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Google, Microsoft to use renewable energy in data centres

The move follows earlier agreements by both companies to buy renewable energy in the US, said the report…reports Asian Lite News

Google and Microsoft have both announced new agreements to lower their IT operations’ carbon footprint by using renewable energy sources in their data centres.

According to ‘The Register’, Google has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Engie, a French utility company, for 100 MW of energy generated by the Moray West offshore wind farm in Scotland to power its UK operations.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced PPAs supplying more than 900 MW of renewable energy in Ireland for its data centres.

While Microsoft did not disclose its renewable energy suppliers, other sources identified Statkraft and Ireland’s Energia Group as two that are involved, with a mix of wind and solar projects, according to the report.

Google claimed that the new agreements will bring the company closer to its goal of running its UK offices and cloud regions entirely on carbon-free energy sources by 2030.

The company stated that with the most recent PPA signed with Engie, it expects to be at or near carbon-free by 2025.

Matt Brittin, President of Google EMEA, said that people in the UK and Europe are increasingly concerned about climate change.

The move follows earlier agreements by both companies to buy renewable energy in the US, said the report.

SoftBank subsidiary SB Energy signed a deal with Google for 900MW of solar power to power a Texas data centre, while Microsoft recently entered into a 20-year agreement with AES Corporation to supply its data centres in California with renewable energy from 110 MW solar and 55 MW four-hour storage projects.

In addition to expanding its data centres to meet customer demands, Microsoft has also increased its commitment to reducing carbon consumption and contributing to climate change solutions, the report added.

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Tesla may integrate Dolby Atmos in its cars

Although it has been around for ten years, it was first integrated into movie theatres, then high-end home theatres, and now recently making it into cars…reports Asian Lite News

Elon Musk-run Tesla is reportedly working to integrate Dolby Atmos in its electric cars, to deliver better surround sound.

Dolby Laboratories created the surround sound technology called Dolby Atmos. According to the company, it is described as “expanding on existing surround sound systems by adding height channels, allowing sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects,” reports Electrek.

Although it has been around for ten years, it was first integrated into movie theatres, then high-end home theatres, and now recently making it into cars.

In December last year, Tesla had released an annual holiday software update that turns its electric cars into megaphones by using external speakers that had been installed in vehicles.

The feature adds some voice effects to whatever you say, and that would be played to your surroundings through the external speakers.

The external speakers in Tesla cars repeat everything the driver says with a slight delay and with an echo and bass-heavy distortion.

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FCC bans Chinese tech equipment from entering US

Biden signed the law to ban Chinese tech companies like Huawei and ZTE from getting approval for network equipment licences in the country…reports Asian Lite News

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has prohibited communications equipment and video surveillance technology from Chinese companies like Huawei, ZTE, Hikvision, Hytera, and Dahua to reach the country.

The FCC adopted new rules prohibiting communications equipment deemed to “pose an unacceptable risk to national security from being authorised for importation or sale in the US”.

This is a huge blow to Chinese companies as they can’t legally import or sell anything with a radio in the US without the FCC authorisation.

“The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorised for use within our borders, and we are continuing that work here,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

“These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications,” she added.

The list (both equipment and services) currently includes communications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Dahua Technology (and their subsidiaries and affiliates).

The new rules implement the directive in the ‘Secure Equipment Act of 2021’, signed into law by US President Joe Biden last November, that requires the Commission to adopt such rules.

Biden signed the law to ban Chinese tech companies like Huawei and ZTE from getting approval for network equipment licences in the country.

In 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to communications networks — making it harder for US firms to buy equipment from them.

The new rules follow a series of other FCC initiatives to keep US networks secure.

The FCC has also prohibited the use of public funds to purchase covered equipment or services, launched the ‘Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Programme’ to remove insecure equipment that has already been installed in US networks and revoked operating authorities for Chinese state-owned carriers based on recommendations from national security agencies.

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No made-in-China cameras in govt buildings

“Since security considerations are always paramount around these sites, we are taking action now to prevent any security risks materialising,” the statement added…reports Asian Lite News

The government has instructed its various departments to not install surveillance cameras manufactured by Chinese firms at its buildings. This comes amid reports of security risks posed by Chinese companies as part of a cyber tactics adopted by Beijing.

Oliver Dowden said in a written statement to parliament that the decision was taken following a review of “current and future possible security risks associated with the installation of visual surveillance systems on the government estate.”

“The review has concluded that, in light of the threat to the UK and the increasing capability and connectivity of these systems, additional controls are required,” Oliver Dowden said.

“Departments have therefore been instructed to cease deployment of such equipment onto sensitive sites, where it is produced by companies subject to the National Intelligence Law of the People’s Republic of China,” the review submitted by Dowden stated, according to Sky News.

“Since security considerations are always paramount around these sites, we are taking action now to prevent any security risks materialising,” the statement added.

Moreover, the existing cameras made by Chinese companies will also be immediately taken down from the government facilities and the departments have also been instructed to disconnect them from all systems.

Earlier, US implemented such a ban as government organisations were ordered not to use any cameras made by Hikvision, Dahua, and other Chinese firms.

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‘Samsung’ most commonly-used passwords

In the case of “samsung,” it turns out that it is not the only brand-based password used by a large number of online users…reports Asian Lite News

Samsung, or rather “samsung” with a lowercase S, is one of the most commonly used passwords in at least 30 countries, a recent study by password management solution company Nordpass has showed.

According to SamMobile, using the name of your smartphone/TV/home appliance brand, for example, Samsung, as a password is not the worst offender, but it has grown in popularity in recent years.

While the “samsung” password ranked 198th in popularity in 2019, it rose to 189th in 2020 and 78th in 2021, breaking the top-100 mark last year.

The most popular password is “password,” which was reportedly chosen by nearly 5 million users, while other commonly used passwords include “123456,” “123456789,” and “guest”, according to the report.

In the case of “samsung,” it turns out that it is not the only brand-based password used by a large number of online users.

According to a recent report, a simple and predictable password can be decrypted in less than one second, whereas combining lowercase and uppercase letters with numbers can also produce variable results.

A seven-digit password containing all of those elements can be decrypted in about seven seconds, while an eight-digit password takes about seven minutes, said the report.

The research firm discovered that the majority of commonly used passwords can be decrypted in less than one second because they are short and consist only of numbers or letters with no uppercase characters, the report added.

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LG develops ‘Invisible’ speakers for cars

The device uses the company’s unique technology to vibrate off display panels and various materials inside the car body to provide a rich, 3D immersive sound experience…reports Asian Lite News

LG Display has announced that it has developed the “Thin Actuator Sound Solution”, a new sound technology for automobiles.

While traditional speakers are large and heavy due to components such as voice coils, cones and magnets, LG Display’s film-type exciter technology makes the “Thin Actuator Sound Solution” extremely thin and light, making it an invisible speaker for cars.

“We have transformed the conventionally heavy and bulky speaker into a high-quality ‘invisible’ sound solution by using our cutting-edge technology to elevate space, design, and eco-friendly factors and provide a next-level sound experience like none before,” Yeo Chun-ho, Vice President and Head of the Business Development Division at LG Display said in a statement.

The new speakers come in a passport-like size (150mm x 90mm) with a thickness of 2.5mm, equivalent to that of two coins stacked together, and a light weight of 40g, making it just 30 per cent of the weight and 10 per cent of the thickness of a conventional car speaker, according to an official report.

The device uses the company’s unique technology to vibrate off display panels and various materials inside the car body to provide a rich, 3D immersive sound experience. Moreover, the compact size and innovative form factor of the speaker enable it to be installed in various parts of the car including the dashboard, headliner, pillar, and headrests while eliminating deviations in audio quality, the report added.

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TikTok continues hiring as competitors shed jobs

The video platform plans to increase the size of its biggest American engineering hub, which already has more than 1,000 engineers…reports Asian Lite News

Chinese short-form video platform TikTok said that it would add about 3,000 engineers in locations across the world, including the US.

According to The Wall Street Journal, as several of the world’s biggest tech companies are laying off employees, TikTok is in the middle of a three-year hiring push.

“We have always been more cautious in terms of recruitment. We’re still hiring, although at the pace that we think has to correspond with the global challenges that we’re facing,” TikTok Chief Executive Shou Zi Chew was quoted as saying.

TikTok is also hiring at its major hub in Singapore, according to the report.

The video platform plans to increase the size of its biggest American engineering hub, which already has more than 1,000 engineers.

Moreover, TikTok recruiters have approached people recently laid off from rival companies including Meta and Twitter, said the report.

The company also intends to expand its commercialisation team, which will figure out how to make money from the app, as well as its nascent e-commerce team.

It also plans to hire contractors to monitor the app for inappropriate videos, both in the US and at a content-moderation hub in Dublin, Ireland., the report added.

ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, is also continuing to hire people in China, with some of the new hires working on TikTok and others helping ByteDance develop chips, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Musk cuts Twitter’s employee perks

According to The Verge, Musk told his employees that the company would encrypt DMs and work to add encrypted video and voice calling between accounts…reports Asian Lite News

Twitter boss Elon Musk has cut company perks for employees, including wellness, productivity, home internet, training and development, outschools, daycare and quarterly team activities, according to an internal memo seen by The Verge.

