South Korean tech giant Samsung on Thursday launched five new devices through an online event -- the first such launching event of the tech firm amid the lingering crisis over the coronavirus pandemic.
The new devices are -- Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch, the Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet, the Galaxy Note 20 phablet and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable smartphone.
In a statement, Samsung said: "Galaxy Watch3 and Galaxy Buds Live are convenient tools for maintaining your lifestyle and daily routines, especially in the current climate.
"Both devices are seamlessly integrated into the wider Galaxy ecosystem to help you live healthier, communicate better and get the most out of your technology."
Ride hailing service Uber has decided to buy its biggest UK rival Autocab to expand operations to 170 towns and cities in the UK.
Autocab, which operates a ride-booking app for independent minicab companies, has access to more than 75,000 vehicles in areas where Uber does not operate.
Uber’s current operation is limited to 40 towns and cities in the UK, reports BBC.
Autocab initially started out as a radio supply business but later developed a cloud-based booking platform called iGo that let independent taxi firms offer online bookings.
The deal is expected to give Uber the opportunity to expand to about 170 towns and cities including Oxford and Doncaster, where Uber said "tens of thousands" of people try to use its app every month.
Uber said Autocab would "remain independent" following the acquisition, and maintain its own board of directors.
However, the companies have not revealed the financial terms of the deal, or explained how Uber will make money from it.
David Hagerbro has been appointed as the head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh units, and global customer unit of Axiata.
Earlier David was the Head of Strategy, Technology, and Government and Industry Relations for Southeast Asia, Oceania, and India.
Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson Southeast Asia, Oceania, and India, said “The markets of Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are key markets for us at Ericsson. David has strong track record of leading and developing Ericsson’s business across this region. I am confident he will deliver on Ericsson’s commitments in these markets.”
David Hagerbro has over 20 years of experience in leadership and technology roles and joined Ericsson in 2008, said a press release.
Commenting on his appointment, David said, “I look forward to working closely with our customers in the markets, bringing them the latest solutions and technology to support their business success.”
Ericsson’s portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams.
Ericsson’s investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world.
Banglalink, digital communication service provider, has recently received the Ookla ‘Speedtest’ award for being the fastest mobile network in the country for Q1-Q2 2020.
The award is given based on user-initiated results generated from Ookla’s Speedtest app, said a press release.
Banglalink’s Speed Score was 15.09 in the above-mentioned period. With millions of results obtained through Speedtest app each day, Ookla has the most accurate and comprehensive view of worldwide network performance, quality and accessibility.
Banglalink has procured the highest amount of spectrum in 2018 from BTRC to stay competitive in the market.
Upanga Dutta, Chief Commercial Officer, Banglalink said “Banglalink, firmly believes that superior internet speed is the key to unlock the advanced digital services for the customers. For this reason, enhancing network-quality has always been one of its top priorities.”
Pierre Boutros Obeid, Chief Technology Officer, Banglalink said “We consider this award to be an acknowledgment of the technological advancement we have made over time for providing best-in-class digital services to customers.”
To download Bangladesh’s Ookla Speedtest Award report, people can visit:
To explore ICT talent trends and talent development strategies in the Asia Pacific region, Huawei Technologies on Tuesday hosted Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Talent Forum 2020 under the theme “Connection, Glory, Future”.
More than 2000 participants joined this online event. The tech company revealed its long-term plan to bridge the ICT talent gap and called for a cross-sector collaboration at the forum.
The forum gathered industry experts and IT professors to discuss the continuing need for a highly-skilled ICT workforce and proposed sustainable plans to help the region solve ICT workforce shortage.
At the event, Huawei also announced its certification program to develop a comprehensive ICT talent ecosystem to pave the way for sustainable digital transformation in the region.
The certification program is open to students and ICT practitioners who have joined or plan to join the Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Academy. The program started running from August 4 and will continue till November 30, 2020. Participants who pass the exams in the shortest time will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
In recent years, the world has witnessed a diverse range of breakthrough technologies. “The foundation of the new ICT industry now consists of Cloud Computing, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence,” Michael Macdonald, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Consultant of Huawei Asia Pacific, during his speech on building a healthy ICT ecosystem.
With the emergence of advanced technologies, basic IT skills will no longer suffice.
“We aim to globally develop 2 million ICT professionals over the next five years to match the high demand for skilled workers. In 2020, we are going to build more than 200 Huawei ICT Academy and train 10000 ICT certification in the Asia Pacific region. ICT talent ecosystem is Huawei’s long-term strategy, and we will work with universities and local HALP partners to help students and ICT practitioners become more competitive in their careers”, Macdonald announced.
As advanced technologies such as AI and 5G become pervasive, the region needs to work with various sectors to set standards that efficiently connect talent with opportunities in the digital age.
To tackle this challenge, Huawei built a talent ecosystem to support the transfer of qualified employees to the ICT industry, in line with its talent cultivation strategy. The ecosystem consists of three initiatives: the Huawei Certification, the Huawei Academy and the Huawei ICT Competition.
The Huawei Certification, a talent system standard covering 100 certification exams and 22 technical fields, has certified more than 260,000 ICT students and employees, including 19,000 in the Asia Pacific region. Launched in 2013, the Huawei ICT Academy has involved over 900 higher education institutions to offer ICT courses and training for over 45,000 students each year. To date, the company has set up 103 ICT Academy in the Asia Pacific region.