This Week In Tech And Telco: The Latest From Apple and Huawei

As with any week which finds itself hosting Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, there is plenty of tech news to go around. But what else has been happening in tech and telco?

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What you need to know from Apple's WWDC 2019

The week kicked off with Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in California on Monday, throwing a lot of new tech and features at consumers and creatives. This includes a Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, iOS 13 with a dark mode, MacOS Catalina, an operating system just for the iPad and new features for the Apple Watch.

Here are some highlights from Cnet:

Or just watch the keynote here:

Apple's WWDC19 keynote in 13 minutes

Huawei phones no longer come with pre-installed Facebook apps

According to Reuters, Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to fight the US’ ban on partnering with US companies.

Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp will still be available and receive updates, but the social networks and messaging service just won’t come pre-installed.

Previously, Google said that it will pull support for Android software on Huawei phones after a 90-day buffer granted by the US government expires in August.

But the Play Store and all Google apps will still be available for current models of Huawei phones, including those which have not yet shipped or even been built.

American companies’ boycott of Huawei will likely hinder the company’s future, despite making significant gains outside of China in recent years.

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Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones

Big tech execs will be asked to testify in US probe

Leaders of large tech companies will be asked to testify as part of an investigation into whether they misuse their massive market power.

Comments follow the news that the U.S. executive branch is gearing up for a similar probe of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, setting up what could be an unprecedented, wide-ranging investigation of some of the world's largest companies.

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee also opened its own investigation into competition in digital markets following concern about the power exercised by several of the world's most valuable companies.

In the past few months, Google and Apple have also faced accusations of anti-competitive behavior whereby they allegedly suppress competitors’ apps within their respective app stores in favor of their own services.

This is a great piece by the New York Times, taking a deeper look at antitrust troubles in big tech:

The US is gearing up for across the board investigations into big tech

Broadband universal service hits UK

UK telecoms operator Ofcom has officially launched the broadband universal service obligation, which entitles everyone to decent broadband.

The minimum download speed required of a broadband connection under this scheme is 10 Mbps, and doesn’t kick in until March of next year.

This should be fairly achievable for a large provider like Openreach, however, there are still 600,000 homes and businesses that still don’t have broadband up to that standard.

Unifi switch
How fast is your broadband? Photographer: Thomas Jensen | Source: Unsplash

Still have time? Here’s what else we’re reading:

  • The artificial intelligence industry runs on the invisible labor of humans working in isolated and often terrible conditions—and the model is spreading to more and more businesses. Are software devs automating their own jobs away? (MIT)
  • Over 20 percent of revenues on the Dutch broadband market came from FTTH/B services in the first quarter, a new milestone for the growing fiber segment. (Telecom Paper)
  • Swedish data center EcoDataCenter, which is based in Falun, will acquire shares in Fortlax, which operates data centers in Piteå. The companies said their ambition is to create a Nordic giant in carbon-positive data centers. (Converge!)
  • Cisco has regained the top spot from Huawei in the service provider core routing market. Juniper Networks followed Cisco and Huawei in the vendor standings, according to a report by Dell'Oro Group. (Fierce Telecom)
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