“Allowances will be reevaluated over time and may be added back when the company’s financial situation improves,” it reads.

Meanwhile, Musk has publicly expressed a desire to improve the social network’s direct messages work.

According to The Verge, Musk told his employees that the company would encrypt DMs and work to add encrypted video and voice calling between accounts.

“We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, [or] without being concerned about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their DMs to hit the web, or think that maybe someone at Twitter could be spying on their DMs,” Musk was quoted as saying.

Moreover, after firing about two-thirds of the micro-blogging platform’s 7,500 employees in only three weeks after his take over, Musk said that the company is done with layoffs and is hiring again.

At a meeting with employees, Musk also claimed that Twitter is now actively hiring for positions in engineering and sales, reports The Verge.

He also asked the staffers to recommend potential candidates.

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India to take over as chair of Global Partnership on AI

By fostering advanced research and practical activities on AI-related priorities, the alliance hopes to close the gap between theory and practice…reports Asian Lite News

India will take over as chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), close on the heels of assuming the presidency of the G20, the Ministry of Electronics and IT announced on Sunday.

GPAI is an international effort to foster responsible and human-centric development and use of Artificial Intelligence.

Union Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar will represent India at the GPAI conference in Tokyo on November 21, where France, the outgoing Council Chair, will be officially succeeded by India.

India was chosen to fill the two extra government seats on the Steering Committee after receiving more than a two-thirds majority of first-preference votes in the election for the Council Chair, with Canada and the United States coming in as the two next-best candidates.

The fact that India is in the chair reflects the fact that the rest of the world sees it as a trusted technology partner that has long promoted the moral use of technology to improve the lives of its people, the ministry’s press release said.

With the experience and diversity of the participating nations, GPAI is a groundbreaking initiative for developing a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges surrounding AI. By fostering advanced research and practical activities on AI-related priorities, the alliance hopes to close the gap between theory and practice.

The United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and Singapore are among the 25 nations that make up the GPAI. India joined the organization as a founding member in 2020.

According to the ministry, AI has been catalyzing the tech landscape & pushing further the envelope of human possibilities. AI is expected to add USD $967 Bn to Indian economy by 2035 and USD 450–500 billion to India’s GDP by 2025, accounting for 10% of the country’s USD 5 trillion GDP target.

Artificial Intelligence is a Kinetic enabler for growth of India’s Technology ecosystem & a force multiplier for achieving $1 Trillion Digital Economy goal by 2025, the ministry added. (India News Network)

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World’s first 3D printer for implant-grade silicone housed at IISc

3D printed implants that are prepared using Silimac can be personalised not only in terms of shape, size and contour, but also in terms of weight, stiffness and touch and feel, making it a complete solution…reports Asian Lite News

Prayasta, winner of this year’s National Startup Technology Award, on Wednesday launched the world’s first 3D printer for implant-grade silicone that will be housed at the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering (BSSE), Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

An MoU was signed earlier this year to formalise this partnership.

“We are excited to join hands with Prayasta as it offers a production-ready 3D printing technology for elastomers such as silicone, and can positively impact the quality of healthcare delivery,” said Navakanta Bhat, Dean, Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences, IISc.

Prayasta’s specialised 3D printer, Silimac, can directly 3D print implant-grade silicone material to make an implant within the hospital itself. 3D printing allows personalisation of implants on a one-to-one basis, which not only improves the outcomes of surgeries for the patients, but also reduces the average time a surgeon spends for achieving the same results using standard implants.

3D printed implants that are prepared using Silimac can be personalised not only in terms of shape, size and contour, but also in terms of weight, stiffness and touch and feel, making it a complete solution.

As the world is moving towards personalised medicine, personalising implants makes even more sense as implants are going to be there in the patients’ bodies permanently for the rest of their lives.

Prayasta has also developed a design methodology called Novel Internal Architecture using which can make breast implants rupture-proof and suturable, eliminating the risk of leakage and post-implantation displacements.

Prayasta and IISc will work together to accelerate the translation of personalised soft tissue implants from research to hospitals, to test the 3D printability of novel materials in a fast-track mode and also to develop the necessary skills for faster market penetration of 3D printing technology.

Vikas Garg, Co-founder, Prayasta, said, “Silicone is one of the best implantable materials today and yet not 3D printable. Conventional printers cannot handle implant-grade silicone due to its inherent two-part requirement for cross-linking, form factor and extremely high viscosity. That is why, we have taken a fresh approach and developed a novel 3D printing technology from scratch.”

“It’s an absolute honour to partner with one of the most premier science institutes in India. We look forward to creating the future of better and personalised healthcare solutions together,” added Shilpi Sen, Co-founder, Prayasta.

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