Foxconn to venture in to electric cars

Foxconn, an Apple lead assembler and depends on Apple for 50 per cent of its revenue, is venturing into electric cars with Fiat, Chrysler Automobiles. Hon Hai, Precision Industry, as the world’s largest contract manufacturer is in talks to set up a business the Italian-American carmaker both holding 50 per cent stake, to make cars…

New gadgets spotlighted at CES

Amazon and Google have hired lots of floor space at CES to spotlight products that tie into their virtual assistants. LG display says it has a 65in ceiling mounted screen that can be rolled up when not in use. Min-LED involves using smaller light-emitting diodes than normal to illuminate a screen’s colour pixels which allowed…

Huawei reports strong sales growth despite sanctions

Huawei has reported sales surge by 18 per cent  compared to 19.5 per cent in 2018, shrugging off the intense effort by Trump administration to weaken the Chinese technology group and shut it out of western markets, as it shipped 240m smartphones in 2019 up from 206m the previous year. After the US banned exports…

Russia tests alternative internet

Russia has successfully tested a country-wide unplugged internet alternative to the global internet, its government announced.  Experts remained concerned about the trend for some countries to dismantle the internet. “It means people will not have access to dialogue about what is going on in their own countrym as they will be kept within their own…

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,…

China tech companies dictating standards for Facial recognition

Chinese tech companies are at an advanced stage of shaping facial recognition and surveillance standards at the UN, as they aspire to dominate markets in the developing world for their designs. China Telecom, ZTE, Dahua are among companies proposing global standards in the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for facial recognition, video monitoring, city and…

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…

Age of Robots: How automation control our work, wealth and welfare

Mr Bootle the chairman of Capital Economics argues that the automation and advances in AI will be a huge positive influence in our lives in the coming future and economic effects of artificial intelligence may not be as different from those of previous technological transformations as many suppose, that the speed with which the changes…