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JUNE features – 1-30 JUNE 2020

A perfume that smells like Space?

07/07/2020

  • As of Sunday, more than 7,500 people had pledged over $321,000 to a Kickstarter campaign aiming to bring “Eau de Space,”
  • The campaign’s organizers say NASA designed the perfume decades ago for astronaut training.

Tom Warren for the Verge 30/06/2020

Microsoft set to reveal Xbox next gen in August

A leaked Microsoft document recently hinted at the company’s second next-gen Xbox, and now rumors suggest it will be fully revealed in August.


Forbes 17/06/2020

Zoom will run on AWS cloud for the forseeable future – says CEO

“The vast majority of Zoom’s cloud infrastructure runs on AWS and will for the foreseeable future,” CEO Andy Jassy said in today’s fireside chat.

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McKenzie Sadeghi 14/06/2020

Fact check: Google did not automatically sign up Android users for COVID-19 tracing app

New mobile contact tracing technology aimed at minimizing the spread of COVID-19 has prompted claims on social media that Google automatically updated all Android devices with a tracing app.

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Jan Wolfe 11/06/2020

US Senators introduce Bill to punish China Tech Theft

A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would require Republican President Donald Trump to more systematically punish China for stealing U.S. tech


IBM the silent job cutter

in The BloomBerg 01/06/2020

IBM’s new Chief Executive Officer, Arvind Krishna, has continued an unusual company tradition, refusing to disclose the scale of its latest round of job cuts.

Using Tech to teach smartly

30/05/2020 New York Times

Many teachers, children and caregivers who have to depend on technology for distance learning these days are miserable.

Ben Cogswell, a kindergarten teacher in Salinas, Calif., has nailed it. And he has some advice for the rest of us.



Can we really live in a digital form?

29/05/2020 CNET

Loads of peopVirtual reality, robots, chatbots and holograms could allow us to exist perpetually. Whether we should choose the option is a different story.

There’s a big difference between people actively trying to upload their brain to try and live on forever and those who die whose relatives or the public try to resurrect them in some way through technology.

What could once be dismissed as for teenagers, or tThe digital version of your friend could potentially copy the way they speak, but it would be based on things they had said in the past — it wouldn’t make new opinions or create new conversations…


5G – Exactly When?

23/05/2020 AZ Family

5G will be a game changer, because in addition to faster data speeds, it lays the groundwork for more advanced uses like autonomous vehicles and smart cities

So, where is 5G and what do you need to get it? Gary Harper explores this.



TikTok Can’t Be Ignored Anymore!

23/05/2020 Tristan Rayner

Loads of people and companies have been exploring the app and surprised at just how much traction you can get with it.

That’s despite the concerns around TikTok privacy and data usage: class-action lawsuits and National Security reviews haven’t impacted users jumping on in droves.

What could once be dismissed as for teenagers, or those not aware of the possible data issues, has become part of the wider social world


As Machines Get Smarter, How Will We Relate to Them?

in The Wired 22/05/2020

BICYCLING IN A hilly, busy city like San Francisco provides a cognitive as well as a physical workout. I survive in traffic by flexing not only my quadriceps but my theory of mind, the capacity to imagine the thoughts and intentions of others: Will the guy riding a Bird scooter swerve to avoid that pothole? Will the UPS driver try to run that yellow light? But self-driving cars stump me.

China’s New Plan to Overtake US in Tech

in The BloomBerg 21/05/2020


Beijing is accelerating its bid for global leadership in key technologies, planning to pump more than a trillion dollars into the economy through the rollout of everything from wireless networks to artificial intelligence. In the masterplan backed by President Xi Jinping himself, China will invest an estimated $1.4 trillion over six years to 2025…

Amazon set to resume French Operations

17/05/2020 Agence France Presse

Online retailing giant Amazon is seeking to resume operations from Tuesday at its six warehouses in France that were temporarily closed in a labour dispute over working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, it said on Friday. It “is working on a progressive reopening from May 19” in France, it told AFP in a statement.



