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    • 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...

    • Huawei signs deal with Russian telecoms firm to develop 5G huawei signed russia for 5g network

      Huawei has signed a deal with Russian telecoms firm MTS to develop 5G technology in Russia. The companies will develop next-generation 5G networks in Russia over the next year, reports said. The deal was agreed as China’s President Xi Jinping began a three-day visit to Russia. It comes as some Western countries, led by the US, have blocked the Chinese firm on concerns it poses a national security risk. The deal will see “the development of 5G technologies and the pilot launch of fifth generation networks in 2019 and 2020,” MTS said in a statement, according to AFP. The...

    • Huawei fully prepared for U.S. ban, would be fine without chips from American suppliers

      Huawei’s CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei said on Saturday the company was fully prepared for the U.S. restriction, and that Huawei would be “fine” even if U.S. smartphone chipmaker would not sell chips to the company. Huawei’s chip arm HiSilicon said on Friday it has long been prepared for the scenario that it could be banned from purchasing U.S. chips and technology, the company had been vigorously investing in self-developed technologies, and is able to ensure a steady supply of most products to make sure Huawei will be able to continue serving its customers. U.S. President Donald Trump on...

    • China’s first facial recognition payment-based shopping street opens in Wenzhou China's-first-facial-recognition-payment-based-shopping-street-opens-in-Wenzhou

      An iconic shopping street in Wenzhou, a city in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, has become the first in the country to extensively apply facial recognition technology in making payments. The municipal government of Wenzhou, known as the cradle for domestic private entrepreneurship, has joined with Ant Financial, operator of China’s biggest online payment platform Alipay, and e-commerce giant Alibaba through an agreement signed in May 2015 to jointly develop “a smart business area.” Wuma (Five-horse) Street was given priority in expanding “paying with your face.” Some 20 stores along the street have been equipped with the Alipay system called...