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Ericsson Launches Enhanced 5G Deployment Options

Ericsson continues to develop its service-provider-focused 5G platform through the launch of new software and hardware solutions to expand 5G deployment options.

Huawei Has 56,492 Patents and It's Not Afraid to Use Them

Huawei has an advantage that the U.S. can’t undermine: a vast, global portfolio of patents on critical technology, according to Bloomberg.

90 Percent Current Blockchain Platforms Will Require Replacement by 2021

By 2021, 90% of current enterprise blockchain platform implementations will require replacement within 18 months to remain competitive, secure and avoid obsolescence, according to Gartner.

Intel to Acquire Barefoot Networks

Intel has signed an agreement to acquire Barefoot Networks.

Enterprise WLAN Market Continues Moderate Growth in 1Q19

The combined consumer and enterprise WLAN market segments increased 6.9% year over year in the first quarter of 2019, finishing at $2.4 billion, according to IDC.

Slack Listing Likely to Value It at Up to $17 Billion

Slack is expected to be valued by investors at $16 billion to $17 billion when it lists its shares publicly next week, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter.

Ericsson Leads Sprint’s Commercial Mobile 5G Launch

Ericsson’s 5G leadership is at the heart of U.S. communications services provider Sprint’s commercial mobile 5G launch across four cities– Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City.

IBM Adds Automation Capabilities to Watson Studio

IBM announced a new set of capabilities for Watson Studio designed to automate many of the often complicated and laborious tasks associated with designing, optimizing and governing AI in the enterprise.

Asseco Launches Voice Support for Online Banking

Asseco Voice Banking, one of the first products on the Polish market enabling voice support for online banking, is being developed by the VivicLabs team.

Shipments of Cellular IoT Modules Reached 221 Million Units in 2018

Global cellular IoT module shipments increased by 16 percent in 2018 to a new record level of 221 million, according to Berg Insights report.

U.K. Tech Chief Says U.S. Huawei Decision Will Affect Approach

The treatment of Huawei by the U.S. and other countries will inform how Britain approaches the Chinese company’s role in 5G networks, the U.K.’s digital minister said, according to Bloomberg.

Marketers Must Focus on Boosting Gen Z’s Personal Brand to Make Them Loyal

Generation Z consumers are 1.5 times more likely to follow a brand that provides content that boosts their own image, according to Gartner.

Apple Climbs to Number 1 in Constrained Tablet Market

The overall tablet market in EMEA declined 10.9% YoY, shipping 9.7 million units in the first quarter of 2019, according to IDC.

Ericsson Mobility Report: 5G Uptake Is Even Faster than Expected

Rapid early momentum and enthusiasm for 5G has led Ericsson to forecast an extra 400 million enhanced mobile broadband subscriptions globally by the end of 2024.

EMEA Smartphone Market Was Stable in 1Q19

The EMEA smartphone market reached 83.7 million units in the first quarter of the year, a 3.3% drop on the same quarter last year.

Chatbot Interactions in Retail Will Reach 22 Billion by 2023

New data from Juniper Research found the global number of successful retail chatbot interactions will reach 22 billion by 2023, up from an estimated 2.6 billion in 2019.

Nokia Winning 5G Contracts Despite Delivery Delays, CEO Says

Nokia is winning contracts “quite handsomely” in 5G networks as the top three suppliers go head-to-head for the emerging business, CEO Rajeev Suri said, according to Bloomberg.

Digital Business Is Top Priority of Chinese CIOs

33 percent of CIOs in China rank digital initiatives as their No. 1 business priority, according to a global survey conducted by Gartner.

Ericsson and SoftBank Will Deploy Multi-Band 5G Network

Ericsson has been selected by SoftBank as a primary 5G vendor for the deployment of a multi-band 5G network in Japan.

