Technology and Telecommunications

Apple to Use Own Chips Instead of Intel’s by 2020

Apple to Use Own Chips Instead of Intel’s by 2020

Industry sources recently revealed that Apple may start to use its own chips in Macs to replace Intel’s by 2020. The initiative, called Kalamata, is part of a larger strategy which seeks to make all of Apple’s devices work together seamlessly. However, the move is expected to deal a significant blow to Intel whose business with Apple accounts for 5% of its annual revenue. All iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs currently use Apple-designed ARM processors, and it is said that using its own chips on Macs would let the phone maker release new models based on its own […]

Blood Delivery Drone Company Takes Part in FAA Trial

Blood Delivery Drone Company Takes Part in FAA Trial

A company called Zipline that uses drones for delivery is reportedly set to participate in a trial being organized by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). Zipline, a company that specializes in delivering blood supplies in Rwanda, will be taking part in the UAS Integration Pilot Program which is a partnership between local governments and the commercial sector. The firm’s new aircraft which was unveiled this week is a quad-copter with a bigger wingspan and multiple motors. The drone is said to be capable of carrying 1.75kg of cargo and has a top speed of 128 km/h. Zipline CEO Keller […]

PCC to Examine Grab-Uber Deal

PCC to Examine Grab-Uber Deal

The Philippine Competition Commission said last Monday that it will be looking into Grab’s acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asian business as the it could substantially reduce competition. In an official statement, the PCC said that the deal is expected to have a far-reaching impact on transportation services and the riding public. Grab and Uber dominated the ride-hailing market in the Philippines until Uber’s retreat from the region. The LTFRB recently assured the public that the deal will not give Grab a monopoly as three other smaller companies are expected to fill Uber’s place in around a year’s time.   Source: […]

Indonesia to Require Go-Jek, Grab to Register as Transport Business  

Indonesia to Require Go-Jek, Grab to Register as Transport Business  

The Indonesia transport ministry revealed this week that Go-Jek and Grab need to register as transport businesses. The requirement, which has to be completed within the next two months is expected to increase cost and scrutiny for both ride-hailing firms. Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said in a conference that a new regulation requiring ride-hailing companies to get a license from his ministry for providing public transport has already been finalized. A license-holding company must ensure that its cars regularly pass a safety test, and its drivers have a special license for driving a public transport vehicle. Both firms have […]

3 More Firms to Compete with Grab in Philippine Ride-hailing Market

3 More Firms to Compete with Grab in Philippine Ride-hailing Market

In a media briefing earlier this week, LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said that the riding public need not fear a Grab monopoly since there are three more Transport Network Companies (TNCs) applying for accreditation. Grab, the Singapore-based tech company recently bought out Uber’s business in the Philippines. Lizada revealed that companies “Lat Go,” “Owto,” and “Hype” are currently processing their requirements, but may take months before they are allowed to operate. She added that while Grab has a pending petition for a fare hike, the firm will not be able to initiate an increase on its own, it will […]

AT&T/Verizon Lobbyists to Fight Aggressively Against States Supporting Net Neutrality

AT&T/Verizon Lobbyists to Fight Aggressively Against States Supporting Net Neutrality

USTelecom, a lobby group representing AT&T, Verizon and other US telcos published a blog post this week entitled “All Americans Deserve Equal Rights Online” where it made its intentions clear that it will be suing states and cities that plan to enforce net neutrality. USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter pointed out that state regulations on net neutrality are in conflict with America’s founding principles, and there should only be one standard for all cities and states. It was noted that the US did have a nationwide standard which prevented ISPs from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing Internet content for a fee. However, […]

Arizona Governor Stops Uber’s Self-driving Vehicle Trials

Arizona Governor Stops Uber’s Self-driving Vehicle Trials

Arizona governor Doug Ducey wrote to Uber last Monday ordering the ride-hailing company to suspend its self-driving driving tests in the state after seeing the video of a pedestrian getting killed by one of the company’s autonomous cars last week. Ducey said in his letter that the firm had failed to make safety the top priority in its tests. The video showed that the human driver was looking down when the pedestrian walking her bike across the road got hit. Velodyne, the company which designed the collision-avoidance sensors used by Uber said that it could not explain the accident since […]

Microsoft Bans Swearing, “Inappropriate Content” on Skype

Microsoft Bans Swearing, “Inappropriate Content” on Skype

A blogger named Jon Corbett recently wrote that Microsoft had already implemented some changes to Skype’s “Code of Conduct” to ban inappropriate content such as offensive language. Microsoft’s Skype and other services prohibit the sharing of content that include “nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence, or criminal activity”. However, a number of users pointed out that while this is makes sense for public platforms like Twitter, the policy change raise privacy and censorship questions since Microsoft would effectively be policing sharing a private conversation between two consenting adults. Microsoft has not yet responded to questions on how it will […]

Grab Announces Integration of Uber in Southeast Asia

Grab Announces Integration of Uber in Southeast Asia

Uber made another retreat in Asia as the ride-hailing firm conceded its Southeast Asian business to Grab earlier this week. Grab president Ming Maa said that the decision was an independent one of both companies, while Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that the move will help them double down on growth plans as the invest more on products and technology. Uber will be taking a 27.5% stake in Grab and Khosrowshahi taking a seat on the board. The acquisition is expected to put further pressure on Indonesia’s Go-Jek, which is backed by Alphabet Inc. and Tencent Holdings. Source: Reuters

Self-driving Car Claims First Fatality

Self-driving Car Claims First Fatality

Arizona police reported last Monday that a self-driving Uber had killed a 49-year old woman crossing the street in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, making it the first ever death caused by an autonomous vehicle. U.S. lawmakers have already been debating legislation that would hasten the introduction of self-driving cars. However, the incident is expected to deal a significant setback to the technology, with Uber suspending self-driving car tests currently being conducted in Arizona, Pittsburgh and Toronto. Transportation committee member Senator Edward Markey said that the accident highlighted the need for exceptional cautiousness when testing and deploying autonomous vehicles on […]

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