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Robotics engineer Barbie joins the girls who code

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Till photo of four robotics engineer barbies, flanking robot. (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

Barbie, the world’s most iconic doll, is venturing into coding skills in her latest career as a robotics engineer.

The new doll, launched on Tuesday (June 26), aims to encourage girls as young as seven to learn real coding skills, thanks to a partnership with the kids game-based computing platform Tynker, toymaker Mattel said.

Robotics engineer Barbie, dressed in jeans, a graphic T-shirt, denim jacket and wearing safety glasses, comes with six free Barbie-inspired coding lessons designed to teach logic, problem-solving and the building blocks of coding.

The lessons showgirls, for example, how to build robots, get them to move to a dance party, or do jumping jacks.

According to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics, only 24 percent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs were held by women in 2017.

Barbie has held more than 200 careers in her almost 60-year life, including a president, video game developer, and astronaut.

Tynker co-founder Krishna Vedati said in a statement that the company’s mission to empower youth worldwide made Barbie an ideal partner “to help us introduce programming to a large number of kids in a fun engaging way.” — Reuters

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Samsung opens world’s largest phone factory in India

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands after inaugurating the Samsung Electronics smartphone manufacturing facility in Noida, India, July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Samsung Electronics has formally opened a new factory in India, which the South Korean tech group says is the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturing plant, part of its plans to expand production in the world’s fastest growing major mobile phone market.

The factory, inaugurated jointly on Monday (July 9) by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, will help Samsung to compete more effectively with rivals such as China’s Xiaomi, which became India’s biggest smartphone brand by shipments earlier this year.

The factory in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, will help Samsung to double its current capacity for mobile phones in Noida to an annual 120 million units after the phased expansion plan is complete, the company said in a statement.

India, the world’s second biggest smartphone market and home to more than a billion wireless subscribers, is a big opportunity for Samsung where sluggish smartphone earnings growth has fueled concerns that its mobile business is running out of ideas to underpin sales of its premium Galaxy devices. —Reuters

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Chinese scientists make breakthrough in quantum computing technology

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Lu Chaoyang, professor with University of Science and Technology of China, leading team on quantum bits research (Image grabbed from Reuters video)


Chinese scientists have successfully entangled 18 optical quantum bits, a key achievement that will dramatically promote quantum computing speed.

Entangling as many quantum bits as possible can lead to an exponential increase of quantum computing speed. However, scientists are facing a huge challenge to entangle a large amount of quantum bits.

A group of Chinese scientists for the first time entangled as many as 18 quantum bits by adopting a new technology called the multi-degrees of freedom photon control method.

“If I can control the three degrees of freedom of a photon, then it’s equivalent to triple it. The control of multi-degrees of freedom is another effective approach for us to further increase the number of the controllable quantum bits. We have adopted multiple approaches at the same time to achieve the large-amount quantum bits entanglement,” said Lu Chaoyang, professor with the University of Science and Technology of China.

Lu added that this achievement can be used in large-scale, high-efficiency quantum information technology, and can be regarded as a milestone in the technology’s development.

“Our next plan is to surpass the conventional computers using integrated circuits in human history, then surpass the fastest commercial computers of our times, and then surpass the supercomputers. This is our fundamental plan,” said Lu. — Reuters

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Chinese major telecom operators announce 5G development strategies

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the China Mobile logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Chinese major telecom operators  — China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom— announced their strategies of 5G development at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018 on Wednesday.

The telecom giants are doing the final round of tests for the commercial use of 5G technology after the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) announced the completion of its standalone (SA) Release 15 5G specifications earlier this month, paving the way for 5G commercialization.

So far, the operators have finished 5G performance test indoors and outdoors and data transmission rate of a single terminal can reach as high as 3 gigabytes per second.

“China Mobile is doing large-scale experiments in five cities including Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Wuhan, and the base stations of each lab are about 100. We can learn some experience about commercial use through such experiments and move toward the goal of achieving commercial use in 2020,” said Zhang Tongxu, dean of the China Mobile Research Institute.

China Unicom also plans to apply 5G technology to commercial use in 2020.

“So far, we are doing experiments in 600 labs of 16 cities. In 2019 we will do application experiments and trial commercial operation and in 2020 the technology will be in commercial use,” said Zhang Yong, dean of the Network Technology Research Institute under China Unicom.

Zhang Yong added China Unicom, a partner of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, will use the 5G technology during the sports event to ensure telecommunications.

China Telecom released a white paper on its 5G technology, the world’s first telecom operator to illustrate its overall layout for the new technology.

“The white paper proposes the overall strategies of the China Telecom to push forward the 5G network. The 4G network will co-exist with the 5G one for a long time and the 5G network development should take a full advantage of the company’s fixed-line resources and infrastructure like optical cables to build a network integrating the fixed and mobile networks,” said Cao Lei, an official from the China Telecom. — Reuters

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