Monday 6th April 2020

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    • Huawei posts 19.1 percent rise in 2019 sales revenue huawei chinese telecom equipment company

      Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on Tuesday reported a 19.1 percent rise year on year in sales revenue, at 858.8 billion yuan (around 122.9 billion U.S. dollars) in 2019, boosted by a 34-percent surge in sales for its consumer business. Meanwhile, the company spent 15.3 percent of its revenue, or 131.7 billion yuan (about 18.6 billion U.S. dollars), on research and development last year, with its total R&D expenditure over the past decade now exceeding 600 billion yuan. The consumer business, which accounts for almost half of the whole business, continued to see robust growth last year, up by 34...

    • Xi stresses high-standard, high-quality preparations for 2022 Winter Olympics

      Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday offered his congratulations on the opening of the high-speed railway line connecting Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the co-host city of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Xi stressed the significance of the high-speed railway line, saying its launch marked a new progress in the preparations for the Winter Olympics and called for high-standard and high-quality advancing of related work.

    • China completes core constellation of navigation system BDS-3 BeiDou-China completes core constellation of navigation system BDS-3

      China successfully launched two satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province on Monday, marking the completion of the deployment of the core constellation of the BDS-3 global system, according to China Satellite Navigation Office. The two satellites are the 52nd and 53rd satellites of the BDS satellite family that were launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket. At this point, all satellites in the middle earth orbit of BDS-3 global system have been launched, which will further improve system service performance and user experience, and lay a...

    • Portugal announces first 5G city in cooperation with China’s Huawei Portugal announces first 5G city in cooperation with China's Huawei

      Portuguese telecommunications operator NOS announced on Wednesday that it had fully covered Matosinhos, a city in the northern Porto district, with 5G signals in partnership with Chinese technology giant Huawei, making it “the first” fifth generation mobile city in Portugal. “The NOS 5G network is fully operational and piloted by the local authority, companies and research centers for the development of leveraged use cases in this technology,” NOS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Miguel Almeida said in a statement, according to Portuguese Lusa News Agency, adding that the 5G coverage was made “in partnership with Huawei.” “By providing Matosinhos with...

    • Huawei launches ‘world’s most powerful’ AI chip Ascend 910 Huawei

      Huawei unveiled its new AI chip “Ascend 910” and an open-source AI software framework “MindSpore” on Friday. The Chinese telecom equipment giant claimed the new chip has “more computing power than any other AI processor in the world.” The bold claim was backed by Huawei’s own test showing the chip can deliver 256 TFLOPS of performance for FP16 operations at 310W power consumption. For a quick comparison, Nvidia’s Telsa V100 chip can only deliver 125 TFLOPS at 300W power. Google’s TPU v3 is even slower with a number in the two digits. What’s more, Huawei promised that the price...

    • Iran unveils new missile defence system, calls US talks ‘useless’

      Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has inducted a locally built air-defence system into the country’s missile defence network at an unveiling ceremony in the capital, Tehran. The display of the new system, Bavar-373, on Tuesday came amid heightened tensions with the United States, which last year unilaterally withdrew from a multinational nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran and reimposed crippling sanctions on it. Iranian officials have previously called Bavar, which means “believe” in Farsi, the country’s first domestically produced long-range missile defence system. Iran began production after the purchase of Russia’s S-300 system was suspended in 2010 due...

    • Japan startup fails to launch rocket into outer space Japan startup fails to launch rocket into outer space

      Japan’s commercial rocket company failed to send a rocket to outer space on Saturday due to engine failure, according to Japan Today. After lifting off and reaching an altitude of 13 kilometers, the rocket was reported to have found an abnormality with its onboard computer, which triggered the engine shutdown. The MOMO-4 rocket, developed by Intersatellite Technology, is a small experimental liquid rocket with a total length of 10 meters and a diameter of 50 centimeters. The takeoff weight is about 1.1 kilograms. According to the company, the rocket can reach a maximum height of 120 kilometers. It was...

    • Big Tech faces broad U.S. Justice Department antitrust probe

      The U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers. It comes as a growing number of lawmakers have called for stricter regulation or even breaking up of the big tech companies, which have come under intense scrutiny following a series of scandals that compromised users’ privacy. The Justice Department did not identify specific companies but said the review would consider concerns raised about “search, social media, and some retail services online” – an apparent reference to Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com Inc...

    • Russia launched a space telescope Saturday from the cosmodrome

      Russia launched a space telescope Saturday from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in a joint mission with Germany intended to map X-rays across the sky and replace a project lost in January. A video posted on the website of the Roskosmos, the Russian space agency, showed a Proton-M rocket carrying the Spektr-RG taking off from the launch pad at Baikonur at 1230 GMT. Mapping the sky The launch of the scope, weighing more than 2.7 tons, was originally scheduled for June 21 but was postponed twice because of a battery problem. The Spektr-RG, developed with Germany, is a space...

    • EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm 242 mln euros for ‘predatory’ pricing qualcomm chip maker

      The EU hit U.S. chipmaking giant Qualcomm with an antitrust fine of 242 million euros (271 billion U.S. dollars) on Thursday for blocking a rival from the market about a decade ago. The European Commission, the EU’s competition regulator, accused Qualcomm of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 aimed at forcing out British phone software maker Icera, now part of Nvidia Corp. “Qualcomm’s strategic behavior prevented competition and innovation in the market,” Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. The EU competition enforcer has the power to fine companies up to 10 percent of global sales, but fined...