A newly published report claims Verizon and AT are the subject of a Department of Justice investigation.According to the sources cited, officials are looking into whether the two carriers, as well as telecom standards organization GSMA, colluded to make it harder for customers to switch providers.The Justice Department hasn’t confirmed the allegations at this time.The information comes from half a dozen sources speaking the New York Times, which claims that the Justice Department demanded info from the trio over possible collusion over eSIM technology.The sources further claim that the agency launched its investigation five months ago after receiving tips from a wireless carrier and at least one device maker.That device maker was supposedly Apple, though only one source made that claim.
The US Department of Justice has reportedly opened an antitrust investigation to determine whether AT, Verizon, and mobile industry group GSM Association (GSMA) colluded to prevent consumers from easily switching carriers with devices that support eSIM, according to The New York Times.All four major carriers received requests for information about the investigation, according to CNBC.The Times reports that the DOJ "demanded" details from the three over potential steps taken to impede the adoption of eSIM, which lets wireless customers switch carriers without requiring a physical SIM card to be inserted.AT and Verizon are accused of working with GSMA to develop standards that would allow them to keep devices locked to their networks, even if it used eSIM technology.An unnamed device maker and mystery wireless carrier complained to the Justice Department, which led to the investigation.Additional device makers and wireless companies reportedly added to those complaints, The New York Times says.
The feds are looking into whether AT and Verizon have been in cahoots to make it difficult for people to switch carriers, says a report from the New York Times.The U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating the companies for past 5 months after at least one device maker and one wireless carrier filed a formal complaint with the DOJ, the report says.The newspaper cites six people with knowledge of the inquiry and alleges the wireless carriers worked in coordination to make it more difficult for people to switch carriers.DOJ and AT declined to comment on the story.Verizon could not be reached for comment.
Chinese technology company ZTE issued a statement today in response to the US government’s banning of American exports to the company.The US Department of Commerce says ZTE didn’t uphold a plea agreement after the company pleaded guilty last year to illegally shipping US equipment to Iran and North Korea.The department specifically says the company still gave employees who acted illegally full bonuses, despite saying it wouldn’t.Additionally, only four senior staffers were fired out of the 35 who reportedly violated the law, Reuters reported.Now, four days after the ban, ZTE says it tried to comply with the US and invested “tremendous resources in export compliance.” It says, “the Denial Order will not only severely impact the survival and development of ZTE, but will also cause damages to all partners of ZTE including a large number of U.S. companies.” It also says it could “take judicial measures to protect the legal rights and interests of our Company, our employees and our shareholders, and to fulfill obligations and take responsibilities to our global customers, end-users, partners and suppliers.” A leaked internal memo suggests that ZTE has assembled a crisis team to handle and respond to the situation.Meanwhile, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre issued a letter to telecom providers warning against using ZTE’s equipment or services because of risks to national security.
We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!RoboSoft 2018 – April 24-28, 2018 – Livorno, ItalyICARSC 2018 – April 25-27, 2018 – Torres Vedras, PortugalNASA Robotic Mining Competition – May 14-18, 2018 – Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USAICRA 2018 – May 21-25, 2018 – Brisbane, AustraliaRSS 2018 – June 26-30, 2018 – Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Startups are a gamble, but it’s possible to better understand why some thrive and many more die by looking at the ecosystems in which they operate.Such is the mission of eight-year-old Startup Genome, comprised of a group of researchers and entrepreneurs who, every year, interview thousands of founders and investors around the world to get a better handle on what’s changing in the regions where they operate, and what remains stubbornly the same.The larger objective is to figure out how to help more startups succeed, and the outfit — which this year surveyed 10,000 founders with the help of partners like Crunchbase and Dealroom — produced some data that should perhaps concern those in the U.S. To wit, China looks positioned to overtake U.S. dominance when it comes to numerous tech sectors.Consider: In 2014, just 14 percent of so-called unicorns were based in China.Between the start of last year through today, that percentage has shot up to 35 percent, while in the U.S., the number of homegrown unicorns has fallen from 61 percent to 41 percent of the overall global number.You could argue that investors are simply assigning China-based startups overly lofty valuations, as happened here in the U.S., and we partly believe that to be true.
Smart speakers have been a hot ticket item in recent years.Products by Amazon, Google and Apple, which allow consumers to play music, order food and get news just by talking to the device, have already experienced a surprisingly strong adoption in the US market.This chart by Statista which is based on comScore data, shows that 20% of homeowners with wifi have at least one active smart speaker.That percentage will be inching up as well, if the past few months are any indication of the device's steadily increasing adoption rate.
