Singapore-based Broadcom said Wednesday it was abandoning efforts to take over US smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm, two days after its bid was blocked by President Donald Trump over national security concerns. “Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply” with the order blocking its effort to buy Qualcomm, it said in a statement. Broadcom said… (more…)

Broadcom withdraws Qualcomm offer after Trump blocks bid

Singapore-based Broadcom said Wednesday it was abandoning efforts to take over US smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm, two days after its bid was blocked by President Donald Trump over national security concerns. “Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply” with the order blocking its effort to buy Qualcomm, it said in a statement. Broadcom said… Read more

Apple Maps Updated With More Bike-Sharing Data

Apple’s web mapping service app called Apple Maps now displays information on bike-sharing services across the United States and many other countries. The update comes after the Cupertino giant struck a deal with Ito World, a transport information company. TechCrunch reported Monday that Apple’s partnership with Ito World has enabled the tech giant to equip its… Read more

5G: First U.S. Cities to Access New Network Revealed

The next generation of wireless communication, known as 5G, is on the horizon, with telecom providers Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile revealing fresh plans to roll out the much-anticipated technology in various U.S. cities within the next 12 months. Following the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Spain this week, T-Mobile and Sprint revealed which areas… Read more

Streaming becomes mainstream as cord-cutting accelerates

CHICAGO — Cord-cutting is not just for millennials anymore. Fed up with high prices and bloated packages, millions of Americans cut the cord on cable TV in 2017, finding refuge with a growing number of streaming services, which deliver lower prices and a competitive channel lineup over the internet. “This was really the year that cord-cutting… Read more

Net neutrality: where do we go from here?

The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality. What does that mean for us? Mignon Clyburn FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn gave a powerful message of dissension before the vote. FCC The Federal Communications Commission just voted to approve the Restoring Internet Freedom Act, which repeals the net neutrality rules that have been in place since 2015. By… Read more

Republicans Join Outcry Against Trump’s Net Neutrality Repeal

On the eve of a Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality rules, some congressional Republicans are suddenly pivoting against the Trump administration and joining the outcry against the move — just as a new poll shows the vast majority of GOP voters want the rules preserved. In 2015, the FCC put in place strong… Read more

Elon Musk Hints Tesla Model 3 Will Be Psychic

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted that the Tesla Model 3 and other self-driving cars will soon be able to use artificial intelligence to predict where you want to go. Musk’s announcement, made via Twitter, comes as the electric vehicle maker revealed plans to build a manufacturing plant in China. Tesla was one of the first… Read more

World’s most powerful computer will boost nation, scientist says

China is developing and building the Tianhe-3, the world’s first exascale supercomputer, a leading scientist said. When completed it will be capable of a quintillion (a billion, billion or 1 followed by 18 zeros) calculations per second. It will be 10 times faster the current world leader, China’s Sunway TaihuLight, and will “become an important platform… Read more

Australia to create national space agency

Australia on Monday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector. The announcement came at a week-long Adelaide space conference attended by the world’s top scientists and experts including SpaceX chief Elon Musk. It brings Canberra — which already has significant involvement in national… Read more

Late Frank Zappa back on tour as hologram

Experimental rocker Frank Zappa, prolific in his life and even in death through a string of posthumous releases, is heading back on tour as a hologram. Zappa’s family trust on Thursday announced that the hologram concerts would begin in 2018 and hoped the resurrected Zappa would jam again with some of his still-living collaborators including metal… Read more

IPO of ‘Angry Birds’ owner takes flight in Helsinki

Finland’s Rovio, creator of the hugely popular smartphone game “Angry Birds”, launched its initial public offering (IPO) on the Helsinki stock exchange on Monday, valuing the company at almost 900 million euros ($1.1 billion). Rovio said it was putting 37 million shares up for sale at between 10.25 and 11.50 euros apiece in the stock flotation.… Read more

Trump Blocks Chinese Takeover of US Computer Chip Company

President Donald Trump has blocked the acquisition of a U.S. computer chip manufacturer by a Chinese company, calling it a threat to national security. The Chinese-owned Canyon Bridge Fund has sought to take over Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor Corp. The U.S. Treasury Department, acting under Trump’s orders, said Wednesday it is prohibiting the deal. It says the… Read more

China’s Alipay enters Norway

OSLO – China’s leading mobile and online payment service Alipay launched its operations in Norway on Monday to boost Chinese customers’ shopping experience in the Nordic country. “The adoption of Alipay services of both payment and marketing will not only enhance the experience of Chinese consumers but also help Norwegian businesses reach out to their Chinese… Read more

What Will Tech Look Like in Ten Years?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Answer by Jeff Desjardins: What technologies can we expect to be mainstream in the next 10 years? This is a challenging and… Read more

Developers Believe IoT Presents New Risks, Government And Financial Sector At Risk

