While speculation continues to swirl over the bidding for its fixed-line network business, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong is looking to spark fresh growth at its mobile operation by offering international roaming for as low as HK$15 a day.Mobile arm Three Hong Kong will launch its so-called Roam-in-Command programme this Friday, providing discounted data roaming service in six countries in Europe and 10 countries across Asia-Pacific, as well as packages that combine the United States, Canada, mainland China, Taiwan and Macau.Hutchison Telecom’s aggressive strategy may help kick new life into the moribund roaming business of the city’s three incumbent mobile network operators, which include HKT and SmarTone Telecommunications.Kenny Koo, the director of roaming and service development at Three Hong Kong, said the operator is drawing on its close industry alliances “to tailor value-for-money roaming packages that offer extensive overseas coverage”.Those partnerships include those with Japan’s NTT Docomo, British multinational telecommunications giant Vodafone Group, Asia-based mobile alliance Conexus and the rest of the Three Group businesses under Hutchison Telecom parent CK Hutchison Holdings.Three has mobile network operations in Austria, Britain, Denmark, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Macau, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Vietnam.
Biometrics move as TSB readies iris recognition technology for its mobile banking appTSB claims it is the first European bank to commit to rolling out iris recognition technology in its banking apps.The thinking is that TSB customers will soon be able to use a smartphone to access their bank accounts, simply by looking at the device’s iris scanner.They can also access their account via the existing fingerprint feature.A study last month found that both banks and their customers overwhelmingly favour the use of biometrics, but adoption remains sluggish.Biometrics of course are popular asd they often remove the need for the customer to remember lengthy IDs or passwords.
Committee will examine the possibilities of AI and how it could impact societyThe UK parliament has called on a Select Committee to carry out research into the future implications of artificial intelligence (AI).The study will look into the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in the technology, examining a range of topics including the current state of AI and how it might develop in the future given the pace of technological change.The committee is already calling for evidence and accepting submissions from any relevant parties, with the report scheduled for 31 March 2018.Given the potential of AI, there are of course plenty of areas to consider, such as the impact of AI on society, the public perceptions of the technology, the sectors most and least likely to benefit from it and the future ethical implications.The committee will also focus on the data-based monopolies of large corporations and the government’s role in fostering an environment for future development.
Not every bit of the past should be dug up for the sake of nostalgia.Which is to say, not every game from your younger years should be remade, despite those rose-tinted memories.Crash Bandicoot was all but the PlayStation mascot when Sony first entered the console arena in the 1990s.He was the fast-paced, snarly marsupial who powered through levels in the vein of Mario and Sonic.Crash helped lead the way in 3D gaming – a revelation, at a time, that pretty much revitalised the platformer market.The original Crash trilogy (available for the PS4) has now been given a long-awaited remake.
Borsa Italiana, the Italian subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), says it is using IBM Blockchain to help European SMEs access credit and link into digitising certificate data.Traditionally, smaller companies do not have access to public stock exchange networks or formalised credit structures, but the plan is for Borsa Italiana to help smaller companies trade and operate more easily in the exchanges.The IBM blockchain solution for unlisted SMEs in Europe is designed to replace the paper trading certificates that are usually issued to private companies."With a more digitized, streamlined and transparent process enabled by the blockchain solution, various parties - including issuers, regulators and investors - will have increased insight into company information," said IBM.Using the blockchain solution, Borsa Italiana is hoping to change how unlisted companies in Europe can exchange and bring greater transparency around shareholder data and, at the same time, expand their access to credit.Borsa Italiana is the latest in a series of stock exchanges that will be using IBM Blockchain.
Meituan-Dianping’s CEO Wang Xing responded to negative comments on the recent controversy about food delivery app Meituan Waimai (美团外卖, Meituan Takeaway) using separate boxes for halal food, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.This week, a picture of Meituan Waimai using a separate food box for halal food was widely circulated on the Chinese internet, stirring up controversy with many netizens claiming discrimination against non-Muslims.The Meituan Waimai app was flooded with one-star comments of angry Chinese netizens claiming that Meituan users should delete the app.Initially, Meituan did not respond to this.And then one user called “Meituan city manager Zhang Wei,” published the user’s comment on knowledge sharing platform Zhihu, which once again led to strong condemnation from the public.After a long silence, Meituan responded to the issue on its official Weibo account on the evening of July 19th:
Almost every other movie these days has a virtual reality tie in.It’s almost unavoidable considering how popular VR is.That’s especially true if the film in question is fantasy or, better yet, sci-fi.With the San Diego Comic Con kicking into full gear this week, there is no better time to promote such virtual reality experiences.Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to a sci-fi cult classic, is no different, and Oculus is only too happy to bring Gear VR owners an appetizer of what’s to come later this year.The original Blade Runner was never really heavy on the visual effects.
