Today’s Tech Sightings:
For the first time, students at Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology will participate in the annual RoboCup tournament, held this year in Leipzig, Germany, June 30–July 4. The Pakistani ‘team’ of six humanoid robots was purchased from France, costing about $17,000 each.
The new surveillance measures, approved by Russia’s lower house of parliament, are part of a wide-ranging anti-terrorism law and will allow authorities to demand access to encrypted devices. Telecoms will also have to store metadata and message content for six months. The metadata alone will have to be stored for up to three years, making it possible for the state to access the information at will.
Market analysis done by Canalys predicts that China will have more than 1.4 billion smartphones by 2020. That’s on top of an additional 34 million mobile phones, whose users have not upgraded yet. Canalys attributes the increase to developments in the mobile payments sector, and activity on online shopping sites and social networks. By comparison, in the U.S. smartphone usage is projected to reach 332 million in 2020, with only 5 million mobile phones remaining.
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