Technology and Telecommunications

Microsoft Warns Against “Constant Connectivity”

Microsoft Warns Against “Constant Connectivity”

According to a recent survey by Microsoft, technology can negatively impact an employee’s productivity instead of increase it. The survey, which was answered by 20,000 European workers from 12 nations, found that only 11.4% felt that they were being highly productive. Most said that the steady stream of emails and messages affected their concentration, while others said that their productivity is being hampered by the technology their employer deployed. A professor of organisational psychology at the Manchester Business School, Sir Cary Cooper, said that “technostress” can be the result of not following good guidelines on what counts as the productive […]

US Agencies to Probe iPhone Slowdown Debacle

US Agencies to Probe iPhone Slowdown Debacle

Bloomberg reported last Tuesday that Apple is set to be investigated by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission as to whether the company had violated securities laws after admitting to slowing down older iPhones to prolong battery life. Around 50 proposed class action suits have already been filed against the phone maker by users who said that the update had significantly degraded the performance of their iPhones, making them think that their devices were already at the end of their life cycle. The consumers have also asked judges to issue orders that would prevent Apple […]

Trump Admin Eyes Construction of Super Fast 5G Network

Trump Admin Eyes Construction of Super Fast 5G Network

Last Sunday, a senior official of the Trump administration said that the government is currently looking at several options to counter China’s snooping on US phone calls, including one which involves the construction of a high speed 5G wireless network. The official told Reuters that the US wants to build a network which will prevent bad actors from getting in, and to ensure that the Chinese don’t put every non-5G network out of business. However, it still isn’t clear whether the US government would have enough spectrum to put up its own 5G network. AT&T meanwhile announced that it will […]

Brisbane Airport First in the World to Accept Cryptocurrency Payments

Brisbane Airport First in the World to Accept Cryptocurrency Payments

Brisbane Airport was reported to have made an unprecedented move when it announced that it will soon be accepting cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum as payments. BNE, Australia’s third-busiest airport, partnered with Queensland-based cryptocurrency startup TravelbyBit to implement point-of-sale payment systems across retail stores at two of the airport’s terminals. Roel Hellemons, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) general manager of strategic planning and development, said that it made sense to accept cryptocurrencies as payments since a lot of travelers who use the airport make money off trading such currencies. Source: CCN

Facebook Engineer Invents New Unit of Time

Facebook Engineer Invents New Unit of Time

Facebook Open Source recently tweeted about the launch of a new unit of time called “flicks” which is equivalent to 1/705,600,000 of a second.   “Flick”, which has its name derived from “frame tick”, was initially conceived by engineer Christopher Horvath who put his idea on GitHub in 2017. While flicks may not make much of a general impact, an Oxford researcher said that it will help create better VR experiences since it will allow programmers to measure time between media frames without using fractions. Lead research engineer at BBC Research and Development Matt Hammond further explained that errors can […]

Megaupload Founder Sues New Zealand for Damages

Megaupload Founder Sues New Zealand for Damages

Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom is reportedly suing the New Zealand government for damages in relation to his arrest in 2012. The internet entrepreneur said that his business would have been worth $10 billion at present had it not been shut down in a raid by the New Zealand government. Dotcom is seeking damages amounting to $6.8 billion and says that he might also take similar action against the government of Hong Kong. Dotcom’s argues that his extradition warrants which were used in a raid on his mansion were based on Section 131 of the 1994 Copyright Act of New Zealand, […]

Google Announces Patent Cross-Licensing with Tencent

Google Announces Patent Cross-Licensing with Tencent

Earlier this week, Google announced that it will be entering into a patent cross-licensing agreement with Chinese tech giant Tencent which is estimated to be valued at $500 billion. The terms of the tie-in were not disclosed, but Google’s Head of Patents Mike Lee says that it is a long-term partnership where the two companies will be working on innovation for a broad range of products and technologies. Even though Google’s search service is still blocked in China, the company has recently increased its efforts in pursuing a number of projects in the country, including the creation of an AI […]

“Text Bomb” Security Flaw Causes iPhones to Crash

“Text Bomb” Security Flaw Causes iPhones to Crash

A security flaw affecting Apple Macs and iPhones was recently discovered by software developer Abraham Masri who posted it on GitHub last Tuesday. The bug, called “chaiOS” causes devices to crash or restart. The chaiOS “text bomb” can be activated simply by sending a link to the device, even without having the user click on it. The bug can also crash the Safari browser and cause slowdowns on a Mac. However, renowned security expert Graham Cluley said that chaiOS is not a major security threat, but rather more of an annoyance to Apple users. Cluley added that it was not […]

Android Researcher Wins $112,500 for Pixel Smartphone Bug

Android Researcher Wins $112,500 for Pixel Smartphone Bug

It was revealed earlier this week that Google had awarded $112,500 Qihoo 360 Alpha Team researcher Guang Gong for submitting two Pixel smartphone security bugs through the Android Security Rewards (ASR) program. This is the first working remote exploit ever to be submitted to the program. The two exploit chains, CVE-2017-5116 and CVE-2017-14904, were submitted last August 2017. The two bugs can be used by attackers to remotely inject code into Android’s system_server process when a user opens a malicious URL via Chrome. A patch for the vulnerability, along with 42 others, had already been included in Google’s December security […]

House Minority: China Telco May be Trojan Horse

House Minority: China Telco May be Trojan Horse

Last Wednesday, opposition members of the Philippine Congress expressed their concerns regarding the entrance of China Telecom Corp Ltd. in the Philippine’s telco sector. The state-run Chinese telco is slated to be named as the third telecoms provider in the first quarter of this year, breaking the duopoly held by PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. President Rodrigo Duterte, known to have warm relations with Beijing, encouraged the Chinese entities to operate in the country. However, the deal has to contend with a history of mistrust due to China’s maritime assertiveness and repeated challenges to Philippine sovereignty. The House Minority […]

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