Online learning cannot just be for those who can afford its technology

A university student conducts open-air classes in a slum for underprivileged students

A university student teaches an open-air class for secondary-school students in Delhi. As schools move to teaching online, many students are left out because they lack access to laptops and broadband.Credit: Amarjeet Kumar Singh/Anadolu Agency/Getty

Every day, hundreds of millions of students, teachers and support staff, are participating in a learning revolution: the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the centuries-old tradition that students travelled to a physical institution to learn. Now, in many places, school and university classrooms are on laptops and smartphone screens, and the Internet has replaced physical books.

It’s been an extraordinary — and extraordinarily fast — transition, affecting everyone from the youngest children entering school right up to young adults in universities. Researchers are starting to study its full impact and its implications — for students, for staff and for the organizations that create and supply educational-technology platforms.

Tertiary education has been venturing into online education

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Technology And Energy Shares Lead Broad-Based Selloff

Key Takeaways:

  • Tech gets hammered again as regulatory news hurts sector
  • Rotation from tech into other sectors appears to be losing steam

The air keeps coming out of the tires.

A market that rode hard all summer on the FAANGs and semiconductors is making a loud hissing noise as those high-flyers lose traction.

All summer, investors heard warnings that if Tech’s party settled down, the broader market would take a hit. September reminds us of that as it appears on track to be the first losing month since March and the worst month of September in 18 years.

All the FAANGs played serious defense Wednesday in the second of three sessions this week where Tech spent most of the day dragging everything else down. The Tech weakness was joined by a rout in the Energy sector, where companies staggered amid worries about shutdowns in Europe and

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EU may remove Apple’s control of its NFC technology

  • The EU is considering new laws that would require Apple to give third parties access to its devices’ NFC technology.
  • If Apple has to open access to its NFC technology in the EU, it’ll have to battle more heavily to win over new consumers.
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The European Union (EU) is reportedly set to consider new laws that would prohibit mobile device makers, like Apple, from restricting access to the NFC technology in their products, Bloomberg reports.

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EU may remove Apple’s control of its NFC technology.

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The potential new rules follow the European Commission (EC) probing whether Apple was abusing its control of its devices by preventing third-party firms from using its NFC technology. Comparatively, Google enables third-party firms to access

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YI Technology Launches Two New Home Security Solutions

YI Technology has made a name for itself as a company that offers products for prices lower than the brand names. It has now announced two new home security solutions, both powered by advanced artificial intelligence (A.I.).

The first is the Kami Mini, an indoor camera with a small form factor that’s perfect for keeping an eye on things inside the house. The Kami Mini uses facial detection and will alert you when it detects human movement. The A.I. helps filter out false alarms caused by pets, insects, and other types of movement.

It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can ask either one of the smart assistants to show the feed on a connected display if you’d like to monitor the camera on a larger feed than your phone.

The Kami Mini is also certified through Noonlight to help users reach the correct emergency center. Customers

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Cobalt demand for 5G technology to challenge electric vehicles

By Pratima Desai

Sign of 5G is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing

Sign of 5G is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing

LONDON (Reuters) – The need for larger rechargeable batteries and more energy storage for 5G technology is expected to significantly boost demand for cobalt over coming years and potentially pit the sector against electric vehicle makers.


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Larger batteries, using lithium cobalt oxide chemistry (LCO), are needed in 5G phones because the antenna, used to transmit and receive radio waves, need more power than those in 4G phones.

Base station antenna for 5G also need significantly more power, putting pressure on power grids, necessitating the use of energy storage systems, which in China are now being built with cobalt containing lithium-ion batteries.