The internet-connected devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating more vulnerabilities for consumers and for a number of industries that count on the technology, a new survey found. Netsparker, a web applications security company, run a poll of web developers with the help of Propeller Insights that found a majority of experts… Read more

How AI Could Turn Social Media Into Stock Market Gold

Can robots trawl social media for stock market insights? Subjective chatter analysis is a tricky business. But the entrepreneurs behind the New York startup Accern believe using artificial intelligence to analyze Twitter and Tumblr can turn stock investments into a lot more money. It’s not Accern’s focus on AI that makes it unique. According to Mckinsey… Read more

Many US scientists answer France’s call to come ‘make our planet great again’

The rap on Washington and the Trump administration these days is that nothing is getting done. Well, tell that to anyone concerned about the climate crisis. Sure, most of President Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives have gone nowhere in Congress. But Trump is delivering big time on his promises to gut the federal government’s efforts to fight… Read more

Employees Are ‘Excited’ To Have Biochips Implanted

Silicon Valley may shine as the home of technological innovation, but the location of one new tech evolution (albeit one with dystopian undertones) is River Falls, Wisconsin. Employees of the River Falls-based Three Square Market are being offered the chance by their employer to have a biochip implanted in their skin —and plenty of the workers… Read more

British luxury smartphone maker to use Chinese chips

A Vertu Aster luxury smartphone sits on a table. [Photo/VCG] Vertu, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury mobile phones, has announced that it has signed an agreement with TCL Communication. This is the first agreement signed by Vertu since the company was purchased by entrepreneur Hakan Uzan in mid-March of 2017. This agreement, worth… Read more

Spotify To Feature Sponsored Songs In Playlists

It’s been discovered recently that Spotify is currently testing out “Sponsored Songs” for users on the free tier. These songs are paid for by labels so that they could promote singles on the music streaming service. This new feature was first spotted when a new “Sponsored Content” setting suddenly appeared on Spotify. The company confirmed to… Read more

Tech Titans Gather at White House to Modernize Government

A slew of high tech heavyweights, some of whom have criticized President Donald Trump’s policies, huddled at the White House Monday as the administration kicked off its “technology week.” The chief executive officers of companies ranging from Amazon (the world’s largest internet company by revenue) to cloud computing giant VMware, held meetings with White House and… Read more

Digital Economy Seen Presenting New Opportunity for US-ASEAN Engagement

Countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will be a wellspring of opportunity for the United States because of growth in the region’s digital economy and its young population, researchers say. Those combined forces will “create a much more dynamic [economy] … over the coming decades,” said Satu Limaye, head of the Washington… Read more

The Future of Big Data and Intellectual Property

IP data is uniquely suited for big data tools and techniques because of its high volume, high variety, and high velocity of changes. The intellectual property space is becoming increasingly competitive and organizations that create IP have a smaller window than ever before to ensure it is protected and exploited internationally. IP data is suited for… Read more

Will Trump and the FCC heal or worsen America’s digital divide?

Will Trump and the FCC heal or worsen America’s digital divide? By Gregory Porumbescu, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark . Some Americans have fast internet, but many still lag behind – especially in rural areas. BlueRingMedia via Many of the Trump administration’s spending priorities seem to be dramatically different […]

China’s Cybersecurity Law May Be Bad News for Business

For years China has known that it has a cyber-security problem. On June 13, 2013, the U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden gave an explosive interview to the South China Morning Post while he was in hiding in Hong Kong. The National Security Agency, Snowden said, had carried out 61,000 global hacking operations, including in Hong Kong and… Read more

France ‘plants’ Europe’s first eTree

A solar tree with giant square leaves that converts sunlight into electricity was unveiled in the central French town of Nevers on Monday, allowing passers-by to charge their phones, surf the … Nevers, a town of 37,000 on the Loire river, is the first in Europe to experiment with the technology developed by Sol-logic, a French-Israeli… Read more

Chile’s Biggest Stock Exchange Adopts IBM Blockchain Tech

International Business Machines announced Wednesday it is partnering with the Santiago Stock Exchange, Chile’s largest stock exchange, to implement Latin America’s first blockchain stock exchange solution. “In our understanding, t will be the first to implement securities lending blockchain technology anywhere in the world,” IBM Chile General Manager Francisco Thiermann told International Business Times. Thiermann said… Read more

Apply Pay Is Ready To Conquer The Fashion World

Apple Pay may become a major player in the fashion industry, because mobile payment apps are redefining the ways people go shopping. According to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of Americans buy something online every week. As retailers look to personalize in-person shopping experiences through high-tech interaction, payment apps gain even… Read more

Internet-based economy boosts China’s GDP, creates jobs

Internet-based economy boosts China’s GDP, creates jobs People pass by the entrance of Wuzhen internet-enabled hospital in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. LONG WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY Internet-enabled digital economy accounted for 30.6 percent of China’s GDP in 2016, according to the China Internet Plus and Digital Economy Index published in April. The segment has created […]

