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Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon

Soon, astronauts on moon missions won’t have any excuse for not answering their texts. NASA has awarded Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon. The freaking moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.  Nokia’s plan is to build a 4G/LTE network, and eventually transition to 5G (just like the rest of us). It will be “the first LTE/4G communications system in space,” according to NASA’s announcement. “The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards,” the announcement also reads. To the moon! 🌕 We are excited to have been named by @NASA as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the moon, to help pave the way towards sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. So, what technology can you expect to see? (1/6) pic.twitter.com/wDNwloyHdP — Bell Labs (@BellLabs) October 15, 2020 Nokia’s research arm, Bell Labs, provided more details in a Twitter thread. The company intends for the network to support wireless operation of lunar rovers and navigation, as well as streaming video.  The network is built to be compact and efficient, as well as “specially designed to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space.” According to UPI, NASA said in a live broadcast of the announcement that the network would extend to spacecraft, and help develop technology fit…Continue readingNokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon

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Uber wins license battle in London, one of its biggest markets

Uber has won its battle to continue operating in London, one of its biggest markets globally, after a judge found that the company had sufficiently addressed safety concerns over driver verification. The news comes after a three-year battle with Transport for London (TfL), the government body responsible for transport in the U.K. capital. The struggle started back in September 2017, when TfL ruled that Uber took insufficient “corporate responsibility” for passenger safety and security. Concerns included its approach to carrying out driver background checks and ensuring that the correct driver was behind the wheel. Although Uber lost its license in 2017, it has continued to operate through temporary licenses and various appeal processes. Indeed, Uber once again lost its license to operate in London last November, with TfL affirming that Uber is not a “fit and proper” operator. Among TfL’s main concerns was the ease with which unauthorized drivers could upload their photos to authorized Uber driver accounts, meaning drivers without the necessary background checks could pick up passengers. This method was used in at least 14,000 trips, according to TfL, and in the intervening months Uber has deployed new facial recognition technology to verify drivers. The key arbiter in Uber’s latest effort to win back its London license was deputy chief magistrate Tanweer Ikram, whose remit this month was to hear evidence from Uber’s lawyers on how it has improved its processes to verify drivers and then to establish whether Uber meets the “fit and proper” criteria. In his…Continue readingUber wins license battle in London, one of its biggest markets

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Mobile Industry Awards 2020: Samsung Wins Best Manufacturer Field Marketing Team

This category recognises the impact that marketing teams have on bringing devices to market and the overall success of the business. It rewards the work done to educate and train staff on the high street and in contact centres. Our entrants were asked to submit entries based on the following criteria: Outstanding impact in the retail community Outstanding impact in call centres Innovation in marketing, education, and training Exceptional results and significant stand out for the manufacturer Adaptability to changing market conditions High impact launch campaigns with excellent ROI A strategy reflecting the manufacturer’s brand image Our 2020 finalists are: Alcatel Our judges were impressed by the success story of Alcatel’s Tech Team whose importance is evidenced by the large share of the company’s market budget that it commands. Its results over the past 12 months, in particular the substantially increased awareness of products at a retail level, have been spectacular. Samsung Samsung redesigned its training approach, its content and the way it communicates with retail and call centre staff. The company enabled its teams with tools to bring messages to end users, going beyond mobile to deliver a complete view of its entire range. Sony Mobile Sony Mobile was able to show how its field marketing team is responsible for engaging and empowering the retail community with information on the Xperia product range, services, and entire Sony brand.   And our winner is… Samsung! Speaking about Samsung’s win, Mobile Industry Awards Director Mark Fermor said: “The role that field…Continue readingMobile Industry Awards 2020: Samsung Wins Best Manufacturer Field Marketing Team

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After Math: Quibi wins some Emmys and Ridley Scott’s ‘Wolves’ is renewed

