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China to be the world’s biggest 5G market with 460 million users by 2025: report

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BEIJING: China will become the world’s largest 5G market, with 460 million users of the next-generation superfast network by 2025, China daily reported Thursday, citing a report given by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA).

The user number in China is forecast to be higher than that of Europe (205 million) and the United States (187 million) combined. Backed by 5G, China’s mobile ecosystem is expected to add 6 trillion yuan (about 895.92 billion U.S. dollars) in value to the national economy in 2023, up from 5.2 trillion yuan last year, said the GSMA report.

“China’s mobile industry has been a key driver of economic growth, inclusion and modernization , creating a new generation of digital consumers and transforming industry and society,” the newspaper quoted Mats Granryd, director general of GSMA, as saying.

Hu Houkun, rotating chairman of telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co, is bullish on the future of 5G. “5G will play a vital part in triggering explosive growth in virtual reality and augmented reality because it can solve all the technological bottlenecks that blocking the industry’s development.”

China’s traditional sectors are said to have shown a strong interest in partnering with telecom companies to explore 5G, and the country can play a leading role in the process of the integration, said the newspaper, quoting Wang Jianzhou, former chairman of China Mobile, one of China’s big three mobile service carriers, as saying.

 

 

 

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Tesla unveils ambitious full self-driving chip for next-generation vehicles

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SAN FRANCISCO: U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla unveiled a new full self-driving (FSD) chip for its next-generation autonomous vehicles.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors during the company’s Autonomy Day that FSD-powered computers will turn its electric cars into self-driving vehicles without human intervention.

He said all new models of Tesla cars including Model 3, X and S have been equipped with the chips featuring full self-driving capabilities, but the next-generation chip, which is currently under development, would be “three times better” than the existing system.

Musk said Tesla will probably have more than 1 million cars with full driving capabilities running on the road by 2020.

“Probably two years from now, we’ll make a car with no steering wheels or pedals,” he said. He predicted the new powerful FSD chip will come out in two years.

Musk touted his company’s FSD technology while mocking the LIDAR technology by calling it a “fool’s errand.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Facebook hires high-ranking US State Department lawyer

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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said Monday it has hired a high-ranking US State Department lawyer credited with helping craft the controversial Patriot Act as the social network’s new general counsel.

Jennifer Newstead will replace Colin Stretch, who announced in July that he planned to leave Facebook.

Newstead will oversee global legal functions at the California-based social network as it faces continued pressure from regulators regarding how well it safeguards user privacy and protects against the spread of misinformation or abuse on its platform.

“Jennifer is a seasoned leader whose global perspective and experience will help us fulfill our mission,” Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a statement.

“We are also truly grateful to Colin for his dedicated leadership and wise counsel over the past nine years.”

Newstead was the first woman to lead the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department, a post she took in January 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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Samsung delays launch of folding Galaxy smartphone

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SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung said Monday it was delaying the launch of its folding smartphone after trouble with handsets sent to reviewers.

Some reviewers who got their hands on the Galaxy Fold early reported problems with screens breaking.

Samsung said it decided to put off this week’s planned release of the Fold after some reviews “showed us how the device needs further improvements.”

The South Korean consumer electronics giant planned to announce a new release date for the Galaxy Fold in the coming weeks.

Initial analysis of reported problems with Galaxy Fold screens showed they could be “associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge,” Samsung said.

There was also an instance where unspecified “substances” were found inside a Galaxy Fold smartphone with a troubled display, according to the company.

“We will take measures to strengthen the display protection,” Samsung said.

“We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer.”

A handful of US-based reporters were given the flagship Galaxy Fold phones, priced at $1,980, ahead of the model’s official release, and they reported screen issues within days of using the devices.

Samsung spent nearly eight years developing the Galaxy Fold, which is part of the leading smartphone maker’s strategy to propel growth with groundbreaking gadgets.

The company essentially gave reviewers a “beta product” without enough information, such as not to peel off a protective coating meant to be permanent, according to independent technology analyst Rob Enderle.

“It was all avoidable for a company the size of Samsung,” Enderle said.

The failure of a “halo product” meant to showcase innovation and quality could tarnish the brand and send buyers to rivals.

“If a halo product fails, people don’t trust that you build quality stuff,” Enderle said.

“It can do incredible damage. And Huawei is moving up like a rocket, so this could be good for Huawei.”

 

 

 

 

 

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