A German consumer protection agency is suing an electronics retailer for not warning its customers about the security holes in a cheap Android phone it was selling.A well-known weakness of the Android ecosystem is that some manufacturers sell phones running outdated versions of Google's operating system, and don't keep on updating them to close known security vulnerabilities.Google may give manufacturers the patches they need to do this, but this protection often doesn't reach the consumer.This issue is now at the centre of the case involving a Cologne branch of the German electronics giant Media Markt.The branch is being sued by the North Rhine-Westphalia consumer protection agency, the Verbraucherzentrale NRW.Media Markt no longer stocks the T6, but it did stock it back in early August last year, when the Verbraucherzentrale NRW sent someone to buy a unit.
Doom developers id Software have made the 2016 game's paid-for multiplayer add-ons free for all players and introduced a new progression system ahead of a free trial of the game running this weekend and starting today (20 July) on PS4, Xbox One and PC.The new patch brings the exhilarating reinvention of the classic shooter to version 6.66, and means that all players will have their progress wiped due to the new system for progression.Old players will get a badge to indicate that they are veterans and can elect to keep some of their unlocked items if they wish.Under the new system, players will have to complete challenges and meet requirements to level up and unlock new weapons and gear.The old system relied on random number generation to generate gear players could then upgrade.Each of Doom's three downloadable content (DLC) packs has focused on expanding its multiplayer side.
Apple gains support from Asia against Qualcomm.The ongoing stand-off between Apple and Qualcomm has got more heated with Apple's manufacturing partners joining the company against Qualcomm.Hon Hai/Foxconn, Compal, Wistron and Pegatron — all manufacturing partners of Apple in Asia —have filed a counter suit claiming that Qualcomm violated two sections of the Sherman Antitrust laws that exist to maintain fair competition within the US to benefit consumers."Qualcomm has confirmed publicly that this lawsuit against our clients is intended to make a point about Apple and punish our clients for working with Apple," Theodore J Boutrous, a lawyer representing the four companies, said in a statement.The counter suit is seen as a response to the suit that Qualcomm filed in May this year seeking licensing fees that these manufacturing partners had reportedly stopped paying at the Cupertino-based tech giant's instruction.Apple's manufacturing partners have called Qualcomm's lawsuit, "yet another chapter of Qualcomm's anticompetitive scheme to dominate modem chip markets, extract supracompetitive royalties, and break its commitments to license its cellular technology on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms," a Bloomberg report noted.
Microsoft is putting its money where its mouth is in its attempts to break into the embedded computing space, announcing a partnership with Johnson Controls to put the Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT) Core platform into a smart thermostat dubbed Glas.Announced back in 2015, Windows 10 IoT Core is - as the name suggests - a cut-down version of Microsoft's flagship operating system designed for embedded devices in the Internet of Things spectrum.Although lacking a traditional graphical user interface or support for legacy applications, the platform is designed to be relatively lightweight and offer the comfortable familiarity of Windows application programming interfaces (APIs) along with tight integration into the company's Azure cloud computing platform.Despite numerous initiatives designed to boost adoption, including making the platform available free of charge for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi, commercial adoption of Windows 10 IoT Core has been slow-to-nonexistent.To address that, Microsoft has announced that has partnered with Cork-based Johnson Controls - best known for its founder, Warren S. Johnson, having patented the world's first electric room thermostat in 1883 - into a smart thermostat driven by its Azure-based Cortana voice-activated assistant platform.Dubbed Glas, the thermostat is designed to compete with devices like the Google-owned Nest.
Yesterday (19 July) Nintendo released the companion app for its Nintendo Switch online service on iOS and Android devices.The app allows players to sample the private lobby and voice chat features that the company will start to charge players to use from 2018.The app has been released to coincide with the release of Nintendo's multiplayer-focused Switch exclusive Splatoon 2 tomorrow (21 July), and this is when most players will be able to try out the online features.They'll find however, that there is a sizeable and frustrating drawback to voice chat.One that further confuses Nintendo's already confusing online strategy.If they want to have a quick look at Twitter, or another app, any voice chat channels will be closed.
South Korea’s Eyedentity Entertainment launched an integrated e-sports business brand “World eSports Games & Leagues” (WEGL), Wednesday, seeking to combine gaming contests and entertainment.The company said it plans to extend the range of its esports business from just hosting contests to fostering talented professional gamers and building new stadiums for competitive events.“We will strengthen investments in e-sports and pour about 50 billion won (US$44.59 million) into this business,” Eyedentity Entertainment CEO Guo Haibin said at a press conference in Seoul.“We plan to spend the money in building new e-sports arenas and fostering new professional gamers and teams.”According to Eyedentity Entertainment, the global esports market grows by 40 per cent every year.In particular, Korea and China together hold a 23 per cent stake of the global esports market.
