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…

5G subscriptions to surpass half a billion by 2022

Written on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 05:55
Full-fledged 5G is just around the corner, according to Ericsson’s latest June 2017 Mobility Report. The acceleration of 5G New Radio (NR) standardization will enable large-scale trials and deployments of 5G in 2019. Thus, the number of 5G subscriptions is forecast to exceed half a billion by the end of 2022. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations, known as the Organizational Partners, approved acceleration of the 5G NR standardization schedule in March 2017…

The intelligence revolution is upon us, says Lenovo CEO

Written on Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:14
Today we are standing at the beginning of the Fourth ‘Intelligence’ Revolution, said Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo at the company’s TANSFORM event held in New York on June 20. Yang said Lenovo will “redefine IT” and encouraged “intelligent transformation” driven by cloud computing and artificial intelligence. “I can’t think of a better place to hold our TRANSFORM event than in New York – a city that has transformed from a humble trading post 40 years ago to…
CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia 2017 wrapped up yesterday after a three-day exhibition and conference addressing technologies and strategies for smart cities and digital ecosystems driving the digital strategies and transformation roadmaps of governments and enterprises in Asia. The event drew over 40,000 trade attendees with 45 percent hailing from overseas, and more than 1,800 exhibitors showcased innovations featuring the latest in IoT, big data analytics, cloud, artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, satellite communications, virtual reality, IP broadcasting, OTT and 5G among…
Thousands of institutions around the world were subject to a series of “WannaCry” ransomware attacks over the weekend of May 12, causing data to be encrypted with a claim for payment. The ransomware virus brought computer systems from Russia to China to the UK and the US to their knees, reflecting just how much modern human societies rely on technology to function. The world is steadily becoming increasingly digitally-reliant which requires consistency, particularly when the integrity of a high-profile company…
Corporate data is becoming what oil is to Saudi Arabia, says Clear Peak analyst Brad Cowdrey – outrageously profitable. There is so much valuable data available to corporations today, he says, and its potential uses are “proliferating so rapidly” that not using it would be “negligent”. But the dominance of tech giants that rule the data world has prompted calls for them to be broken up, the same way Standard Oil was in the early 20th century, over antitrust concerns.…

Egypt’s digital development strategy takes shape

Written on Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:05
In September 1999 a national project for a technological renaissance was announced in Egypt reflecting the commitment of the government to developing the country's IT sector. That commitment is reflected today by the introduction of 4G services, the nation’s pledge to improve ICT education, and its vision for a more digital and sustainable future. With over 92 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab world which represents its influence and strategic importance in…
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