Way forward for 5G networks

A couple of months ago, the heads from 18 small British telecoms companies met at a London bank to discuss investment, strategy, and mergers. In the meeting, they were asked if they thought the Chinese could eavesdrop through back doors in Huawei equipment all 18 hands went up. One of the bankers then asked, if…

Tech companies sued over child coblat miners

International Rights Advocates (IRA), a human rights group in class action lawsuit has claimed Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell, and Tesla have all “aided and abetted” a supply chain for cobalt metal critical for smartphones and electric vehicles that forces children to work in dangerous conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Apple, Alphabet, Dell, Microsoft,…

Face scans mandatory for new mobile phone users in China

  A regulation announced in September 2019, was due to come into effect on Sunday when all people in China are required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of hundreds of millions of internet users. China has for years been trying to…

Are you one of the two million people who uses emoji every hour

  Gretchen McCulloch, a Canadian linguist, making sense of  the ways we communicate online “ how internet is making us  more nuanced and inventive writers”,  in her latest book she writes “ because of internet, through a revolutionary period in linguistic history, where writing quickly, within character limits and deploying ever-changing internet slang, is enriching…

Our extreme behavior with social media

Twitter and Instagram was used to hurl racist abuse at Paul Pogba, the Manchester United midfielder. Team-mates rallied to his defence, criticised social media companies who inturn gave their usual excuses that they were monitoring the situation banning those who participated in the abuse, investing in new tools to avoid such situations. The Twittering Machine…

Google reveals -Apple’s privacy  reputation has been knocked by iPhone hack

Apple’s reputation is dented by the discovery that iPhone owner’s were exposed to more than a dozen software vulnerablities  for the last two years. Hackers were able capture iPhone owner’s text messages, photos and device locations on hundreds of thousands of devices until security researchers at Apple’s smartphone rival Google revealed it of the sustained…

Jony Ive Apple Design Genius leaving the company

Sir Jonathan Paul Ive (Jony Ive), the British born industrial designer who created the first iPhone, The MAC, iPod, and turned a faded Silicon Valley giant into the world’s most valuable company, will leave Apple this year after more than two decades to start his own design company after nearly 30 years with the tech…

Rihanna launching new Fenty fashion line LVMH

  Rihanna, one of the best-selling music artist worldwide, has teamed up with LVMH to create luxury clothing and footwear brand, making the largest luxury group by revenues. Luxury brands like Christian Dior, Dom Perignon Champagne and Sephora owner said the new brand of ready-to-wear shoes and accessories would be named Fenty ready for spring…

Facebook has chosen London as the hub for WhatsApp payments

  Facebook has chosen London as the centre for a push into payments on its WhatsApp messaging service monetising fast-growing platform. The App which has 1.5bn users globally, will expand its workforce by a quarter  and hiring of over 100 people with most additional staff  will be in London and Dublin. Facebook said it chose…

US 5G ban fails to dent Huawei revenue

The Shenzhen-based Huawei’s first quarter revenue rose 39 per cent from the previous year to Rmb179.7bn (£21bn), suggesting US efforts to persuade countries to ban the Chinese group’s telecoms equipment from their 5G networks have not tempered growth. Although Australia and Canada have joined US in blocking Huawei kit several European countries have effectively rowed…