Credit Suisse expands in Qatar, launches tech hub

Credit Suisse expands in Qatar, launches tech hub

Credit Suisse will expand in Qatar via a partnership with the Gulf country's Investment Promotion Agency (IPA Qatar), the Swiss bank said on Monday. It will create up to 100 jobs there over the next few years across its wealth management, investment banking and asset management divisions and through the launch of a technology and engineering hub. "This expansion will further strengthen the bank's leading wealth management business, deepen the bank's local footprint and contribute to accelerating Credit Suisse's development and digitisation in Qatar and the wider region," IPA Qatar and Credit Suisse said in a joint statement. The move comes…
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Banks, financial services companies tightening controls on Whatsapp exchanges with clients

Banks, financial services companies tightening controls on Whatsapp exchanges with clients

Asset managers are tightening controls on personal communication tools such as WhatsApp as they join banks in trying to ensure employees play by the rules when they do business with clients remotely. Regulators had already begun to clamp down on the use of unauthorised messaging tools to discuss potentially market-moving matters, but the issue gathered urgency when the pandemic forced more finance staff to work from home in 2020. Most of the companies caught in communications and record-keeping probes by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have been banks - which have…
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Uber turns cash flow positive for the first time, shares surge

Uber turns cash flow positive for the first time, shares surge

Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday reported positive quarterly cash flow for the first time ever and forecast third-quarter operating profit above estimates, betting on steady demand for its ride-hailing and food-delivery services. Uber shares, which have lost more than 40% this year, surged 15% to $28.41 in premarket trading and helped drive an 8% gain in rival Lyft Inc's shares. Uber generated free cash flow of $382 million in the second quarter, topping analysts' expectations of $263.2 million, as trips exceeded pre-pandemic levels, boosted by the reopening of offices and a surge in travel demand. The number of drivers and delivery agents on its…
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Big tech should share Europe network costs – France, Italy, Spain document

Big tech should share Europe network costs – France, Italy, Spain document

-France, Italy and Spain are stepping up pressure on the European Commission to come up with legislation that ensures Big Tech firms partly finance telecoms infrastructure in the bloc, a document showed on Monday. This was the first time the three governments have expressed their joint position on the issue. EU regulators said in May they were analysing the question of whether tech giants Alphabet's Google, Meta and Netflix should shoulder some of the costs of upgrading telecoms networks. In a joint paper, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, the three governments said the six largest content providers accounted for 55% of internet…
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Microsoft renews focus on skills gap in Malta

Microsoft renews focus on skills gap in Malta

After last year’s ICT Skills Demand and Supply Monitor by the eSkills Malta Foundation confirmed Microsoft Azure as the most common cloud platform used in Malta, Microsoft, as part of its worldwide Global Skills initiative for post-pandemic recovery, is now announcing a new set of Microsoft Azure Fundamentals courses available for free to all Maltese students and teachers. Participants taking the online, instructor-led courses will get free certified tuition in key skills including Power Platform, Security Fundamentals, Azure and Data Fundamentals. Upon completion of the Fundamentals exams, students will receive an industry-recognized certification, also free of charge. “Today’s students need…
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EU should seek strategic independence in agriculture, technology and medical products – CoFoE

EU should seek strategic independence in agriculture, technology and medical products – CoFoE

CDE News - Strasbourg The violent developments in Ukraine have dominated discussions during the Conference on the Future of Europe’s plenary session which kicked off in the Alsatian city of Strasbourg on Friday. Stakeholders from across the continent debated some 90 recommendations drafted by Citizens’ Panels earlier this year. Reflecting the wider general discussions of achieving EU strategic autonomy in areas such as defence and energy supply, participants pushed for similar European independence for other key assets such as agricultural products, semiconductors, medical products, innovative digital and environmental technologies. These products “should be better promoted and financially supported to keep…
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Major U.S. airline CEOs warn 5G could ground some planes, wreak havoc

Major U.S. airline CEOs warn 5G could ground some planes, wreak havoc

The chief executives of major U.S. passenger and cargo carriers on Monday warned of an impending "catastrophic" aviation crisis on Wednesday when AT&T and Verizon are set to deploy new 5G service. The airlines warned the new C-Band 5G service could potentially make a significant number of widebody aircraft unusable and "could potentially strand tens of thousands of Americans overseas." "Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling and shipping public will essentially be grounded," wrote the chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and others. The FAA has warned that potential interference…
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BlackBerry pulls life support for once-indispensable business smartphone

BlackBerry pulls life support for once-indispensable business smartphone

BlackBerry Ltd is pulling the plug on service for its once ubiquitous business smartphones, which were toted by executives, politicians and legions of fans in the early 2000s. The move marks the end of an era as the phones, which sported a tiny QWERTY physical keyboard, pioneered push email and the BBM instant messaging service. Former U.S. President Barack Obama, one of its most celebrated users, made headlines in 2016 when he was asked to give up his BlackBerry and replace it with an unnamed smartphone. Blackberry lost favor with users with the advent of Apple's touchscreen iPhones and rival…
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Apple becomes first company to hit $3 trillion market value

Apple becomes first company to hit $3 trillion market value

Apple Inc on Monday became the first company in the world to hit $3 trillion in market capitalization, thanks to investor confidence that the iPhone maker will keep launching best-selling products as it explores new markets such as automated cars and metaverse. On the first day of trading in 2022, the company's shares rose to $182.88 in mid-day trading, a new record. The world's most valuable company is the first to reach the milestone as investors bet that consumers will continue to shell out top dollar for iPhones, MacBooks and services such as Apple TV and Apple Music. Apple's march from $2 trillion to $3…
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EP committee agrees on new tech rules in landmark decision

EP committee agrees on new tech rules in landmark decision

A key European Parliament committee agreed on Tuesday to a ban on "dark patterns" that trick web users and advertising targeting minors as part of new rules aimed at U.S. tech giants, taking a tougher stand that could spell trouble in forthcoming negotiations with EU countries. The Digital Services Act (DSA) is a landmark set of rules proposed by European Commission antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager in response to the slow pace of competition investigations which targets Amazon, Apple, Alphabet unit Google and Facebook. The goal is to force the firms to do more to tackle illegal content on their platforms,…
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Beefed up EU tech rules could be global standard, says Facebook whistleblower

Beefed up EU tech rules could be global standard, says Facebook whistleblower

Europe's draft rules requiring tech firms to do more to tackle illegal online content could become a global gold standard for a safer online world if they are beefed up, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told EU lawmakers on Monday. Haugen, a former Facebook employee who worked as a product manager on the company's civic misinformation team, has accused the social media giant of repeatedly prioritising profit over clamping down on hate speech and misinformation. Her testimony to a European Parliament committee comes after stops in London, Lisbon and Berlin, and at a time when EU lawmakers are debating whether to firm up the Digital Services Act (DSA) proposed by EU antitrust…
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Microsoft rolls out new tech to connect its cloud to rivals

Microsoft rolls out new tech to connect its cloud to rivals

Microsoft Corp on Tuesday announced a new round of technologies aimed at making its cloud computing services work in data centers it does not own - including the cloud data centers of its rivals. The strategy, Microsoft executives and analysts say, has been key to the company's rise in the cloud computing infrastructure market, which research firm Gartner estimates hit $64.3 billion and where Microsoft is second only to market leader Amazon.com's Amazon Web Services. Microsoft last week said revenue from Azure, its flagship cloud offering, grew 48%, results that helped it overtake Apple Inc as the world's most valuable…
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Apple’s plan to scan your phone raises the stakes on a key question: Can you trust Big Tech?

Apple’s plan to scan your phone raises the stakes on a key question: Can you trust Big Tech?

Apple’s plan to scan customers’ phones and other devices for images depicting child sexual abuse generated a backlash over privacy concerns, which led the company to announce a delay. Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies have long scanned customers’ images that are stored on the companies’ servers for this material. Scanning data on users’ devices is a significant change. However well-intentioned, and whether or not Apple is willing and able to follow through on its promises to protect customers’ privacy, the company’s plan highlights the fact that people who buy iPhones are not masters of their own devices. In addition,…
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Facebook says services restored after outage

