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Trump gloats, telcos weep, and China is furious: How things stand following UK's decision to rip out Huawei
Thursday, 16 July 2020 03:00

The ink has scarcely dried on the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport's speech to the House of Commons that confirmed Huawei would be banned from the UK .

The landmark ruling has drastic consequences for the Chinese comms giant. Its second-biggest business unit is carriers, and Huawei has long been involved with the UK market, having recorded its 20th anniversary earlier this year . But the decision also has major ramifications for telcos, as well as for transatlantic and Sino-British relations.

Yo, Johnson!

As Huawei has evolved into America's foremost technological foe, lawmakers from both sides of

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Mozilla unveils $4.99/month subscription-based VPN, says it won't hang onto user logs
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 23:00

Those wondering how Mozilla plans to plug the holes in its finances were given a clue today in the form of a subscription-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) bearing the company's stamp.

For a mere $4.99 a month, and with no long-term contract needed, Mozilla's WireGuard-based VPN service has emerged from beta testing and is ready for action, according to the company.

The benefits of using a VPN are manifold: a layer of security is added when you hop onto public Wi-Fi, users can be made a little more anonymous while browsing, and activities such as messaging are secured.

There are

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Ham Radio Mobile Operations Circa 1919
Friday, 17 July 2020 22:00

You used to be able to tell a die-hard ham radio operator on the road by the number and length of antennas protruding porcupine-like from their vehicle. There are still some mobile high frequency operators that have respectable car-mounted antenna farms, but they have nothing on Alfred H. Grebe. In …read more

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I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer
Thursday, 02 July 2020 06:52

A senior engineer working at Cisco headquarters in Silicon Valley claims he was mistreated by coworkers and managers because of his Indian caste status – and that HR ignored his complaints about the matter.

Cisco denies any wrongdoing.

The John Doe plaintiff, represented by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing, has 20 years of software development experience, and immigrated to the US from India, we're told. He alleges that, after taking a job at Cisco in San Jose in 2015, his Indian colleagues at the networking giant abused him because he was a member of the Dalit caste, a

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Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future
Saturday, 04 July 2020 03:02

Analogue radio station licences will be extended for another 10 years, the UK government has said – entirely reversing plans to shut off FM and AM radio stations in favour of DAB digital radio.

Commercial radio stations will be allowed to renew their existing, close-to-expiry licences for another decade, meaning your old banger's tape deck-cum-stereo will keep working until at least 2032.

The U-turn "ensures there is no disruption for loyal listeners of treasured FM and AM radio services such as Classic FM, Absolute Radio and TalkSport over the next decade," boasted media minister John Whittingdale, a one-time Minister of

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The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry
Friday, 03 July 2020 23:25

Vodafone has switched on its first 5G SA (standalone) network in the UK.

The inaugural deployment is located at Coventry University, and - all being well - is expected to deliver increased capacity as well as the low-latency connections required for time-sensitive IoT applications.

Coventry University said it will use the network to trial virtual-reality learning technologies for student nurses, as well as to help it specialise in 5G-related research.

Vodafone has also pushed out Ericsson's 5G Radio Dot System at the Midlands university, providing indoor 5G access in key buildings.

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Con Latham CBE, Coventry University vice chancellor,

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