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Autonomous Ship Mayflower Starts the Journey

Ocean research non-profit ProMare and IBM have launched the Mayflower Autonomous Ship.

Verizon Buys MVNO Tracfone for $6 Billion

Verizon agreed to acquire prepaid mobile virtual network operator Tracfone from America Movil for $6.25 billion.

Ericsson Acquires Cradlepoint

Ericsson will acquire Cradlepoint, the US-based company specialized in Wireless Edge WAN 4G and 5G Enterprise solutions.

Challenger Providers Will Grow B2B Transactions by 42 Percent by 2022

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the volume of B2B payments facilitated by non-banks will exceed 53 billion in 2022, from a COVID-related low of 38 billion in 2020; representing 42% growth.

Low- to Mid-Range Devices Dominate Smartphone Forecast

Economic uncertainties have increased the downward pressure on smartphone prices globally with 73% of shipments in 2020 expected to be priced below $400, according to IDC.

A Slow Recovery of US and European Economies after Pandemic

In its most recent Q3 economic scenarios, Strategy Analytics predicts US and Western European economies will recover slowly.

T-Mobile Signs Deal with American Tower

T-Mobile US signed a deal which is expected to deliver up to $17 billion in incremental revenue for American Tower.

Apple Unveils New Watch an iPad; iPhone Left Out

Apple unveiled updates to its products, though a new, 5G version iPhone wasn't presented.

Nvidia Closes $40B Arm Deal

Nvidia agreed a deal to acquire Arm from SoftBank Group for $40 billion.

Oracle Buys TikTok's US Operations

Even though Microsoft was tipped to buy TikTok's US operations, Oracle beat them to secure a deal covering the US operations of ByteDance’s social media service.

Bosch and SAP Aim to Simplify Corporate Processes with a New Standard

Bosch and SAP have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at simplifying digital corporate processes.

Huawei's HarmonyOS Could Be Available in 2021

During its developer conference, Huawei unveiled new upgrade to HarmonyOS.

Ford, Bedrock and Bosch Explore Technology that Makes Parking Easier

Ford, Bedrock and Bosch launched a demonstration project with connected Ford Escape test vehicles inside Bedrock’s Assembly Garage in Detroit using Bosch smart infrastructure.

Google Starts Roll-Out of New Version of Android OS

The latest version of the most popular mobile OS, Android 11, has attracted a broad support of vendors.

Huawei Ban Could Hit UK Economy with £18 Billion Loss

An order to remove Huawei equipment from 5G networks by 2027 could take an £18.2 billion hit on UK economy.

The Entertainment and Media Industry Reconfigures amid Recovery

Digitalisation, one of the major forces shaping all industries, has been intensified by social distancing and mobility restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to PwC.

Ericsson and Qualcomm Pioneer New Carrier Aggregation Capabilities for 5G

Ericsson and Qualcomm have completed pioneering interoperability tests for 5G standalone carrier aggregation.

Red Hat and IBM Launch Red Hat Marketplace

Red Hat and IBM announced the general availability of Red Hat Marketplace.

New iPhone Will Launch Next Week

Next week, Apple will hold a launch event of new iPhone models.

Samsung Secures Major Network Deal in the US

Samsung secured a multi-year $6.6 billion contract from US-based network provider Verizon.

Spending on AI Expected to Double by 2024, Reaching $110 Billion

Global spending on AI is forecast to double over the next four years, growing from $50.1 billion in 2020 to more than $110 billion in 2024, according to IDC.

Ericsson Powers Orange's 5G Network in Spain and TDC's in Denmark

Starting September 7th, Orange Spain and TDC Denmark started their 5G network offerings powered by Ericsson's network components.

Telecom Italia Sets European 5G Speed Record

Telecom Italia achieved the first connection in Europe capable of permanently exceeding a downlink speed of 4 Gbps on a 5G live network.

Major and Small Domestic Appliances Stay Stable Despite Pandemic

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the market of Small Domestic Appliances and Major Domestic Appliances were stable, according to Gfk.

A Hybrid Edition of IFA Puts the Tech Industry Back on Track

IFA 2020 Special Edition has ended, sending the message that tech is back and that both the consumer electronics and home appliances industry and tech media have a hunger for real-life experiences.