Amazon has launched something they call "Alexa Blueprints" with which it is possible to create own data, like Amazon's smart assistant Alexa to perform.Alexa users in the Alexa Blueprints choose between 20 pre-programmed templates, and then make changes in them, so Alexa gets a new skill (skill).The various templates are divided into categories like education, games, storytelling, and the like.When a user has created a new task for the Alexa will be available for all Alexa-the machines that are registered on the user's Amazon account.In the clip above, you can check out how to create a simpler quiz with the help of Alexa's Blueprints.the Service is currently only available in the united states.
The Democratic National Committee is going after Russia, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks over cyberattacks during the 2016 US presidential election.The 2016 race to the White House was riddled with controversies, including emails leaked after Russian hackers infiltrated the DNC's network.In a lawsuit filed on Friday, the DNC alleges that the Russian government worked with the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to help the former reality star win the election.The defendants listed in the lawsuit include Guccifer 2.0, the hacker behind the dumped emails, Donald J. Trump Jr., the president's son, and Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' founder."In the run-up to the 2016 election, Russia mounted a brazen attack on American Democracy," the lawsuit alleges."The opening salvo was a cyberattack on the DNC, ccarried out on American soil."
Last August, the ride-hailing company Uber entered into a consent agreement with the FTC regarding its supposedly “securely stored” and “closely monitored” (pdf) customer and driver information.As a consequence of its lackadaisical security practices, Uber experienced a data breach in May 2014 that allowed attackers to access the names and driver’s licenses of 100,000 Uber drivers, along with many of the drivers’ bank accounts and Social Security numbers.In that consent agreement, Uber agreed to stop misrepresenting the quality of its security and privacy practices; put a comprehensive privacy program into place, and; get independent third-party risk assessments of its privacy program every two years for the next 20 years.The first assessment report would be sent to the FTC, while the rest would be retained by Uber, which promised to act on any recommendations made in the reports.Then, in November 2017, Uber admitted there had been another data breach about one year earlier.Last week, Uber and the FTC finally settled on a revised consent agreement that now covers both the 2014 and 2016 breaches.
An X-51A under the wing of a B-52 at Edwards Air Force Base, July 2009.Mike Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said at two congressional hearings that China is beating the US when it comes to hypersonic missile development.He also said that the only way the US could win a war against China was through superior technology, and that the US needed to invest more in new projects to regain its technological edge.The US Air Force awarded a contract worth up to $1 billion with Lockheed Martin to develop a "hypersonic conventional strike weapon."Mike Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, made some worrying admissions this week about China's growing military capabilities, and the US' decline in technological advances."Our adversaries have taken advantage of what I have referred to as a holiday for the United States," Griffin said Wednesday, referring to the West's victory over its communist rivals in the Cold War.
As its legion of comment-posting fans love to point out, Tesla's Supercharger network is a major part of that company's success when it comes to selling electric vehicles.Even though the optimal solution is EV owners plugging in each night, the thought of being stranded with a slow-charging EV but hundreds of miles to drive in a day causes enough terror to rule out such cars for many potential drivers.And Electrify America evidently agrees.An offshoot of the Volkswagen empire created in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, Electrify America has a quite ambitious plan.Between now and the end of 2019, it's going to deploy 2,000 fast chargers at a total of 484 charging stations.There are still a mix of competing standards when it comes to EV charging, so Electrify America's approach is to offer them all.
Following the decision from the US government to activate the Suspended Denial Order, ZTE has hit back with the threat of a lawsuit, claiming the order not only threatens its own survival but that of its suppliers.While the order might have had the objective of knee-capping a specific Chinese company, the fallout has also sent shockwaves through the US technology scene.Companies like Acacia Communications, Oclaro and Lumentum Holdings, all of whom are US companies reliant on ZTE as a major customer, have seen share prices plunge.The US government might have hit bullseye when it comes to tackling ZTE, but the friendly-fire has been spraying all over the country.“The Denial Order will not only severely impact the survival and development of ZTE, but will also cause damages to all partners of ZTE including a large number of US companies,” ZTE said in a statement.“In any case, ZTE will not give up its efforts to resolve the issue through communication, and we are also determined, if necessary, to take judicial measures to protect the legal rights and interests of our Company, our employees and our shareholders, and to fulfil obligations and take responsibilities to our global customers, end-users, partners and suppliers.”