Engadget While most folks were reveling in the news that Harley Quinn is returning for a third season of animated antics, Ridley Scott’s dystopian sci-fi series Raised by Wolves, has quietly been re-upped for its sophomore season. Wolves follows the exploits of a pair of superhuman androids raising the last remnants of humanity of a distant planet after the fall of Earth. Engadget If you and seven friends have find yourselves in the enviable position of still having you economic recovery checks burning holes in your collective pockets, hoo boy has Aston Martin got the ludicrous luxury item for your to blow them on. Get a load of this limited edition racing chair, only 150 of which will ever be produced. Of course, figuring out whose living room it will reside in will be your next major challenge. Engadget In an era where streaming services are fragmenting and offering increasingly niche content selections, ViacomCBS is taking the opposite tact. The two formerly rival platforms — with Viacom offering BET+, Showtime and Pluto TV while CBS has its popular All Access — joined forces in 2019 after $30 billion in corporate wrangling. Starting Tuesday All Access will reboot as Paramount+ with a slew of newly additional Viacom shows. Engadget Seems like the longer you live the more expensive life gets, even if only incrementally. While we’ve apparently been spoiled by the current generation of games costing a measly $60 brand new, Sony announced this week that some titles for its upcoming…Continue readingAfter Math: Quibi wins some Emmys and Ridley Scott’s ‘Wolves’ is renewed

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Quibi wins two Emmy awards for #FreeRayshawn

As Variety notes, though, it remains to be seen whether a couple of Emmy wins can drum up interest in the service, which hasn’t been doing as well as expected in the subscription department. According to Sensor Tower data, only around 8 percent of the 910,000 users who signed up for a three-month free trial in the app’s first three days stuck with the service. Further, at the rate things are going, Sensor Tower estimates that Quibi will have fewer than 2 million paying subscribers by the end of its first year — that’s way below the company’s original target of 7.4 million subscribers. Quibi launched on April 6th in the middle of COVID-19 lockdowns. The timing couldn’t be worse for a service that offers shows made for phone screens and are meant to be watched during commute or while waiting in line for coffee. In an effort to capture audiences staying at home, the company had to rush its plans to give the app the capability to cast to TVs. It’s also reportedly looking into building apps for Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices. Source linkContinue readingQuibi wins two Emmy awards for #FreeRayshawn

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Samsung wins $6.6 billion Verizon 5G equipment order

(Reuters) — Samsung said today it had won a $6.64 billion order to provide wireless communication solutions to Verizon in the United States, a major win for the South Korean firm in the next-generation 5G network market. Samsung’s global prospects for its network business have improved following U.S. sanctions against its bigger rival Huawei, analysts said. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told CNBC in July last year that Verizon does not use any Huawei equipment. Verizon had already been a Samsung customer before the order. Verizon is believed to be Nokia’s biggest customer, JP Morgan research said in a July note. “Samsung winning the order from Verizon would help the company expand its telecom equipment business abroad, potentially giving leverage to negotiate with other countries,” said Park Sung-soon, an analyst at Cape Investment and Securities. The order is for network equipment, a Samsung spokesperson said. The company declined to offer detailed terms of the contract, such as the portion of 5G-capable equipment included. “With this latest long-term strategic contract, we will continue to push the boundaries of 5G innovation to enhance mobile experiences for Verizon’s customers,” Samsung said in a statement. A regulatory filing lists the period of the contract, which Samsung’s U.S. unit signed with Verizon, as from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2025. Samsung had a 3% market share of the global total telecom equipment market in 2019, behind No. 1 Huawei’s 28%, Nokia’s 16%, Ericsson’s 14%, ZTE’s 10%, and Cisco’s 7%, according to market research firm Dell’Oro…Continue readingSamsung wins $6.6 billion Verizon 5G equipment order

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Clearview AI wins an ICE contract as it prepares to defend itself in court

