Technology and Telecommunications

NATO to Create Cyber Operations Center, Adds “Cyber-weapons” to Armory

NATO to Create Cyber Operations Center, Adds “Cyber-weapons” to Armory

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recently announced that the alliance will be adding its member states’ cyberwarfare capabilities as a military option. Stoltenberg also revealed plans for the creation of NATO’s Cyber Operations Center, which had been prompted in part by the recent “assertiveness” of Russia. He added that the use of “cyber weapons” may be more appropriate than the standard military response in certain scenarios, and that it will be an integrated part in any military conflict. NATO has stated that it had already used cyberattacks against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.     Source: ZDNet

Advent of AI Worries Philippine Outsourcing Sector

Advent of AI Worries Philippine Outsourcing Sector

Observers within the outsourcing industry of the Philippines expressed their worries on the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), fearing that it will chip away at the $23 billion sector. The country’s BPO industry has overtaken India in the past few years, and is a major economic driver which has generated 1.15 million jobs. However, Sutherland Global Services CDO Rajneesh Tiwary said that Filipino’s excellent command of spoken English may cease to be an advantage a few years from now. IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) president Ray Untal also expects AI to replace around 50,000 process-driven BPO […]

UPS to Join Blockchain Alliance, Hopes to Spur Development in Logistics

UPS to Join Blockchain Alliance, Hopes to Spur Development in Logistics

UPS has recently announced that it is looking to use blockchain technology to revolutionize logistics systems used in the shipping sector. The delivery company, which recently joined the business consortium Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), believes that the technology will be critical in the smart logistics networks of the future. Director of enterprise architecture and innovation Linda Weakland said that it can potentially be used for increasing the transparency and efficiency among supply chain stakeholders such as shippers, brokers, and vendors. UPS also cited that they may soon apply the technology in their own customs brokerage business. The company, currently […]

Uber Bands with Ride-Sharing Rivals to Counter Regulation in Brazil

Uber Bands with Ride-Sharing Rivals to Counter Regulation in Brazil

Uber has reportedly formed an alliance with three other ride-sharing apps in Brazil to counter the looming block regulation that could turn the companies into regular taxi services. Despite being the top player in the country’s ride-sharing sector, Uber joined forces with Cabify, 99 and Lady Driver to win over public support by leveraging digital influencers and social media. With the slogan “Together for Mobility”, the coalition mobilized their drivers to protest in the cities while their company country managers launched a video warning Brazilians of the red tape that threatens to suppress ride-hailing. The company is currently under pressure […]

Facebook Investigates WhatsApp’s Temporary Outage

Facebook Investigates WhatsApp’s Temporary Outage

Facebook’s popular messaging service WhatsApp was reported to have had a temporary outage in several countries last Friday. Users immediately took to Facebook and Twitter to post about the issue, with “WhatsAppDown” being the top trending keyword on Twitter in India, Pakistan, Britain, Germany, and other countries. Users said that it took around 30 minutes before the app was able to function again. A representative from Facebook Singapore officially stated that the matter is now being investigated. The chat app had already experienced several outages this year, with the longest one lasting for several hours in May. Source: Reuters

Estonia Temporarily Suspends Online ID Service for Fixing

Estonia Temporarily Suspends Online ID Service for Fixing

Estonia has ordered a temporary lockdown of its vaunted online ID services last Friday to fix a number of flaws in its identity smartcards.  The online identity system is used by around 760,000 Estonians to access a majority of government and private services such as school reports, medical prescriptions, banking, and even for voting in elections. However, researchers have identified an encryption vulnerability in the hardware used by the service, which is made by German company Infineon The Estonian government and Infineon confirmed that the flaw has not yet been exploited, but the equipment will still need to be updated. […]

India Now the Second Largest Smartphone Market, US Slides to Third Place

India Now the Second Largest Smartphone Market, US Slides to Third Place

According to a report by tech market analyst firm Canalys, India is now the world’s second largest smartphone market after managing to reach 40 million mobile phone shipments in the third quarter of 2017. Observers have long expected the country of over 1.3 billion to overtake the US, which only has around 320 million citizens. However, China still sits in the top spot with around 110 million shipments per quarter, and it is predicted that a number of issues including local retails laws, importation taxes, and inferior internet will hamper India’s sales for some time. The report also revealed that […]

Apple Refutes Rumors of FaceID’s Reduced Accuracy

Apple Refutes Rumors of FaceID’s Reduced Accuracy

Last Wednesday, Apple issued an official statement to quash rumors saying that the accuracy of its iPhone’s FaceID had been reduced in order to speed up production to keep up with the demand. Apple addressed Bloomberg’s claim in particular which stated that the phone maker had “relaxed” its stringent specifications for the FaceID to speed up the testing process of completed modules. Bloomberg’s article added that the new specs may downgrade the technology’s efficacy, which can result to a one in a million chance of the FaceID being broken into. Apple flat out denied the rumors that FaceID’s accuracy has […]

digitalcitiesPH Program to Develop ICT Hubs Outside Metro Manila  

digitalcitiesPH Program to Develop ICT Hubs Outside Metro Manila  

Manila, Philippines – A program called “digitalcitiesPH” is set to be launched jointly by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) in the upcoming 9th NICP ICT Summit which will be held on November 16 to 17, 2017. The digitalcitiesPH program is a rebranding of the current Next Wave Cities Initiative which helped bring around 30% of outsourced information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) to cities outside of the metro. digitalcitiesPH, which follows the IT-BPM Roadmap and Tholons […]

Primer Raises $14.7m, Will Use AI to Understand World’s Information

Primer Raises $14.7m, Will Use AI to Understand World’s Information

A startup called Primer was reported to have finished raising $14.7 million across Seed and Series A investment rounds, as well as secure initial clients at In-Q-Tel, Walmart and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund. Primer aims to use machine learning models to process the world’s unstructured data to produce insights not only for corporate clients but also for governments and financial institutions. While it may seem that the company will directly be competing with Palo Alto’s Palantir, CEO Sean Gourley gave the impression that they are looking to solve less ambitious problems that happen more frequently. In contrast with Palantir’s software […]

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