Technology and Telecommunications

Critical Flaws in AMD Chips Found

Critical Flaws in AMD Chips Found

CTS Labs security researchers said this week that they have discovered serious flaws in CPUs manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices that could allow attackers to remotely control computers and networks. The Israeli-based security firm said that the AMD chips had 13 vulnerabilities which could put organizations at significantly increased risk of cyber attacks. CTS added that AMD’s Ryzen chipset, which is outsourced to Taiwanese chip manufacturer ASMedia, ships with exploitable manufacturer backdoors. Researchers from another security firm, enSilo, said that the AMD vulnerabilities could be worse than the Intel Meltdown/Spectre CPU bugs. Source: Straits Times

Apple, Google Reputation Drop in New Survey

Apple, Google Reputation Drop in New Survey

Last Tuesday, the latest annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient survey showed a decline in Apple and Google’s brand, with the former sliding from 5th to 29th and the latter from 8th to 28th. Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema said that the drop could be attributed to the failure of both companies to release any attention-grabbing products. Gerzema added that projects that the companies had been working on, such as self-driving cars and artificial intelligence, are “not quite there yet”. Amazon remained at the top spot which may be due to its acquisition of Whole Foods, while Tesla went up from […]

Tim Berners-Lee Warns Anew Against Big Tech

Tim Berners-Lee Warns Anew Against Big Tech

Tim Berners-Lee, recognized as the inventor of the World Wide Web, recently made new comments on the dangers “big tech” pose to competition and society. Berners-Lee said that the few dominant tech companies now effectively have control over which ideas and opinions are seen and shared, and these Silicon Valley companies are able to buy up talent and startups which may stifle innovation in the next 20 years. He also said that he will be using his clout to push for regulation of these platform giants and added that social objectives should be factored in when creating a ruling framework. […]

Grab in Talks to Buy Uber’s Business in Southeast Asia

Grab in Talks to Buy Uber’s Business in Southeast Asia

A source recently revealed that Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab is already in advanced negotiations to buy rival Uber’s market share in the region. Xiaofeng Wang, an analyst at consultancy firm Forrester says that Uber may be planning to focus on markets where it is already doing well, such as the US and Europe. Meanwhile, Grab holds a bigger part of the market in Southeast Asia and understands it better as well. Uber is expected to strike a deal with Grab where they will be getting a stake in the latter, which is similar to the deal Uber made in […]

Washington State Signs Law Supporting Net Neutrality

Washington State Signs Law Supporting Net Neutrality

Washington State recently signed a law that directly opposes the rollback of net neutrality rules which had been proposed by the FCC. It is said that 20 other states are also considering similar laws. Washington State governor Jay Inslee said that the law allows the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in US history. However, it is said that internet service providers may have to have a different set of policies in Washington compared to other states because of the decision. The FCC has yet to issue a response on the […]

Facebook Project Attempts to Deradicalize Using Messenger

Facebook Project Attempts to Deradicalize Using Messenger

It was reported that Facebook is currently engaged in a project where its messaging service is being used to deradicalize extremists. The Facebook-funded pilot is led by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a counter-extremism organization. In the program, users in the UK who post extreme-far right Islamist content are contacted and have their views challenged, which is similar to the recruitment methods of extremist groups. The researchers claim that out of 569 people that were contacted, there were eight that showed signs of a positive impact. Source: BBC

Spanish Company Debuts Parent-Controlled Smartphone for Kids

Spanish Company Debuts Parent-Controlled Smartphone for Kids

At the recently held Mobile World Congress, a Spanish company debuted an Android phone designed specifically for children as it can be controlled via an app on the parent’s phone. Escudo Web says that it has developed a mobile phone with protections that young users will not be able to bypass. Parents will have full control on what can be accessed on the device, and even make sure that the phone is always powered on and location services switched on as well. One particular feature being touted by the manufacturer is the SOS button, which can immediately make a call […]

Huawei Chief: US is Afraid Because We Are Too Strong

Huawei Chief: US is Afraid Because We Are Too Strong

In a recent interview, Huawei’s chief executive Richard Yu said that the US is attempting to keep the Chinese company out because of its competitiveness. The US government recently issued a strong warning against the Chinese phone maker, calling it a security concern. However, Yu confidently said that Huawei had been posting significant annual growth and that they have a big chance at being the top global mobile manufacturer. Yu added that even with their leading innovations and technologies, politicians in the US are trying to shut them out for being too strong. In the interview, Yu also mentioned that […]

Facebook, Telecom Infra Announce Series of Global Connectivity Projects

Facebook, Telecom Infra Announce Series of Global Connectivity Projects

Earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, Spain, Facebook and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) announced that it is embarking on a number of new projects to bring connectivity to around 3.8 people without internet access in various parts of the globe. The partnership will be launching Terragraph, a millimeter-wave, multi-node wireless backhaul system with the help of industry partners including Deutsche Telekom, Magyar Telekom, and Telenor. This is expected to improve connectivity in urban locations where broadband and mobile solutions often get congested. Facebook will also be starting new trials for OpenCellular, a low-power base station […]

Huawei Expected to Lead Global 5G Move Despite US Security Concerns

Huawei Expected to Lead Global 5G Move Despite US Security Concerns

Communications giant Huawei is set to lead the global race for next-generation 5G networks as it forges relationships with big telecom operators across Europe and Asia. Already occupying a dominant position in China, the company was observed to have been making in-roads in various US allied countries. Sources have revealed that Huawei has alread signed 25 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with telecom operators including Britain’s BT, Bell Canada (BCE), France’s Orange Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and global player Vodafone to to trial 5G equipment. Even though Huawei is still behind Ericsson and Nokia, the Chinese company’s existing partnerships may give it […]

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