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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.

Making the adoption of facial recognition tech easier

A few weeks back NE commented on the police and their use of facial recognition software to search for suspected criminals in the light of findings from academics that found that matches were only correct in one in five of cases and the system was likely to break human rights laws.

The rise of fintech

In the next issue of New Electronics we take a look at the growth in fintech and how it is changing the nature of banking, so it was interesting to see research that suggests that more than half of banking and financial services customers around the world now use fintech products and services.

Now Japan looks to use trade as a tool of policy

Relief is sweeping the financial world after the US and China agreed to restart trade talks, calming fears of a full-blown trade war. Little is known as to exactly how Beijing and Washington will resolve their trade conflict, but any thawing in relations must be good.

Should robotics education be made compulsory in schools?

Should robotics education be made part of the school curriculum? According to a fifth of UK adults polled to mark the official start of UK Robotics Week, running from the 20th – 27th June 2019), compulsory lessons should be given to children so they can fully engage with learning about robotics technology

Now the hard work begins

Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss may have a tough job convincing investors that the biggest deal in the German company’s history will work.

Growing backlash against facial recognition technology

With a the director of the campaign group Liberty calling for the use of automated facial recognition to be banned on UK streets; an announcement that San Francisco is to ban police and other agencies from using automated facial recognition; and the news that China is using the technology to impose control over its Muslim population, questions are being asked about this technology and its use.

FE colleges get a long overdue boost

The Augar Report on post 18 education in England, published last week, has recommended a shift in funding away from universities and towards further educational and vocational training.

The trade war takes another turn

The trade tensions between the US and China seem to be going from bad to worse. Stock markets are jittery and now China is threatening to use its hold on the supply of rare earth minerals in this ongoing trade dispute.

A call to arms

This year’s imec Technology Forum in Belgium provided a chance to explore new technologies behind some interesting, game-changing innovations as well as to hear from some of the world’s leading technology leaders.

Closing doors

A new report looking at how companies are addressing the issue of cyber security makes for interesting, if slightly worrying, reading.

Is the graphene industry set for dramatic change?

Interesting times for the grapheme industry. Despite significant applications arriving in the market and revenues growing for many companies, who are now seeing average order sizes growing, IDTechEx Research suggests that despite all of these positive signs, the industry remains loss-making and many firms seem to be on a weak footing.

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