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The Wikimedia Foundation is planning to launch a new paid service for technology giants that draw on Wikipedia data. The foundation is planning to launch the service called Wikimedia Enterprise later this year, Wired reported on Tuesday.
The move is likely to affect companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple as their platforms and virtual assistants rely on the knowledge provided by Wikipedia. For example, Google’s “knowledge boxes”, the quick blurbs of information that the company offers in response to search queries, use Wikipedia, and so do voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.
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“This is the first time the foundation has recognized that commercial users are users of our service,” Lane Becker, a senior director at the foundation, who has been ramping up the Enterprise project with a small team, was quoted as saying. “We’ve known they are there, but we never really treated them as a user base.”
While the details of how Wikimedia Enterprise will operate are still being worked out, broadly, it will be like a premium version of Wikipedia’s API, the tool that allows anybody to scrape and re-host Wikipedia articles, according to a report in The Verge. The Wikimedia Enterprise team in an essay said that it is balancing commercial realities with a mission to provide free access to knowledge.
“This is about setting up the movement to thrive for decades to come, to weather any storm, and to genuinely stand a chance at achieving the mission first conceived 20 years ago,” the essay says. “We’re going to need more resources, more partners, and more allies if we are going to achieve the goals implicit in our vision statement.” (IANS/SP)
By Nishant Arora
If you are wondering why Apple has not yet launched a 5G iPhone while others are going ballistic over launching 5G-ready or 5G-enabled handsets, there is a solid reason behind the reluctance to embrace the technology.
Huawei, Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo and LG have all showcased 5G phones. Sony is also working on one such device.
While the world is going gaga over 5G smartphones, Apple has kept silent over when it is planning to bring the technology to its iPhones.
Apple in July announced the acquisition of chip-maker Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion, and according to Intel CEO Bob Swan, the agreement “enables us to focus on developing technology for the 5G network while retaining critical intellectual property and modem technology that our team has created.”
Intel has been working on a chipset for the iPhone maker, with the chip expected to be part of iPhones by 2020.
According to industry analysts, 5G technology today for smartphones is not complete.
“Apple doesn’t use new technology until it meets their standards. Today’s 5G uses too much battery and is too network specific, plus coverage will be pretty limited to specific areas or cities through next year,” Frank Gillett, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester, told IANS.
Apple has always been late to adopt any leading technology into its offerings if it is not developed in-house.
“However, with 5G adoption there were additional reasons. The complexity associated with integrating 5G from the RF Front End perspective is very high and Apple’s failed attempt to do that with Intel modems with its spat with Qualcomm until April set back Apple at least by 12-14 months to integrate the 5G capability compared to rivals,” elaborated Neil Shah, Research Director at Counterpoint Research.
Apple technically missed the boat to soft launch at least one 5G iPhone model in the October 2019- September 2020 financial year.
“For Apple’s global stock Keeping unit (SKU) strategy makes it all the more difficult as initial 5G deployment would require multiple SKUs for different regions depending upon the spectrum characteristics like mmWave (millimeter wave) in the US and sub-6GHz in Europe or Korea,” Shah told IANS.
5G is still in its infancy, with global roll-outs at various stages.
“The current breed of consumers who will be inclined to buy 5G handsets are early technology adopters. Apple’s philosophy as a platform company has always been to innovate once a technology has shown some maturity,” noted Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CyberMedia Research (CMR).
Additionally, it is important to note that Apple suffered setbacks in its 5G implementation timeline, thanks in part, due to its failed attempt with Intel modems.
“Further, the prolonged battle with Qualcomm until April this year, set back Apple by at least by 12-14 months, in comparison to the competition,” Ram told IANS.
In all probability, 5G will go mainstream by mid to late 2020, just in time for the next wave of Apple iPhones, with Apple potentially seeking to release an early 5G phone ahead of its traditional September special event.
In all probability, Apple is likely to launch top-of-the-line 5G iPhones next year. (IANS)
Whether the US decides to extend the temporary reprieve that it granted to Huawei, allowing it to do business in the US, may depend a lot on what the American tech firms have to say on the issue, according to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).
“This is about, in my opinion, as much about the pressure that US components suppliers are exerting on the government as opposed to say punishing Huawei,” CNBC quoted Crawford Del Prete, President at IDC, as saying.
The US put Huawei in an Entity List in May which barred the US tech firms from selling components to Huawei without a special license.
The US government, however, later removed some of the restrictions for a period of three months. The temporary reprieve granted to Huawei is set to end on Monday.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday cast doubt on the possibility of conducting any kind of business with Huawei.
“Huawei is a company we may not do business with at all,” Efe news quoted Trump as saying to the media on Sunday before departing from Morristown, New Jersey.
The President insisted that the Chinese company was a threat to national security.
China on Monday urged Trump to allow companies in America to do business with Huawei.
“During the Chinese and US presidents’ meeting in Osaka, the US said it will allow US companies to supply Huawei. When and how will it honour its commitments? Concerns the US’ own reputation and credibility,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing. (IANS)
Following the US trade ban against Chinese companies, Japanese tech major Panasonic and UK-based chip designer ARM have “suspended transactions” and cut ties with Huawei, the media reported.
“Panasonic announced in an internal notification that it should suspend transactions with Huawei and its 68 affiliates that were banned by the US government,” BBC quoted the company as saying on Thursday.
Later, the Japanese company appeared to contradict that position with a statement posted on its China website that said the company was continuing supplies to Huawei.
The company specified that the ban applies to goods having 25 per cent or more of US-originated materials, but did not clear what transactions Panasonic was suspending, or why they were subject to US restrictions.
On the other hand, saying that its designs contained “US origin technology,” ARM instructed employees to halt “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei and its subsidiaries, BBC reported on Wednesday.
Analysts believe that ARM’s decision of breaking off with Huawei would affect the Chinese tech company’s ability to develop its own chips, many of which are currently built with ARM’s underlying technology, for which it pays a licence fee.
On May 15, US President Donald Trump effectively banned Huawei with a national security order.
The US publicly asked its allies to steer clear of using Huawei products over concerns that the equipment could be used by the Chinese government to obtain private information.
Following the trade clampdown, tech majors including Google, Microsoft, Intel and Qualcomm put restrictions on businesses with Huawei. (IANS)