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L-SPARK and BlackBerry Announce Second Accelerator Cohort

Canada's largest accelerator for Software as a Service (SaaS) companies L-SPARK, and BlackBerry have announced the six companies selected for the second cohort of their joint accelerator program, which aims to advance Canadian technology startups that are focused on vehicle-connected services and cloud connectivity to the vehicle.

Huawei Band 4 Pro launches in China

Huawei has launched its latest fitness tracker, the Huawei Band 4 Pro. Huawei Band 4 Pro comes equipped with a heart rate sensor as well as SpO2 sensor for gauging blood oxygen saturation levels. The The Huawei Band 4 Pro features 0.95-inch AMOLED display and also offers NFC support for making contactless payments.

EE switches on 5G in Glasgow and Hamilton

Glasgow and Hamilton are the latest places to receive a 5G network from EE. 5G technology is the next generation of mobile network and is expected to offer internet speeds several times faster than that of current-generation 4G. 

Verizon creates a global Zero-Trust Architecture

Verizon has today announced the creation of a global Zero-Trust Architecture, achieved by embedding a Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) over its private IP MPLS network. Verizon’s Zero Trust network essentially blocks connectivity from unknown devices, making corporate data virtually invisible to anyone without approved access, mitigating against credential theft and server exploitation.

Mobile and Telecoms 2020 predictions

As 2019 ends, you cannot escape how much carriers have raced out their 5G network go-lives with everyone wanting to claim a 5G first from first 5G village to 5G city to 5G shopping centre. But, let’s be honest that all this techno sound and fury is a game of retaining and winning those super-nerd customers.

Google Assistant Ambient Mode Rolls Out To More Devices

Google is rolling out its Ambient Mode feature for Google Assistant to more Android devices. The Ambient Mode feature for Google Assistant was announced at IFA 2019. During the launch, the feature was available only on two tablets - Lenovo Smart Tab M8 HD and Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab and a couple of handsets smartphones, including the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2.

Google Rolling Out RCS in US

Back in June Google began rolling out RCS in the UK and France, bypassing carriers. Google is now doing the same in the US. If you already have Messages, you’ll be prompted to enable chat features in the coming weeks. If you don’t have Messages, you can download it on the Play Store. Google expects this service to be broadly available in the U.S. by the end of year.

MTN and Huawei team up on 5G Trial

On the first day of AfricaCom, the biggest gathering of telecommunications companies in Cape Town, South African mobile operator MTN, together with Huawei, launched their C-band 5G trial as part of the operator’s network evolution plan towards 5G.

Huawei x Gentle Monster Smart Eyewear now available in UK

Huawei x Gentle Monster Smart Eyewear series is officially available to buy in the UK. Unlike Google Glass, there’s no heads-up display. Essentially, it looks like a normal earwear that has an integrated Bluetooth headset. It has built-in dual speakers with a semi-open design and dual microphones on the temple which uses AI for noise reduction

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