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.

Tech giants collaborate in music streaming war

Written on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 07:49
Amazon has announced that Amazon Echo will now support Apple music. As of December 17th, Apple music’s 50 million tracks will be available to play on Amazon's Alexa-powered speakers. It comes as a turning point for the two competing tech giants, as they broaden their service offerings to users of rival devices. Apple – who has around 50 million subscribers to its music streaming service – is hoping the merge will bring a key service to consumers who do not…

Huawei’s HONOR smartphones dominate Black Friday sales

Written on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 07:46
Leading smartphone e-brand HONOR, recorded an impressive sales performance on Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday in Europe, Middle East and USA. HONOR products dominated Amazon best seller lists in France, Germany, Italy and UK, with this year’s figures revealing a remarkable 250% YoY sales increase from 2017 across pan-European regions and sales in Spain reaching an impressive 300%. HONOR smartphones’ popularity with shoppers demonstrates HONOR's continued growth and the increasing demand for its AI-Powered models. The HONOR 9 Lite…

US tech giants roll out controversial new app

Written on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 07:26
Google has plans to roll out a controversial new app in which AI will make phone calls on behalf of users to arrange appointments, book tables and order food. Duplex will run through Google Assistant, and is described as “a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out ‘real world’ tasks over the phone.” At a conference in May, CEO Sundar Pichai played two recordings of Google Assistant running Duplex, arranging a hairdressing appointment and booking a table. The…
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