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CES 2019 preview: What to expect at this year's trade show, from 5G data to 8K TVs

CES 2019 preview: What to expect at this year's trade show, from 5G data to 8K TVs

Technology
The second week in January is like Christmas for gearheads and technofiles because it’s when the annual CES tech convention hits the Las Vegas strip. The Consumer Technology Association, which operates CES, is expecting 182,000 people to attend the trade show this year and 4,400 companies to exhibit their products. Although the show officially kicks off on Tuesday, those who can’t wait — and reporters — are getting an early glimpse at the goods. Here is the new tech to look out for at this year’s expo. The splashiest headlines coming out of CES will likely revolve around 5G technology on a variety of devices. After years of chatter about speeding up wireless systems, it seems the industry is finally ready to go. “Smartphones and tablets will be abl...
German cyber officials defend handling of mass data attack

German cyber officials defend handling of mass data attack

World
Germany's cybersecurity authority has defended its handling of a mass data attack on hundreds of politicians, after criticism it did not tell the police about the breach for weeks.The agency says it was not aware of the full extent of a systematic leak of information until Thursday night.Journalists, celebrities and politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are among those whose personal data was published online.It is unclear who was responsible.The attacks took place throughout December, but did not become public knowledge until Friday.The contacts, private chats and financial details of figures from every political party - except the far-right AfD - were posted on Twitter.The interior ministry says there is no evidence ...
O2 4G network restored after data outage

O2 4G network restored after data outage

Technology
O2 has said its 4G network has been restored after a massive data outage which affected millions of people. "Our technical teams will continue to monitor service performance closely over the next few days to ensure we remain stable," a spokesman said."A review will be carried out with Ericsson to understand fully what happened."We'd like to thank our customers for their patience during the loss of service on Thursday 6 December and we're sorry for any impact the issue may have caused."O2, which has more than 25 million UK customers, saw disruption to its network begin at around 5am on Thursday and last for most of the day.The firm said 3G was fully restored by 9:30pm on Thursday, with 4G services back up at 3.30am on Friday. ...
O2 urgently investigating as data services go down

O2 urgently investigating as data services go down

Technology
O2 is investigating with "high priority" after its data services went down, with tens of millions of users potentially affected. The problem is also affecting customers of Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Lyca Mobile and GiffGaff - which all use O2's infrastructure.The network said: "One of our 3rd party suppliers has identified a software issue in their system. Our technical teams are working extremely hard to resolve this. We'd encourage you to use Wi-Fi wherever you can and we are really sorry." Outage Update: One of our 3rd party suppliers has identified a software issue in their system. Our technical teams are working extremely hard to resolve this. We'd encourage you to use Wi-Fi wherever you can and we are really sorry.— O2 in the UK (@...
Electric vehicles send real-time data to Chinese government

Electric vehicles send real-time data to Chinese government

Technology
When Shan Junhua bought his white Tesla Model X, he knew it was a fast, beautiful car. What he didn't know is that Tesla constantly sends information about the precise location of his car to the Chinese government. Tesla is not alone. China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in China to make the same kind of reports — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese government as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens. "I didn't know this," said Shan. "Tesla could have it, but why do they transmit it to the government? Because this is about privacy." More than 200 manufacturers, including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi and U.S.-listed electric vehicle s...