US judge places temporary ban on iPhone imports

Written on Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:07
On Tuesday, a US trade judge has called for a ban of some iPhone imports as Apple was found to have violated a Qualcomm chipmaker patent. International Trade Commission administrative law specialist MaryJoan McNamara recommended a “limited exclusion order together with a cease and desist order” against the tech ginat. Since the iPhone does not compeet with Qualcomm products, Apple will not be required to post a bond while US President Donald Trump and a panel of judges review the…

EU to ignore Huawei ban suggestion from US

Written on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:55
The 28 EU members have been asked to share some data to assess any risks involved with the rollout of 5G technology in Europe, according to Reuters. The Reuters report stated that Andrus Ansip, head of the European Commission, is set to make the recommendations on Tuesday. Ansip plans to use the processes which are outlined in the directive on network and information systems from 2016 and has also very recently passed the Cyber Security Act. For the past couple…

Germany to hold 5G frequency auction

Written on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 06:18
Germany’s attempt to catch up with the digital era starts this week when the auction for airwaves to build ultra fast 5G wireless networks will begin. This technology is crucial at the moment since Europe’s biggest economy seeks to transition from old-school engineering to catch up with the new digital age. The country seems to be behind in the race of mobile network speeds compared to Qatar, Albania and Moldova. Rubin Ritter, co-chief executive officer of Europe’s biggest online fashion…

Qualcomm awarded $31m in patent legal battle with Apple

Written on Monday, 18 March 2019 13:29
US chipmaker Qualcomm has won its protracted legal battle with Apple over patented technology used in iPhones. A jury in a federal court in Southern California ordered that Apple pay Qualcomm $31m after deliberating that the smartphone manufacturing behemoth had committed patent infringements for chips used on iPhone 7, 8 and X models. The damages were tabulated from July 6, 2017 through the end of the trial, according to a Qualcomm statement. The legal representative for the chipmaker expressed their…
Security researcher Victor Gevers has uncovered a database of 1.8 million women in China who have their names, addresses, marital status, education levels, and phone numbers listed however the most troubling part of this database is the fact that women of a certain age group were also categorized as “breed ready”. Gevers has said that anyone with an IP address has access to this database. This comes after his discovery of the Chinese database that leaked 300 million private messages…

Manx Telecom accepts £255m acquisition cash offer

Written on Thursday, 14 March 2019 10:57
Manx Telecom has announced that it has received a takeover offer worth £255m pounds from Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP.

House of Lords call for new centralized Digital Regulator

Written on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:16
The House of Lords has called for a new central digital super-regulator to be created in order to inspect the different bodies protecting the internet and to replace the ‘clearly failing’ system of self regulation in place. The Lords’ communications committee report has recommended a new Digital Authority. The report warns that the contribution of several regulators for the digital realm can be more problematic than helpful as it creates overlaps and gaps. The report also states that large tech…

Tesla to increase prices and keep several stores open

Written on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 07:59
Tesla is planning to increase prices by 3% on all cars except for the new mid-market Model 3. Recently, Tesla said it would close down several stores in order to pay for a cut in the price of the Model 3 in the US to USD $35,000. The amount of stores to be closed down were not previously specified but Tesla has said that it now plans to close down “about half as many” stores as it makes half the…
A new report from analyst group Dell’Oro showed that Huawei holds 29 per cent of the Telecom equipment market which puts it in a position ahead both Nokia and Samsung. The Chinese vendor’s market share has increased by 8% since 2013. In 2018, Huawei dominated the race, leading Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE, Samsung and Ciena as the primary equipment manufacturer. Dell’Oro found that all these companies combined possessed around 80% of the global market revenue of service provider equipment. The market…

France to increase taxes on internet giants

Written on Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:35
French President Emmanuel Macron has planned to implement an increase in taxes on internet giants such as Google and Facebook. After failing to convince his European counterparts to introduce it as an EU-wide tax, he decided to implement it in his own country. Many EU officials were against the idea such as Ireland which is well-known for its low-tax jurisdictions. The matter will be discussed by cabinet ministers and then submitted to Parliament. The proposal put forward regarding the new…
The profiles and personal messages of 364 million users of Chinese social media sites were leaked online, exposing private records such as photos and identity card numbers which were being gathered by the Chinese government through a surveillance program. Cybersecurity researcher for the NGO GDI Foundation, Victor Gevers, revealed in a series of tweets that the Chinese government was using a social media surveillance program which was “retrieving messages per province from 6 social platforms and extracts named, ID numbers,…

Trump reconsiders 5G nationalization plan

Written on Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:04
US president Donald Trump revisited a previous plan to nationalize 5G in the US after it had been previously scrapped in 2018 due to industry backlash. President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign backtracked on the prospect of 5G wireless technology after it seemed to contradict the White House’s administration policy. Trump’s admin began to discuss this prospect in January 2018 in an attempt to one-up their main competitor, China. Politico reported that this plan would ensure the government have full…
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