Spark Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has
partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of
the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and
demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s
CBD with the power of 5G.

5G is expected to underpin
the widespread deployment of IoT technology with its
increased speeds, low latency (or lag) and reliability. To
bring this potential to life, Spark and AT have installed
IoT enabled infrastructure at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter –
including 5G connected lighting, smart benches with charging
capability, smart bins, and parking sensors.

Spark
Technology Lead, Renee Mateparae said: “We are excited to
launch our commercial 5G network in downtown Auckland today,
building on the private network we have in place to support
Emirates Team New Zealand and the launch of Spark Race Zone
last month. Our partnership with AT is about helping bring
to life the significant contribution 5G and IoT will make in
addressing urban, economic and sustainability challenges
across the country.

“5G will eventually allow for
one million devices to be connected per square kilometre on
a continual basis1, generating data that will help
Governments, Councils and businesses respond quickly,
allocate resources wisely and plan for the future, which
will ultimately improve services and amenities for New
Zealanders.

“We know from existing research that IoT
applications can improve quality of life significantly by
saving us time, improving health and safety outcomes,
reducing environmental impact, and boosting social
connectedness and civic participation,2” said
Renee.

Smart lighting has been installed in the
surrounding streets of Wynyard Quarter’s Innovation
Precinct, which can now generate heat maps of foot traffic
to help AT identify any ‘choke points’ to better inform
future infrastructure investments, as well as monitor air

Chinese App Allows Small Glimpse Beyond ‘Great Firewall’ | World News

BEIJING (Reuters) – An app launched this week in China allows access to some content on Western social media sites long banned domestically such as YouTube, marking the first product by a major Chinese tech firm that helps internet users bypass the Great Firewall.

Tuber was launched on third-party Android stores in China by a subsidiary of Qihoo 360, the biggest Chinese cybersecurity firm. The app, which has since seen millions of downloads, is not available on the Apple store just yet.

While such proxy apps are not new in China, where a virtual private network (VPN) service is typically needed to allow domestic users passage to sites such as Google or Facebook, the arrival of Tuber suggests a slight lowering of the Great Firewall.

While welcomed by internet users in China, some complained about the app’s slowness. References to sensitive political issues such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and the Hong Kong protests were also censored in part, according to Reuters checks.

Users of the app must also register with personal information such as their identity card numbers and real names, while being warned against flouting state interests and going against the country’s socialist system.

Qihoo 360 could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Mark Potter)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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OnePlus Gives a Glimpse to the OnePlus 8T’s Design and Camera

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OnePlus is giving consumers an early look at the OnePlus 8T phone ahead of next week’s launch event. 

On Thursday, the company released a 17-second video that shows the rear side of the phone, including the camera system, which appears to have four different lenses. The company has also positioned the camera away from the center of the phone, to the top left corner, similar to the OnePlus Nord. 

We’re hoping the new camera improves what we found on the OnePlus 8; it has a three lens system, but it comes up short against other leading smartphones.

Along with the video, company CEO Pete Lau also published a forum post explaining the glossy glass covering on the 8T device, which has been redesigned to reduce fingerprints. 

“This version takes advantage of diffuse reflection, a form of light refraction that scatters light in an expansive array of angles and directions, to produce a clean, gleaming surface that effectively mitigates the buildup of fingerprints,” Lau wrote. 

Interested customers will be able to learn more next Wednesday on Oct. 14 during the vendor’s virtual event for the device. The “T” models tend to be a spec bump to the company’s main model, in this case the OnePlus 8, which received a positive review from us back in April. You can now buy it discounted for $599.  

The company has already revealed the 8T will get a 120Hz AMOLED display, similar to what’s found on the OnePlus 8 Pro. In addition, the phone is getting 65-watt charging, enabling it to fully recharge the battery in 40 minutes when using the proprietary charger. 

Other specs for the 8T may have also leaked. An early posting for the phone on Amazon claims the 5G device will have a 6.5-inch full HD+ screen, use Qualcomm’s

GeekWire Summit Preview: A glimpse of the future of tech, health, education, jobs and more

Our signature technology conference, the GeekWire Summit, kicks off next week. Now in its ninth year, this annual event is known for offering a glimpse of the future through the eyes of leaders in technology, science and business, and in these challenging and uncertain times, this annual tradition has never been more important.

You may have seen the news that Bill Gates has joined the lineup for an hour-long interview on Oct. 15. But the Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair is just one element of a larger lineup. In this post and special episode of the GeekWire Podcast, my colleague John Cook and I offer a sneak preview of what’s in store.

The GeekWire Summit will be held virtually over three weeks, from Oct. 13 to 29, with sessions taking place twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from late morning to early afternoon. The full content can be accessed live and on-demand, exclusive to event attendees. Our event platform will offer attendees a chance to connect, network, and engage in the conversation.

Register here, listen below, and continue reading for highlights from the agenda. 

Tuesday, October 13: First day of the virtual Summit

Regence Health Tech Stage: The Race to a COVID-19 Vaccine

So much of what’s going to happen over the next year-and-a-half hinges on the timing, quality, and distribution of COVID 19 vaccines. That’s why we are excited to kick off the Summit with this panel.

Other GeekWire Summit sessions including the future of education, the future of travel, and the future of business, will be affected by the vaccine rollout. We will speak with leading experts in viral diseases about the progress being made toward a COVID-19 vaccine.

Panelists include:

Dr. Deb Fuller, professor of microbiology at the University of Washington and