This Week In Tech And Telco: SMS Is Dead

Welcome back to this week and tech and telco. Can you believe that it's nearly Halloween, November, and y'know... Christmas?! It may feel like I'm wishing the year away, but we've only got nine tech and telco blogs before the new millennium!

Google and Nasa’s quantum supremacy has been confirmed

The development was accidentally leaked last month, but it has been officially been confirmed via publication in a peer-reviewed journal – so is quantum supremacy here?

According to the study, Google’s Sycamore quantum processor performed a specific task in just three minutes and 20 seconds, one that would take the world's best supercomputer, Summit, 10,000 years to complete.

But IBM, which developed Summit, is accusing Google of rigging the results. It didn’t tap into the supercomputer’s full power and therefore quantum criteria have not been met – if the supercomputer was at full power, it could complete the task in just 2.5 days, not millennia, it says.

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Is quantum supremacy here? Photographer: Ilya Pavlov | Source: Unsplash

Brits to keep .EU domains – for now

Plans to strip British .EU domain holders of their URK post-Brexit has been put on hold.

The operator of the .eu. registry, EURid, said: “Following the recent developments in the UK withdrawal scenario, the entire plan outlined on Brexit page is on hold.

“We will keep you informed as soon as we receive further instructions from the European Commission.”

Under the most recent plans, EURid until yesterday [Oct 24] to inform domain holders they would lose control over the domain following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Will British lose their .EU tech domains?
Photographer: Markus Spiske | Source: Unsplash

Zuckerberg faces Congress yet again

Zuckerberg testified to Congress over Libra this week. It’s long been known that the US government isn’t too pleased about Zuck’s plan to launch a global cryptocurrency, and while this hearing was no different, members of Congress urged the Facebook CEO to fix current problems on the social network before moving forward with Libra.

Whether it’s Russian interference in the 2016 election, its decision not to fact-check political ads, or Cambridge Analytica, House Financial Service Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) suggested Facebook has failed too many times to be allowed to move forward with Libra – a project that could shake the international economy.

But Zuckerberg remains adamant that a global cryptocurrency “must be built”, however, agreed not to continue with Libra “until all of the US regulatory bodies involved gave it a green light”.

Photographer: Alex Haney | Source: Unsplash

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile join forces to bring RCS to Android in 2020

All four major US carriers released the same press release this week announcing the creation of a joint venture called the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI).

The goal is to deliver to consumers and businesses a next-gen messaging service through the use of Rich Communication Services (RCS), which uses data connection instead of cellular to send and receive messages.

With RCS, Android users will be able to send messages as long as 8,000 characters instead of the 160 limit that the current SMS system is capped at. Users will also receive a read receipt when a message they sent has been read by the recipient, and will also be able to see when the recipient is in the midst of typing a response to a message already sent. Larger-sized photo and video files can be exchanged, and group chats with up to 100 people can take place. And with RCS, chats can take place over Wi-Fi.

So, basically Whatsapp then?

IS SMS dead? Photographer: Christian Wiediger | Source: Unsplash

Other tech stories you should read

  • 50 French funds have signed a charter that commits them to share the number of applications from, meetings with and money invested in female founders. (Sifted Newsletter/Le Figaro)
  • Telecoms tech is helping NASA in space. A computer chip-sized piece of technology that has enabled faster delivery of voice and data over the IP could play a central role in NASA's development of a super-small instrument for gathering unprecedented details about extraterrestrial planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. (Phys)
  • Nokia shares plummeted 25% this week after management warned its 2019/2020 profits would be disastrous after a delay in earnings from 5G networks. As a result, the telco cut its 2020 forecast and suspended a dividend to investors. (Bloomberg)
  • A new express route between Australia and the Middle East, The Oman Australia Cable will comprise a three fiber pair system, with the option to upgrade to a four pair system as required. There is also the option to extend the cable to the southern Omani city of Salalah and onwards to Djibouti on Africa's Eastern coast. (Total Tele)
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