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Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World

WIRED

In recent years, Nvidia has ridden one of the biggest waves in technology, selling chips needed to build increasingly clever artificial intelligence algorithms. Now, the company plans to catch another big swell--mobile computing--with a $40 billion acquisition of Arm, which designs the chips found in virtually all smartphones. The deal would reshape the chip industry overnight--putting Nvidia at the center of much of the action. But it will face regulatory scrutiny in the UK, Europe, the US, and China, because it would give Nvidia control over the chip blueprints used by multiple tech companies, including its competitors. The news may be especially concerning in China, since it could allow the US to restrict access to chip designs used in a wide array of products.


Systems that use facial recognition are fooled by a 3D-printed mask

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Facial recognition may not be as secure as previously thought. Researchers found that the technology can be fooled by using a 3D-printed mask depicting a different person's face. The mask was able to trick payment a system at a border checkpoint in China a passport-control gate in Amsterdam. The security flaw was discovered by researchers with the artificial intelligence firm Kneron, which determined criminals only need is a lifelike mask of a person to bypass security checkpoints. Kneron CEO Albert Liu said in a statement: 'Technology providers should be held accountable if they do not safeguard users to the highest standards.'


The Rise of Smart Airports: A Skift Deep Dive

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In late September, Beijing unveiled to the world Daxing, a glimmering $11 billion airport showcasing technologies such as robots and facial recognition scanners that many other airports worldwide are either adopting or are now considering. Daxing fits the description of what experts hail as a "smart airport." Just as a smart home is where internet-connected devices control functions like security and thermostats, smart airports use cloud-based technologies to simplify and improve services. Of course, many of the nearly 4,000 scheduled service airports across the world are still embarrassingly antiquated. The good news for aviation is that more facilities are investing, finally, to better serve airlines, suppliers, and travelers. This year, airports worldwide will spend $11.8 billion -- 68 percent more than the level three years ago -- on information technology, according to an estimate published this month by SITA (Société Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques, an airline-owned tech provider). A few trends are driving the rise of smart airports. Flight volumes are increasing, so airports need better ways to process flyers. Airports need better ways to make money, too, by encouraging passengers to spend more in their shops and restaurants. Data is growing in importance. Everything happening at an airport, from where passengers are flowing to which items are selling in stores, generates data. Airports can analyze this data to spot opportunities for eking out fatter profits. They can sell the data to third-parties as well.


'Companies are seldom treated like this': how Huawei fought back

The Guardian

A pillar box red electric train connects Paris, Verona and Grenada via Budapest's Liberty Bridge and on to Heidelberg Castle in a 120-hectare fantasy business park dreamt up by the Chinese billionaire Ren Zhengfei. Ren, 74, a former Red Army engineer who founded the telecommunications company Huawei in 1987 and still owns a 1.14% stake, asked the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to recreate some of Europe's most historic cities. He hoped to inspire an army of 25,000 research and development staff to challenge Apple, Google and Samsung. While its US competitors keep their research facilities on lockdown to prevent corporate espionage (oft allegedly by the Chinese), Huawei is inviting the world's media into its labs and factories in an attempt to dispel the US government's claims that the privately held company is an arm of the Chinese state and that its technology could be used to hack into western governments. US politicians allege that Huawei's forthcoming 5G mobile phone networks could be hacked by Chinese spies to eavesdrop on sensitive phone calls, gain access to counter-terrorist operations – and potentially even kill targets by crashing driverless cars.


Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses To Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

NPR Technology

The U.S. says it may stop sharing intelligence with Germany if it adopts Huawei's 5G technology. The U.S. says it may stop sharing intelligence with Germany if it adopts Huawei's 5G technology. The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday. But this highly technical event has become the center of a geopolitical storm between the U.S. and China, with Europe caught in the middle. The Trump administration insists that Chinese firm Huawei, which makes 5G technology, could hand over data to the Chinese government.