Facebook says services restored after outage

July 3 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) said it has resolved a technical issue that caused some users trouble accessing Facebook, Messenger, Workplace and Instagram on Saturday. "We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience," a spokesperson told Reuters. Facebook, Instagram and Messenger were down for thousands of users on Saturday, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.com. Downdetector tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform. The outages might be affecting a larger number of users.Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru;…
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Nokia to cut up to 10,000 jobs over next two years

Nokia to cut up to 10,000 jobs over next two years

Nokia on Tuesday announced plans to cut up to 10,000 jobs within two years to trim costs and invest more in research capabilities, as the Finnish telecoms group seeks to step up its challenge to Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei. After taking over the top job last year, Chief Executive Pekka Lundmark has been making changes to recover from product missteps under the company's previous management that hurt its 5G ambitions and dragged on its shares. He announced a new strategy in October, under which Nokia will have four business groups and said the company would "do whatever it takes" to take the…
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Zoom Video Meeting application down for more than a thousand users – Downdetector

Zoom Video Meeting application down for more than a thousand users – Downdetector

March 3 (Reuters) - Zoom Video Communications Inc's video-conferencing platform was down for more than a thousand users on Wednesday, according to outage tracking website Downtector.com. Downdetector showed there were nearly 2,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Zoom at its peak, at 9 a.m. ET. Zoom has seen a meteoric rise in users thanks to remote work and online learning against the backdrop of stay-at-home orders. Telecom operator Verizon Communication Inc's services were also down for nearly 5,400 users at its peak, at 10 a.m. ET, according to Downdetector. Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.…
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Samsung launches new flagship Galaxy S smartphone early, targets remote workers, gamers

Samsung launches new flagship Galaxy S smartphone early, targets remote workers, gamers

SEOUL, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled the first Galaxy S smartphone with a stylus for on-screen work called the S Pen, more than a month ahead of its usual annual release schedule for models of its flagship compact phone. Analysts have said offering a stylus within the Galaxy S21 series might signal the South Korean tech giant will merge the S line with its other premium smartphone range, the Note, already equipped with a note-taking stylus. That could free up resources for Samsung to push its separate range high-end foldable phones as key mass…
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Europe plots catch-up in global 5G race to drive COVID-19 recovery

Europe plots catch-up in global 5G race to drive COVID-19 recovery

2021 could be a do-or-die year for Europe's efforts to catch up with China and the United States in rolling out super-fast fifth-generation (5G) telecoms networks. The mission to introduce the technology, which ultimately promises internet speeds up to 20 times faster than today, could be crucial to how competitively the continent emerges from the economic ruins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mindful of this, the European Union is funnelling a fifth of its 750-billion-euro ($914 billion) recovery fund to improve countries' digital capabilities. European mobile operators have long been reluctant to start investing in 5G networks, which could support smart factories and self-driving cars, because of a lack of political clarity about whether…
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Tech groups’ services could face bans if they breach rules -EU industry chief

Tech groups’ services could face bans if they breach rules -EU industry chief

Technology companies' services could be banned from the European market if they do not heed EU regulation, Europe's industry chief Thierry Breton told German weekly Welt am Sonntag, as the European Commission finalises rules on internet companies. Breton will announce new draft rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Dec. 2. The rules will set out a list of do's and don'ts for gatekeepers - online companies with market power - forcing them to share data with rivals and regulators and not to promote their services and…
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GO Ventures Part of €41 million Investment in Apple and Samsung Partner Servify

GO Ventures Part of €41 million Investment in Apple and Samsung Partner Servify

GO Ventures has just added an investment in the device lifecycle management platform Servify to its portfolio, taking part in the Series C financing round for the five-year-old start-up that to-date raised in excess of €41 million. Servify works closely with enterprises such as Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia, Motorola, and Airtel and handles after-sales services such as device protection, exchange, and trade-in programs for its partners. The start-up, which offers its services through a white label arrangement with enterprises, works with over 50 brands and reaches over 50 markets. With Apple, it works in three geographies, and in over…
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Google to pay $1 billion globally to news publishers

Google to pay $1 billion globally to news publishers

Google plans to pay $1 billion to publishers globally for their news over the next three years, its CEO said on Thursday, a step that could help it win over a powerful group amid heightened regulatory scrutiny worldwide. News publishers have long fought the world's most popular internet search engine for compensation for using their content, with European media groups leading the charge. CEO Sundar Pichai said the new product called Google News Showcase will launch first in Germany, where it has signed up German newspapers including Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, and in Brazil with Folha de S.Paulo, Band and Infobae. It will be…
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EU drafts rules to force big tech companies to share data

