The digital disruption of Industry 4.0 brings plenty of opportunities, but also challenges At a recent Industry 4.0 summit in Hanoi, Ousmane Dione, World Bank country director for Vietnam, captivated hundreds of participants by talking about a device – one which is not very special, as it is used by millions of people in the country. “As you sit in the audience, you may even be looking at it right now. You have probably guessed by now, I am referring to our smartphones,” he said. Back in 1983, Dione said, one could only make mobile calls with a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, which had a height of 33 centimetres and weighed 800 grammes. In contrast, the iPhone 6 weighs about 16 per cent of its distant cousin’s weight from 35 years ago, but is exponentially more useful. For example, he explained, the World Bank is supporting an initiative that allows farmers to use smartphones, paired with an automated sensor in the field, to monitor the level of water in their rice … [Read more...] about WEF drives Vietnam to an Industry 4.0 future
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Google Inc. has given fellow tech companies an ultimatum: patch your software vulnerabilities within 90 days or we’ll make them public. An elite team of Google hackers and programmers scrub their own and competitors’ software for security flaws, giving companies a deadline to issue a fix. Google says it wants software makers to move fast because cybercriminals act with lightning speed when they spot bugs. It’s a sensitive topic -- rivals Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. declined to talk about the tactic -- though others in the industry say the help isn’t always welcome, usurps a role best left to government and can jeopardize security. “I’m not sure who made Google the official referee of the marketplace for vulnerability notification,” said John Dickson, a principal with software security company Denim Group Ltd. in San Antonio. He said pressuring companies to fix flaws is a good idea, but “what noble motives they had in mind could be … [Read more...] about Google threatens to air Microsoft and Apple’s dirty code
Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but defiant rebels reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight. The Ukrainian military pushed the rebels out of their best-fortified stronghold in the town of Slaviansk on Saturday, but they have regrouped for a stand in Donetsk, a city of nearly a million people. Rebels also still control strategic buildings in Luhansk near the Russian border. Separatists said on Tuesday that Igor Strelkov, a Russian military officer from Moscow who until the weekend led rebels in Slaviansk, had assumed command of the "defense of Donetsk". President Petro Poroshenko has ruled out using air strikes and artillery that might endanger civilians and said on Tuesday night: "There will be no street fighting in Donetsk." But the government says it has a plan to retake Donetsk and Luhansk and deliver a "nasty surprise" for the … [Read more...] about Ukraine threatens to retake territory from defiant rebels
Greece's left-wing government promised on Saturday to offer concessions to creditors to unlock billions of euros in funds and stave off default but kept a defiant anti-austerity tone ahead of a vital summit of euro zone leaders next week. With its banks hanging on life support from the European Central Bank, and billions of euros being withdrawn daily, Greece may have to impose capital controls within days unless a breakthrough is made at Monday's summit. While Greece has resisted demands for pension cuts and some tax rises, its leaders continue to say a deal is possible to release 7.2 billion euros in bailout funds from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. However, Europe's leaders have begun to lose patience after months of fruitless wrangling over what budget cuts and reforms Athens is prepared to deliver in exchange. In a column for Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis promised that Greece was prepared to move, although … [Read more...] about Greece mulls next move as clock ticks on debt talks
Two years after U.S. legislators branded it a national security threat, China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. China's second-largest smartphone maker, already with more than $40 billion in annual revenue from a wide range of telecom gear and products, is preparing to introduce Americans to several of its smartphones and wearable devices this year, including its youth-oriented "Honor" phone, Huawei officials told Reuters. The company's 2015 U.S. plans, which have not been previously reported, will encompass traditional advertising, online promotion and sports team sponsorships, said Huawei's U.S. spokesman Bill Plummer. Huawei is changing its approach to marketing as it tries to shed its image as a purveyor of cheap technology products - a common perception issue for many Chinese companies. It's an important shift for a company that for years had been … [Read more...] about Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U.S.