Clearview plans to invoke the First Amendment in its defense. CEO Hoan Ton-That has suggested that since those images are “publicly available information,” it’s fair game to scrape them. Several companies — including Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn and Venmo — have sent Clearview cease-and-desist notices, demanding that the company stop its data-scraping practice. The company is also under investigation in Australia and the UK over the same issue. In December, the Air Force agreed a $50,000 contract with Clearview related to an “open call for innovative defense-related dual-purpose technologies/solutions with a clear airforce stakeholder need.” Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in North America, including the FBI, have used the company’s technology as well. However, some, such as the San Diego police department, have banned Clearview’s facial recognition tool. Source linkContinue readingClearview AI wins an ICE contract as it prepares to defend itself in court

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Qualcomm wins U.S. antitrust lawsuit appeal over chip licensing

(Reuters) — A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling against chip supplier Qualcomm in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also vacated an injunction that would have required Qualcomm to change its intellectual property licensing practices. The decision amounted to a near complete victory for the San Diego company, the largest supplier of chips for mobile phones and also a key generator of wireless communications intellectual property and industry standards. Qualcomm was fighting a May 2019 decision by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. That judge sided with antitrust regulators, writing that Qualcomm’s practice of requiring phone makers to sign a patent license agreement before selling them chips “strangled competition” and harmed consumers. The case divided antitrust regulators in the U.S. government, with the U.S. Department of Justice intervening to file a brief in support of Qualcomm. Qualcomm shares, which were already up since March lows as the company continued to show growth despite a sluggish smart phone market, rose about 4% on the news. Source linkContinue readingQualcomm wins U.S. antitrust lawsuit appeal over chip licensing

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California wins injunction against Uber, Lyft classifying drvers as contractors

California passed Assembly Bill 5 late last year in a bid to reclassify many gig economy workers as employees, and so far, Lyft and Uber have not done that. The state is suing them, and on Monday afternoon Judge Ethan Schulman of San Francisco Superior Court ruled in favor of granting a preliminary injunction that would block the companies from classifying drivers as independent contractors. Reuters reports that in the 34-page decision Schulman said there’s an “overwhelming likelihood” that the state will prove the two companies have illegally misclassified workers, and that they fail the law’s three-step test to determine if workers are employees. He delayed enforcement of the ruling for ten days to allow for appeals, which both companies plan to pursue, while the San Francisco Chronicle reports Uber also said it will push for a longer stay. In a statement, Lyft said “We’ll immediately appeal this ruling and continue to fight for their independence. Ultimately, we believe this issue will be decided by California voters and that they will side with drivers.” Source linkContinue readingCalifornia wins injunction against Uber, Lyft classifying drvers as contractors

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Mobileye wins permit to test autonomous vehicles in Germany

Find all the Transform 2020 sessions on-demand.  Mobileye, Intel’s driverless vehicle R&D division, today announced that German certification body TĂśV SĂĽd awarded it a recommendation for a permit to drive its autonomous vehicles on public roads in Germany, including urban and rural areas as well as the Autobahn at up to 130 kilometers (~80 miles) per hour in real-world traffic. Mobileye — which says testing will begin now in and around Munich before expanding elsewhere — claims it’s one of the first non-OEMs to receive a driverless vehicle test permit from German regulators. Volkswagen and BMW, among others, have been testing in German cities, including Hamburg, since mid-2019. In partnership with Moovit, the mobility-as-a-service startup Mobileye acquired in May for $900 million, Mobileye aims to build full end-to-end ride-hailing experiences with its vehicles using Moovit’s mobility platform and apps. By the end of this year, Mobileye says it expects to scale open-road testing in other countries including Israel, France, and South Korea. Mobileye, which Intel paid $15.3 billion to acquire in March 2017, is building two independent self-driving systems. One is based entirely on cameras, while the second incorporates radar, lidar sensors, modems, GPS, and other components. Both confer the full benefits of Mobileye’s Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) model, an open policy that imposes “common sense” constraints on the decisions driverless vehicles make, and with the latter theoretically able to travel 100 million hours without a crash. Mobileye has previously demonstrated that its perception system can detect traffic lights and signs, enabling it to…Continue readingMobileye wins permit to test autonomous vehicles in Germany