UK Parliamentary committee casts doubt on value of OneWeb satellite project

Even though eminent experts in the field believe there is a gold rush going on in space, with the leading actors in communications satellite rushing to deploy commercial crafts, the controversial OneWeb project, which aims to take advantage of such opportunities, still does not meet the recognised requirements of value for public money, a UK parliamentary committee has been told.

Formed in 2012, OneWeb develops what the UK government claims is “cutting-edge” satellite technology from its bases in the UK and the US. Emulating Elon Musk’s Starlink project, it aims to implement a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and a low-latency communications service, connected to internet of things (IoT) devices, and a pathway for mass adoption of 5G services.

OneWeb is also the developer of a positioning

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Source: TikTok and WeChat will be removed from Apple and Google's app stores in the US from Sunday to implement Trump's executive orders (Demetri Sevastopulo/Financial Times)

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Source: TikTok and WeChat will be removed from Apple and Google’s app stores in the US from Sunday to implement Trump’s executive orders  —  Trump executive orders also require removal of social media app WeChat from Apple and Google’s app stores in US  —  TikTok will be removed … … Read More

Windows 10: This new dark theme for search comes with latest preview, says Microsoft

Microsoft has rolled out a new Windows 10 Insider preview with a handful of bug fixes and a server-side change that enables dark-theme search results. 

The new preview delivers build number 20215, but since it’s for the Dev Channel, the bug fixes and features aren’t aligned with a specific Windows 10 release, as Microsoft announced in June when it renamed Windows Insider testing rings.   

The new dark theme for search results is intended to make switching between the Start menu and search results easier on the eyes. The search dark theme isn’t actually part of the new build given it is a server-side change but it is rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel now.  

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This build follows last week’s preview for the Dev Channel that allowed Windows 10 users to attach and mount a physical disk inside

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Project management: Four ways CTOs can make a difference

Technological expertise is in higher demand than ever before – and that need is leading to a rise in the prominence of CTOs.

Businesses were already looking for technologists that could help them exploit digital and data; add in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic – and the rapid establishment of cloud-based remote-working strategies – and the demand has become acute this year.

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So how can a CTO make the most impact? Mark Holt, who’s been CTO at transport specialist Trainline for more than six years, knows the role better than most. Here’s the characteristics than he says define a great CTO.

1. Have the right knowledge for the gig

While some organisations have CIOs, there seems to be an increasing trend for blue-chip firms to appoint CTOs. Holt recognises that the CTO-versus-CIO battleground has been fought over for

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Nokia accelerates Industry 4.0 with Digital Automation Cloud additions, digitises 5G deployments

In a major enhancement of its 5G assets and general offer, Nokia has announced new added-value features and digital automation enablers for its Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless networking platform and has digitised all its 5G network deployments around the world.

With a combination of wireless networking, cloud and edge computing, the company sees Nokia DAC as ideal for organisations eyeing use cases such as internet of things (IoT), analytics, automation and remote operations.

With the new functionality and added-value features, Nokia says it is further easing and accelerating customers’ transformation path towards Industry 4.0. Nokia DAC team comms and DAC VoIP offer customers voice and video for secure one-to-one and one-to-many campus-wide communication, it says.

Delivered over the platform’s scalable edge cloud, the on-premise applications are seen as ideal for asset-intensive locations of all sizes, such as ports, mines and factories.

Enabled by a cloud-native framework, the Nokia

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Sources: Uber is seeking to sell part of its $6.3B stake in Didi Chuxing, as it begins to monetize stakes in other companies in an effort to boost its own stock (Bloomberg)


Sources: Uber is seeking to sell part of its $6.3B stake in Didi Chuxing, as it begins to monetize stakes in other companies in an effort to boost its own stock  —  – The U.S. ride-hailing giant got the stock as it exited China  — SoftBank is involved in discussions for Uber to sell its stock… Read More