In the United States, almost 7,000 children committed suicide using a gun from 199 to 2014. Meanwhile, thousands of people are killed every year with “misappropriated” guns. In a bid to end this colossal loss of life from guns, the concept of ‘smart guns’ has emerged: guns equipped with fingerprint scanners, radio frequency chips or other technology that could block anyone but the owner from using it. The New York Times recently reported that the U.S. Department of Justice issued…
A number of major US technology companies suffered a drastic decline in its stocks following the presidential election of Donald Trump – and are now quite fearful for the future under his administration. During the election campaign close to 150 tech leaders including founders of worldwide brands such as Apple, Reddit and Wikipedia penned an open letter in July - in which it warned that his nomination would be a ‘disaster for innovation.’ However, the controversial Republican candidate and New…
Facebook has specifically developed a censorship tool in order to try and force its way back into China. The social network empire was banned in China following the violence that broke out in Urumqi in July, 2009. The Chinese government took the decision to ban Facebook – after they established that many Xinjiang independence activists were using the social network to organise other activists. There was also a theory or belief on the ground in China that Facebook would not…

GSMA launches Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

Written on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 08:46
The GSMA announced the first details of the 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including confirmed exhibitors and sponsors, as well as a range of programs and activities taking place at the annual mobile industry event. Under the theme of “The Human Element”, Mobile World Congress Shanghai will be held from Wednesday, 28 June through Saturday, 1 July 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The GSMA expects that more than 65,000 attendees will participate in the Shanghai…
The beautiful region of Singapore has always been a place that has the intrinsic ability to blend both tradition and modernity. It has always braced modernity - and just over two years ago government officials announced their proposals for a program which was entitled Smart Nation. The ambitious project was designed in order to fasten the city, residents and government into a new digital age of innovation and industry. Singapore is making the bold transition from a successful city to…
The French capital of Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world - famed for its wonderful culture, fantastic cuisine and historical landmarks. However, French authorities are now set to give the go ahead to futuristic egg shaped ‘river taxis’ which would dramatically reshape the landscape of this beautiful city. Paris is set to become the first city in the world to introduce high-tech environmentally-friendly ‘flying’ river taxis into its public transportation system. The clever innovation is…
An Australian suburb is set to undergo a dramatic transformation from a derelict town into a 21st century metropolis. Springwood, a suburb of Logan City, is located about 20km from Brisbane – and it has remained relatively untouched since the 1990’s. However, the dreary suburban town has been identified by developers and environmental planners alike as the ideal location for an incredible new high-tech smart-city. Council officials are using Springwood’s traditional rural charm and green-space as the foundation for their…

Gartner says Indian cities won’t be all that smart

Written on Thursday, 17 November 2016 06:04
Gartner has put a damper on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to create 100 smart cities: Gartner estimates that, by 2020, fewer than 10 percent of India's smart city projects will be of a large-scale, city-wide nature. Modi launched the Smart Cities Mission in June 2015, allocating a total of $US5 billion for the development of 100 smart cities and the rejuvenation of 500 others. According to Gartner, the lack of a holistic, framework-based approach and of a viable…
The city of New York has been chosen as the Best Smart City of 2016 by the jury of the sixth edition of the Global Smart City Awards, announced at the Smart City Expo World Congress to recognize the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the urban innovation and transformation industry. The other two awards - best project and Innovative Global South - have been given to the Austrian company Aspern Smart City Research GmbH & Co. KG and the…
The sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), from 15-17 November in Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via exhibition centre, brings together 600 cities from five continents in the biggest-ever gathering of municipal authorities in the event's history. The cities represented will be examining the latest trends in the use of technologies to implement sustainable urban planning and discussing the common challenges facing them in the future. Barcelona will thus become the global capital of smart cities during…
Russian internet security giant Kaspersky recently announced that massive DDoS attacks had hit at least five of Russia’s largest banks. One of Russia’s largest state-owned banks, Sberbank, said it had been hacked into on Tuesday, November 8, but it managed to neutralize the attack automatically without disturbing its operations. In a media statement, Kaspersky said that the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks began at 1300 GMT which targeted “the websites of at least five well-known financial institutions in the…
“Android hasn’t hurt competition, it’s expanded it,” said Kent Walker, senior vice president and general counsel of Google, after the internet giant recently rejected EU allegations that it abused the market dominance of its successful Android mobile phone operating system. Android is a vital segment of Google’s business, now that smartphones are dominant over laptops and PCs. Google was responding to a long list of charges involving Android that Margrethe Vestager, the EU's outspoken competition commissioner, filed in April. They…
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