Apple May Spend Cash Pile On Buying Tesla: Report

In its recently released financial results, iPhone maker Apple revealed it is sitting on a massive $250 billion of cash reserves. And while social media was abuzz with what all that amount of money could hypothetically buy or finance, some analysts took a more realistic approach. According to Citibank analyst Jim Suva, the company will likely… Read more

Use of mobile apps increases worldwide in past 2 years

As mobile apps have become part of the daily life for tens of millions of users globally, people are spending much more time on apps, a new study from US-based app tracker App Annie found. The report compared data from the first quarter in 2015 and 2017, showing that the time per user increased over the… Read more

Chinese use mobile phones ‘for everything,’ says Mexican academic

Mobile phone users on a subway train in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province, June 14, 2016. [Photo/VCG] MEXICO CITY – The Chinese people are using mobile phones to do so many things that go beyond their original functions, a Mexican academic who once lived in Shanghai has found. Adolfo Laborde, an expert in international relations and… Read more

EU-Funded fake news spotting tool gets better and better

Journalism may get an extra boost from fact-checking algorithms. Image in Public Domain Pictures. The Pope endorses Donald Trump! Or does he? Vaccines cause autism! No, they don’t (really, they don’t). Every day we’re bombarded with information and news, much of which is simply not true. Fake news has become a part of our life, and… Read more

Wikitribune Is Wikipedia founder’s Plan To Fight Fake News

Wikipedia has always been a site to take with a grain of salt because it’s curated by the Wiki community, which isn’t necessarily composed of professionals or specialists. Now Wikipedia co-founder Jim Wales wants to launch a news service to fight fake news, incorporating that same community idea with professional journalists. Wikitribune’s crowdfunding campaign launched Tuesday… Read more

Pull the plug on internet monopolies

  1. WeChat is China’s most popular mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent. [Photo/IC] IN AUGUST 2012, THE DOMESTIC SOCIAL MEDIA APP WECHAT opened a new function called “public accounts” that allows registered users to publish their articles. Those who read an article on a public account can choose to make a payment to… Read more

Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets

Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets By Dan Reisenfeld, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Montana. Saturn and its rings backlit by the sun, which is blocked by the planet in this view. Encircling the planet and inner rings is the much more extended E-ring. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute, CC BY […]

Top 10 world’s most valuable technology brands

Two Chinese companies, Alibaba and Huawei, have been ranked in the world’s top 10 most valuable technology brands, according to the latest data from a British consulting firm, Brand Finance. According to the firm, Alibaba nearly doubled in value and is now worth $34.8 billion. Listed below are the world’s top 10 technology brands. No 10… Read more

Bose Headphones Could Be Spying On You Through App

Bose has been hit with a class action lawsuit that accuses the audio-maker of wiretapping its customers through its headphones app, documents uploaded by Fortune show. The company, which sells wireless headphones priced $250-$350, allegedly had access to information on customers’ listening habits without their consent. The lawsuit was filed in Illinois this week by Kyle… Read more

Hackers Target Snapchat After ‘Poor Country’ Comments
A group of hackers in India have published the personal details of what it claims are 1.7 million Snapchat users, after the company’s CEO allegedly called the country “poor.” A campaign to #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat also began trending on Twitter on Sunday, while shares of Snap— the parent company of Snapchat —fell to their lowest level… Read more
What to Know About Investing in the Internet of Things
This story originally appeared on The Motley Fool. The stock market today offers investors a plethora of compelling portfolio candidates to take advantage of the Internet of Things — that is, the trend of adding internet connectivity to everyday things in our lives — ranging from early-stage businesses to massive, well-established tech juggernauts. Let’s explore the… Read more

China’s spending on robotics to hit $59.4b in 2020: IDC

Robot Jia Jia displays at the 2016 World Robot Exhibition in Beijing, Oct 21, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua] SHANGHAI – International Data Corp (IDC) reports that China will be spending $59.4 billion on robotics and related services by 2020. As the largest and the fastest growing robotics market in the world, China will account for over 30 percent… Read more

Robots To Have ‘Large And Robust Negative Effects’ On Labor Market

Politicians like President Donald Trump often demonize trade deals and undocumented immigrants for their suspected downward pressure on labor and job supply, but a study published Tuesday by the National Bureau of Economic Research indicated that the economic threat of artificial intelligence may be far more serious. With the introduction of one robot per 1,000 workers,… Read more

S. Korea again tops global list of Internet connection speed

South Korea has again topped a ranking of countries in terms of Internet connection speed, according to a quarterly survey released Tuesday. South Korea’s average Internet connection speed stood at 26.1 Mbps during the fourth quarter of last year, marking the only country with a speed of over 25 Mbps, according to the survey by online… Read more