Getting the people of the United States from Point A to Point B is no small task, and it can take its toll on the environment.While Lyft has figured out how to effectively transport its passengers in an efficient and rather cost-effective manner, it remains the case that this convenience comes at quite an ecological cost.But now, the ridesharing giant is doing what it can to offset those costs — literally.This week, Lyft launched a program to “immediately offset the carbon emissions from all rides globally.” As a result, moving forward, the company has committed to ensuring that “any Lyft ride … will be carbon neutral.”As it stands, there are approximately 1.4 million cars that drive for the San Francisco-based company.And while this program doesn’t mean that Lyft will suddenly replace all these cars with electric versions, it does mean that Lyft will be directly funding emission mitigation efforts, “including the reduction of emissions in the automotive manufacturing process, renewable energy programs, forestry projects, and the capture of emissions from landfills,” as per a Medium blog post.
The revision was first reported Wednesday by Reuters.While Facebook may claim that it is offering EU-style control globally, removing this provision in its own terms of service suggests that the company is trying to mitigate its potential legal liability."We want to be clear that there is nothing different about the controls and protections we offer around the world," the company wrote in a public blog post on Tuesday.However, this doesn't appear to apply to the specific legal terms, but it is limited, instead, to the features in Facebook itself.By eliminating the link to Irish data-protection law, Facebook is removing 1.5 billion users from the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect next month.The United States, for example, does not enshrine an affirmative right of individuals to access data held by private companies.
According to the analysfirman attributed the falling figures for spelförsäljningen during the month of march on Nintendo's Switch was launched a year ago.with the release of The console was also released the popular Zelda game.Ubisoft's Far Cry 5 and Sony's MLB: The Show were some positive signs in sales this year.But the figures will be lower because there are no major released from the giants Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts.The better it has looked like for the mobile games.Earlier in the week came the news that the game Fortnite generated 25 million dollars and it's only on the mobile version for iOS.
The past seven days have been fairly dramatic for Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment manufacturer ZTE, which has had to content with two separate incidents on either side of the Atlantic.In the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) sent a letter to British telcos warning them not to use ZTE networking equipment on national security grounds, while the US has banned American firms from selling products and services to the company for seven years.Essentially, the US’s grievance is that several employees involved in this breach were not reprimanded in a timely manner.ZTE has said that it has learned significant lessons since the incident and established a compliance committee of experts, new monitoring procedures at a cost of more than $50 million, with more investments to be made in 2018.It is estimated that the company sources up to 30 percent of its components from the US, including chips from Qualcomm, while there is speculation that this may impact ZTE’s ability to use Google software including Android.Needless to say, that could be catastrophic for firm’s ambitions but ZTE has argued it could impact its US suppliers too.
Google has taken to calling these people the "next billion users" and has been chasing them for some time with various programs.Data usage—Android Go offers ways to deal with limited bandwidth, giving users ways to carefully watch over their limited data plans, and providing options for offline storage.Some apps focus on one thing more than the others, but just about every redesigned app or new UI element was made with an eye towards one of these goals.Just like with regular Android, OEMs are free to rebrand and skin the OS however they see fit.Android manages open apps automatically, but if you want to wipe everything out yourself, there's a feel-good "clear all" button pinned to the bottom of the Recent Apps screen.Patrik Torstensson, an Engineering Manager on Android Go, described some of the changes.
A “knee-jerk” decision by Theresa May to restrict the discretion of border staff to decide not to deport people sowed the seeds of the Windrush scandal, it has been claimed.Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the ISU, the union for borders, immigration and customs staff, said on Friday morning it was “deeply unfair” for ministers to blame officials on the ground.Seven years ago, May sacked the head of the Borders Agency, Brodie Clark, for using his authority to relax passport checks in order to reduce immigration queues.“The discretion that these staff used to have in order to deal with individuals justly and fairly was removed in the wake of the scandal,” Moreton told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme.“If someone told you that they had come to the UK on Windrush, or a similar vessel, that they had been here since the late 60s, or even just that they had been here pre the 1971 Act, you can talk to them a bit, you can understand if they’ve genuinely been here.”Morton added: “It was a knee-jerk, a backlash reaction to what was perceived as an unfair exercise of discretion on the border control by Brodie Clark.”
In today’s news, Alibaba contest rivals JD and Tencent with a big investment in Thailand, while Indonesia has been highlighted as making the most progress on financial inclusion among east Asian and Pacific countries.True Balance nets US$23 million investment (India/South Korea).True Balance, which allows users to more easily check, track, and recharge their phone’s data balance, said it will use the funds to hire more people, and expand its financial services to users.The World Bank has released the latest Global Financial Inclusion Index, finding Indonesia ahead of the pack across east Asia and the Pacific in bringing unbanked citizens – especially women – into the formal financial system over the past three years.The Chinese internet giant has invested US$4.8 million in the gaming influencer agency’s pre-series A round.The video-streaming service, launched by Singtel, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros, has announced that it will remove the cost of Indonesia’s free-to-air channels, and reduce the price of its premium channels to as low as US$0.25 per day.