EU drafts rules to force big tech companies to share data

The European Union (EU) is preparing to force big technology companies to share their customer data with smaller rivals, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing an early draft of its landmark 'Digital Services Act' regulations. "The likes of Amazon and Google shall not use data collected on the platform . . . for (their) own commercial activities . . . unless they (make it) accessible to business users active in the same commercial activities," the FT reported, quoting the draft. EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager would announce by the end of this year tough new rules under the Act, aimed to increase social media companies' responsibilities and…
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EU Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing

EU Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing

The Commission is pushing forward new legislation to maintain and advance Europe's leading role in supercomputing and quantum computing. It will support research and innovation activities for new supercomputing technologies, systems and products, as well as foster the necessary skills to use the infrastructure and form the basis for a world-class ecosystem in Europe. The proposal would enable an investment of €8 billion in the next generation of supercomputers – a substantially larger budget compared to the current one. Building on Europe's success in next-generation high-performance computing, supercomputing will play a key role in Europe's path towards recovery. It has…
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Apple to launch new products on Sept. 15th

Apple to launch new products on Sept. 15th

Apple Inc on Tuesday invited media to a "special event" it is streaming on Sept. 15, with high anticipation that the iPhone maker will launch new versions of its core products. The event will be streamed on the company’s website from its campus in Cupertino, California, Apple said, without providing further details. While Apple uses its September events to showcase its most important products, new versions of iPhone handsets might still take time as the company in July had flagged a delay by few weeks from the usual timeline. Other products usually unveiled in September include new versions of Apple…
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Sending porn images to minor via messengers is sexual violence – Italy’s top court rules

Sending porn images to minor via messengers is sexual violence – Italy’s top court rules

 Sending pornographic images to a minor via WhatsApp can be legitimately prosecuted as sexual violence, Italy's top court said Tuesday. The supreme Court of Cassation rejected an appeal from a man who sent sexually explicit photos to an underage girl and asked her to do the same for him. The Cassation Court's rulings set legal precedents in Italy. The Milan Review Court had confirmed the custody in prison ordered by the investigating judge for the suspect, and the defense, therefore, turned to the Supreme Court claiming that, in the case in question, the crime of sexual violence was not contestable,…
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CiNext – Hacking at the global order

CiNext – Hacking at the global order

by Tonio Galea A fire that broke out recently at an important Iran nuclear plant is risking spreading into a major hacking conflict. Some Iranian foreign officials were quick to say that the incident, which caused significant damage and dealt a blow to the nation’s development of advanced centrifuge, was caused by a cyberattack. Attacks of this type are not unusual, and Iran had again been the victim of the most well-known cyberattack: Stuxnet. In 2010, the malicious computer worm, destroyed numerous centrifuges in Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility causing them to burn themselves out. The latest blaze also occurred in Nantz and…
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CiNext – Technology – a silver lining of the Covid era

CiNext – Technology – a silver lining of the Covid era

by Isabelle Micallef Bonello The Covid-19 shock accelerated the adoption of technology across business sectors.  The need to reach customers online necessitated company-wide adoption of new automated technology-enabled solutions.  The need for social distancing, for example, changed corporate working methods accelerating the adoption of teleworking and, now, the rotation of workers at company’s offices.  Applications in telemedicine started to take shape, and various other technology-enabled applications that have long been in the planning finally came to fruition. As we emerge into the ‘new normal’, there is a consistent effort to adopt such practices for the long-term.  GPs have set-up online…
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CiNext – Digital Transformation The future is now!

