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…

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,…

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…

Artificial intelligence how Lidar see the future

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk branded the laser scanning system Lidar ( light detection and ranging) which is being touted as the best way for autonomous cars to sense their environment. In April he said, Lidar was expensive and unnecessary as he believes that cameras combined with artificial intelligence will be enough to allow cars to…

Sophos snapped up by US Thomas Bravo for £3.08m

US private equity, Thomas Bravo has acquired Sophos, a UK cyber security company for £.308m ($3.9bn). Sophos, the FTSE 250 company based in Abingdon near Oxford employs 3, 400 people,  specialising in antivirus and encryption produts, based in England, which mainly serves small and medium-sized  businesses, is the latest UK company to be acquired by…

Dyson U-turn for electric cars

Dyson pulls the plug on electric cars.  The billionaire businessman had hoped to harness his group’s  expertise in battery systems, aerodynamics and high-tech manufacturing  to break into a fiercely competitive industry. Weekly meetings of the auto team run by former BMW and Nissan executive Roland Krueger, who joined Dyson in January 2019, reviewed the outlook…

97-year-old professor Goodenough wins Noble Prize

John Goodenough of the University of Texas in Austin, who is still active in research to lead the development of rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries that power everything mobile phones to laptops and even electric vehicles, at the age of 97. John Goodenough was the oldest laureate in any discipline in the 118-year history of Nobel Prizes,…

US is looking at ways to divert funds to Huawei’s European rivals

The US is looking at ways to channel money to Huawei’s European rivals, as officials warn that the Chinese company is becoming dangerously dominant in the race for the next generation of mobile communications. The US official have suggested issuing credit to companies such as Nokia and Ericsson to enable them to match financing terms…