MWC 2019: ZTE announces Axon 10 Pro 5G smartphone

ZDNet

Chinese tech giant ZTE has announced its 5G flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, with the Axon 10 Pro 5G to launch in China and Europe by June 2019. The first 5G smartphone from the company packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, a Snapdragon X50 5G modem, and an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that automatically adjusts CPU, GPU, RAM, and ROM using AI algorithms. AI capabilities are also used across the triple camera, motion capture, scene recognition, portrait lighting adjustment, and for learning user behaviour. The smartphone operates on sub-6GHz spectrum frequencies. "The latest addition to ZTE's premium flagship Axon series also implements a fully self-developed, full-band antenna design to achieve full coverage of 2G/3G/4G/5G and effectively improved system performance by reducing signal interference," ZTE said in Barcelona on Monday.


Samsung Galaxy S10: Best network deals in the UK from EE, O2, Sky Mobile and more

The Independent - Tech

Samsung has unveiled a whole range of new smartphones, including the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 . The official release date is on 8 March but UK customers can already pre-order the phone from EE, Sky Mobile, O2, BT Mobile and other local networks. Depending on which network they choose. The full price of the S10 without a network plan is £799, while the S10e is £699 and the S10 is £899. Anyone who pre-orders the S10 or S10 before the official release date will receive a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds headphones.


Apple selling older iPhones again in Germany amid ongoing argument chipmaker Qualcomm

The Independent - Tech

Apple is selling older iPhones in Germany again, amid an ongoing dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm. For now, all of the iPhone 7 and 8 models that are returning to sale will use the chipmaker's components to get around a patent dispute and allow them to be bought again in Germany, Apple said. But it remained committed to fighting the argument that led to the ban, it said, and continued to attack Qualcomm over the patent dispute that has blighted both companies. "Qualcomm is attempting to use injunctions against our products to try to get Apple to succumb to their extortionist demands. In many cases they are using patents they purchased or that have nothing to do with their cellular technology to harass Apple and other industry players," an Apple spokesperson said.


Could Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei Put U.S. Cyber-Security At Risk?

NPR Technology

A new 5G network is being created now, which will not only offer faster downloading on cell phones. It will provide the kind of connectivity we need in the era of the Internet of Things - driverless cars, Internet-connected medical devices, smart TVs and virtual assistants. But there are dangers that could be lurking in the equipment needed to build the new network. The Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei is dominating the creation of 5G networks around the world. For years, classified intelligence reports from the U.S. have warned that China would one day use Huawei to penetrate American networks for cyber-espionage or cyberattacks. In the U.S., the National Security Agency has banned AT&T and Verizon from using Huawei products in America's 5G network. And last month, the U.S. had a top executive from Huawei arrested in Canada so she could be extradited to the U.S. The growing cyberthreat posed by China was stressed in the Worldwide Threat Assessment - a report from the U.S. intelligence community - that was released this week. And all this is part of the backdrop for this week's trade negotiations between the U.S. and China. My guest David Sanger is the author of a book about cyberwar and cyber-sabotage called "The Perfect Weapon." Let's start with the 5G network. And how will it affect our phones, our devices and all our interconnectivity? DAVID SANGER: Well, at its simplest, the 5G network is an increase in speed and range for what you see on your cell phone. So 5G means just fifth generation. The hope is that when you're using your phone or some other device over Wi-Fi, you'll get no lag time and that you'll get near instantaneous download of data, webpages and so forth.


Global IT spend to reach $3.8 trillion this year

ZDNet

Global IT spending is anticipated to increase by 3.2 percent and reach $3.8 trillion in 2019 due to growth in the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and data center markets. According to Gartner, spending worldwide is making a gradual shift away from saturated markets such as the mobile smartphone and tablet industry and entering areas of particular value to enterprise players seeking to improve their operations. Data center infrastructure, cloud services, and IoT all have the potential to improve the efficiency of enterprise businesses through outsourcing tasks once kept on-premise, increasing visibility into operations and supply chains by way of sensors and IoT, and boosted capabilities in data storage and analysis. See also: Gartner's global head of research abruptly steps down Despite uncertainty caused by the tariff war between the United States and China, rumors of a potential recession, and the current turmoil in Europe due to the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and impending deadline, the research agency believes there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to growth in the IT sector this year. "IT is no longer just a platform that enables organizations to run their business on, it is becoming the engine that moves the business," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner.