CES 2020: Lenovo debuting Yoga Creator 7, IdeaPad Creator 5 laptops, IdeaCentre Creator 5 desktop

Lenovo Yoga Creator 7

In addition to announcing a new personal business communications device and a pair of 27-inch LCD monitors, Lenovo is using CES 2020 to introduce additions to its Creator line of PCs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the two new laptops will see limited availability, and the new desktop won’t be released into well into this year.

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Lenovo is launching the Yoga Creator 7 and IdeaPad Creator 5 laptops to tap into the market for on-the-go digital content creation (not to be confused with MSI’s own Creator laptop), but the company has already stated that neither will be coming to North America. For the rest of the world, the new Yoga is built around a 15.6-inch full HD display with optional 100-percent sRGB color gamut support. It will include 10th-generation Intel Core processors, up to

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Bill Gates backs Crest fintech security scheme for Africa and Asia

Cyber security accreditation and certification non-profit Crest has been awarded a grant of $1.4m (£1m/€1.2m) by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help increase cyber security capacity in African and Asian markets and provide safe and secure access to digital financial services for the unbanked.

The UK-based organisation’s rigorous assessments are designed to provide reassurance that its member companies have a demonstrable level of assurance that they can provide their own clients with a robust assessment of their security posture.

This is particularly relevant to the financial services industry, which is digitising as rapidly in the global south as it is in the world’s most advanced economies. In many countries, organisations are skipping straight to mobile banking as 4G networks are often far more reliable and widespread than fixed ones.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has – as previously reported – been working extensively to improve access to

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ACCC’s ad tech inquiry to focus on data and supply chain opacity

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking feedback on the role and use of data used to supply advertising services, as well as the opacity in the ad tech supply chain.

As part of releasing its issues paper for the Ad Tech Inquiry [PDF], the consumer watchdog said it wants to examine whether certain issues affect the intensity of competition and efficiency of markets for ad tech and agency services. 

These certain issues include unequal access to data; conduct that prevents competitors’ access to data; or a lack of transparency in how suppliers deal with consumer and other data.

“Consumer data plays an important role in targeting digital display advertising to its intended audience, and measuring its results. We are interested in how targeting capability, availability of consumer data, and terms and conditions regarding data collection and management, affect your choice of which ad tech companies and ad

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Birmingham and Liverpool take top spots in metro UK mobile speed tests

While speed is not everything when it comes to communications systems, it is a vital component, and the place to be in the UK for fast mobile is the city of Birmingham, according to a study from RootMetrics.

The report noted that with 5G service in the UK still expanding, most mobile users continue to rely on 4G LTE networks to provide the fast speeds that power their daily connected experience.

Indicating the importance of high speed mobile connectivity to business, recent RootMetrics research found that 71% of people believe slow data performance significantly reduces productivity; 40% said slow data performance leads to a loss of customers; 28% think slow data performance leads to a loss of revenue; and a further 11% said slow data performance leads to customer dissatisfaction.

To determine which of the 16 metropolitan areas across the UK was home to the fastest and slowest speeds, the

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