TIM’S 5G Exceeds 4 Gbps Achieving a New European Record

TIM confirmed its leadership in 5G by successfully achieving the first connection in Europe capable of permanently exceeding a downlink speed of 4 Gbps on a 5G live network.

Needs to Work from Home Triggered Strong IT/Office Demand in 1H20

The global IT/Office retail market reached nearly €49.7 billion in the first half of 2020, a +16.7 percent increase from the same period last year, acccording to Gfk.

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 732G for High-Tier Mobile Gaming

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 732G Mobile Platform, a follow-on to the Snapdragon 730G.

Telefónica Launches 5G in Spain

Telefónica announced it has switched on its 5G network in Spain.

Telecom Italia, KKR and Fastweb Reach Agreement to Create Fibercop

Telecom Italia’s Board of Directors approved the agreement with KKR Infrastructure and Fastweb for the establishment of FiberCop.

IBM Creates New Fan Experiences for Spectator-less US Open

IBM announced new fan experiences that will enable millions of fans around the world to experience the excitement of a tennis Grand Slam US Open, the first ever without fans on-site.

gfu Kicks Off IFA 2020 Special Edition with Insights and Trends

One day before the official start of IFA 2020 Special Edition, gfu Consumer & Home Electronics held a special event Insights & Trends.

China Is Trying to Slow Down TikTok Sale

China set up roadblocks that could slow or halt the sale of TikTok to a US buyer.

Siemens Kicks Off New Digital Training Programs

About 1,400 apprentices and university students in work-study programs started their professional careers at 23 Siemens locations in Germany.

MediaTek Asks US Permission to Continue to Supply Huawei

Chipmaker MediaTek requested permission from the US government to continue to supply chips to Huawei.

China's Smartphone Market Narrowed its Decline to -10.3 Percent in 2Q20

87.8 million smartphones were shipped in China during the second quarter of 2020, down 10.3% year-on-year, according to the IDC.

US Has Slowest 5G Data Rates

According to an Opensignal analysis of typical data rates in 12 countries, focus on low-band 5G deployments resulted in the US ranking in last place.

Ericsson Joins 450 MHz Alliance

Ericsson has joined the 450 MHz Alliance to support critical mobile communications networks for industries such as public safety and utilities that require secure and resilient wide-area coverage.

Facebook Prepares for Ad Revenue Losses on New iOS

Facebook warned it may soon stop offering a key targeted advertising tool on Apple devices.

Xiaomi Expects Smartphone Recovery

Xiaomi posted better-than-expected performance on the smartphone market in the second quarter of 2020, despite challenges of COVID-19.

BlackBerry Handsets are Returning to the Market

Only days before a brand licensing deal with TCL Communication expired, US company OnwardMobility announced a deal with BlackBerry.

Public Debut of FUTURE CANDY LAND with Latest Mobility Trends

FUTURE CANDY LAND will make its public debut at this year's SHIFT Mobility meets IFA NEXT, which takes place as part of the IFA 2020 Special Edition 3-5 September in Berlin.

TikTok CEO Quits After Only Three Months

Kevin Mayer, TikTok CEO, resigned his position merely three months after taking the helm of the company.

IaaS Public Cloud Services Market Grew 37.3 Percent in 2019

The worldwide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 37.3% in 2019 to total $44.5 billion, up from $32.4 billion in 2018, according to Gartner.

HPE Posts Quarterly Results Ahead of Estimates

HPE reported its third fiscal quarter financial results that are slightly ahead of market expectations.

IDC Forecasts Strong Growth for AI Market in 2020

Worldwide revenues for the AI market are expected to total $156.5 billion in 2020, an increase of 12.3% over 2019, according to IDC.

Global Smartphone Sales Declined 20 Percent in 2Q20

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the global mobile phone industry, as sales of smartphones to end users totaled 295 million units, a decline of 20.4% in the second quarter of 2020, according to Gartner.

IFA 2020 Special Edition: Huawei Presents its Vision and Commitment for Europe

At the IFA 2020 Special Edition, Walter Ji, President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group Europe, will set out the company’s vision and commitment for Europe beyond 2020.

Major Vendors Pass GSMA Security Test

The GSMA announced that the world’s leading mobile network equipment vendors, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE, have passed an independent security audit of product development and lifecycle management processes.

Apple Faces More Initiatives for Lower App Store Commissions

After Epic Games started a push on Apple to lower App Store commissions, news publishers pushed Apple to provide more favourable terms.

