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British satellite Internet company OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy in the US after attempts to secure funding for a commercial launch were checked by the coronavirus fears.
The firm, which had already secured billions in funding from investors such as Softbank, Qualcomm and the Government of Rwanda, was hoping to take its space-bound internet service commercial before the end of next year.
The Digital Secretary has urged social media users to do their bit in tackling coronavirus-related “fake news” and backed a five-step plan to fight misinformation. Cabinet minister Oliver Dowden said the public must “remain absolutely vigilant to inaccurate stories” and has recommended online users adopt advice issued by the Centre for Countering Digital (CCDH), a non-profit group researching online hate, in the battle against those peddling falsehoods. Conspiracy theories being shared on social media networks include claims Covid-19 is a biological weapon released by China, while others pin the blame for the deadly virus’ inception on 5G technology masts, according to CCDH findings.
Boris Johnson’s Cabinet started using Zoom video conferencing to carry out its meetings just days after Ministry of Defence staff were banned from using it amid security fears. Downing Street published pictures of the Prime Minister using the technology to continue the briefings with senior MPs – where sensitive information like matters of national security are discussed – while observing rules on social distancing to curb the coronavirus outbreak. But MoD staff were told this week the use of Zoom was being suspended with immediate effect while “security implications” were investigated, with users reminded of the need to be “cautious about cyber resilience” in “these exceptional times”.
Microsoft has said its cloud platform Azure will begin prioritising emergency personnel and organisations working on the frontline of coronavirus efforts.
In a blog post, the tech giant said first responders, health and emergency management services, and critical government functions would be prioritised if its cloud infrastructure encountered capacity constraints.
As more people work from home, here are some pointers on getting video conference calls right. Technology is enabling some people to carry on working from home in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But as videos shared on social media have shown, they can end in embarrassment if not done correctly. So here are some tips on holding the most professional conference call possible.
An industry expert has suggested that gamers should only play during the evening Video gamers have been urged to play at “reasonable times” to avoid putting extra strain on internet networks during the coronavirus outbreak. Social distancing measures to curb the spread of the virus has led to large numbers of people working from home… Read More
Innovators are being urged to come forward with ways technology could be used to help those in isolation suffering from loneliness and mental health issues. A £500,000 fund has been set up by the Government, looking for solutions that can provide remote social care, optimise the care and volunteer sector, or improve mental health support, such as a tool able to locate and match qualified carers to those in need.
Netflix has said it will temporarily reduce the quality of videos on its platform to ease pressure on internet service providers during the coronavirus outbreak. The platform, which is home to shows including Stranger Things and The Crown, will drop the video bit rate for 30 days, following calls from the EU’s European Commissioner for internal market Thierry Breton.
NHS staff are being given free access to Microsoft’s Teams communication platform to help colleagues stay in touch during the Covid-19 outbreak. The platform allows colleagues to make video and audio calls as well as send instant messages to one another and use other collaborative tools. Microsoft said it hoped key workers would be able to use the system to share updates on their patients.
Communication and collaboration tool Microsoft Teams suffered problems as people across the UK and Europe work from home due to the coronavirus. The tech giant said it was looking into “messaging-related functionality problems” on the platform just before 9am on Monday. At 10.49am, the firm tweeted that “chat impact has been mitigated”. It comes as a growing number of businesses opt for remote working to avoid spreading Covid-19, as well as universities moving classes online.
The investment confirms a pledge by the Conservatives at the election to bring full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business in Britain within five years. Andrew Glover, chair of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), said the £5 billion promised was “a welcome first step”, but added that the “increased funding alone will not allow the industry to get the job done”. “Broadband rollout is largely privately funded and in order to provide industry with a chance to meet the Government’s 2025 ambition, today’s announcements need to be backed up with further reform on wayleaves, new build legislation, action on street works and further investment into digital and engineering skills,” he said.
Google has announced Anthos for Telecom, bringing the Anthos cloud application platform to the network edge.
Launched last year, the platform allows IT shops to manage containerised applications seamlessly between their own infrastructure and multiple clouds, whether that’s AWS, Azure or Google Cloud.