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Qualcomm points the industrial espionage finger at Apple - The long-running legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple has been stepped up a level as the chipmaker effectively accuses the iLeader of industrial espionage. After Apple released the iPhone XS without a shred of Qualcomm technology inside, it was only going to be a matter of time before there was a reaction. In a filing with the Superior Court of California, seen by Bloomberg, Qualcomm suggests Apple leaked trade secrets to Intel t...
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Twitter wants your help with censorship - Social network Twitter continues to agonise over how it should censor its users and thinks getting them involved in the process might help. While all social media companies, and indeed any involved in the publication of user-generated content, are under great pressure to eradicate horridness from their platforms, Twitter probably has the greatest volume and proportion of it. Content and exchanges can get pretty heated on Facebook and YouTube, public...
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There’s a big difference between download speed and mobile video experience - Network rating outfit OpenSignal has started measuring ‘video experience’ as well as raw network performance and found they don’t necessarily correlate. A new report entitled The State of Mobile Video ranks a bunch of countries according to their mobile video experience on an arbitrary scale of 0-100. This takes into account not just download speed but things like ‘traffic management’ (often referred to as throttl...
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A Long Term Evolution required for public safety communications - Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Ingo Flomer, Product Manager at Cobham Wireless looks at what is needed to deliver a reliable modern public safety communication system. Emergency service responders – such as the police, emergency medical services and fire and rescue crews – are tasked with keeping the public safe, rapidly address...
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ABI smart city warning tells all too familiar sluggish telco tale - ABI Research has warned MNOs might miss out on the $7.6 billion ‘UnTelco’ revenue opportunity if it waits for the 5G euphoria to kick in. It’s a story which we have heard before, though the telcos run the risk of missing out on a future craze of the digital economy by doing very little. Although it might seem a long-way off, there will certainly be an opportunity to make money in the smart city segment, as well as a chance ...
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Facebook creative culture questioned as Instagram founders exit - In a move which should have Instagrammers all around the world worried, co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have decided to take their leave from the popular social media platform. With a short and sweet statement, Systrom has announced he and Krieger would be leaving the company they founded in 2010 to take a break and find themselves. While it might sound like the pair are readying their backpacks for a couple of mon...
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Italian operators throw money at 3.7 GHz spectrum - Italian politicians must be loving the country’s ongoing 5G auction, with operators bidding on the 3.7 GHz band like they think they’re still using lira. One of the fun things about Europe before the euro was the existence of currencies that, due to historical hyperinflation, operated at crazy exchange rates to the pound. Italy was one of the best examples of this and who doesn’t miss going over there and stuffing their wallet with billion...
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Home Office to delay 4G emergency service network by another three years - The Home Office has announced its cumbersome project to overhaul the Emergency Services Network (ESN) with a 4G network has been set back by another few years. After negotiating a month-by-month contract with Motorola to keep its aging digital radio network Airwave alive, the Home Office has signed a new contract to extend this partnership through to 2022. Alongside this damning signature, the Motorola Solutions ESN ...
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Vodafone dubiously tries to fix AI/job loss conundrum - Is the cost of profitability and efficiency worth the PR damage caused by automation and redundancies? That’s one of the difficult questions facing companies in the AI era. If you listen to the people creating the AI applications, the opportunity is simple. Create technologies which take care of the time-consuming, monotonous tasks, freeing up staff to concentrate on tasks which add more value and revenue to operations. This is an opti...
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HPE attempts to put positive spin on AI job losses - Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has released new research which states redundancies are okay because more jobs will be created. But, how many of these new jobs will be offered to those shivering in the dole queue? Here are some points which few in the industry will argue with. Firstly, AI will enable new business models, products and services, which will help certain companies grow. Secondly, certain national economies will grow thanks t...
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