Today Nokia’s Chinese website put up a promotional image for the yet-unannounced smartphone, as evidenced by the screengrab you can see below.We assume this was a mistake by the webmaster, since HMD still hasn’t unveiled the Nokia 8.Some say that the handset could be unveiled today, if we go by the date shown on the phone’s lock screen.Note that we get to see the official black variant of the device, after having already seen the blue color version already, with a black front (perhaps meant to mask those big top and bottom bezels somewhat).According to all the latest rumors, the upcoming flagship should be equipped with a 5.3-inch QHD display along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset at the helm.It will pack a pair of Zeiss branded dual cameras on its back, each having 13 MP resolution.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed on Wednesday (19 July) that the company was changing its plans to launch and land its Dragon capsule on Mars by 2020.The space company is developing the Red Dragon capsule for low-cost Mars lander missions to be launched using Falcon Heavy rockets.The Red Dragon spacecraft under development for Nasa's commercial crew programme was initially intended to be capable of powered landings and "propulsively decelerate from supersonic speeds" and safely lower itself to touch down on Mars using a high-thrust retro-propulsion system.The company also planned to include four landing legs on the Red Dragon modified for the Martian surface and environment.When asked about Red Dragon's propulsion landing capability at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington DC, Musk said the team was taking a different approach to landing vehicles on Mars."The reason we decided not to pursue that heavily is that it would have taken a tremendous amount of effort to qualify that for safety for crew transport.
The American workforce is under tremendous pressure, with change coming on multiple fronts.That uncertainty is leading to political and social turbulence, a new research paper suggests.One in four American jobs are at risk of being shipped overseas in the coming years and about half could be replaced by automation, according to Ball State University’s Centre for Business and Economic Research.A new paper titled, “How Vulnerable are American Communities to Automation, Trade, and Urbanisation?” combines several recent studies on employment trends to present a stark view of the future job situation for certain parts of the country.“This has important economic, social, and political implications.”The analysis was based on occupational skills data and job locations from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics and the Census Bureau.
Masayoshi Son believes massive data will help treat cancer, deliver accident-free driving and grow safer food.Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., says artificial intelligence combined with data gathered by billions of sensors will bring on an "information revolution," that will benefit people more than the 19th Century Industrial Revolution.Son, Japan's richest person, told Softbank customers and partners gathered at a Tokyo hotel on Thursday that he believes massive data will help treat cancer, deliver accident-free driving and grow safer food.SoftBank has bought leading British semiconductor company ARM, and its acquisition of U.S. robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics, announced last month, is undergoing regulatory approval.Its investments have included Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and Yahoo Japan.SoftBank, the first carrier to offer the Apple iPhone in Japan, set up a private fund last year for global investments in the technology sector, called the Vision Fund, with the potential to grow to as much as $100 billion.
More than 9 billion tonnes of plastic have been made since the 1950s, and the vast majority of it has been thrown in the trash, says a new study.The paper says it is the first attempt to measure the total amount of plastic produced since the beginning of mass plastic production in the middle of the 20th century.A team of researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Georgia, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, say that although plastic materials such as Bakelite were in use in the early 20th century, the material’s popularity began to rapidly rise after World War II, making it one of the most commonly used man-made materials.For example, the researchers estimated that the amount of plastic in use now is 30 per cent of all the plastic ever produced.While that has brought its benefits, such as lower-cost materials or capabilities like water resistance, our love of plastic has also produced a lot of trash.And as of 2015, only nine per cent of the plastic waste produced ended up recycled, and another 12 per cent was incinerated, the researchers found in their report.
By Rebecca Smith, Senior Marketing Consultant at Heinz MarketingBefore I even begin, I just want to say I have a terrible tech aura – seriously the worst luck with technology.Apple should really be thanking me for the amount of money I’ve spent on their products…With that in mind, my phone recently took another turn for the worst and I was left iPhone-less for 48 hours.It’s great because it means you can disconnect for a while, find some peace and quiet and really take in your surroundings – at least until I realized I couldn’t check email to connect in to work, request a Lyft to take me home from the train or even call a friend to come pick me up.I felt completely disconnected from my surroundings.
The Furby appeared to learn English by listening to words spoken around it and using those words to begin speaking.The government was concerned that the Furby might hear classified information and then repeat it.While there was some debate as to whether the Furby could actually record English words, it’s since been replaced by a series of smart toys that can most assuredly listen to the conversations around them and also watch the activity around them using cameras.This possibility so alarmed the FBI that the agency issued an urgent announcement on July 17 describing the vulnerability and explaining steps to take to keep the devices from being too much of a threat.The FBI is particularly concerned because young children will tell their toys all sorts of private information, thinking they’re speaking in confidence.A new presentation set for the Black Hat USA conference on July 26 covers security vulnerabilities in Segway hoverboards, which can be taken over by hijacking their Bluetooth connection.