Its 2019 and our holiday-worn editors have rolled themselves back into the tech space to resume bringing you the latest in all things data.
And what a first week back it has been. After a disappointing year in smartphone sales, Apple has entered the New Year with a new found sense of pragmatism as the tech giant slashed its first quarter's revenue forecast to $84bn from its original estimation of $93bn, while its legal battle with Qualcomm continues to escalate after the chip manufacturer announced it had posted $1.5bn in security bonds.
The launch of 5G across 12 major US cities has been somewhat underwhelming with early reports from users proving to be less than enthusiastic, while Microsoft secretly begun testing its latest creation aimed at reversing the disturbing trend of "inverse privacy".
AI remains the jewel in enterprises' eyes as it was revealed that AI is already saving retail $340bn in costs despite only 1% of its potential currently being utilized. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of California have created a new machine-learning model capable of predicting the mental health of cancer patients.
So, after that hard, first week back at work, put your feet up and enjoy some of our most fascinating stories, interviews and analysis from across our Channels.
Singapore's 20 most exciting startups
With its convenient location, significant government subsidies and reputation as the tech hub of Southeast Asia – not to mention its access to quality talent which puts Silicon Valley to shame – Singapore has unsurprisingly become an attractive location for Asia's most exciting startups. As such, we are seeing some innovative companies spring up in the city state every week.
Ahead of the debut of DATAx Singapore on March 5–6, 2018, we look at some of the nation's most inspiring tech startups from the logistics/transportation, finance, e-commerce, marketing and energy industries.
Alphabet subsidiary Wing races to quiet its drone
Alphabet subsidiary turned standalone entity Wing has announced it will be making some changes to its X Wing drone in an effort to dampen the noise it makes when performing deliveries, according to a report by Engadget. This follows a number of noise complaints it received through the duration of its last trial.
With complaints categorizing the drones as sounding at as a "chainsaw gone ballistic", the company is considering a variety of measures to quieten the drones such as reduce their speed and vary routes ahead of European trials in Finland this year.
Seven cybersecurity trends to watch out for in 2019
Toward the end of 2018, a World Economic Forum survey uncovered that the biggest concern keeping business leaders in Europe, Asia and North America awake at night was the creeping risk of cyberattack: A fear that has begun to infect every outward-looking company.
Our report stated: "Enterprise security teams usually underestimate the risk that an insider poses to the organization. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of insider threats per year is more than $8m. High-profile insider attacks, such the attacks at Tesla and Coca-Cola, are on the rise."
New VR caregiver to improve at-home care
SameDay Security, a health technology innovator headquartered in New Mexico, has developed a VR caregiver, dubbed "Addison Care", which was created to engage with aging and chronically ill patients at home.
"Addison may just be the technological breakthrough our rapidly aging population needs in order to help them stay in the homes they love at a fraction of the cost," said SameDay Security.
AI-powered camera to stop illegal poaching
Tech mogul Intel has announced that its AI software chip Movidius will be integrated into non-profit RESOLVE's new anti-poaching cameras in Africa. The latest upgrade is named TrailGuard AI.
"In addition to providing the AI technology, Intel engineers worked closely with us to build, test and optimize this incredible anti-poaching solution that will make a real difference in saving animals," commented Eric Dinerstein, director of biodiversity and wildlife at RESOLVE.
Google's Project Soli gains FCC approval
Project Soli, one of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) initiatives, received approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin utilizing higher frequency bands in a bid to increase the accuracy of the technology.
On December 31, 2018, Reuters reported that the FCC had approved the waiver "to operate at higher powers than currently allowed". The FCC further noted that "grant of the waiver will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology".