Equifax breach the latest in troubling hacking trend

Written on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 08:55
Large digital security breaches are a common occurrence in the corporate world today. The latest breach, experienced by consumer credit reporting agency Equifax, follows a trend of troubling hacks that have played out across the globe this year. It seems adversaries will stop at nothing to evolve their threats, move with even more speed, and find new ways to widen their operational space. Equifax chief executive Richard Smith said his company “will make changes” after a massive security breach in…

How can telcos navigate the digital revolution?

Written on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:42
Telecom providers face tough times as digitization disrupts traditional business models. In fact, the telecom industry is ranked second after media as most likely to experience major digital disruption, according to a 2015 survey of C-level executives from 15 industries. EITC, the parent company of ‘du’, has responded to the disruption of digitization by embracing it, launching a fully digital mobile service. Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) officially launched the Virgin Mobile brand in the United Arab Emirates on September…

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj becomes safer and smarter

Written on Sunday, 10 September 2017 11:37
Saudi Arabia receives around 1.75 million pilgrims from around the world for the annual Islamic Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca. Making necessary arrangements each year for the growing number of pilgrims poses a logistic challenge for the government, as well as telecom providers striving to cater to the dense crowds. The solution, according to reports, has been the implementation of smart connectivity. Hajj pilgrim numbers have steadily increased in recent years which have led to numerous accidents and deaths…

Youth are driving the online era

Written on Sunday, 10 September 2017 05:56
In 104 countries around the world, more than 80 percent of the youth population is online, according to ITU’s 2017 Facts and Figures report. In developed countries, 94 percent of young people aged 15-24 use the internet compared with 67 percent in developing counties and only 30 percent in least developed countries. Yet, sub-Saharan Africa remains the fastest growing mobile market. Youth are at the forefront of internet adoption. The proportion of young people aged 15-24 using the internet (71…

Emerging markets: A gold mine for Chinese OEMs

Written on Sunday, 03 September 2017 13:00
Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo represent an uprising in the smartphone industry. Together, these Chinese OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) accounted for a record 48 percent of global device shipments in Q2 2017, according to Counterpoint Research. Emerging markets represent a gold mine for Chinese OEMs, as they continue to aggressively scale beyond their mainland. The smartphone industry has been dominated for almost a decade by Apple and Samsung who hold the top two sales spots. But that could soon change…

Are you prepared to pay more for 5G?

Written on Sunday, 27 August 2017 08:13
5G won’t come cheap. In the United States alone, fiber infrastructure to prepare for the next-generation technology could cost up to $150 billion, according to Deloitte. But despite 5G’s hefty bill, a recent survey discovered that 75 percent of end-user organizations would be willing to pay more for 5G mobile capabilities. The survey conducted by Gartner found that just 24 percent of respondents would be unwilling to fork out more to pay for 5G. 59 percent of respondents believe that…
Ride-sharing app service Uber has responded to a one-month ban in the Philippines by appealing to authorities on August 15. The company resumed services as it waited for a decision, Reuters reported. The suspension is one of many issues the Californian firm has faced recently, including controversy surrounding its former CEO Travis Kalanick. Uber’s services in the Philippines were halted on August 14 by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) because the company ignored an order to stop…

HBO the latest victim of mass data exfiltration

Written on Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:16
Time Warner-owned American TV network HBO was the latest major corporation to fall victim to data exfiltration, the unauthorized copying or transfer of data from a computer or server by means of malicious activity. The hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of material from HBO – a much larger amount than the 200 gigabytes stolen from Sony Pictures in 2014. HBO released a statement on July 31 confirming it had been hacked. The hackers claimed to have acquired 1.5 terabytes of data…

Crime-predicting AI: The future of law enforcement

Written on Sunday, 30 July 2017 09:46
Dubai never fails to impress with its forward-thinking approach to technological innovation. Dubai Police recently unveiled the emirate’s ambitious approach to law enforcement: a robot policeman equipped with cameras and facial recognition software. China is taking a similar approach, with companies developing artificial intelligence designed to predict crimes before they occur. Dubai Police formally inducted a robotic policeman into the force this year. The robot, referred to by the media as ‘Robocop’, can read human faces and identify potential threats…

Wearables are the future, not smartphones

Written on Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:27
There’s been talk among analysts that smartphones will slowly become redundant in the future and make way for more innovative communication platforms. Despite the fact that US consumers now own 27 million more smartphones than they did last year, wearables will eventually take the lead, some analysts speculate, as communication requirements evolve over time. The wearable technology market is expected to grow from US$15.74 billion in 2015 to US$51.60 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 15.51…

Another Oculus VR price drop fuels industry concerns

Written on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 13:23
For the second time this year, the price of Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset equipment dropped, fueling speculation that the technology has become difficult to sell. The price of the headsets was reduced to just $399 for the company’s ‘Summer of Rift’ sale. Oculus VP, Jason Rubin insists the reduction was an attempt at giving the hardware mass market appeal now that games are more available, but critics aren’t as optimistic. VR emerged as a Kickstarter campaign in 2012…
‘Petya’ is the second global ransomware attack to occur in just two months following the infamous WannaCry attack in May 2017. Companies around the world have been crippled by the latest Petya attack, which first appeared on June 28. The Ukraine government was severely hit, as were banks and electricity grids, and other companies in France, Denmark and the State of Pennsylvania. The Petya attack comes just months after the WannaCry attack that took place over the weekend of May…
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