What is the problem with 5G? A little over a week before France is due to deliver licenses, as newly-elected left and Green Party mayors lead the call for a moratorium, France's President telling a French tech conference that he is a fan of next generation 5G. We listen to Emmanuel Macron's dig against Amish technology. And so, putting Puritan sects and COVID conspiracies aside. Is there a health or environment risk linked to what has been billed as an acceleration to warp speed for wireless mobile networks?
We look at reactions in the French press after Emmanuel Macron's televised interview for Bastille Day celebrations. Also, a pro-independence Catalan politician demands an investigation over reports that Spanish authorities spied on his phone using Israeli-made spy technology. The New York Times says it'll be moving part of its operations from Hong Kong to Seoul in light of China's national security law. And a new scientific study shows that we're nearing peak human capacity of how many hot dogs can be consumed in 10 minutes!
Twitter has announced a new audio feature that will allow users to record their messages and tweet for others to listen to. The new feature has got users of the social media platform excited but there are concerns over how Twitter will monitor and check harassment, abuse, and misinformation on the new audio feature.
Google has banned the popular videoconferencing software Zoom from its employees’ devices, citing ‘’ security vulnerabilities’’. However, Google isn’t the first company to ban employees from using Zoom. Earlier this month, SpaceX, a rocket company, also banned employees, citing “significant privacy and security concerns'.
The paranoia about 5G — the industry term for the fifth generation of wireless communications infrastructure — has risen for the last few years, but as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest wild theory is that the technology that runs mobile phones could secretly be causing the outbreak. Digital Passion’s Fola Akinmolayan, in this interview with GuardianTV’s Abisola Olasupo, debunks these theories around a technology that has so far rolled out in about 40 countries, most notably South Korea and China, as well as in dozens of US cities.
Investigative reports published in 2018 suggests an increase in gas flare ahead of the 2020 deadline and highlights the devastating impacts on the waste on local population and the environment International and local partners in the energy sector are now coming together to use technology in addressing the ugly trend of gas flaring.
Someday, in the not-too-distant future, a robot similar to this snake-like prototype could help save lives. The robot snake was developed at John Hopkins University could help advance search and rescue technology, says Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chen Li.
As the new coronavirus continues to spread and claim victims, we tell you how technology is helping halt the outbreak. Researchers worldwide are racing to come up with a vaccine. If all goes well, they may run the first tests in three months. Our in-house expert Dhananjay Khadilkar tells us how it works and what kind of challenges biologists face in the process.