Salesforce to Buy Tableau for $15.3 Billion in Data Push

Salesforce.com Inc., which makes America’s dominant sales-tracking software, agreed to buy Tableau Software Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at $15.3 billion that it said will help give customers more ways to analyze data. The takeover will mark Salesforce’s largest deal to date, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Co-Chief Executive Officers Marc Benioff and Keith Block have been chasing new markets to reach an annual revenue goal of as much as $28 billion by fiscal 2023. Benioff has helped Salesforce increase revenue at a rapid clip by acquiring more than 60 companies in 20 years.

Consumers and Tech Drive Innovation in Entertainment and Media Industry

According to PwC, consumers are embracing the expanding opportunities to enjoy media experiences tailored to their needs.

Mobile Time Surpasses TV Time in US

This year, for the first time, US adults will spend more time using their mobile devices than they will spend watching TV, with smartphone use dominating mobile time, according to eMarketer.

Netflix Accused by Fox of Audacious Poaching as Trial Looms

A lawyer for a pair of Fox studios described Netflix’s hiring of 17 Fox executives as “very audacious” as the companies head toward a trial over talent poaching, according to Bloomberg.

IBM AI and Cloud Technology Helps Agriculture Industry

IBM announced the global expansion of Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture, with AI technology tailored for new crops and specific regions to help feed a growing population.

France Aims to Keep Huawei Away From Users' 5G Location Data

Huawei won’t be allowed access to users’ location data even if its equipment is used in the roll out of France’s 5G network, according to Bloomberg, citing the head of the French cyber security agency.

40 Percent of Gen Z Employees Regret Accepting Job Offer

A growing number of candidates are regretting their career decisions, according to Gartner.

EMEA PC Market Will Approach Stability in 2019

Shipments of EMEA traditional PCs will total 71.3 million in 2019, a 0.4% YoY decline, according to IDC.

BT Consolidate 300 Office Locations to Just 30

BT Group revealed the first eight locations that will house its workplaces of the future as part of a three-to-five-year programme to improve and consolidate its workplaces across the UK.

Managers Will Increasingly Fund IT Spending Across European Industries

IDC forecasts that European technology spending by LOB decision makers will steadily grow and will increase faster than spending funded by IT organizations through 2022.

Microsoft and Oracle Will Interconnect Azure and Oracle Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle announced a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Most Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Initiatives Will Suffer Fatigue by 2023

By 2023, 90% of blockchain-based supply chain initiatives will suffer ‘blockchain fatigue’ due to a lack of strong use cases, according to Gartner.

Ericsson Technology Drives Hungarian 5G Test Track

The self-driving vehicle test track in the Hungarian city of Zalaegerszeg, known as the ZalaZone, was officially opened late May.

Connected Vehicle Shipments Will Reach 76 Million Units by 2023

IDC estimates that worldwide shipments of connected vehicles will reach 51.1 million units in 2019, an increase of 45.4% over 2018.

Hangar 18 Receives 124.000 Euros from EU Funds

Croatian Ministry of economy, entrepreneurship and craft has funded Hangar 18 to the amount of 124.000 euros of non-refundable EU funds.

Apple Sets Vision for Unified App Strategy at Developer Confab

Apple upgraded the operating systems that power its devices, previewed a new Mac Pro desktop and showed off new health and AR features at its annual developer conference, according to Bloomberg.

Government of Vietnam and Ericsson Forge Strategic Industry 4.0 Partnership

Ericsson and the Vietnamese government have now forged a strategic partnership around Industry 4.0 activities.

20 Percent of Top Grocers Will Use Blockchain for Food by 2025

Gartner predicts that, by 2025, 20% of the top 10 global grocers by revenue will be using blockchain for food safety and traceability to create visibility to production, quality and freshness.

Four Providers of 3D Printing Solutions in EMEA Named IDC Innovators

IDC published an Innovators report profiling four companies in EMEA with compelling and differentiated 3D printing workflow management solutions.

SK Telecom and Microsoft Sign Memorandum of Understanding

SK Telecom and Microsoft signed a memorandum of understanding for comprehensive cooperation in leading-edge ICT, including 5G, AI and cloud.

