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Near universal support for WI-FI 6

According to a cross-industry survey, conducted by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), 90 per cent of respondents are planning to deploy Wi-Fi 6 with 66 per cent saying they plan to deploy the next iteration of Wi-Fi before the end of 2020.

China not leading in AI innovation

Despite Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-ups having received over $6billion in funding in the past 4 years, China is still failing to lead in cutting-edge AI innovation.

The future is here and now

The pace of change and the complexity that confronts today’s design engineer are also having a profound impact on customers, suppliers and colleagues and those pressures continue to evolve, throwing up fresh challenges.

Has the UK too few robots?

According to a report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee, the UK is falling behind other advanced economies in using automation and robots in the workplace.

World’s first 6G White Paper

A 6G Flagship research program has published the world’s first 6G white paper, opening the door to defining what it means and how it will affect the wireless network post 2030.

A landmark ruling?

The news that the High Court has ruled in favour of the South Wales Police, in response to a judicial review brought about by an individual, Ed Bridges, means that the police service there will be allowed to continue to use Automated Facial Recognition (AWR) technology.

Things can only get better.....

Last week's PMI figures, both here in the UK and Europe, pointed to a sharp slowdown in factory output. New orders are falling and, in the case of the UK, activity is sliding at its fastest pace since 2012.

5G rollout looks to accelerate

Qualcomm is promising that it will be able to bring 5G mobile phones to 'the masses' with a high-end modem and that its chips would also be able power the mid-price devices that are expected to hit the market in 2020.

Chinese tech firms hit by trade war

If the upcoming results from China’s top technology, e-commerce and consumer electronic firms are anything to go by, then the trade war with the US is starting to have a significant impact.

Apple's diversification strategy pays off

Apple’s revenues hit a solid $53.8 billion in the last quarter of which the iPhone contributed $26 billion and, in response, the company’s shares have jumped. The tech giant is almost back to a valuation of $1trn.

Confidential details are being picked up by Siri

Contractors, working for Apple, regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job of providing quality control when it comes to the company's Siri voice assistant.

AI:UK

What are the prospects and challenges for the UK when it comes to the development and application of AI?

Radio silence

According to a security researcher, the state of IoT security is dire and to support his claim he points to the fact that over 2 million security cameras, baby monitors and other IoT enabled devices are still vulnerable – four months on from when he disclosed a variety of design flaws.

What will a phone look like in ten years?

Remember predictive texting? It was a huge improvement from the multi-tap approach. Mobile phones have come a long way since then and advancements in the industry are not slowing down. Sophie Charpentier, the Graphene Flagship Business Developer for Electronics, predicts what we can expect from the smartphone of the future

Fintech is now the new normal

In the latest issue of New Electronics, we take a look at fintech and how technology is impacting banking and financial services. Like self-driving cars or artificial intelligence, new technologies are having a massive impact on our financial lives at a time when consumers expect on-the-go, 24/7 access to, use and management of their money.

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