CiNext – Digital Transformation The future is now!

by Silvan Mifsud Digital transformation. The mother of all buzzwords. However, as Simeon Preston once said, “The biggest part of digital transformation is changing the way to think.” You mention digital transformation and today our mind starts thinking on 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. It is very true that digital technologies are enabling radically new ways to deliver value to customers, altering competitive landscapes and changing the underlying economics of markets. However, technological change is nothing new, except for one thing. This time round the pace at which change is happening is at a rate…
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CiNext – Digital answers to non-digital questions

CiNext – Digital answers to non-digital questions

by Jesmond Saliba Companies today are born digital. The digitisation of processes not only opens up exciting new business opportunities but makes entrepreneurship itself more widely accessible and more democratic. But the potential of turning digital is neither lost on more mature companies; indeed, many legacy organisations from cosmetics empire L’Oreal to top brewer AB InBev are themselves digital pioneers, successfully integrating AI and IoT into their core operations. The digital revolution, however, does not stop at the adoption of internet technologies. Cloud systems and robotics, big data and nanotechnology, count for little if they are not accompanied by innovation…
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Many Maltese SME’s Still Need To Embrace IT

Many Maltese SME’s Still Need To Embrace IT

Pandemic Exposed Companies Who Were Not IT Ready The COVID19 pandemic exposed many Maltese companies, especially SME’s, who still did not appreciate the extent to which IT and cloud computing can help them drive their business to success when applying automation. According to a Eurostat survey published in 2018, 37% of Maltese companies were adopting cloud computing, placing Malta at the ninth place amongst all EU countries. “When the pandemic broke, those who had invested in the right technology, especially cloud technology, saw their productivity remain unchanged because they found themselves with a huge big competitive advantage because they were…
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Maltese AI Company Defining the Healthcare of Tomorrow In The UK

Maltese AI Company Defining the Healthcare of Tomorrow In The UK

Maltese AI company EBO.ai has partnered with UK health informatics firm Servelec as Exclusive AI Partners for patient self-management and is now bringing innovative self-managed services to thousands of patients within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Through this collaboration, Servelec will integrate EBO.ai’s technology (now called the ‘Rio Virtual Assistant’) into its electronic patient record system to give NHS patients accessibility to set hospital appointments, reschedule or cancel them in real time, using their favourite messaging channel, instantly and 24/7. The breakthrough technology was initially introduced to the East London NHS Foundation Trust and the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust…
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Canada spy agency warned of ‘shock waves’ from arrest of Huawei founder’s daughter

Canada spy agency warned of ‘shock waves’ from arrest of Huawei founder’s daughter

Canada's intelligence agency warned that arresting the daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zheng would set off global "shock waves" and seriously affect ties with China, just before her detention in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition request, new court documents show. Released on Friday, the documents show the involvement of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in the December 2018 arrest of Meng Wanzhou, which soured diplomatic ties between Ottawa and Beijing. Meng is chief financial officer of China tech giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the company at the center of next generation 5G wireless technology and a long-running dispute…
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Combat 5G COVID-19 fake news, urges EU

Combat 5G COVID-19 fake news, urges EU

European Union (EU) nations banking on 5G to boost economic growth are eager to tackle conspiracy theories linking the wireless technology to the spread of the novel coronavirus that have seen masts torched in several places. According to telecoms lobbying groups ETNO and GSMA, such false claims have resulted in over 140 arson attacks on infrastructure such as mobile phone masts in 10 European countries and assaults on scores of maintenance workers. Britain has seen 87 arson attacks and the Netherlands 30, while cases have also been reported in France, Belgium, Italy and Germany. According to an EU document seen by Reuters, member countries…
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Zoom to roll out strong encryption for paying customers

Zoom to roll out strong encryption for paying customers

A Reuters exclusive story shows that video conferencing provider Zoom plans to strengthen encryption of video calls hosted by paying clients and institutions such as schools, but not by users of its free consumer accounts, a company official said on Friday. The company, whose business has boomed with the coronavirus pandemic, discussed the move on a call with civil liberties groups and child-sex abuse fighters on Thursday, and Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos confirmed it on Friday. In an interview, Stamos said the plan was subject to change and it was not yet clear which, if any, nonprofits or other…
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Video Conferencing services Zoom reported to be down

Video Conferencing services Zoom reported to be down

Video conferencing service Zoom is down after users reported experiencing audio and video problems. The Independent (UK) reports that thousands of people have reported problems with the site since 9am, mainly in the UK, according to the website DownDetector. The App has seen a sharp increase in users since following the spread of Coronavirus throughout the world. According to DownDetector, an independent website that tracks outages across the globe by monitoring social mentions, the app hs been experiencing issues from around 9am BST this morning.
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Malta: Malta’s adoption rate of single technologies almost ‘always below EU average’