Apple to Reveal Glimpses of Its Next Era of Apps and Devices

Apple’s developer conference beginning Monday will move the company closer to a future in which the iPhone is no longer the central cog for other products and services, according to Bloomberg.

Collina: Always Be One Step Ahead

On the second day of Combis Conference in Vodice, Croatia, a large number of participants attended a long-awaited plenary lecture given by a former football referee and one of the most famous people on the planet Pierluigi Collina.

U.S. Wants T-Mobile to Create New Competitor as Part of Deal

Top Justice Department officials want T-Mobile US and Sprint to lay the groundwork for a new wireless carrier with its own network, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with matter.

Digital Video Now 20 Perscent of Daily Viewing Time in France

Adults in France are continuing to devote more time to digital, especially video, according to eMarketer.

Smartphone Market Will Face Another Challenging Year

According to IDC, global smartphone shipments will face another challenging year in 2019 with volumes forecast to decline 1.9% from 2018.

Ericsson Unveils New 5G Innovation Hub in Moscow

Ericsson has opened the doors of a new 5G Innovation Hub in Moscow, giving Russian service providers the opportunity to test innovations on live 5G and IoT networks.

Active Cargo Tracking Units Reach 6.1 Million in 2018

The number of active tracking devices deployed for cargo loading units reached 6.1 million worldwide in 2018, according to new Berg Insights research.

India Smartphone Market grew by 7 Percent in 1Q19

According to IDC, India’s smartphone market got off to a good start with a total shipment of 32.1 million units in 1Q19, maintaining a healthy 7.1% year-on-year growth.

7th Issue of Startup Village Began in Skolkovo

Startup Village 2019, the seventh annual international conference, began today at the Skolkovo Innovation Center.

Western European HCP Market Decreased 5,8 Percent in 1Q19

The Western European printer and multifunction (MFP) market decreased by 5.8% in unit terms in 1Q19 compared with the same period a year ago, according to IDC.

Global Smartphone Sales Declined 2.7 Percent in 1Q19

Global sales of smartphones to end users declined 2.7% in the first quarter of 2019, totaling 373 million units, according to Gartner.

Bosch Technology Teaches Cars to Fly

The Boston Consulting Group predicts that people around the world will take 1 billion flights in air taxis in 2030.

Worldwide Telecommunications Services Market Prepares for 5G Impact

Worldwide spending on telecom services and pay TV services totaled $1.6 billion in 2018, reflecting an increase of 0.8% year on year, according to IDC.

Bluetooth Equipment Tracking Comes from Croatia

Typeqast develops inventory tracking system through Bluetooth, IoT technologies and cloud services, and the first pilot project was created in one Belgian hospital.

Australia’s First 5G Service Goes Live

Telstra announced the launch of its first 5G device, a 5G smart hub for business and the home.

Organisations with Cybersecurity in Business Strategy Outperform their Peers

Organisations that take a business-driven cybersecurity approach to their digital initiatives achieve better outcomes and outperform their peers, according to PwC’s May 2019 Digital Trust Insights Survey.

European Wearables Market Hits Record Values in 2018

Shipments of wearable devices in Europe grew 30% year over year to 28.3 million units in 2018, according to IDC.

TransferWise Valued at $3.5 Billion in Secondary Offering

TransferWise leapfrogged fintech startups, more than doubling its valuation to $3.5 billion in a fundraising round that pushes back the need for an initial public offering, according to Bloomberg.

Google's Secret AI Cleans Up YouTube Homepage

YouTube is littered with extreme and misleading videos, and the company has been criticized for not doing enough to limit the dreck, according to Bloomberg.

Lenovo Achieves Record Revenue of $51bn

Lenovo posted record fiscal year results with revenue reaching all time high of US$51 billion, up 12.5% year-on-year.

Robert Bosch Venture Capital invests in Veego Software

Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch Group, has completed an investment in Veego’s seed round.

