Hi-Tech


    • Qualcomm unveils next-gen 5G modem

      Qualcomm unveils next-gen 5G modem

      The first batch of 5G phones haven't even hit the market yet, but Qualcomm's already got a processor prepared for the next-generation devices. Announced last Tuesday the new Snapdragon X55 modem is reportedly designed to accelerate global 5G rollout and unlike the X50 will bring 5G to a broad range of device categories and applications beyond smartphones, including hotspots, Wi-Fi routers, Always Connected PCs*, laptops, tablets, XR devices and connected cars.

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    • Google quits dependency on third-party chipmakers

      Google quits dependency on third-party chipmakers

      Google is reportedly stepping up its efforts to design its own in-house smartphone and data center chips by building a new team of engineers dedicated to the project in Bengaluru, an up-and-coming semiconductor site in the capital of the south Indian state of Karnataka. According to Reuters, over the past several months, Google has hired a bunch of chip engeneers to join the new 'gChips division' and currently the team includes at least 16 engineers and four recruiters, all poached from companies like Broadcom, Intel, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm. The team, however is expected to continue to increase in headcount.

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    • Apple, Aetna team up on health tracking app

      Apple, Aetna team up on health tracking app

      Apple and insurance giant Aetna announced they are launching together an "one-of-a-kind" iPhone and Apple Watch health-tracking app that provides users with personalised activity goals and suggests healthy behaviors, such as sleeping or eating better. The app, dubbed Attain, can also nudge you to get your flu shot or take medication. In return, those who complete Attain's suggested health actions and goals can earn rewards.

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    • iPhone XI to power a laptop

      iPhone XI to power a laptop

      Apple has already begun work on its next high-end smartphone that will offer us a number of changes in design and hardware and one of the most interesting features, which developers are reportedly experimenting with is reportedly the ability of the iPhone XI to power larger devices such as laptops.

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    • France fines Google €50m for GDPR violations

      France fines Google €50m for GDPR violations

      France’s data protection regulator, CNIL, has issued Google a €50m fine for its inability to comply with its GDPR obligations, The Verge reports. This is the biggest GDPR fine yet to be issued by a European regulator and the first time one of the tech giants has been found to fall foul of the tough new EU regulations that came into force in May last year.

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    • Largest public data breach in history is a fact

      Largest public data breach in history is a fact

      Data breaches these days started to become more and more massive and thanks to Internet security researcher Troy Hunt the world has now officially witnessed the biggest one. The newly discovered “Collection #1" undoubtedly represents the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed. Furthermore, it is reportedly made up of individual data breaches from more than 2,000 databases, instead of representing a single, easily identifiable service.

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    • Microsoft builds world’s largest AI and IoT lab

      Microsoft builds world’s largest AI and IoT lab

      Microsoft has decided to establish world's largest artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT lab and has reportedly chosen to do it in Shanghai. The announcement came after the district government of Pudong New Area and Microsoft (China) signed a strategic cooperation Memorandum of Understanding.

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    • Successor to Large Hadron Collider unveiled

      Successor to Large Hadron Collider unveiled

      CERN has unveiled the blueprint for a huge 100 km-circumference particle smasher that would be used to study the Higgs boson in unprecedented detail as well as search for new physics in the latter half of the century. The conceptual design report for the €20bn Future Circular Collider (FCC) has been drawn up on 15 January, revealing that the machine would be four times the size of its successor, Large Hadron Collider (LHC), making it the largest scientific instrument on the planet.

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    • Google partners with WordPress to save local media

      Google partners with WordPress to save local media

      Over the past couple of decades, local media has been eclipsed by big tech platforms, as it struggled to keep up with changing consumer behaviours and emerging digital world. As a result many local newspapers with long histories have had to cut back on staff and reduce coverage. So, to solve the issue and save the local media outlets Google News initiative is now partnering with WordPress's parent company Automattic by investing $1.2 m in the development of a “fast, secure, low-cost publishing system.”

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    • Apple replaced 11m iPhone batteries in 2018

      Apple replaced 11m iPhone batteries in 2018

      Last year was quite controversial for Apple as it had to face many issues. The last quarter was related to court conflicts with Qualcomm, which are expected to continue and take full effect in 2019. In addition, the company had to confess that weak iPhone sales would bring financial losses worth more than $9bn. To make things worse, the beginning of each calendar year is traditionally a weak period in the smartphone market, so we have every reason to expect that the situation will recur in 2019 and Apple's iPhone sales will suffer even more losses.

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