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Batterygate Part 2 – ‘Planned obsolescence’

Last week Apple and Samsung were fined for building ‘planned obsolescence’ into their smartphones by the Italian competition authority, after it found that certain smartphone software updates had a negative effect on the performance of devices.

Optimism abounds at Qualcomm 4G/5G summit

Qualcomm's 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong this week, suggested that it and the many companies investing in, and developing the technology to support, 5G are increasingly optimistic that next year will see the commercial roll out of devices.

Semiconductor boom

Compared to an ailing steel industry, just a few years ago, the semiconductor industry is now enjoying booming conditions.

Sophisticated cyber criminality

After a week in which the UK government directly accused Russian military intelligence of being behind a spate of what is described as “reckless and indiscriminate cyber-attacks”, comes news of a far more subtle cybercrime.

Applying the brakes

A new survey from the EEF manufacturers’ body has found that British manufacturers are pulling back sharply on their investment plans due to fears over the possibility of a hard Brexit and of a global trade war.

Who will win the autonomous race?

AI has shaken the automotive industry to its core, inspiring a revolution. Every car manufacture wants to be number one and be the first to deliver an autonomous vehicle (AV). However, in 2018 designing a car isn’t just about getting people from A to B. It’s about safety, the experience, infotainment, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the environment and reducing emissions, and so much more. But who will win the race and be the first to cross the chequered flag?

Education, education, education

With the world on the cusp of the “fourth industrial revolution”, and such rapid change that driverless cars have gone from science fiction to government policy in under a decade, the engineering sector needs new approaches to more – and more diverse - graduates to meet the growing demand for engineering expertise.

The AI race is on

News that the Chinese tech giant, Alibaba, is pushing into leading-edge technologies is being viewed by many as the latest twist in the accelerating technological arms race between China and the US.

Gender bias in funding

The distribution of research funding is heavily biased against women, according to data obtained from a freedom of information request by a national newspaper.

Just get on with the job

It seems that if you have anything to say tweet it. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, did just that when he announced he was looking to take Tesla private.

Supply chain attacks on the rise

A new report from CrowdStrike, a specialist in cloud-delivered endpoint protection, raises the prospect that software supply chain attacks have the potential to become one of the biggest cyber threats in the next few years.

Uncertainty is beginning to impact the UK’s manufacturing sector

UK manufacturing has a lot to contend with. Coming to terms with the digitalisation of the factory process, recruiting skilled labour, providing adequate training, boosting productivity and investment, let alone regulation and trade barriers. Manufacturers are faced with a very challenging economic environment.

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