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SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts on historic mission

NASA and SpaceX successfully launched astronauts into space following a delay on Saturday May 30, 2020 after the initial launch was postponed due to bad weather. The historic mission marks the first time humans have been sent into space from U.S. soil in almost a decade and is the beginning of a new era in […]

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IBM ends all facial recognition business as CEO calls out bias and inequality

IBM CEO, Arvind Krishna, has announced that the company will end all its facial recognition business following criticism over privacy concerns and racial bias. Even with the advances that have been made in recent years, the technology still demonstrates bias. This has been attributed to, in part, private companies with little regulation or federal oversight […]

Cybersecurity Opinion

REVIEW: Bitdefender INTERNET SECURITY 2020

The last few months have seen an unprecedented increase in cybersecurity attacks, both on companies and individuals, so if you don’t already have effective security protection on your computers and devices, now is the time to get it. While it can be difficult to know which products and packages are going to offer the best […]

5G

GSMA: 28 million devices in Sub-Saharan Africa will be connected to the 5G network by 2025

28 million devices in Sub-Saharan Africa, or 2.7% of total connections, will be connected to the 5G network by 2025 according to Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa at GSMA during a Huawei online interview. According to Akinwale Goodluck, “we will see little 5G hotspots in countries like South Africa. I know that some operators […]

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Survey: 3 out of 4 Americans say driverless cars ‘not ready for primetime’

A survey of 1,200 adults, taken between February 27 and March 5, from across the United States and conducted by the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) has found that “nearly three in four Americans say autonomous vehicles are not ready for primetime.” In addition, 48% say they would never get in a self-driving taxi […]

Cybersecurity

Living Security Raises $5 Million to Help Big Enterprise With Security Awareness Training in a Work From Home World

Living Security, a provider of security awareness software for enterprise customers has announced a $5 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Silverton Partners with participation from existing investor Active Capital and new investors Rain Capital and SaaS Venture Partners. Texas based Living Security was launched in 2017 with its innovative Cyber […]

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China launches test crew capsule using new Long March 5B rocket

A view of the next-generation Chinese crew spacecraft during pre-launch processing. Credit: CCTV China has sent a test crew capsule into orbit, using its new Long March 5B rocket for the first time on May 5. The 5B rocket left Earth from the country’s latest launch site, formerly a suborbital testing centre, Wenchang spaceport, in […]

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Facebook bets big on India with $5.7 billion Reliance deal

Facebook is set to spend $5.7 billion to buy a 9.99% stake in Reliance Industries’ digital arm, as it capitalizes on WhatsApp’s extensive reach in the country. The deal is Facebook’s biggest since its $22 billion buyout of WhatsApp in 2014 giving the firm a stake in Jio Platforms – the digital services entity that […]

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Liberty Global and Telefonica Announce Merger Of Their U.K. Operations To Create the Leading Fixed-Mobile Provider in the Country

Virgin Media, U.K.’s fastest broadband network, and O2, the country’s largest mobile platform, have announced a 50-50 joint venture to create a stronger fixed and mobile competitor in the U.K. market.  The merger will support the expansion of Virgin Media’s giga-ready network and O2’s 5G mobile deployment with an investment of £10 billion in the U.K over the next […]

Cybersecurity

Microsoft Leads Coordinated Takedown of Necurs Botnet

Microsoft has taken a major step towards stopping the malware distributor, Necurs botnet. The computerized network  cybercriminals in Russia is renowned for some of the nastiest viruses out there including Locky, RockLoader, Bart, and Globeimposter.  The malware distributor is reported to have attacked over 9 million computers worldwide, which were then used as endpoints to […]

5G Internet of Things IoT

Report: 5G IoT Connections forecast to reach $8 billion by 2024

A new report released by Juniper Research, the analyst firm focusing on technology research and reports, has that total operator-billed revenue from 5G IoT connections will reach $8 billion by 2024; rising from $525 million in 2020. The 5G Networks in IoT: Sector Analysis & Impact Assessment 2020-2025 stresses that operators develop value-added services to […]