Malta: Malta’s adoption rate of single technologies almost ‘always below EU average’

A report by the European Investment Bank has found that that Malta’s adoption rate of single technologies is always below the EU average, except for Internet of Things in the construction and services sectors In the fight against the Coronavirus, digital technology is playing an unprecedented role in the maintenance of daily life and economic and social activities, as well as in the recovery of industry and business, the European Investment Bank has said. Source: The Malta Independent Updated: 15:30
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MIC Hosted Over 200 Technology Start-Ups Over Past 7 Years

MIC Hosted Over 200 Technology Start-Ups Over Past 7 Years

Microsoft Innovation Centre Celebrates Seven Years of Innovation Start-ups have been amongst the main stakeholders of the Microsoft Innovation Centre since it opened its doors in February 2013. Hosting and mentoring start-ups in fact, was always one of the main missions of the MIC where to date, it has hosted over 200 technology start-ups for outreach activities in line with the evolution of newer technologies such as cloud computing, big data, blockchain, igaming, AI and virtual reality. The Microsoft Innovation Centre has celebrated its seventh anniversary. Located at Skyparks in Luqa, the MIC formed part of a wider MIC programme…
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Church’s social teaching can help AI serve the common good

Church’s social teaching can help AI serve the common good

In the newly emerging discipline of “the ethical development of algorithms” or more simply “algor-ethics”, a critical contribution can be made by the principles of the Church’s social teaching, namely the dignity of the person, justice, subsidiarity and solidarity, according to a report on Vatican News. The Pope made the remark on Friday in a message that was read to participants in a workshop titled, "The 'Good' Algorithm? Artificial Intelligence: Ethics, Law, Health", organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican, February, 26-28. The Vatican also released voluntary guidelines for the development and use of artificial intelligence technology,…
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Private WhatsApp groups are easily accessible to public – DW

Private WhatsApp groups are easily accessible to public – DW

Private WhatsApp groups are easily accessible to the public, searches revealed on Friday. WhatsApp's "invite to group via link" feature is meant to allow people to share access to their private groups with other people. However, the feature appears to have been indexed by Google's search engine. Thousands of WhatsApp groups — including private ones — are visible and can be joined after an internet search. DW's Jordan Wildon discovered the bug on Friday. "Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are," he tweeted. Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are. The "Invite to Group…
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Opinion – Tech Sovereignty for true Digital Transformation

Opinion – Tech Sovereignty for true Digital Transformation

Opinion piece by European Commission President - Ursula Von Der Leyen I am a tech optimist. My belief in technology as a force for good comes from my experience as a medical student. I learnt and saw first-hand its ability to change fates, save lives and make mundane what once would have been a miracle. We now take for granted that we can take an antibiotic when we have an infection or go for an x-ray or MRI scan when we get injured or sick. These are all miracles that have changed the course of humanity for the better. Thanks…
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Internet can be thousand times faster thanks to new technology deployed in cables

Internet can be thousand times faster thanks to new technology deployed in cables

Data could be transmitted a thousand times faster than current internet cables after a major breakthrough, scientists have said. The Independent (UK) reports that the new research uses terahertz quantum cascade lasers that could send data around the world at speeds unimaginable using current technology. The lasers could be used to vastly speed up data communications, according to the researchers behind the study, which is published today in the journal Nature Communications. Via The Independent (UK) 
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Diplomatique.Expert Edition 21

Diplomatique.Expert Edition 21

Pete Buttigieg's Iowa results, the post-Brexit negotiations, Huawei's role in UK and Europe and the lone-wolf terror attacks in this week's edition of the Corporate Dispatch's geopolitical insight publication - Diplomatique.Expert The Story  - Huawei ‘threats’ do not dissuade UK Brexit undoubtedly dominated the news around the world this week, but another issue that took both London and Brussels by storm was the fallout with Chinese multinational company Huawei. The UK government announced that it was going to allow Huawei to continue to supply telecoms network, particularly the 5G network, despite pressure from the US Read more     The Story…
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Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable

Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable

Apple could be forced to abandon its Lightning connector cable if European lawmakers get their way. The cable is used to charge and sync many Apple devices, such as the iPhone. But members of the European Parliament urged the European Commission on Monday to force tech giants to adopt a single universal charging method. Two other charging cables - USB-C and micro-USB - are used on Android devices, and Apple has already stopped using Lightning on the 2019 iPad. European regulators will vote on the matter on a yet to be determined date, but Apple says the proposed regulation would…
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Lloyds Banking Group and Microsoft form partnership to accelerate bank’s digital transformation strategy

Lloyds Banking Group and Microsoft form partnership to accelerate bank’s digital transformation strategy

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft focused on accelerating LBG’s digital transformation. As part of the LBG’s commitment to invest £3 billion in technology, the new service will provide a modern digital workplace for all Lloyds Banking Group employees. The new partnership includes the development of Microsoft Managed Desktop, offering productivity tools within Office 365, the robust security capability of Windows 10 and an advanced device solution to support evergreen currency management. LBG has worked with Microsoft since 2017 to build, test and evaluate the scale, security and agility requirements for Microsoft Managed Desktop. The…
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Microsoft forms global strategic partnership with customer data science experts to transform retail sector

Microsoft forms global strategic partnership with customer data science experts to transform retail sector

Microsoft has formed a global strategic partnership with dunnhumby, the leader in customer data science, in a move that could transform the $5.9 trillion retail sector. As part of the partnership, dunnhumby will move its widely-used customer insights products to Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, giving retailers and suppliers instant and secure access to dunnhumby’s customer data science tools. Because Azure can handle vast amounts of information securely and can cope with large spikes in demand, the partnership will enable more retailers and their suppliers to gain deep shopper and business insights, better understand their customers’ needs and preferences and improve…
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GO to embark on a multi-million submarine infrastructure to connect Malta to France and North Eastern Africa

GO to embark on a multi-million submarine infrastructure to connect Malta to France and North Eastern Africa

Barely a week after the unprecedented outage following an unrelated, simultaneous power down on GO’s two submarine cables, GO is announcing a multi-million Euro investment in a third new submarine cable system.  This bold move by GO will reshape Malta’s international connectivity to the rest of the world. Unlike all current submarine cables, this new system will branch out into a dual connection. This means that for the first time in telecoms history in Malta, the country will have an international high-speed fibre connection towards both the Western and Eastern part of the Mediterranean. Once completed, the new system will…
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Russia bans sale of smartphones without Russian-made software

Russia bans sale of smartphones without Russian-made software

Russia has passed a law banning the sale of certain devices that are not pre-installed with Russian software. The law will come into force in July 2020 and cover smartphones, computers and smart televisions. Proponents of the legislation say it is aimed at promoting Russian technology and making it easier for people in the country to use the gadgets they buy. But there are concerns about surveillance and fears that firms could pull out of the Russian market. The law will not mean devices from other countries cannot be sold with their normal software - but Russian "alternatives" will also…
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Microsoft gives parents the power to limit the time their kids spend on specific apps

Microsoft gives parents the power to limit the time their kids spend on specific apps

Microsoft is enabling parents to limit the time their children spend on specific apps and games on Xbox, and Windows and Android devices. Following an update to the company’s Family Settings, adults can now choose how long family members spend streaming films and music, messaging friends and playing games. Limits can also be set on Android devices if they have Microsoft Launcher installed. For example, they parents can choose to set one hour of game time for ARK: Survival Evolved each day and two hours for Netflix. Previously, they could set broad screen time limits (three hours on Xbox One),…
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The world’s reached a turning point on data and privacy, says Microsoft President Brad Smith

The world’s reached a turning point on data and privacy, says Microsoft President Brad Smith

The world is at a turning point as people demand more control over the technology they use and their data, the President of Microsoft has said at an event in London. Brad Smith pointed to how global scandals involving social media companies and governments over the past decade have made the public much more protective of their personal information and how it is used. The Microsoft executive was in the UK to talk about his new book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, which he has written with Carol Ann Browne, Senior Director of…
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Microsoft’s AI team engages Former Apple SIRI chief