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Google Facing Onslaught of Antitrust Cases in US: Report

16/05/2020 Associated Press

Federal and state regulators in the US are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging Google has abused its dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and and boost its profits, according to a report published Friday.

The Wall Street Journal cited unidentified people familiar with the probes in a story about the upcoming offensive by the US Justice Department and the attorneys general from several states.

The Justice Department may file its case as early as this summer while Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may take action in the fall, along with his peers in other states, according to the Journal.


Tech Giants Collaborate to Fight Covid19 through Contact Tracing

11/05/2020 J Mackinze A Branch

Contact tracing is the tracing of individuals who may have been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals. In theory, those who have been in contact with infected individuals are contacted by tracers and assessed whether they are at low or high risk and if the latter, told to isolate for 14 days.  


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Pandemic gives fresh momentum to digital voice technology

11/05/2020 Rob Lever

In a world suddenly fearful of touch, voice technology is getting a fresh look.

Voice-activated systems such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri have seen strong growth in recent years, and the virus pandemic could accelerate that, analysts say.

Voice assistants are not only answering queries and shopping, but also being used for smart home control and for a range of business and medical applications.


World has historic opportunity for green technology boost: IEA

30/04/2020 London

Global efforts to minimize the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic present an historic opportunity to scale up techs needed to speed a transition to cleaner energy, the head of the world’s energy watchdog says.


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Five Technology Trends Impacting The Workplace In 2020

Sébastien Ricard via Forbes Councils Member

The year 2020 is already well underway, and while some are left wondering about flying cars and other types of sci-fi technology, real breakthroughs are being made in other areas, including the workforce.


Four Tech Giants Are Solidifying Their Domination of the Post-Coronavirus World

04/27/20 – Read this article in the on How Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon are changing their game

By Scott Galloway


These 5 Adapters Make My USB-C Laptop Work With All My Other (Non-USB-C) Devices

By David Pogue in The Strategist on 04/28/20

USB to USBC Adapter, HDMI to USBC Adapter, HDMI and VGA to USBC Adapter, USBC Card Reader and USB – USBC Flash Drive says the author
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How Technology became an enabler of business continuity during a pandemic

Vinay Bhartia via TechGig

04/25/20 – A couple of months back, we were all driving to meetings, attending endless calls in our office and using technology for important interactions outside the office and beyond the limits of our geographical region.

Little did we know that with a pandemic and subsequent lock-down, everything would change, ushering in a new normal world of remote communication and collaboration.



Keeping pace with Cybercrime

in The European

By Steve Durbin,


In both the current and future climate, organisations will encounter growing disruption as threats from the digital world impact the physical. Invasive technologies will be adopted across both industrial and consumer markets, creating an increasingly turbulent and unpredictable security environment. The requirement for a flexible approach to security and resilience will be crucial as a hybrid threat environment emerges.

Tigerhall gets funding

Launched in March 2019, Tigerhall is a success enablement startup that connects people to Asia’s influential leaders via in-person events or digital content. Through its app, the startup provides bite-sized content that covers insights, experiences, successes, and lessons from what it calls “Thinkfluencers.”


Latest from Mark Jones

How e-commerce players brace themselves for Ramadan sales surge

TechWireAsia


  • Current market conditions imposed by Covid-19 means e-commerce is surging right now
  • But another spike approaches – Ramadan – making the next two weeks a doubly-lucrative time for prepared retailers
  • How can they prepare?

Editor’s Pick


3 Strategies for Better Remote Work

Many organisations have difficulties with getting remote work to work. The typical strategy is to focus on technical solutions. However, there are better ways to make remote work — work.… read more.

The best board games to play with your quarantined housemates

It’s the perfect time to sucker those you live with into playing games with you… read more.

Rethinking Cities After The Coronavirus

Enrique Dans asks us the question if the pandemic could lead us to seriously rethink the layout of our cities and make them cleaner, healthier, saner places… read more.

Automated tool can find 100 Zoom meeting IDs per hour

It found information for nearly 2,400 meetings in a single day of scans… read more.


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