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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]