• Qualcomm unveils new 4G chipsets for 2020

      Qualcomm unveils new 4G chipsets for 2020

      2020 is the year 5G will start making a difference for people, but 4G LTE networks aren't going anywhere. If anything, they'll remain the de facto means of connection for much of the world for years, so it's little surprise to see Qualcomm doubling down on 5G this year with the Snapdragon 865 and 765 chipsets and introducing instead a trio of 4G-only smartphone chipsets tailored for markets like India, where Qualcomm has a huge presence.

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    • EU fines for data breaches reach $126m

      EU fines for data breaches reach $126m

      European data protection regulators have imposed $126m in fines under the GDPR regime for a wide range of privacy infringements, since the tougher privacy rules came into force in mid-2018, with approaches varying widely from country to country. This is what DLA Piper's latest GDPR Data Breach Survey concludes.

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    • France, US agree to give the digital tax talks a chance

      France, US agree to give the digital tax talks a chance

      Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have agreed to extend negotiations on a dispute over a French tax on digital giants to the end of the year, postponing Washington's threat of sanctions against Paris, AFP reported, citing French officials on Tuesday. A French diplomatic source said the French and US leaders, who spoke by telephone on Sunday, agreed to give negotiations a chance to "find a solution in an international framework" and avoid "a trade war that will benefit no one". On 7 January Paris and Washington had given themselves 15 days to reach a deal to avert the US threat of duties on up to $2.4bn of French goods.

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    • DeepMind unlocks secret of human brain

      DeepMind unlocks secret of human brain

      Developments in artificial intelligence often draw inspiration from how humans think, but now AI has turned the tables to teach us about how brains learn. In a paper published in Nature last week, DeepMind, Alphabet’s AI subsidiary, has used lessons from reinforcement learning to propose a new revolutionary theory about the reward mechanisms within our brains. 

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    • Davos agenda: Better capitalism, climate change

      Davos agenda: Better capitalism, climate change

      The World Economic Forum unveiled the programme for its 50th Annual Meeting, which will take place from 21 to 24 January in Davos, Switzerland. The overarching theme is “Stakeholders for a cohesive and sustainable world”, Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, said on Tuesday.

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    • Meet the xenobots: the very first 'living' robots

      Meet the xenobots: the very first 'living' robots

      In another lifetime, if they had been allowed to follow their natural development, the stem cells taken from embryonic frogs would have turned into skin and heart tissue within living, breathing animals. Instead, in configurations designed by algorithms and constructed by humans, those cells have been assembled into something new and immensely revolutionary: the first-ever robots constructed entirely out of living cells.

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