Apple executive blasts Qualcomm during antitrust lawsuit trial

Written on Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:28
A prominent Apple executive has testified that Qualcomm refused to let the US technology behemoth use its chip technology in their latest line of iPhones due to an ongoing dispute between the two companies over licensing fees. The admission was made by Apple COO Jeff Williams, during court proceedings in relation to an antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Federal Trade Commission. Williams told the court that the global smartphone manufacturer expressed a desire to use both Qualcomm and Intel…

Facebook accused of breaking law in Vietnam

Written on Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:08
Vietnam has accused Facebook of breaching a new cybersecurity law by failing to take down anti-government content from its pages and advertising illegal products such as weapons and counterfeit goods. The law – which came into place on January 1st - requires internet companies to remove "toxic content" and hand over user data when requested by authorities. A report broadcast on Vietnam Television said that the Ministry of Information and Communications had sent several letters and emails to the company…
A Chinese drone maker has unveiled an unmanned warplane that can fly around for forty hours without needing to be refueled. ‘The Spy Hawk’ is invisible to radar and can scout ground targets from 9,800 ft according to its developers. Footage released by Sea Hawke General Aviation Equipment Company Ltd shows the drone taking off from a runway in an unspecified location, and was widely shared across Chinese social media on New Year’s Day. It is the first time the…
A catalogue of exciting products are set to the hit the American market in the new year but experts warn that 2019 could bring trust-related challenges for the tech industry. US retail revenue is expected to climb to a record high of $398 billion this year, with upcoming releases such as 8K TVs, Alexa-controlled pianos and motion-detecting drones. The trade group behind The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) predicts sales of gadgets will be unaffected despite the privacy scandals and ongoing…
Two of the UK’s largest airports have invested in multi-million pound anti-drone systems, after an incident at Gatwick in December brought flights to a standstill. Both London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports confirmed they have purchased high-tech systems to protect themselves from potential drone attacks. It follows three days of chaos at Gatwick in December, after a reported drone sighting caused mass disruption and grounded nearly 1,000 flights during the busy Christmas period. Flights were resumed after the British Army brought…

European court places ban on older iPhones

Written on Sunday, 06 January 2019 11:40
Chipmaker Qualcomm has won a patent dispute against phone giant Apple. Following a ruling in the District Court of Munich, Apple will no longer sell iPhone 7 and 8 across German stores and websites. The court ruled that Apple phones were infringing on Qualcomm’s intellectual property related to power saving technology in two of its older smartphones. Qualcomm was required to post a $1.34 billion security bond with German courts before it would take effect. Apple’s German website no longer…

Facebook faces lawsuit over data leak scandal

Written on Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:15
A DC attorney general has announced that he will file a lawsuit against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Attorney General Karl Racine said the social media giant had “failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them,” after the data of tens of millions of its users were leaked to third-parties. The suit alleges the company violated the Consumer Protection Procedures Act through its lax privacy standards, and that it misrepresented third-party developers’ ability to obtain data.…

Tech giant to invest further $1 billion for NYC campus

Written on Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:01
Alphabet Inc. has announced it will invest more than $1 billion to build a new campus in New York. The parent company of Google plans to make the Hudson Square site its primary global business hub; with new office space in Lower Manhattan, and new property at 550 Washington Street. The 1.7 million square-foot campus is set to double its staff numbers within a decade. Earlier this year, the tech giant spent $2.4 billion buying New York City’s historic Chelsea…

Huawei and Honor to release two new smartphones

Written on Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:40
Huawei has unveiled the eagerly anticipated Nova 4 smartphone. The model features an innovative circular “hole-punch” cut-out for the 25-megapixel selfie camera, and a 48-megapixel primary camera on the rear. It also boasts an impressive 6.40-inch touch-screen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2310 pixels at a PPI of 398 pixels per inch. Features include face unlock technology, finger print and proximity sensors and will be available in the colours black, white, blue and red. The Chinese phone…

Trump thanks Apple CEO for job opportunities in Texas

Written on Monday, 17 December 2018 07:15
Plans for a $1 billion Apple campus in Texas has won the praise of President Donald Trump.

Google CEO expresses fears over AI’s potential to harm

Written on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:12
Head of Google, Sundar Pichai, has expressed feelings of “deep responsibility” as a leader in the development of artificial intelligence (AI). In an interview with The Washington Post, he encouraged his tech competitors such as Apple and Amazon to ‘self regulate’ their technology when designing AI that has the potential to harm. Pichai said it was important to factor in ethics during early stages of production, rather than afterwards; accepting concerns surrounding AI’s potential to hurt people as “very legitimate”.…

Lawmakers demand information about controversial software

Written on Thursday, 06 December 2018 08:54
Amazon’s facial recognition software Rekognition has come under fresh scrutiny after a group of US lawmakers demanded more information into how the tool is tested and audited.
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