Pureplay Digital Companies Will Process $14 Trillion in B2B Payments by 2023

New data from Juniper Research found that B2B transactions processed by pureplay digital operators will reach $14 trillion by 2023, up from $6.7 trillion in 2018.

Commercial Performance Brings EMEA PC Market Close to Stability in 1Q19

The EMEA traditional PC market declined YoY in 1Q19 for the second consecutive quarter, but at a softer rate (-2.7%) and totaling 17.0 million units, according to IDC.

Google Faces Irish Privacy Probe of Data Processing for Ads

Google is at risk of another hefty privacy fine in Europe after Irish regulators opened a probe of possible violations into how the search giant processes users’ data in advertising transactions, according to Bloomberg.

Businesses Will Spend $1.2 Trillion on Digital Transformation This Year

Enterprises around the world are making significant investments in the technologies and services that enable the digital transformation of their business models, products and services, and organizations, according to IDC.

Cybersecurity Threats Are Growing in Travel and Transportation

IBM Security issued new research highlighting that the travel industry and its customers are increasingly the targets of cyberattacks as criminals seek to monetize highly valuable travel data.

ZTE Launches its First Cybersecurity Laboratory in Europe

ZTE launched its first cybersecurity laboratory in Rome, Italy.

Smart City Lighting Will Bring $15 Billion in Energy Savings

New data from Juniper Research has revealed that smart street lighting deployments will realise $15 billion in cumulative energy savings for cities to 2023.

Marketers Must Focus on Helping Customers to Remain Competitive

Big data and analytics allow marketers to know their target audience better than ever.

Lenovo Announces North America Partnership with Team SoloMid

Lenovo North America announced a local partnership with Team SoloMid (TSM), the premier digital gaming platform that includes gaming strategy sites, influencers and championship esports teams.

Blockchain Cross-Border Transactions Will Reach Over 1.3 Billion by 2023

New study by Juniper Research found that the number of cross-border transactions recorded on the blockchain will surge to 1.3 billion by 2023, a CAGR of 82% over the next 4 years.

VR, AR, AI Become a Significant Part of Insurance Industry

Among the highly conservative industries, when it comes to the use of advanced technologies, the insurance industry is close to the top.

16-Year-Old Works to Improve Spinal Surgery Using ML and Computer Vision

Krithik Ramesh, 16, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, was awarded first place for developing a machine learning technology for orthopedic surgeons at this year’s ISEF.

5G Will Reach the IoT Market in Late 2020

According to a new report from Berg Insight, 5G will make its first appearance in the IoT market in late 2020.

eMarketer Slashes Snapchat User Estimates for the US

Following its unpopular redesign, Snapchat has been struggling to gain users in the US.

TSMC Starts Building Chips for Next-Gen iPhones

TSMC has started production of a new chip for Apple’s next line of iPhones launching later this year, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter.

Germany's First Electric Highway Charges Trucks as They Drive

Germany has opened the first stretch of an electric highway that will connect hybrid trucks to overhead wires, allowing them to recharge while traveling, according to Bloomberg.

Ekholm: Europe Needs to Act Fast on 5G or Lose Out

Europe needs urgent and decisive action if it is to benefit from the competitive and innovative capabilities of 5G or it will lose out to the U.S., China, and other regions, Ericsson President and CEO, Börje Ekholm, has warned.

Syniverse and IBM Complete Blockchain Pilot for Mobile Roaming Solutions

Syniverse and IBM have joined forces to help advance the next generation of mobile roaming solutions.

Key Trends in PaaS and Platform Architecture for 2019

Gartner has identified the key trends impacting platform as a service (PaaS) technologies and platform architecture in 2019 and beyond.

Worldwide Services Revenue Crossed $1 Trillion Mark in 2018

Worldwide revenues for IT Services and Business Services totaled $513 billion in the second half of 2018 (2H18), an increase of 4.5% year over year in constant currency, according to IDC.

