The communist island nation of Cuba is famous for its limited and slow internet connections. In a bid to enable faster access to its content for Cuban citizens, Google recently signed a deal with the country. Executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Eric Schmidt, signed the deal in Havana on December 12, alongside the head of Cuban state telecoms company Etecsa, Mayra Arevich. The deal means that Cuba will have access to a network called Google Global Cache, which…

US president elect holds talks with Silicon Valley tech leaders

Written on Thursday, 15 December 2016 13:01
US president elect Donald Trump has met with a number of the world’s leading technology figures ahead of his inauguration ceremony next month. During a toxic battle for The White House, which has divided a nation, tech leaders in Silicon Valley were extremely critical of Trump – and said if he were to be elected, it would be a disaster for innovation and the technology industry. However, the 70-year-old billionaire has attempted to alleviate fears in the tech sector by…

China gears up for intelligent manufacturing

Written on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:15
The Chinese Government has released a five-year plan to develop intelligent manufacturing in a bid to increase the nation’s competitiveness. The plan was released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology at the World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit in Nanjing on Wednesday. According to a press release issued by Intelligent Manufacturing Summit the plan proposes a two-step strategy and ten key tasks for intelligent manufacturing. Under the two-step strategy, by 2020 foundation and supporting capability for intelligent manufacturing will be…
Outgoing US President Barack Obama has called for a broad review to be conducted into the Russian hacking scandal which disrupted the US presidential election campaign last month. US Democrats believe the hacking scandal significantly benefited Donald Trump’s successful bid candidacy. White House counterterrorism and Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco confirmed that President Obama has ordered intelligence officials to file a report into the hacking of Democratic officials’ e-mail accounts and Russia’s involvement in it – which has also further…

Russian President signs off on new cybersecurity doctrine

Written on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 10:45
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has approved a broad-ranging cybersecurity plan which is specifically aimed at bolstering the county’s defences against cyberattacks from abroad, while it will also be utilized for cracking down on perceived foreign influence. The new doctrine comes in light of the media furore over allegations from the United States that Moscow was behind a series of cyberattacks which were aimed at influencing the outcome of last month’s US Presidential election. The Kremlin have described it as a…
A Japanese Telecoms company has agreed to invest a staggering $50 billion in business and job creation in the United States - following a deal which was brokered by incoming US president, Donal Trump. The president elect triumphantly told the assembled media in the lobby of Trump Tower, New York, that SoftBank had agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States which would create 50,000 jobs over the next four years. Since that deal was officially announced by SoftBank,…
Russia’s FSB security service announced in a statement on Friday, December 2, that it had received intelligence about “plans by foreign secret services to carry out large-scale cyber-attacks from December 5.” The plans, it said, were aimed at “destabilizing Russia’s financial system including the activities of a number of major banks.” FSB is reportedly working to neutralize the threat. In November, Moscow-based security giant Kaspersky announced that a massive cyber-attack had penetrated at least five of Russia’s largest banks. Those…
A Chinese company’s attempt to purchase a German technology firm that specializes in the semiconductor industry has been blocked by the US Treasury. A review conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the USA - which is chaired by out-going US President Barack Obama, found the potential takeover posed too many risks to national security. It was able to block the purchase of German technology company Aixtron by blocking the inclusion of Aixtron’s US business in the proposed deal.…

World Bank to fund submarine link to Fiji’s second island

Written on Sunday, 04 December 2016 07:29
Fiji’s The World Bank has approved $US5.95 million loan funding to support the construction of a new submarine cable to connect the existing Southern Cross submarine cable network to Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second most populated island 150 kilometers north of the capital, Suva on the main island of Viti Levu. The money is expected to cover the design, supply and installation of a 95-kilometer submarine fiber-optic cable; construction of the cable landing station in Savusavu; purchase of internet capacity; and…
US tech company Uber is fighting a legal battle following a decision by a Spanish judge in 2015 to ban the company from operating in the country. He referred the case to the European Court of Justice at the time to decide how to define Uber’s service. At the core of the European Court case is whether or not Uber can be defined as a transportation company or a digital platform. The American company, which has its HQ in San…

Europol close down 4,500 websites selling fake brands online

Written on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:43
Europol have seized the domains of 4,500 websites after they discovered that they were peddling fake brands and products to consumers online. The massive crackdown saw Europol work closely with police and law enforcement officials all over Europe in their attempts to close websites guilty of engaging in mass fraud. It was established that the websites were trading in counterfeit goods and that thousands of people had been duped by the elaborate scam across a series of regions in Europe.…
The Finnish capital of Helsinki has launched its autonomous transportation system as self-driving buses take to the streets of the innovative smart city. French company Easy-Mile have developed the small electric buses which can transport up to nine passengers at speeds of up to 25mph – although it has been confirmed that they’ve been restricted to 7mph during their trial period. Two buses designed by the French company began travelling the roads of Helsinki this week in real traffic, and…
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