Space

Mysterious Monster star-making galaxy has been discovered

Astronomers have discovered a mysterious “monster galaxy”, which existed during the universe’s infancy around 12 billion years ago. The galaxy has been named XMM-2599, and what makes it so unique is it was a star-making machine, that just stopped. In its prime, this intriguing galaxy birthed over 1000 suns per year, a staggering amount when […]

Data Breach

Survey finds 75% of IT Executives think employees had purposefully breached data in the past year

A survey from Egress has found that 97% of IT Executives are concerned that company data could be at risk from inside breaches stemming from its own employees. The second annual survey by Egress interviewed 500 IT leaders and 5000 employees across the UK, US and Benelux regions. Egress‘s “Insider Data Breach Survey 2020”, which was […]

Autonomous vehicles

WaveSense Trials Ground-Penetrating Radar Technology In Self Driving Vehicles

WaveSense is utilizing ground-penetrating radar (GPR) technology created by MIT to make self-driving vehicles safer.The technology is able to develop a detailed map of roads sub-surfaces, which are all unique in their make-up. By using Mapping vehicles the radar can record the composition of the roadway. Autonomous cars fitted with the same technology can then […]

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McAfee Investigation finds autonomous cars can be hacked through AI system

A new investigation conducted by McAfee has found that connected cars may be at risk of being hacked through the vehicles’ artificial intelligence (AI) system. The method, which the company has called “model hacking” allows a person to over-ride and control a car’s software resulting in major safety concerns, along with creating an unclear future for […]

Cybersecurity Data Breach

250 Million Microsoft Records Exposed Online

250 million Microsoft records containing sensitive information from the past fourteen years have been found on the web, exposed and left accessible without any password protection or authentication. The data, found by security researchers from Comparitech on five Elasticsearch servers each holding identical datasets pertaining to discussions between Microsoft clients and service agents, from 2005 […]

Space

China releases batch of Change’e-4 images from the far side of the moon

CHANG’E-4 LANDER FROM YUTU-2 Source: CLEP / CNSA China’s National Space Administration has released a new batch of images from its Chang’e-4 and Yutu-2 lander and rover, which have awoken for their 14th lunar day on the dark side of the moon. The space agency published data collected by the robots including pictures of the Von […]

Autonomous vehicles

Intel’s Mobileye successfully demonstrates its autonomous car in Jerusalem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCWL0XF_f8Y Mobileye, an Israeli autonomous company owned by Intel, has demonstrated its technology by navigating through the streets of Jerusalem by using only twelve onboard cameras and no other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The twenty-minute journey showcased the ability of the tech as the vehicle steered clear of pedestrians, preformed lane changes in traffic […]

Space

NASA’s Artemis Project explained

NASA plans to send the next man and the first female to the moon as part of the Artemis project by 2024. Artemis will involve a series of complex missions that will ultimately see mankind once again walking on Earth’s moon after more than fifty years. The Artemis project which was previously called the Exploration […]

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Facebook announces new policy banning deepfakes

Facebook has released a policy that will ban deepfakes as they surface on the social media platform, and remove existing ones if its meets certain criteria. Deepfakes, the technology which is created using machine learning technology by taking a real image or video and superimposing fake content can often involve a celebrity or politician.  The […]

Internet of Things IoT

Report: intelligent street lighting to reach 1.2 million in 2023

Smart street lamps or intelligent street lighting is on the rise according to the latest research report released by Berg Insight, an IoT analyst company.  The report states that at the end of 2018 there were 10.4 million smart street lamp bases installed globally, and that number is expected to reach 1.2 million in 2023. Intelligent […]

Google

Alphabet Inc. reaches $1 trillion valuation

Source: Google Alphabet Inc. the company that owns Google has joined the trillion-dollar club becoming the fourth U.S company to make the list. The firm crossed the trillion-dollar mark in the last few minutes of trading on Thursday January 16, 2020 with shares reaching  $1,450.16 on the New York Stock Exchange, the highest share price […]

