook employees, Adam D ’Angelo and Charlie Cheever in 2009. The company’s website, quora.com, allows questions to be asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community of […]

Health Wearables

Mercy Virtual Creates a New mHealth Care Model

The world’s first virtual care center, Mercy Virtual, is experimenting with an mHealth patch, which will allow doctors to monitor a patient’s vitals at home. The telehealth hospital, based in St. Louis, has been using VitalConnect’s VitalPatch sensor and Vista Solution for over a year now, allowing physicians to monitor up to eight biometric signs […]

3D Printing

Dutch couple create 3D printed Solar Voyager for Antarctica adventure

A Dutch duo fed up with tossing away plastic, have engineered a solar-powered vehicle made out of plastic waste. This invention has led to the Clean2Antartica movement, which will see this solar-powered electric vehicle, driving on Antarctica. The process of constructing this plastic masterpiece started by shredding plastic and melting it into filament and then 3D […]

Cybersecurity

BreachWatch Launches New Dark Web Monitoring Tool

The cybersecurity startup, Keeper Security, has launched BreachWatch, a service which monitors the dark web for users’ hacked information. BreachWatch provides in-depth monitoring of the dark web, for compromised credentials. Allowing the user to be notified in real-time, if their details have been part of a breach. The app then prompts the user to update […]

Cybersecurity

Yahoo to pay $50m to 200 million mega-hack victims

Following the mega-hack in 2013, web service provider Yahoo has reached an agreement where they will pay $50m in damages to 200 million people affected by the security breach. The breach affected a total of three billion accounts. This mega-hack allowed cyber criminals to gain access to a users’ personal information including names, email addresses, […]

IoT

Wearable fitness tracker for your pooch released

There are numerous fitness trackers on the market for us humans, and now man’s best friend has one too! PoochPlay is the first wearable fitness device for your dog, striving to offer users an all-in-one solution to their canines’ health & fitness management.  Designed to be ‘totally dog-proof’, PoochPlay effortlessly attaches to the dog’s collar […]

Uncategorized

China to launch “artificial moon” in 2020

China is set to launch an “artificial moon” in 2020. The news was announced by Wu Chunfeng, chairman of space contractor, Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co (CASC), who stated that the artificial moon will aim to replace street lights. The lighting satellite is designed to illuminate an 80km area by […]