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China expresses concern over its absence in India’s 5G trials

China expressed concern on Wednesday over India’s move to not grant any Chinese firm permission to participate in 5G trials in the world’s second-largest internet market as the two neighboring nations struggle to navigate business ties amid their geo-political tensions.
India’s Department of Telecommunications earlier this week approved over a dozen firms’ applications to conduct a six-month trial to test the use and application of 5G technology in the country.
Among those who have received the approval include international giants such as Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung that will collaborate with Indian telecom operators Jio Platforms, Airtel, Vodafone …

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Google denies Pixel 5a 5G cancelation, confirming it’s coming this year

Sometimes you’ve just got to confirm an unannounced product to put the rumors to bed, I guess. That was Google’s strategy this afternoon, following earlier rumors from Android Central that a chip shortage had put the kibosh on the mid-budget phone.
In a comment to TechCrunch, a Google spokesperson noted, “Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.”
That time frame would put the device’s arrival around late-summer, meaning it won’t arrive …

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Enabling Edge AI

This week we saw a big announcement that gets us further on our hybrid cloud journey—one where cloud strategies will also include edge and hybrid investments and companies can extend compute and AI (artificial intelligence) to the edge of the network.Microsoft introduces Azure Percept at its Ignite digital conference this week, which is a platform with added security for creating Azure AI technologies and solutions on the edge. The end-to-end edge AI platform includes hardware accelerators integrated with Azure AI and IoT (Internet of Things) services and pre-built AI models—for vision capabilities including object detection, shelf analytics, …

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Creating a New Customer Experience

Peggy Smedley: So Dave, it’s exciting to have you talk to us today because you’re based in a beautiful part of the world, so it’s exciting to have you on the show. So, you’ve had an opportunity to see the world, because you’ve had an opportunity to see business and innovation from a whole global perspective. And, with everything going on in the world today, we’ve seen the pandemic shut us down in a different way. But, I’d like to take a view from your perspective. So, let’s talk about business technology …

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EdgeOps for IoT: A Vision For Edge

Of the many complementary technologies that enable IoT (internet of things) deployments, there are none quite as critical as the distributed architecture commonly known as edge computing. Technically, edge computing and its concepts are nothing new. In the 1960s, the Apollo missions that brought humanity to the moon relied on a distributed network of mainframes (see Figure 1). One was located in Houston and powered the console displays in the Apollo Mission Control Center. The others were positioned at antenna sites in California, Spain, and Australia. Even in those early days of computing there was a need to position compute resources …

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Huawei launches its next foldable in China

Huawei’s first foldable feels like a distant memory. Announced in 2019, the company went back to the drawing board prior to release, as Samsung ran into its own much publicized issues with the innovative form factor.
The Mate X was well-received among journalists — I had the opportunity to spend some time with it at the company’s HQ in China and was impressed with the build quality. But for various reasons, it never made its way outside of China. And there’s some reason to believe that the newly announced X2 will suffer a similar fate.
The new handset has …

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Reckoning and Remedy for Retail: How 5G and IoT Can Advance the Retail Industry

Illustration: © IoT For AllFor every retail sector, from clothing to electronics, keeping pace with ever-evolving consumer expectations has been a major challenge. Consider purchasing options alone. Today, retailers must be prepared to accept everything from cash and credit cards to mobile and smartphone payments—or risk turning away a customer.The State of RetailIn 2018, Customer Think reported that nearly 50 percent would cancel an order if their preferred option weren’t available. That was before online ordering, curbside pickup, and home delivery became essential for survival. Now, with the pandemic drastically changing consumer behavior, retail faces a reckoning like never …

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Technology Decisionmakers Weigh in on 5G

It’s been said repeatedly that 5G is one of the biggest market opportunities in the next decade, but an unclear roadmap has been a hurdle up to this point. Is this still the case going into 2021? At CES, 2021 was heralded as the year of transition from readiness and availability of 5G. But, then again, 2020 was predicted by many to be the year of 5G, but now that the year is over, it’s safe to say 2020 will be known for other things. New research provides a glimpse into how business technology decisionmakers and their companies are positioned toward 5G …

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5G: What’s Next

In my last blog, I explained how in the next three years, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are expected to more than double in importance, becoming the most critical wireless technologies for businesses. I started by narrowing in on Wi-Fi 6, but now let’s turn our attention to 5G.
According to PwC’s US Mobile Index, as of January 2021, coverage continues to make gains, reaching 75%. By July 2021, 80% of the U.S. population is expected to have 5G coverage available at home or work. Meanwhile, device penetration gained traction as pre-holiday purchases were activated. It is expected that 12% of mobile devices in use …

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Manufacturing: Workforce, Sustainability, and Transformation

Peggy Smedley: There are the misconceptions about understanding manufacturing. What do we need to do to encourage the next generation and the workforce that’s in there now, but where do we have to go for tomorrow?Çağlayan Arkan: No, absolutely, Peggy. I think this is a wonderful topic to discuss, because you said I was passionate about what I do. I am indeed, because manufacturing is about innovation. It’s about building capacity. It’s about employment. It’s about competitiveness. It’s about a lot of things that are near and dear to all of our …

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