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Apple has come under fire for not paying any tax in New Zealand. The Californian company reportedly sold NZ$4.2 billion worth of products in the country, but didn’t pay any tax at all.
South Korean conglomerate Samsung have revealed that its latest flagship device the Galaxy S8 will contain its new AI-powered virtual assistant ‘Bixby’ – which is an indicative message of its intent to challenge its rivals which include Apple and Amazon. In a statement issued by Samsung’s EVP and head of R&D, InJong Rhee out months of speculation to bed by confirming that the Galaxy S8 will be equipped with a new digital voice assistant ‘Bixby’. Analysts have claimed that its shows the organization are placing a significant emphasis on AI. (Artificial Intelligence)
Chaesub Lee, Director, Telecommunications Standardization Bureau, ITU, has called for the creation of technical standards in order to support the exchanging of ‘open data’ which can then be made available to ‘everyone’. Mr. Lee made the remarks at the world’s first ever forum on ‘Data Management’ which was held in Dubai. The event was a joint collaboration hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and ITU. The forum which was called ‘Transforming Data into value expanding the IoT potential with a special focus on Smart Cities’ - will be the first in a series of discussions that invites experts and key decision-makers to come together and examine the key challenges and opportunities presented by ‘Data Management’.
British telecommunications giant Vodafone has given the green light to its Indian unit to merge with Idea Cellular in order to create India’s largest telecoms operator. The merger has been made out of necessity following the emergence of 4G newcomer Reliance Jio.
For some time now there have been rumors that South Korean technology giant Samsung is working on the world’s first foldable smartphone. So far, there has been no evidence to clarify the rumors, until a report from Korean news site ETNews said Samsung could finally be unveiling a prototype model later this year.
Telecom Review secured an exclusive interview with ZTE Director of Wireless Innovation Solutions, Summer Chen, in order to find out where the company stood in relation to implementing 5G technologies and establish what projects it's currently working on to ensure the transition from 4G to 5G.
Samsung shocked the world in September last year when it suspended sales of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7 as reports of exploding batteries threatened to damage the reputation of the South Korean technology giant. The fiasco hit Samsung hard, after a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 cost the company an estimated $5.3 billion, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. But even though the odds were stacked against the smartphone manufacturer, Samsung is showing signs of making a stunning comeback.
At IFA 2016 in Berlin this September, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the Huawei Nova and the Huawei Nova Plus, the first smartphones in a new series designed to meet the needs of a more diverse customer-range. As the world's third largest smartphone vendor, Huawei is spreading its wings, says Roland Sladek, vice president of International Media Affairs at Huawei, who recently spoke to Telecom Review about the challenges Huawei faces in penetrating new markets like the United States, to see through its ambition to be the top premium smartphone distributor in the world.