Week Ending: 21st February - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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With seemingly endless storms, killer viruses and Brexit all dominating the headlines again this week, you would be forgiven for taking to your bed. If that’s’ where you’ve been, you might have missed the top stories in the world of I.T. and tech but fear not, our trusty roundup will bring you right up to date.

By 2023 there will be more than 10 connected devices in our homes

In its annual, report our partner Cisco has found that in just three years there will be an average of 3.6 connected devices for every person and 5G networks will be required to support 10% of them. The report also suggests that two thirds of the global population will have access to the internet by this time.

The study’s overall findings for general connectivity are impressive, but when we drill down into the research the most impressive findings are that it shows that we will have an increasingly mobile connected world. The study predicts that, by 2023, 45% of all networked devices will be mobile-connected – 3G and below, 4G, 5G or Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) – and 55% will be wired or connected over Wi-Fi.

As you could probably have predicted 5G will be the biggest game changer and speeds are expected to be almost 13 times faster than current speeds which average around 575Mbps. While 4G is primarily driven by smart phone connections, Cisco believes that IoT will be the biggest users of 5G technology. Read more here.

Amazon: Knowing you

This week a BBC Panorama programme revealed the scary truth about the sheer amount of data the tech giant Amazon has on its users. It is no secret that the likes of Google and Amazon are able to stay at the top due to their ability to gather vast amounts of data on their customers, however the programme brought to light just how the company is using our data to make its money.

A former Amazon Executive, James Thompson who was interviewed in the programme said: “They happen to sell products, but they are a data company.” While the company’s owner, and world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos frames this as being customer obsessed, claiming that the company is just trying to work out what customers want, critics claim Amazon has used this data not for the good of its customers but to make billions of dollars.

The programme found that Amazon now has an army of data-mining experts who are able to use personalisation and targeted recommendations to predict what people want and ultimately convince them to spend more money. In doing this, Amazon was able to leverage other huge brands to sell products on its e-commerce site and as such make it the biggest in the world.

Covid-19 hits the tech industry

We mentioned in a post earlier this week that Apple’s revenue forecast for the quarter had been affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, Covid-19. As the week has progressed its effect has been felt in other areas of the industry. Most notably, the Mobile World Congress has been cancelled this week for the first time in its 30-year history.

Throughout last week companies began to cancel due to concerns over the spread of the virus and the organisers announced earlier this week that the event would not go ahead this year. This coincided with rise in reported cases of Covid-19 due to a change in the way officials in China classify cases.

In addition to this there are growing concerns over the wider economic impact of the virus with global travel and tourism, trade shows, sporting events, and the shipment of goods all effected. Apple said earlier in the week that it is experiencing issues within its supply chain and this now appears to be reflected across the tech industry. The Chinese government is concerned about the economic impact on the country and is encouraging businesses to reopen under certain conditions.

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