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Adidas abandons its ambitious robotic Speedfactories
Adidas has announced that it will close its two robotic Speedfactories in Atlanta and Ansbach, Germany - but promises to repurpose the technology used at its existing factories in Asia. The factories were set up in 2016 and 2017 with the aim to decentralise the company's manufacturing processes. But the rush to innovate and automate when the technology simply isn't ready seems a likely cause.
Ericsson to power Bahrain 5G infrastructure
Zain has selected Ericsson to build its 5G network in Bahrain, with the first commercial 5G services expected to go live before the end of 2019. The contract spans Ericsson 5G Radio Access Network and 5G core products. Under the contract, Zain Bahrain’s network will be modernised from LTE to 5G. Ericsson is also providing Ericsson Cloud Packet Core and Voice over LTE solutions.
Vodafone expands 5G infrastructure plans
Vodafone has struck a deal with the UK's largest network infrastructure provider, Openreach, to bring full fibre services to many more consumers and small businesses. It has added half a million premises in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol to its first phase of the 5G project which will roll-out in 15 cities. Vodafone says it boasts the biggest current 5G network in UK and Europe.
HSBC and RBS step up digital plans
HSBC and RBS are busy in the world of financial services innovation. HSBC has launched the beta of an app-based business banking service aimed at small enterprises. RBS is now less than a month away from the launch of Bo, a separate digital bank to challenge the likes of Monzo and Revolut. The Bo app will actively encourage customers to budget and save better.
Juniper Networks launches the world's first AI-driven self-driving network
Juniper Network's subsidiary, Mist Systems, has today announced the launch of the world's first AI-driven self-driving network for the enterprise. The network leverages Mist's award-winning AI engine and microservices cloud to streamline IT operations, simplify troubleshooting across wired and wireless domains and deliver optimised experiences to network users.
Telecom Italia links up with Google Cloud
Telecom Italia is expanding its cloud services and knowledge via a new partnership with Google Cloud. They will work together on cloud-based initiatives to sell to Italian businesses of all sizes. As part of the collaboration, Telecom Italia has promised to hire or train 800 cloud engineers and built a raft of new data centres.
Shutterstock promotes Peter Silvio to CTO
Peter Silvio has been promoted to CTO of Shutterstock. Peter was the company's Head of Engineering capacity, and will continue to lead Shutterstock's technology ambitions - working closely with product and marketing teams to drive the innovation and implementation of new products, as well as driving business objectives with "speed and efficiency".
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Microsoft starts shipping its enterprise-focused Hololens 2
The upgraded version of Microsoft's mixed-reality headset is now widely available to the public. The new headset sports a more futuristic design - bringing more comfort as well as greater technology advancements. The upgraded tech includes built-in AI, a greater field of view, and a new time-of-flight depth sensor - all allowing for greater hologram manipulation.
Google teams up with three cyber security firms to form App Defence Alliance
Google has teamed up with ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium to form the App Defence Alliance. Google said the group has been established ensure the safety of the Google Play Store. The three cyber security companies will integrate their scanning engines with the Google Play Protect detection system to analyse new apps that developers want to add to the Google Play Store.
Teradata makes sudden CEO change
Teradata has performed a u-turn on its leadership, re-appointing Victor Lund as interim CEO in place of Oliver Ratzesberger. Lund was replaced by Ratzesberger in January but poor third quarter results have resulted in Teradata reverting back to the familiar. Revenue dropped by 11% year-on-year. The hunt is now underway for a full-time successor to Ratzesberger.
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