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China is leading the way on 5G sales, which have slowed in recent months, but

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The 2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo Sustainability Pavilion Presents the Circular Technology Island

With the increasing depletion of the earth’s resources, countries worldwide are more determined about green industrial policies. The European Commission adopted the New Circular Economy Action Plan this March. The UK, Japan, and China will draw up a “marine pollution map” in response to the “marine plastic crisis.” These show that the green industry has become a major field of study for human survival and reducing resource consumption. Therefore, the “Sustainability Pavilion” of the “2020 Taiwan Innotech Expo” will focus on the green industrial chain. The core values are “sustainable living,” “sustainable energy,” and “sustainable resources” tied in with “new agriculture,” “green energy technology,” “circular economy,” and “workplace safety” that reflect the four aspects of life. The pavilion will present more than one hundred technologies that can build a sustainable home in the next ten to twenty years.

The circular economy technology ecosystem demonstrated by the circular technology island


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EU seeks new powers to police technology giants in Europe

The European Union is seeking new powers to police and penalize technology giants, like Apple, if their market dominance appears to threaten consumers or smaller rivals.

In recent years, the EU has stepped up efforts to curb the power of tech giants. In July, the EU announced plans to impose new tax, privacy, and online content rules.

Now, Brussels is seeking new powers to take on tech giants, including the ability to compel tech giants to break up, sell their European operations, or exclude companies from a single market altogether, The Financial Times reported on Monday.

Additionally, the EU is also mulling a rating system that could allow stakeholders and the public to assess a tech giant’s behavior in areas such as tax compliance and the speed at which they take down questionable content.

EU commissioner Thierry Breton, who is spearheading the new rules, told FT that some of those

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Elo Life Systems Appoints Food and Beverage Industry Technology Leader Alec Hayes as Vice President of Technology and Products

Alec Hayes, Vice President Technology & Products

Alec Hayes, Vice President Technology & Products
Alec Hayes, Vice President Technology & Products
Alec Hayes, Vice President Technology & Products

DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Elo Life Systems, a food and agriculture company with a mission to improve human health and wellness, today announced that Alec Hayes, Ph.D., has joined Elo Life Systems as Vice President of Technology and Products. In his role, Alec will be responsible for Elo’s research and development pipeline and strategic expansion of Elo’s integrated suite of capabilities to enable accelerated product development.

“Through thoughtful analysis of opportunities and challenges in the industry, Elo has embarked on impactful programs of immediate relevance to human nutrition and the health of our planet,” commented Fayaz Khazi, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Elo Life Systems. “Alec’s experience at the nexus of food and human health will be instrumental as we fast-track Elo’s pipeline and long-term

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ByteDance says it will not transfer algorithm to Oracle

The logos of the Chinese video portal TikTok and the US software and hardware manufacturer Oracle Corporation can be seen on a smartphone and screen on September 14, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

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GUANGZHOU, China — ByteDance will not transfer algorithms and technologies to Oracle as part of a deal announced over the weekend to keep social media app TikTok operating in the U.S.

President Donald Trump said he approved a deal on Saturday that will see the creation of a U.S.-headquartered firm called TikTok Global with Oracle and Walmart taking minority stakes. Oracle will become TikTok’s secure cloud provider and host U.S. user data. 

But the deal does not entail any transfer of algorithms and technologies, according to a statement from ByteDance on Monday. The company said Oracle can instead check the source code. 

“The current plan does not involve the transfer of

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Paradox: Covid crisis elevates technology professionals’ stature, but limits career growth

No in-person conferences. No get-to-know-you-dinners. No hallway encounters in conference centers and hotels. While the Covid-19 crisis has put the kibosh on many things, active career development may be one of those things. 


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A majority of the 1,625 professionals — many from the technology sector — responding to a survey by Blind, an anonymous professional network, finds 53% claim their careers have been negatively impacted by the crisis. Putting things in perspective, of course, one shouldn’t complain if they kept their job — and their health — through these last six brutal months. And yes, sustaining and maintaining operations and decent user/customer experience through all this was quite a learning experience that will definitely shine on many resumes. 

The recent crisis has been a mixed bag for IT professionals. The role of IT has been elevated to the highest echelons in the organizations, which recognized they simply

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