Following two months of public lobbying by U.S. legislators and security agencies, Chinese networking giant Huawei today confronted espionage accusations, dismissing them as “not fair” and “only based on groundless suspicion” while touting successes in other countries. The South China Morning Post and Agence France Presse provided English translations of Huawei chief executive Ken Hu’s Chinese-language comments, made today during a Mobile World Congress media event in Barcelona, Spain. Hu indicated that while Huawei is glad to speak with governments and telecommunication companies about their security concerns, the company has a “very strong track record regarding security” and provides “products for 400 operators” without issues. “It is not fair to us if our strong track record of security of the past 30 years has been disregarded while the [U.S. security] accusation is only based on groundless … [Read more...] about Huawei calls U.S. security concerns groundless, touts 45 5G contracts
Coworking space provider Industrious has raised $80 million in a series C round of funding led by Riverwood Capital and Fifth Wall Ventures, with participation from Alrai, Outlook, Rabina Properties, Schechter Private Capital, and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital. Founded out of Brooklyn in 2013, Industrious pitches itself as a “premium workplace platform” that provides companies with coworking office space, services, management, hospitality, and more. The company claims more than 30 locations across 25 cities in the U.S., with clients including Lyft, Pinterest, GM, and Pandora. Industrious had previously raised $62 million in funding, and with another $80 million in the bank the company plans to grow its locations across the U.S. and support its “data-driven innovation in structural workspace design,” according to a statement “The workforce is rapidly evolving, as are its demands for flexibility, mobility and scalability; at the same time, … [Read more...] about Industrious raises $80 million to grow its premium coworking spaces across the U.S.
The voice shopping market is expected to grow from $2 billion today to $40 billion by 2022, according to a new survey of 1,500 owners of smart speaker like Google Home and Amazon Echo in the United States. The survey was conducted by OC&C Strategy Consultants in December 2017 and released today. AI assistants are spreading to more devices in the home and to environments beyond the home like the car and workplace — so much so that, in the next four years, 55 percent of U.S. households are forecast to have a smart speaker, according to Juniper Research. Grocery shopping is the most commonly used voice shopping category today, making up 20 percent of shopping among survey respondents. That’s not a complete surprise when you consider more than 50 percent of Amazon Echo speakers are used in the kitchen. Grocery is followed by entertainment (19 percent), electronics (17 percent), and clothing (8 percent). A survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners last month found … [Read more...] about Voice shopping may hit $40 billion by 2022 in the U.S. alone
The BlackBerry KEYone was one of the most underrated phones of 2017. With its fabulous QWERTY keyboard, outstanding battery life and clever design (the fingerprint scanner is embedded in the QWERTY's space bar), the KEYone is certainly not your grandpa's BlackBerry. As good as the KEYone is, BlackBerry has a phone featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard that is even better. The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition not only presents the device in a stunning black hue, it adds 33% more RAM to 4GB, and doubles storage from 32GB to 64GB.Up until now, the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition was not available in the U.S. But we can now tell you that the unlocked version of the handset can be purchased in the states from either Best Buy or Amazon. At the former, you can pick up the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for $549.99 after a $50 price drop. Amazon also lists the phone for the same price, but has only a handful of units left in stock.Sure, only 850,000 BlackBerry branded devices were shipped last … [Read more...] about Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now offered in the U.S. via Best Buy and Amazon
Going “off-script” at an MWC 2018 press conference, Richard Yu made some controversial comments about Huawei’s failed AT&T exclusive deal. Mr. Yu allegedly blames competitors for “playing politics” to kill the deal, a statement that could be perceived as a serious allegation. Huawei as an organization has distanced itself from the statements, suggesting some inner turmoil at the company over the failed deal. Richard Yu, the CEO of the consumer products division at Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei, recently made some controversial comments at Mobile World Congress 2018. When pressed by CNBC journalists to comment on the roadblocks the company has faced trying to enter the U.S. market, Mr. Yu said, “Our competitors are using some political way … to try to kick us out of the U.S. market, but we have no issue at all. We are transparent.” He added, “We are a leading high-tech, innovative company, but they cannot compete … [Read more...] about Huawei CEO calls out competitors “using politics” to kill U.S. deal