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Light as an egg: Alibaba launches first cloud computer, plus robots for deliveries – News

Chinese tech giant backs commitment to helping consumers adapt to more digitised world, new normal

Alibaba Cloud rolled out a series of products at its recent 12th annual Apsara Conference, highlighting the their commitment to helping people adapt to the more digitised world and accelerate customers’ digital transformation during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

The company – the digital technologies and intelligence backbone of Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group – introduced its first-ever cloud computer, a palm-sized PC that despite being just about 60g and as light as an egg,  offers high-performance computing, thanks to robust back-end cloud resources. Connecting the device with a normal computer screen will allow a user to access almost unlimited computing resources anytime and anywhere, while paying for a subscription model or for the actual cloud consumption.

It can, for example, reduce the rendering time of one frame high-resolution animation from 90 minutes using a

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Huawei Launches ‘Historic’ New Strike At Android To Beat Google And Samsung

Huawei is about to shift the 600 million users on its smartphone ecosystem from Android to its own HarmonyOS/HMS—at least that’s what seemed to be the key takeaway from HDC, the company’s developer conference a week ago. Well—maybe not. The real takeaway from HDC is much more interesting and will be a much more serious threat to Android than just shifting Huawei users. If it works, of course.

The reason Huawei is venturing an alternative to Android is the U.S. blacklist pulling Google software from its devices. That same blacklist has now removed chipsets and displays. There’s not much point in a new OS if smartphones are in short supply. The biggest threat to Android is not Huawei users shifting OS, it’s a potential market shake-up that impacts many more manufacturers than that.

Huawei has painted this shift from Android as an industry game-changer, a

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Food Sharing App Olio Launches New Craft Initiative

With the sharing economy gaining traction over the last few years, following in the wake of the booming rental market, apps such as OLIO are playing a vital role in its success. And, with waste levels still at extortionate levels, the facilitation of these lifestyle shifts is becoming imperative in the creation of a circular economy.

According to a 2020 report by WRAP, while we have reduced our food waste by 7% per person in the last three years, UK households still waste 4.5 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten, amounting to a value of £14 billion every year (£700 for an average family with children). These statistics show the extortionate levels at which the western world continues to consume, emphasising

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China Launches Sanctions Regime After US Moves On TikTok, WeChat

China on Saturday launched a mechanism that would allow it to sanction foreign companies, upping the ante in a tech war with the United States a day after Washington moved to curb popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat.

China’s long-expected “unreliable entities list” is seen as a weapon for Beijing to retaliate against the United States, which has used its own “entity list” to shut Chinese telecom giant Huawei out of the US market, while also moving against TikTok and WeChat.

Its implementation comes just a day after the US Commerce Department stepped up the pressure by ordering a ban on downloads of video app TikTok and effectively blocking use of WeChat, the Chinese super-app.

An announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce did not mention any specific foreign entities that could be targeted.

But it said the new system would consider sanctions on entities whose activities “harm China’s national sovereignty,

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China launches counter-mechanism to US sanctions list

China said Saturday it had launched a mechanism enabling it to restrict foreign entities, a much-anticipated move seen as retaliation to US penalties against Chinese companies such as telecom giant Huawei.

An announcement by the Ministry of Commerce did not mention any specific foreign entities, but broadly spelled out the factors that could trigger punitive measures, which may include fines, restrictions on import-export business or investment in China, and the entry of personnel or equipment into the country.

It covers “foreign enterprises, other organisations and individuals”, it said.

The launch of the “unreliable entities list” ups the ante in the escalating commercial fight with the Trump administration, which has used its own “entity list” to bar Huawei from the US market on national security grounds.

The announcement also came a day after the United States ordered a ban on downloads of popular video app TikTok and effectively blocked the use

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Linux Foundation launches new entry-level IT certification

If you’re Linus Torvalds, you don’t need a certification to get a job. People know who you are. But most of us trying to get a start in technology need a certification. Now, The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit, open-source powerhouse organization, and Certiverse, a certification testing startup, have announced they’re working on a new entry-level IT certification offering: The Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA).

The LFCA will show your expertise and skills in modern fundamental information technology. Note the word “modern,” this is not your dad’s entry-level IT certification. The focus is on Linux, system administration, and cloud computing, not on how to tune-up a PC or how to try to secure Windows. There’s still a place for people with those skills, but they’re going to top out in technical support rather than a high-paying, high-end IT job.  

The main domains and competencies that the LFCA will measure are:

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Britain launches a new, high-tech Mayflower for ocean exploration

Johnson said the high-tech ship, developed jointly by British-based marine research organization ProMare and U.S. tech giant IBM, showed that “the pioneering spirit of the Mayflower really lives on” in the trans-Atlantic partnership.

“We’re heading out with the same spirit of adventure and determination and vision for the future” as the original colonists, the American diplomat said.

Like the Mayflower in 1620, the new vessel will travel from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, but on a marine research trip rather than a colony-founding journey. The coronavirus pandemic has delayed its trip until the spring of 2021.

The ship’s launch in Plymouth, 200 miles southwest of London, is part of Mayflower commemorations disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. They involve British, Americans and Dutch institutions — many of the 17th-century Pilgrims had fled England for Holland in the years before the voyage — and the Wampanoag people, who had lived for thousands

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Demon’s Souls’ and Final Fantasy XVI’s now-retracted PC launches are an odd coincidence

As part of its PlayStation 5 launch event yesterday, Sony said Final Fantasy XVI and Demon’s Souls weren’t just strictly PS5 exclusives — trailers for both games revealed they would also be coming to PC. At the time, that meant the biggest game announced during Sony’s showcase as well as one of the PS5’s most notable launch titles wouldn’t require a PS5 to play them. If you added the fact that both Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West will also be coming to PS4, you might well have decided to wait on picking up a PS5 at launch.

But shortly after the event, Sony and Square Enix went into damage control, saying that Final Fantasy XVI and Demon’s Souls actually aren’t coming to PC after all.

It’s an odd coincidence, and it makes the PS5’s lineup look a lot stronger if both games are exclusive to

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Metacore raises $17.6 million from Supercell and launches Merge Mansion mobile game

Finnish mobile game company Metacore, formerly known as Everywear Games, has raised $17.7 million in funding from mobile gaming giant Supercell. It has also launched Merge Mansion on iOS and Android.

The Helsinki company has additionally secured an $11.8 million line of credit. That’s a lot of money for a mobile gaming startup, and it’s a sign of how much Supercell (the maker of hit games like Clash of Clans and Clash Royale) trusts the developer’s leaders, who have more than 20 years of experience in mobile games.

“Our ambition is really high. And that’s why we’re raising enough money so that we can really go to the races,” CEO Mika Tammenkoski said in an interview with GamesBeat. “We chose to go with Supercell because we are in this for the long-term. We share a lot of the same values as Supercell does.”

Supercell has generated billions of dollars of

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Prime Minister Imran Khan launches Pakistan-Austria institute to promote science and technology education

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday inaugurated the state-of-the-art campus of Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (PAF-IAST) in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the premier said the government is committed to promote science and technology education to equip the youth with future skills to enhance their productivity. He termed the science and technology critical for country’s development. The institute aims to improve credible technical education infrastructure both at tertiary and hi-tech industry levels.

Collaborative venture for skills training

The campus, located nearly two hours away from Islamabad, is nestled in the mountains with lakes in its surroundings, offering a conducive environment for academic activity and innovation. The institute is a collaborative public sector venture in partnership with top Austrian and Chinese universities for quality education, research and technology advancement in Pakistan.

Artificial Intelligence centre

The research centres at the PAF-IAST will

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