UK Signs Agreement with HPE to Cut the Complexity of Cloud Adoption

Hewlett Packard Enterprise signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UK Crown Commercial Service to enhance the cloud experience for public sector customers.

Germany Starts 4G Spectrum Usage Consultation

Bundesnetzagentur, German communications regulator, launched a consultation on the future use of spectrum allocated at its 4G auction in 2010.

Global Government IT Spending Will Decline 0.6 Percent in 2020

Worldwide government IT spending is forecast to total $438 billion in 2020, a decrease of 0.6% from 2019, according to Gartner.

Google Brings a More Detailed and Colorful Map

Recently, Google rolled out new visual improvements that bring more detail and granularity to their maps.

Global Smartwatch Market Revenue Was up 20 Percent in 1H20

The global smartwatch market posted a healthy 20% revenue growth in the first half of 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and shipments remaining flat, according to Counterpoint Research.

Mobile Operators Will Benefit From Direct Carrier Billing Spend

Total spend over direct carrier billing will reach $100 billion for the first time by 2025; rising from $37 billion in 2020, according to Juniper Research.

Escalation of the Battle Between Apple and Epic Games

Epic Games filed an injunction against Apple in an attempt to block the termination of its developer accounts.

German Court Rules Against Unauthorized Use of Nokia's Inventions

The Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany issued an injunction against Daimler concerning the unauthorized use of Nokia’s cellular technology in its connected cars.

Facebook Enables Earning from Online Events

Facebook has launched the ability for businesses, creators, educators and media publishers to earn money from online events on its main platform.

Consumer Credit Card Rewards Value Will Reach $67.9 Billion by 2023

A new study from Juniper Research has found that global reward values for consumer credit cards will grow from $60.4 billion in 2020 to $67.9 billion in 2023, as consumer credit spend recovers post-COVID.

Pandemic Cuts Five-Year IoT Revenue Forecast

In its new forecast, GSMA Intelligence reassesed global IoT revenue in 2025 to $906 billion due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Declines Temporary Reprieve Extension for Huawei

The US Department of Commerce declined to extend temporary reprieve which allowed domestic companies to continue doing business with Huawei.

Pandemic Tempers Growth in AR/VR Spending

Growth in worldwide and European AR/VR spend will decline in 2020 compared to the pre-COVID-19 forecast scenario, according to IDC.

Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom Avoids 4G Miss Fine in Germany

Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom had met interim coverage targets set after all operators in the country failed to meet mandated requirements by the start of 2020, according to German network regulator.

Hybrid Workers will Prioritize a Smart Office Over a Remote One

An increase in remote working employees and under-utilization of existing office spaces will trigger a need for smart, wellness-equipped office spaces in the future, according to Gartner.

Epic Games and Apple Clash on Pricing

Apple removed popular game Fornite from its App Store this week, after Epic Games introduced a discounted direct payment option for iOS and Android.

Qualcomm and Huawei Feel Effects of US Export Ban

Chipmaker Qualcomm warned US authorities that Huawei export restrictions only served to hand competitors billions of dollars worth of sales.

Online Channels Account for Record 28 Percent of Smartphone Sales in 2020

Online retail channels will account for a record 28 percent share of all smartphones sold worldwide in 2020, soaring from 24 percent in 2019, according to Strategy Analytics.

A Solid Performance by Siemens in the Second Quarter of 2020

During the second quarter of 2020, a third fiscal quarter for the company, Siemens has recorded solid performance considering the COVID-19 impact.

Post-Covid Changes are Permanent and There are More to Come

The need for business leaders and policy makers to fundamentally rethink the way they plan, invest and operate in the future is underlined in a new survey of 699 global CEOs released by PwC.

Google, Qualcomm and Nokia Back HMD Global in Funding Round

HMD Global, the owner of the Nokia smartphone brand, successfully closed $230 million USD in its first closing of current funding round from some of its global strategic partners.

Public Cloud Revenue Will Grow 6.3 Percent in 2020

The worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 6.3% in 2020 to total $257.9 billion, up from $242.7 billion in 2019, according to Gartner.

Intel and VMware Extend Virtualization to Radio Access Network for 5G

Intel and VMware announced a collaboration on an integrated software platform for virtualized radio access networks to accelerate the rollout of both existing LTE and future 5G networks.

