EMERGING NEWS 

As COVID-19 surges, 3D printing is having a moment

As I write, the COVID-19 contract dies, producing a large-scale 3D printer for the Pentagon. The last of the aluminum plates on the C-16 model are crushed and destroyed — as if to prove that death is permanent, this too is a loss, for the model’s forever. The Pentagon contract came at a point when 3D printers seemed about to explode in all directions, becoming, within a year or two, commonplace household objects. Carbon straightens out the production of metal parts. Dyson makes a new upright personal washer and dryer…

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Flipkart invests $35 million in Indian fashion brand to target youth

This week Flipkart announced a new $35 million investment in fashion site Myntra, as the Indian e-commerce juggernaut tries to stay ahead of rival Amazon. To some extent the move is in response to that company’s huge investment in fashion — and its success in penetrating into a young population that would never otherwise spend a dime on clothes. But I suspect Flipkart will still need to make more moves like this in order to ensure its survival. The strength of Indian fashion e-commerce, which has powered Myntra’s growth, is…

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ELECTRONICS 

Covid-19 may prove to be a blessing for the tablet market in 2020

Samsung´s clunky Galaxy Tab S4 is a highlight of the event yesterday.The press conference yesterday in New York was deeply confusing, although the principles behind it were clear. It had all the hallmarks of a company developing a communications strategy, but a massive product range. Had Facebook or Google been in that position, they would probably have said the same. The world is undergoing a digital transformation and companies like Samsung are responding aggressively. The fundamental challenge they face is that the business has shifted from a “take what people…

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Chinese tech companies with government links face curbs

THE “confucius institute” has been a thing in China since at least the 1990s. With its outwardly reverential appearance, it projects an image of uncritical respect for Chinese history and culture: students visit them and there are students who can be seen eating their meals there, too. These institutes were usually housed in off-campus buildings, which in turn were closed off from the rest of the university. Universities with such a facility were able to assign slots for their students to study the Confucian texts taught in the institutes. As…

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ELECTRONICS 

Oppo, Realme, OnePlus face inventory issues due to factory shutdown

In January 2016, Xu Bin was unimpressed by Xiaomi Corp’s smartphone – good for basic photo and video taking but nothing to write home about. Its design was long, its features were lacking, and it was just as expensive as other top-end rivals. Xu, then an investor in Xiaomi – alongside the Chinese government’s sovereign wealth fund – decided it was time to sell his shares and move on. Xu had what might be called the Joan of Arc syndrome. When a company launched a consumer product – especially one…

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Thousands of Indian students in US lose visa power

Long before I settled in America in 1996, I’d heard from friends that India was home to thousands of well-educated, free-thinking, restless students eager to leave the dusty and oppressive journey of life in a family or village. Yet I had never seen it myself. Until last September, when I packed my bags for a trip to northern New Jersey, where there were thousands of young Indians already having settled in working-class places like Somerset County, and the not-so-struggling borough of Franklin Lakes, where I had grown up. There were…

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Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster next generation of apps

Here’s a bit of news that’s been under the radar but has the potential to bring new meaning to our apps. Apple has been pushing out notifications that show off new app features – like a new feature that compresses data – that are in the works. Here’s a bit of news that’s been under the radar but has the potential to bring new meaning to our apps. Apple has been pushing out notifications that show off new app features – like a new feature that compresses data – that…

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Microsoft and city of Atlanta lead coalition of partners to close digital skills gap and build a more inclusive

In the digital age, there’s no excuse for not getting access to the internet, computer hardware, software and jobs. In fact, there’s no reason for anyone to be disconnected from the digital world. Unfortunately, however, a majority of low-income Americans still can’t get to these experiences. And plenty of African-Americans also lack them. To close the digital skills gap, a coalition of more than 50 foundations, service organizations and companies recently unveiled a new strategy to address this problem. As The New York Times reports, the coalition includes tech companies…

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Graphene with sodium could make better batteries

Our chips are running out of battery But one thing we know for sure is that our technology is running out of battery. And besides the fact that batteries are on a slow fuse, that’s also the real danger. This is made much worse by the fact that, under the US, that battery technology is available right now from anyone. Our total national income, thus, is rising rapidly, more so than population or prices. But that means that for the big families who now have six or seven children —…

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Telstra announces 5G coverage expands into more of Greater Brisbane

Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has announced Telstra will be expanding the amount of coverage available on its 5G network across Greater Brisbane in the next few months, following widespread coverage of the technology in the country’s largest city, Sydney. The announcement came as Telstra announced that it had sold or donated $1.4 billion worth of services to NBN, all contributing to the budget deficit of the Australian government. What is 5G, and what does it mean for Australia? In short, 5G is a version of 4G that uses the…

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