U.S. And China Technology Conflict—Here’s Why 2020 Is So Critical

As we approach 2020, the heated technology conflict between the U.S. and China shows no signs of a thaw. U.S. President Trump’s campaign against leading Chinese technology firms—including but not only Huawei—may have grabbed the headlines, but there is also China banning most leading U.S. consumer content-based technologies, Russia architecting its sovereign internet, political pressure on western tech players over international research collaboration. As we approach 2020, a decade and more of ever-tightening technology globalisation looks very much at risk. A key part of the divide is the so-called splinternet or balkanisation of the…

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Best of The Interpreter 2019: Technology

The endless blessings of technology – where would we be without them? Not reading this page, for a start. Several decades into the so-called digital revolution (depending where you mark the start), tech has become almost as essential to our everyday lives as air and water, and yet behind the utopian glimmer, doubts linger that we have tricked ourselves, and the Luciferian fire that brings light also has the power to consume us and destroy us. The Interpreter traced how technology has continued to influence and infiltrate international affairs this past…

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Apple is reportedly developing satellite technology to support its devices

A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple is working on satellite technology to beam data to users’ devices, and could launch a new initiative using the tech within five years. There are a lot of unknowns and caveats, though. The project is “still early and could be abandoned,” says Bloomberg, and it’s not clear what Apple’s end goal is. It’s also not known if the company wants to develop its own satellites or simply utilize others’ satellite data. With the technology in hand, though, the iPhone maker could do a number of useful things. It could…

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Finance ministry asks tax officials to identify evaders through data analytics

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (Photo: Reuters) In a bid to meet ambitious tax target, the finance ministry on Friday held a review meeting with tax officials directing them to make special efforts to identify and book tax evaders through data analytics and information sharing. The meeting chaired by Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey. He was accompanied by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) officials. Officials were also told to communicate with taxpayers that they must genuinely file their taxes before…

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My One Big Fat Digital Technology Prediction For 2020

Yes, it’s that time of year, when we are bombarded with top-10 lists (or even top 20) with all manner of technology predictions. Here, I will only bombard you with one single significant development for the year to come. For the year ahead, 2020, after many years of rising expectations, we see technology democratization come to fruition in a big way. That is, users — even those with the minutest technical training — will gain access to tools and data that they will be able to put to work in…

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8 Travel Trends To Expect In 2020

Just as the destinations that we love to visit as avid travelers change from year to year, decade to decade, so do the travel trends that we partake in. Travel trends over recent years have included immersive travel, sustainable travel, multigenerational travel and skip-gen travel. While all of these have their merits, the travel landscape continues to evolve. empty, straight road heading towards new year 2020 – happy new year concept, GETTY In the upcoming year, we can expect different travel trends to pop up. For travel brands, including hotels,…

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BlackBerry (BB) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

BlackBerry (BB) closed the most recent trading day at $5.44, moving +0.55% from the previous trading session. This move outpaced the S&P 500’s daily loss of 0.32%. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.38%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.4%. Heading into today, shares of the cybersecurity software and services company had lost 2.17% over the past month, lagging the Computer and Technology sector’s gain of 2.58% and the S&P 500’s gain of 2.51% in that time. Wall Street will be looking for positivity from BB as it approaches its next earnings…

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How Technology Is Disrupting The Fitness Industry

Technology today has disrupted every business. It is strategically integrated into every industry and has helped advance it, be it health, education or automobile. Fitness industry is no exception. New technological innovations are regularly changing the way we exercise, which then over time creates a transformation within the health and fitness industry. People today who work out are not satisfied by only knowing their weight, height, waist line etc. They are interested in knowing more about their day to day progress, food macro and calorie consumption, body-fat percentage, sleep quality,…

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How Google Has Become The Biggest Travel Company

For decades travel agents had a “lock” on vacations. Before the internet it was near impossible to find cheap fares yourself. And choosing the perfect hotel involved a lot of flicking through glossy brochures. The “do it yourself” approach was a huge hassle. It was a lot easier to hire a knowledgeable travel agent. Then disruptor stocks like Booking.com (BKNG) and Expedia (EXPE) blew up the old model forever. With a few clicks, you could compare any flight or hotel in the world. For the first time ever, you could find all the special deals and…

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Which? brands most travel comparison sites a ‘waste of time’

Holidaymakers spend hours trawling comparison sites but only one or two are worth the trouble. Photograph: Getty Images Most travel comparison websites are a waste of time and fail to find the cheapest prices, according to new research from Which? After asking more than 2,200 holidaymakers about their experiences of using comparison sites, the consumer body found that only Skyscanner, Kayak and TripAdvisor scored highly in terms of finding the best deals and being easy to use. “Holidaymakers spend hours and sometimes days looking for the best hotel rates and…

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