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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 […]

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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 […]

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Google to acquire Fitbit in $2.1 billion deal

Source: Fitbit Fitbit has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google for $7.35 per share in cash, valuing the company at a fully diluted equity value of approximately $2.1 billion. “More than 12 years ago, we set an audacious company vision – to make everyone in the world […]

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 […]

Cybersecurity Opinion

The More Cybersecurity Changes, the More It Stays the Same

– It is time for an evolution in cybersecurity that focuses on adversary disruption – Despite major advancements in technology, the global approach to cybersecurity has remained the same for decades: respond and recover. The same vulnerabilities are repeatedly exploited in similar ways, and this trend shows no signs of slowing because current security tools […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Cybersecurity Data Breach Opinion

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for the Insurance Industry

– Envisioning a Future of Prevention –  In May 2018, insurance company Aflac revealed that it had been the target of a successful cyberattack that led to a data breach and the possible exposure of customers’ sensitive personal information. The attack occurred via a hack of independent contractors’ email accounts.[1] Similarly, in 2014, Anthem, a […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]