Technology and Telecommunications

Singapore A*STAR’s “REX” to Improve Network Security

Singapore A*STAR’s “REX” to Improve Network Security

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) recently announced that it has developed a new kind of data structure dubbed “REX” which is designed to block cyber attacks and facilitate better data flows within the network. Vrizlynn Thing of A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research says that the Resilient and Efficient data Structure (REX) is able to address the inefficiencies of traditional hash tables using different memory technologies and the characteristics of internet traffic, thus improving network performance. Thing revealed that REX was able to outperform Cuckoo and Peacock in data analysis of real, recorded network traffic. However, they would […]

Google Offers Cybercrime Training to Irish Judges

Google Offers Cybercrime Training to Irish Judges

Google was recently reported to have offered “cyber-training” to Irish judges, saying that the company, along with other tech firms, would like judges to have the final word on cases dealing with technology, cybercrime, and similar fields. The plan had already been discussed last July 2016 between Google and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, who was said to have welcomed the idea initially. However, department assistant secretary Peter Mullan reacted that judges and prosecutors should be independent, as indicated in the Irish lelgal system. Sources close to Google have said that if the plan should push through, Google will only provide technical […]

Duterte Asked for DICT Chief’s Resignation

Duterte Asked for DICT Chief’s Resignation

Manila, Philippines – In an interview last Friday on state TV PTV 4, President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that he was the one who asked for the resignation of former DICT chief Rodolfo Salalima. This contradicts a statement that he made last September 20, where he said that it was Salalima who offered to resign. Duterte said that it appeared to him that Salalima was giving preference to a particular company and did not take action on applications from competitors. which made it difficult for others to enter the market. The President added that he was aware that Salalima was the […]

Uber Defends Business Model at UK Worker Tribunal

Uber Defends Business Model at UK Worker Tribunal

Last Wednesday, Uber maintained its stance in a British employment appeal tribunal, saying that its drivers are self-employed and are not entitled to benefits that a worker receives. Uber likened the drivers who use their app to self-employed private hire drivers who work under traditional minicab firms. Similar to Uber, British minicabs cannot be hailed like a regular taxi, and instead can only be booked by contacting a registered office. However, one of the drivers involved in the tribunal claim of last year said that Uber just wants to take on more drivers, who in turn, is the only one […]

Intel Reveals Self-Learning AI Chip

Intel Reveals Self-Learning AI Chip

Intel has recently announced a new neuromorphic artificial intelligence (AI) test chip called Loihi, which is intended to mimic the functions of the human brain. The chip giant says that Loihi will be able to ‘learn’ using data gathered from its environment. In a blog post last Tuesday, Dr. Michael Mayberry of Intel Labs said the chips will be more efficient while requiring less power. Similar to how neurons function, neuromorphic chips use spikes and and plastic synapses which can be modulated. Mayberry added that this can help computers make complex decisions, as well as self-organize, which can can useful […]

DICT secretary Rodolfo Salalima Submits Resignation

DICT secretary Rodolfo Salalima Submits Resignation

Malacanang has confirmed earlier this week that the Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Rodolfo Salalima has already submitted his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte. Salalima said that he is stepping down due to “personal and work-related reasons”, but the Office of the Executive Secretary has not yet issued a statement as to whether the President has already accepted the resignation. However, the President himself had already revealed in a press conference in Marawi City that he is in the process of looking for a replacement for the Secretary. Salima was appointed in 2016 and oversaw a number […]

Uber Licensed to Operate in London Only Until Next Week

Uber Licensed to Operate in London Only Until Next Week

London’s transport regulator had removed Uber’s license to operate, saying that the company was unfit to hold a private vehicle hire license because of its conduct that can potentially impact public safety and security. The ride-sharing giant, which has around 40,000 drivers in England’s capital, will not be able to renew its license that expires on September 30, but Regulator Transport for London (TfL) will permit it to operate until the appeals process is done. TfL specifically pointed out Uber’s software called Greyball, which is used for doing driver background checks and reporting of criminal offences, can be used for […]

ISPs May be Involved in Latest FinFisher Malware Campaign

ISPs May be Involved in Latest FinFisher Malware Campaign

Cybersecurity company ESET recently revealed that a new campaign spreading the malware FinFisher has hit up to seven countries, and ISPs in two of them may have had involvement, along with their governments. Also known as FinSpy, the malware is often used by attackers to eavesdrop on communications and access files without being detected. ESET analyst Filip Kafka says that ISPs may have acted as a man-in-the-middle by redirecting users to legitimate apps trojanized with FinFisher. ESET adds that the geographical dispersion of the latest malware variants show that the attacks are happening at a level that suggest ISP involvement. […]

Saudi Arabia Set to Allow Internet Phone Calls Starting This Week

Saudi Arabia Set to Allow Internet Phone Calls Starting This Week

A government spokesman revealed earlier this week that Saudi Arabia will be lifting the ban on online voice and video calls in the country. According to Adel Abu Hameed of the CITC, users will be able to use internet calls on services such as Skype and WhatsApp around Thursday this week. Experts believe that the policy reversal is part of the Saudi government’s effort to counter the effects of low oil prices which have hit the country’s finances.    The move is expected to boost digital entrepreneurship and reduce operational costs, however, lifting the ban on VoIP, which was introduced […]

Google to Give Rivals Equal Treatment Through Auction

Google to Give Rivals Equal Treatment Through Auction

In an effort to level the playing field with its rivals and to avoid any additional antitrust fines from the European Union, Google (GOOGL.O), has offered to launch an auction that will display rival comparison shopping sites. In a proposal provided to the European Commission, the tech giant proposed Product Listing Ads that will enable competitors to bid for spots in the shopping section. After an already record fine of € 2.4 B euros ($2.9B) from the European Commission, the search engine giant could face fresh fines should it fail to give its rivals equal service.   Source: Reuters

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