IBM and ERGO Aktiv are Helping People After Stroke

IBM has developed a virtual assistant "Andělín" to help patients of the Czech Neurorehabilitation Center ERGO Aktiv after a stroke with their return to an active life and work.

IDC Forecasts Semiconductor Revenue to Decline by 7.2 Percent in 2019

The latest forecast update to the Semiconductor Applications Forecaster from IDC forecasts that worldwide semiconductor revenue will decline 7.2% in 2019.

Išek: Combis Became an Agile Company Last Year

Croatian company Combis has a good streak of three years in which they have achieved record breaking results.

European Automotive Companies Turn to IBM AI and Hybrid Cloud

IBM announced relationships with European companies that could redefine the future of their auto industry with hybrid cloud and AI.

AI Spending by Retailers Will Reach $12 Billion by 2023

A new study from Juniper Research found that the global spending by retailers on AI services will reach $12 billion by 2023, up from an estimated $3.6 billion in 2019.

Smart Speaker Shipments Reached 7.5 Million Units in Europe in 4Q18

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the smart home market in Europe reached almost 33 million units, representing 15.1% growth annually, according to research by IDC.

Qualcomm and HMD Global Sign 5G Patent License Agreements

HMD Global has entered into a direct worldwide license arrangement with Qualcomm to cover branded single-mode and multimode devices manufactured and marketed under the Nokia brand.

Bosch Will Be Carbon Neutral Worldwide by 2020

Bosch is ready to be fully climate-neutral as early as next year, the company said in a press release.

DT and Ericsson Top 100Gbps Over Microwave Link

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom have achieved a landmark data transmission rate by consistently topping 100 Gbps in a trial microwave link over 1.5km.

Google Tops 15 Million Music Subscribers as It Chases Spotify

Google’s paid music services have eclipsed 15 million subscribers, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the numbers.

Snapchat Losing Users in UK as Redesign Takes Toll

There is an exodus from Snapchat in the UK, according to eMarketer

Digital Twin Revenues Will Reach $13 Billion by 2023

A new study from Juniper Research has found that revenues from Digital Twins will reach $13 billion by 2023.

Vodafone's $7.7 Billion Australia Merger Blocked by Regulator

A planned $7.7 billion merger of Vodafone’s struggling Australian business with TPG Telecom was blocked by the regulator, according to Bloomberg.

Crypto-Exchange-Giant Binance Reports Hack of 7,000 Bitcoins

Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, said hackers withdrew 7,000 Bitcoins worth about $40 million via a single transaction in a “large scale security breach,” according to Bloomberg.

74 Percent of Americans Think Weather is Growing More Severe

Nearly three out of four Americans surveyed think the weather is growing increasingly severe, according to a study fielded by The Weather Company in partnership with Morning Consult.

Facebook Picks London to Drive WhatsApp Mobile Payments Globally

Facebook intends to drive a global expansion of mobile payments on WhatsApp from London, accelerating its efforts to make money off the popular messaging service, according to Bloomberg.

Uber’s Conservative IPO Valuation Faces Public Market Test

Uber Technologies Inc. took a conservative approach to its initial public offering Thursday, picking a share price toward the bottom of the marketed range and at a valuation below its last private funding round, according to Bloomberg. On Friday, public market investors will get to decide whether that was a good idea.

Top 8 Supply Chain Technology Trends in 2019

Gartner has identified the top 8 supply chain technology trends in 2019.

Commercial Segment Provides a Bright Spot in the Traditional PC Market

The worldwide market for traditional PCs, inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations, declined 3.0% year over year in the 1Q19, according to preliminary results from IDC.

Waiting for Uber – IPO set on lower range of stock price

Uber Technologies Inc. raised $8.1 billion in its initial public offering after pricing shares near the bottom of their marketed range, according to Bloomberg. The ride-hailing company sold 180 million shares for $45 each, according to a statement Thursday. It had marketed them for $44 to $50 apiece. But Uber said maybe it will never go into profitability. Uber will begin trading publicly on today.