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Call for a digital super-regulator

Technology firms need to radically improve their "inadequate" responses to privacy and data breaches and anti-social content, according to a new report from the House of Lords.

UK media failing women and tech

Last Friday (8th March) marked International Woman’s Day (IWD), a yearly event which celebrates females all over the world and aims to encourage gender balance.

Apprenticeships v degrees

At the start of National Apprenticeship Week a new study conducted by CV-Library, an independent jobs board, has revealed that over two thirds (67%) of engineering professionals would choose to do an apprenticeship over studying for a degree.

Samsung to the rescue?

With Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in full swing and 5G expected to steal the limelight, with operators and vendors vying with one another to show that they are leading in the race for 5G commercialisation, we can expect to see plenty of handset launches.

Surging cybersecurity spending

A new report suggests that revenues from cyber security last year topped over $160bn, and are expected to jump by a further $11.2bn this year as the focus moves to GDPR adherence and adherence to similar legislation.

A manageable risk

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has said that the risk from using telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei is ‘manageable’.

Illegal electronic waste

According to a new report that tracked shipments from 10 European countries over two years, the UK has been found to be the worst offender in Europe for illegally exporting toxic electronic waste to developing countries.

Is the US attempting to suppress Chinese tech companies?

Could the US be attempting to suppress Chinese tech companies? Well that’s the accusation that was thrown by a spokesperson for the Chinese government recently, and comes after US prosecutors were said to be investigating allegations that Huawei stole trade secrets from US businesses.

Running a successful IoT project

Having just come back from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Big Data loomed large it was interesting to see a piece written by Libelium, the Internet of Things and M2M platform provider, detailing with how to invest in IoT technology.

Apple angst

Last week saw a rare event – Apple announced that it was cutting its quarterly sales forecast with the company’s Chief Executive Tim Cook, in a letter to investors, saying that sales of the iPhone in China were slowing.

Escalating tensions

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Huawei Technologies and the daughter of the company’s founder, has not only surprised the global business community but has added a new dimension to ongoing concerns that we may see an escalation in the ‘trade war’ between China and the US. A recently negotiated 90-day tariff truce between the two could now also be in peril.

Predictions for 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, engineers at electronics design consultancy ByteSnap Design have been wondering what the year ahead holds for the embedded systems industry.

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