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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink Satellites

Starlink Mission. Source: SpaceX SpaceX launched an additional sixty Starlink satellites to add to the constellation currently being built in space on January 7, 2020. The small satellites will be used to provide global “high-speed broadband internet” according to the Starlink website and this latest launch takes the total of internet satellites already in orbit […]

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Year in Review: Our Top Stories From 2019

2019 was an action-packed year full of innovative technology and the InnovaTech team would like to thank all our readers for their support. In honor of the new decade that lies ahead we thought we would round-up some of our favorite stories from 2019: Hubble Space Telescope’s Observations Used To Produce Image Containing 265,000 Galaxies […]

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Xiaomi announces $7.2 billion investment in 5G and AIoT over the next five years

Xiaomi’s Founder and President, Lei Jun, has announced a five year dual-engine strategy which incorporates 5G and AIoT (AI + IoT) with plans to invest 50 billion yuan ($7.2 billion) over that time. In the New Year letter, Jun stated that 2020 was a key year for Xiaomi to promote its “5G + AI + […]

Space

NASA Haughton-Mars Project announces successful field test of smart glove

The NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP), with collaborating organizations SETI Institute, Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Collins Aerospace, and Ntention have announced the successful field test of a smart glove, which could be used in future human exploration of the Moon and Mars. The smart glove utilizes a human-machine interface (HuMI) allowing astronauts to control robots, […]

Environment Nature

Saildrone Announces 3-Way Public-Private Partnership to Advance Ocean Mapping

Saildrone, the company which designed the first unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to circumnavigate Antarctica, has announced a public-private partnership (PPP) grant with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in order to create the Saildrone Surveyor, a vessel utilized for deep-water ocean mapping. By making use of multibeam […]

Cybersecurity Networking

5 Benefits of a VPN

A Virtual Private Network is a connection method used to increase security and privacy to private and public networks. They are mostly used by corporations to protect sensitive data but are becoming increasingly popular for personal use as people look for smarter ways to protect their data and privacy.  A VPN replaces the user’s initial […]

Cybersecurity Data Breach

267 million Facebook users’ personal information leaked in latest data breach

A database has been uncovered containing over 267 million Facebook users IDs, phone numbers, and names, exposed on the web for anyone to access without a password or any other authentication. The database was discovered by Comparitech and Bob Diachenko, a security researcher and is believed to have been gathered by cybercriminals from Vietnam. The […]

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TechSee Releases Findings of Its Smart Home Survey

TechSee, a company providing the first cognitive visual support solution powered by augmented reality and artificial intelligence, has released the findings of its latest survey on smart home support.   According to the findings, almost 40% of the participants have at least one smart device in their homes. Light users, or participants with just one […]

IoT Smart travel

Samsara Launches its Smart Luggage Range Enabling Real-Time Tracking

Source: Samara, Samsara tracking technology locating lost baggage Samsara Luggage is set to launch its new range of smart luggage, equipped with the latest IoT tracking technology. Last year alone 24.8 million pieces of baggage were misplaced and it is for this reason that the company has designed a bag for the new generation of […]

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Which U.S. Carrier Is Winning The 5G Race?

With the four major U.S. carriers claiming to be winning the race to 5G wide-spread coverage, we take a look at which locations in the U.S. 5G connectivity has been deployed in and how many people can access the 5G networks and benefit from the lightning fast internet speeds. Sprint began rolling out 5G in […]

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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 […]

Space

China Successfully Completes Landing Trial Ahead of 2020 Mars Mission

China has successfully concluded a landing test in preparation for its planned Mars mission, a significant advancement in the race to Mars. During the trial, a probe designed to land on Mars separated from the main spacecraft at a height of 230 feet carefully descending to an altitude of just under 50 feet from the […]

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. […]

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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 […]