Microsoft’s AI team engages Former Apple SIRI chief

Bill Stasior, the former head of Apple’s Siri division, is leaving the company after nearly 1a decade to join Microsoft’s artificial intelligence division, reports The Information. Although Stasior left Apple in May, he’s only joining Microsoft later this month as a corporate vice president, reporting to Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott. Stassior worked at Apple for more than seven years, joining back in 2012. Stasior’s departure seems less an indictment of the current state of Siri and more a reflection of the reality of AI at Apple. Last year, the iPhone maker poached John Giannandrea from Google, where he was…
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Survey shows concern of British business over risk of post-Brexit tech brain drain

Survey shows concern of British business over risk of post-Brexit tech brain drain

Just over half of Britain's businesses believe the country is at risk of a brain drain after Brexit, with many worried in particular about a shortage of tech skills, according to research by cloud-based software company Salesforce.com. Paul Smith, executive vice president of Salesforce UK, said Brexit was adding to business uncertainty at the same time as companies were grappling with unprecedented levels of technological change. "There's no doubt the economy is changing as new technologies emerge," he said on Thursday. "As business leaders, it's clear that we need to do more to show people how reskilling and gaining new…
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Apple will shut down iTunes service as it prepares for the future

Apple will shut down iTunes service as it prepares for the future

After 18 years, tech giant Apple has announced it will officially shut down iTunes. This may come as sad news to the nostalgic among us, but Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is due to unveil a spread of new apps that will take the outdated platform’s place in the music, movies and podcast space. The closure will commence with a phasing out of iTunes’ download and streaming services. Bloomberg reports the end of iTunes is the company’s response to the ways in which Apple users now engage with media. The news outlet claimed Apple is “finally ready to move into a…
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Facebook to restrict livestream feature

Facebook to restrict livestream feature

  Facebook announced that it will restrict who can use the company's livestream tool in an effort to limit its use to "cause harm or spread hate". Facebook said that users who break particular rules will be barred from using the livestream feature, called Facebook Live. Facebook said its "Dangerous Organizations and Individuals" rules would be included in the new policy. The company said it would prevent users who violate "our most serious policies" from using Facebook Live for "set periods of time — for example 30 days — starting on their first offense." The announcement comes two months after…
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Are concerns about Huawei justified?

Are concerns about Huawei justified?

Huawei is a Chinese business which has grown to become the world's largest telecommunications equipment vendor. Reports of its equipment being banned as nations seek to develop their 5G networks show little sign of stopping, and Western bodies including the EU and NATO have been called on to establish a joint position on their security risks. Three nations in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, the US, Australia, and New Zealand, have effectively prohibited the installation of Huawei equipment as part of the next generation of telecommunications equipment. The remaining two members, the United Kingdom and Canada, have not announced similar…
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TrueFibre – Go confirms commitment to be largest investor in Malta’s state-of-the-art digital infrastructure

TrueFibre – Go confirms commitment to be largest investor in Malta’s state-of-the-art digital infrastructure

During a press conference held on Thursday,  in the presence of the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat, GO confirmed its commitment to being the largest investor in Malta’s state-of-the art digital infrastructure. ‘At GO, we believe that the only way to future proof Malta and to be able to handle the phenomenal growth in data, is to invest in a state-of-the-art, fibre-to-the-home network. Simply put, a fibre network delivers data to you at the speed of light. There is nothing faster in science today. GO is the only company in Malta that delivers a true fibre network right up…
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Facebook not functioning properly- Instagram down

Facebook not functioning properly- Instagram down

Instagram has stopped working, with users unable to load the app. The problems came at the same time as parent company Facebook is also being hit by technical issues. WhatsApp, the company's other major app, appeared to still be working. People reported being unable to log in or to get into the app, being greeted instead by error messages Via The Independent
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Huawei sues US government

Huawei sues US government

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the US government over a ban that restricts government agencies from using its products.The lawsuit is part of a wider push by the company in recent months challenging claims its products pose security risks. The company is challenging a US law that bans government agencies from buying Huawei's equipment and services. The lawsuit, filed in a US federal court in Texas, argues the restrictions imposed by the US are "unconstitutional." In it's lawsuit Huawei said the US failed to provide evidence to support the ban, and the firm also rejected claims…
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