Microsoft has announced that Barclays has rolled out its business communication platform across the bank's global workforce of more than 120,000 employees and service partners.
Apple has told its Taiwanese suppliers that China has begun strictly enforcing a longstanding rule that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labelled as being made in either “Taiwan, China”, or “Chinese Taipei”, according to Nikkei Asia. The tech giant urged suppliers to treat the matter with urgency to avoid possible disruptions caused by goods and components being held for scrutiny, people familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia.
Zap-Map, a UK-based electric vehicle (EV) charge point mapping service, has concluded a £9 million Series A funding round. The round included a further £3.7 million investment from energy company Good Energy and a £5.3 million investment from fuel card and payment provider Fleetcor – bringing Zap-Map’s post money equity value to £26.3 million.
Meta has announced the launch of its AI research project ‘BlenderBot 3’, a chatbot which the company says can search the internet to talk about “nearly any topic”.
Amazon is buying consumer robot company iRobot for $1.7 billion.
The average UK household spends £41.70 per month on subscription services, compared with an average of £51.65 in 2021, and £45.50 in 2020, according to research by Barclaycard Payments. The bank’s third annual study on the ‘subscription economy’ looked into how demand for sign-up products and services had evolved following growth throughout the pandemic and the impact of consumer spending in light of the cost-of-living crisis.
To mark International Women’s Day, Alexandra Leonards spoke to a group of women leading the way in the technology industry about the hurdles they have faced, their career highlights, and how tech companies can help to facilitate a fairer and more diverse sector.
There’s a risk that - without proper controls - the digital phenomenon of the Metaverse will facilitate deep-rooted problems far worse than those created by social media. Alexandra Leonards looks at the potential threats and gains of an augmented world.