Utah County to pilot blockchain-based mobile voting

Utah County is the latest government entity to pilot a mobile voting application based on blockchain to allow military absentee voters and their family members living overseas to vote in an upcoming municipal primary election. The county, which has more than a half million residents, is the third in the U.S. …

Facebook’s cryptocurrency ratchets up pressure on banks, but has big risks

Facebook’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency and digital wallet should be a clarion call to commercial banks: if you don’t begin to explore blockchain technology, tech companies could eat your lunch. [ Further reading: Blockchain: The complete guide ] Worldwide, blockchain-derived business value is forecast to grow from $9 billion …

Rogers spending $100 million to cover 1,000km of rural Canada with LTE

Canada is the world’s second largest country by area and, thus, has many sparsely populated regions between the towns and cities that make up provinces from the Northwest Territory to Newfoundland and Labrador. In the case of Rogers, it has taken a cue from the federal government’s just-announced spending boon …

US cranks pressure on UK over Huawei, 5G

US intelligence officials have been pressuring Germany to either block out Huawei from vending any 5G network equipment to the country or risk the loosening of its secret information sharing relationship. The foreign minister’s office has been abuzz about the security concerns of integrating cheap but proficient devices from the …

Huawei’s Android alternative OS now viable, it confirms

Back in 2016, we had our first word that Huawei was working on a backup operating system to Android if in case it would have to jump off of Google’s platform. It didn’t want to do that if it wasn’t compelled to, but the option was there. In the current …

5G key to China’s growing surveillance economy – take paying for a train trip

Network operators and equipment makers have been telling us to brace for the incredible potential of 5G for the past half-decade. But despite throwing out ideas for how to use that incredible speed and bandwidth, no one really has a clear idea on what kind of killer app will emerge. …

New T-Mobile extends wholesale data pricing lock-in, won’t on consumer pricing

T-Mobile CEO John Legere was back on Capitol Hill today, pledging in front of a House Judiciary Committee that if his carrier merged with Sprint, MVNOs would be able to lock in their wholesale service pricing or, in his words, “take their rates right now and lock it in for …

US: Germany should cut Huawei from 5G or we’ll cut intel ties

Despite concerns that Huawei would allow the Chinese government to tap into data from the cellular networks it has equipment in, many governments have been hesitant to lock the telecom firm out of supplying their 5G grid — the company is considered to be a cheaper, but proficient alternative to …

In Qualcomm anti-trust battles, Korean FTC could be its ticking time bomb

Among the plethora of lawsuitsplethora of lawsuits semiconductors company Qualcomm is anti-trust allegations of coersion of its buyers to license its CDMA and other modem-based patents and lock out any potential competition. In South Korea, the nation’s Fair Trade Commission came out hard against the San Diego-based chipmaker, fining it …