USA

  • US President Donald Trump has admitted that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the prospect of forming a cybersecurity unit at the G20 summit which was held last week in Hamburg, Germany. The scrutiny over cybersecurity has intensified following the recent ransomware attack which destabilized hundreds of businesses and institutions like the NHS in the UK.

  • US-based global ride-sharing platform Uber Technologies Inc. has resumed its self-driving programs following the suspension of the pilot program due to a crash in Arizona. The Uber car involved in the accident was in self-driving mode when the collision occurred. However, it has been established that it was human-driven vehicle that failed to yield that was the cause of the car accident.

  • US-based global ride-sharing colossus Uber Technologies Inc. has suffered yet another setback following their decision to suspend its pilot program for driverless vehicles. Management at Uber decided to ground the innovative self-driving program following a car crash in Arizona - the vehicle involved in the collision was equipped with nascent technology and belonged to Uber police in the US have confirmed.

  • Ford Motor Company announces as part of its 19th annual Sustainability Report it has met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule.

  • The US city of Conway which is located in the state of Arkansas has formally announced it is set to introduce an Internet of Things platform in its efforts to become a leading 'smart city'.

  • The US city of Rancho Cucamonga, which is located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, has formally announced that it has selected leading Internet of Things technology provider Echelon Corporation to overhaul its existing streetlight network infrastructure.

  • An AI expert employed by a leading US based computing firm has claimed that AI (Artificial Intelligence) will play a key role in securing 'smart cities' - as nations continue to pursue smart city initiatives, projects and programs on a global basis in order to improve urban living. AI can enable law enforcement units to predict where crime could potentially be carried out after collecting and subsequently analyzing data retrieved from sensors and cameras.

  • US wireless infrastructure provider American Tower Corporation and Philips Lighting have formally announced that they will collaborate and combine their expertise in an effort to co-develop a 'smart light pole' - that will improve wireless connectivity in dense urban areas.

  • The US government's scepticism and mistrust of China has been reiterated once more following reports it is set to nationalize 5G in an effort to further protect itself from the country.  It has been claimed that the US plan to construct its own 5G network and thereby nationalise a portion of the country's mobile infrastructure.

  • The US government has announced that it is set to refocus its efforts on examining ways in which it can help speed up the process of taking new technologies to the marketplace. The Trump administration has announced its intentions to bring together a group of drone makers, wireless companies and venture capitalists to explore practices that will enable the commercialization of these technologies in a much more streamlined fashion.

  • US car manufacturing colossus General Motors has unveiled its new autonomous vehicle and it has certainly caught the attention of motoring enthusiasts.

  • A US online media corporation that is specifically designed for moviegoers has announced exciting expansion plans for Latin America. Fandango, which is the leading digital network globally for film enthusiasts has decided to switch its focus towards South America - and has unveiled a new global brand strategy for the continent.

  • US telecommunications colossus AT&T has seemingly trumped its major rivals Verizon and T-Mobile US by officially announcing that it will offer 5G services for its mobile customers in a dozen or so markets later this year.

  • A US-based security start-up has announced that it has developed a 'mind-reading' AI application in a bid to combat the increasing threat posed by cybersecurity breaches. The number of ransomware attacks has occurred frequently in 2017 - with a number of high-profile enterprises and institutions falling foul of the dark arts performed by hackers.

  • US multinational corporation and technology colossus Intel has announced that it is hopeful that it will be in a position to deploy 5G services before 2020. Intel has declared that its 5G Mobile Trial Platform will begin to support standalone new radio (NR) standard when it becomes available later this year. A spokesman for the US conglomerate also claimed it was an 'industry first'.

  • US technology firm Net-Objex, an expert in Internet of Things and Blockchain has showcased a 'smart parking' payment solution described as a world first by using the IOTA decentralized network and cryptocurrency.

  • US multinational technology firm Cisco has announced that it has agreed to collaborate with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in a bid to help the seaside town become 'smart'. Cisco announced that it will work closely with local officials to explore the digital future of the scenic costal town which is located close to London.

  • The US Transportation Department has confirmed that revised self-driving guidelines will be unveiled by US President Donald Trump's administration within the next few months. The announcement was made following mounting pressure from technology companies and car manufacturers who are aggressively pursuing automated vehicle technologies.

  • Global technology superpowers China, the USA and Japan are set to have the highest number of 5G connections - with new research indicating that the trio of nations will lead the way by 2025. A report into which was conducted by Juniper Research - predicts that the three countries will account for 55% of all 5G connections by then.

  • In a US wireless industry first, Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies announced on August 2 they reached 953 Mbps (just under 1 gigabit per second) in a joint commercial network deployment in Boca Raton, Florida. While lab tests have shown comparable speeds in recent months, this is the fastest announced speed achieved in a real-world, dynamic network environment leveraging Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.