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22 Jan 2020
21 Jan 2020
After last year's decline for the global mobile phone market, Gartner foresees recovery.
China has revised up its economic growth by 0.1 percentage points each year between 2014 and 2018, the National Bureau of Statistics said, making it easier for Beijing to fulfill its goal of doubling the size of the economy by 2020 from 2010.
The IMF has now revised down those forecasts to 2.9% and 3.3%, respectively.
20 Jan 2020
The EU's proposal for a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology won backing from Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Monday but got a cool response from Microsoft President Brad Smith.
The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years.
It plans to capitalize on the popularity of its cheap but powerful F1 phone.
The US was once the uncontested world leader in science and engineering. That's changed, according to a federal report (Jan 17)
The United States was once the dominant, global leader in science and engineering, but that ranking has dropped as other countries invest in research and development, according to a new report.
17 Jan 2020
It's for educational use
China has agreed to stronger intellectual property protections. But tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of goods still remain, as do other unresolved trade issues.
The U.S. economy expanded at a modest pace through the final six weeks of 2019 but uncertainty over U.S. trade policy continued to hurt firms, a survey conducted by the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.
16 Jan 2020
The dark side of IoT, AI and quantum computing: Hacking, data breaches and existential threat (Jan 15)
World Economic Forum report once again lists cyberattacks as one of the top threats facing the world in 2020 - alongside climate change, extreme weather and natural disasters.
It could help track breathing issues - if you have the right device.
U.S. consumer prices rose slightly in December even as households paid more for healthcare, and monthly underlying inflation slowed, supporting the Federal Reserve's desire to keep interest rates unchanged at least through this year.
15 Jan 2020
The U.S. government is nearing publication of a rule that would vastly expand its powers to block shipments of foreign-made goods to China's Huawei, as it seeks to squeeze the blacklisted telecoms company, two sources said.
14 Jan 2020
8K resolution screens are about to go mainstream
It's focusing on a 'year of celebration.'
China's General Administration of Customs releases December 2019 trade data.
The world's already huge debt load smashed the record for the highest debt-to-GDP ratio before 2019 was even over.
US officials are worried the Chinese company's reportedly cozy relationship with the Chinese government poses a security risk.
13 Jan 2020
Apple is trying to change the way electronics are recycled with a robot that disassembles its iPhone so that minerals can be recovered and reused, while acknowledging rising global demand for electronics means new mines will still be needed.
Apple saw a huge boost in iPhone sales in China last month, but embattled tech giant Huawei won't giving up the top spot anytime soon.
Philips claims the wearable tech makers are violating patents.
What the phones at the annual tech confab tell us about some design and price trends for 5G, foldable and gaming phones this year.
9 Jan 2020
Bluetooth will soon roll out some of the technology's biggest improvements in its nearly 20-year history.
IBM announced at CES 2020 that its newest 28-qubit quantum computer, Raleigh, achieved the company's goal of doubling its Quantum Volume (IBM names its systems by city names).
Expect a lot more 5G from AT&T in 2020.
The White House on Tuesday proposed regulatory principles to govern the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at limiting authorities' "overreach", and said it wants European officials to likewise avoid aggressive approaches.
8 Jan 2020
Samsung Electronics on Wednesday said quarterly operating profit likely fell at a milder pace than analysts forecast, indicating memory chip prices bottomed out and strengthening hope of recovery from an industry downturn.
For the first time in 28 years, Apple is participating in CES, the world's largest technology conference.
7 Jan 2020
MicroLED could oust OLED as the next big display technology, but it won't be easy. Here's what's behind the technology powering Samsung's modular screens.
On the eve of the world's largest consumer technology show in Las Vegas, reporters roamed a giant conference center full of booths featuring tech products ranging from fertility trackers to robots and high-tech cosmetics.
6 Jan 2020
With Samsung Electronics expected to suffer its biggest annual profit drop in at least a decade, investors are counting on an expected uptick in the memory-chip market to cure the tech giant's ills this year.
The China-based TV manufacturer will also sell a selection of budget-friendly LCD TVs.
Its Neon avatars could deliver uncannily lifelike expressions.
Samsung is expected to unveil three Galaxy S11 devices and a new foldable phone at Unpacked 2020 in San Francisco.
And an always-on display too?
3 Jan 2020
It will come in 55- and 65-inch sizes, but pricing hasn't been announced.
The company expands its QLED notebook series with the Flex Alpha.
The new TVs include an updated rollable model that will "roll down" from the ceiling.
Apple won a patent for making the acoustics coming from a MacBook sound far away. It's an idea that could make watching movies, TV shows or videos on a laptop feel significantly more immersive.