TikTok Plans to Retaliate on Trump Ban

Video service TikTok threatened to retaliate after US President Donald Trump ordered a ban on US companies doing business with its parent company from next month.

Lockdown Disrupts Telecom Italia Performance

COVID-19 pandemic struck Telecom Italia's performance in the secon quarter of 2020.

Companies Must Reset Their Business Strategy Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

As the phases of the COVID-19 pandemic progress, business leaders must reset their strategy and build resilience, according to Gartner.

Cross-Border Payments Will Grow to $35 Trillion by 2022

The total value of B2B cross-border payments will reach $35 trillion in 2022 from a COVID-related low of $27 trillion in 2020, representing 30% growth, according to Juniper Research.

Google Unveils New Pixel Smartphone

Google has unveiled its new smartphone, the Pixel 4a.

Samsung Unveils Five New Galaxy Products

Samsung unveiled five new Galaxy devices headlined by two new Note smartphones and its latest foldable.

Apple Buys Mobeewave for $100M

Apple reportedly acquired Mobeewave, a platform enabling apps to take payments from bank cards or mobile wallets.

Digital Loyalty Program Memberships Will Grow by 11 Billion by 2023

A new study from Juniper Research has found that memberships of loyalty programmes with a digital element will increase from 37 billion in 2020 to 48 billion in 2023 globally.

Microsoft CEO Discussed TikTok Takeover with Trump

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, wooed US President Donald Trump over the benefits a takeover of social media app TikTok by the software giant would bring.

Alphabet Had the First Ad Revenue Drop in History

Google's parent Alphabet marked profit and revenue drop in the second quarter of 2020.

Facebook Reports Better than Expected Q2 Results

Facebook reported a better-than-expected rise in revenue and user engagement in the second quarter of 2020.

Huawei Lands Top Spot in Second Quarter Smartphone Market

Worldwide smartphone shipments decreased 16.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2020, according to preliminary data from IDC.

Apple Admits iPhone Delay

Apple has confirmed rumours that the next iPhone would be delayed.

Huawei Surpassed Samsung in Smartphone Shipments in 2Q20

In the second quarter of 2020, the global smartphone market declined at its fastest ever rate, -24% on a yearly basis, to 271.4 million units, according to Counterpoint Research.

Strong Customer Additions and Cash Flow Highlight Verizon's 2Q Results

Verizon reported second-quarter results highlighted by increased cash flow and strong momentum heading into the second half of the year.

Samsung and Microsoft Transform Real Estate and Smart Property Management

Samsung and Microsoft announced a global collaboration focused on digitally transforming the real estate development and property management industries.

Compromised Employee Accounts Led to Most Expensive Data Breaches

According to IBM Security results, the financial impact of data breaches cost companies studied $3.86 million per breach on average, and compromised employee accounts were the most expensive root cause.

Huawei Uses COVID-19 as Digital Springboard

At theBetter World Summit 2020, Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei's 5G Product Line, said that 5G is the foundation of industrial digitalization.

Mastercard and Microsoft Enter Partnership

Mastercard and Microsoft announced a collaboration to shape the future of digital commerce, drive startup innovation and enable financial inclusion.

Huawei Focuses on 5G and COVID-19, Dodges Unpleasant Topics

At the Huawei Better World Summit, rotating chairman of the Chinese company Guo Ping delivered an overview of how ICT is being used to fight the spread of COVID-19 and support recovery.

Telegram Brings User Socialization Options

Messaging service provider Telegram unveiled a new feature that allows users to find people nearby.

Cellnex Plans Strong Investments and Growth in Europe

The infrastructure company Cellnex Telecom detailed plans to increase its share capital by €4 billion.

Facebook Messenger Introduces App Lock and New Privacy Settings

Facebook announced new privacy and security features that give user more control over their contant and privacy.

Reduction in VAT Supports Rapid Recovery of Consumer Climate in Germany

German consumers are gradually putting the coronavirus shock behind them, according to GfK.

Mobile Payments Giant Prepares to Go Public

Ant Group, Alipay-parent, began preparations for an IPO of its business.

Samsung Introduced Galaxy Z Flip 5G Smartphone

Samsung unveiled a 5G variant of its Galaxy Z Flip device.

Intel Exceeds Expectations in 2Q20

Intel posted business results for the second quarter of 2020 that were above expectations.