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Russian ‘AI android’ is man in robot suit

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) robot that appeared on Russian state television to demonstrate the country’s technological progress was in fact a man in a robot suit. Footage of the alleged android called Boris singing and dancing at an event for school pupils was broadcast by the Rossiya 24 news channel.

Orange and DT push Euro made Djingo smart speaker

Both operators said they are teaming to push Europe’s technology innovation, to stop the region falling behind the US and Asia.

PM's FinTech ambassador predicts banking ‘Amazonification’

The prime minister’s FinTech amabassador has predicted the “Amazonification” of banking, as global tech giants leverage their personal data dominance to branch out into financial services. In an exclusive interview with FStech on the fringes of the Finastra Universe conference in London this week, Alastair Lukies, the founder of mobile banking firm Monitise, who has served as the UK government’s FinTech ambassador under two prime ministers, said tech giants could use Open Banking to challenge incumbent banks.

NICE publishes health technology standards

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new standards which set out the requirements needed to develop digital health technologies for the NHS and speed uptake of products like healthcare apps and wearable devices. A statement from the body noted that the “digital revolution” is rapidly evolving and new technologies such as apps and wearable devices are emerging at a fast pace.

UNICEF announces first blockchain investments

Six companies in developing and emerging economies will receive investment from UNICEF's Innovation Fund to solve global challenges using blockchain technology. The fund will invest up to $100,000 in the six companies - Atix Labs, Onesmart, Prescrypto, Statwig, Utopixar and W3 Engineers - to deliver open-source prototypes of blockchain applications within 12-months.

Vehicle to vehicle comms to be in 62m cars by 2023

Over 62 million vehicles will be capable of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication by 2023, rising from just over 1.1 million in 2019, according to Juniper Research. This represents an average annual growth rate of 173 per cent over these four years, with the roll-out of 5G networks - anticipated to launch next year - being the key accelerant behind the expansion.

BoE uses automated detection to counter hacks

The Bank of England (BoE) has turned to automated technology in order to keep up with the growing threat of cyber attacks from rogue states, its heads of technology and infrastructure have told NTN.In an exclusive interview, Neal Semikin, head of technology infrastructure and security, and David Ferguson, a technology management principal, highlighted the critical role of new technologies and automated threat detection as they warned that the BoE is under regular attack from malicious actors and cyber criminals attempting to hack their systems.

O2 apologises as data outage affects millions

O2 is investigating a data outage across its network which has left millions of users unable to send and receive messages or access the internet from their smartphones.The telecoms network said a software issue has been identified as the cause of the data services failure which has affected customers of O2 as well as Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Lyca Mobile and GiffGaff, which use O2’s infrastructure. O2 has 25 million customers in addition to 7 million at networks that rely on its infrastructure.

Swisscom launches national infrastructure for blockchain

Swiss Post and Swisscom are building a secure and sustainable infrastructure for blockchain applications in Switzerland, both for their own services and for Swiss-based companies, using distributed ledger technology for a variety of verticals and applications.

MPs encourage govt to explore quantum tech

The Science and Technology Committee’s report into quantum technologies has outlined how the National Quantum Technologies Programme should turn the UK’s quantum research into a world-leading industry. The inquiry concluded that quantum technologies offer the opportunity for significant economic growth and improved capabilities across most industry sectors.

Pindrop raises $90m for global expansion

Voice authentication firm Pindrop has closed a $90 million Series D funding round led by Vitruvian Partners. Other new strategic investors include Allegion Ventures, Cross Creek, Dimension Data, Singapore-based EDBI, and Goldman Sachs. Existing investors CapitalG, IVP, Andreessen Horowitz, GV - formerly Google Ventures - and Citi Ventures also invested in the round.

Nokia warns of malicious attacks on IoT devices

The use of malicious software to attack Internet of Things (IoT) devices, like smart home security monitoring systems, is rising substantially and growing more sophisticated as cyber criminals take advantage of lax security, Nokia's 2019 Threat Intelligence Report 2019 has warned. IoT botnet activity accounted for 78 per cent of malware detection events in communication service provider (CSP) networks in 2018, according to the report, which is based on data aggregated from monitoring network traffic this year on more than 150 million devices globally where Nokia's NetGuard Endpoint Security product is deployed.