Computing Platform News

From cloud hosting, PaaS and IaaS, through to Machine Learning and AI, this is our latest news and ongoing commentary on the computing platform sector.

SoftBank

Softbank Group’s Arm releases chip tech for high-end Android devices

Arm Ltd, the semiconductor firm owned by Japan’s Softbank Group Corp released new technology aimed at helping Android devices catch up to Apple Inc’s iPhones for certai...

The Red Cross coronavirus

The Red Cross urges halt to cyber-attacks on healthcare sector amid pandemic

The Red Cross called for an end to cyber-attacks on healthcare and medical research facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, in a letter published and signed by a group of polit...

China

In the land of big data, China sets privacy rights for individuals

Communist China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people ...

South Korea

How South Korea turned an urban planning system into a virus tracking database

When a man in Seoul tested positive for the new coronavirus in May, South Korean authorities were able to confirm his wide-ranging movements in and outside the city in minutes, inc...

Huawei

US strikes at a Huawei prize: chip juggernaut HiSilicon

The latest US action against Huawei Technologies takes direct aim the Chinese giants HiSilicon chip division, a business that in a few short years has become central to China’...

Microsoft

Microsoft to adapt its cloud software for healthcare industry

Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday it plans to roll out a version of its cloud-based software that will be modified to suit the needs of healthcare organisations.

Huawei

US moves to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers as China eyes retaliation

The Trump administration has moved to block global chip supplies to blacklisted telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies, spurring fears of Chinese retaliation and hammering sh...

nvidia chipmaker

Nvidia launches chip aimed at data center economics

Semiconductor manufacturer Nvidia Corp has announced a new chip that can be digitally split up to run several different programs on one physical chip, a first for the company that ...

Dropbox

Dropbox quarterly results beat estimates

Dropbox Inc’s quarterly revenue and profit beat Wall Street estimates on Thursday, as the file-hosting company signed up more paying customers on its platform with people shi...

Cloud IaaS

For cloud giants, usage soars but tech investment delays hobble revenue growth

As a global lockdown forces billions of people to work, learn and play from home, usage has surged for the cloud computing services that power video conferencing, streaming televis...

Amazon

Amazon sees possible second-quarter loss as it forecasts $4 billion in coronavirus-related costs

Amazon.com has said it could post its first quarterly loss in five years even as revenue surges because it is spending at least $4 billion in response to the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Amazon

Amazon Web Services launches data centre operations in South Africa

AWS, the cloud computing platform from Amazon.com, said it has launched its data centre operations at three locations in Cape Town, South Africa, setting up its first “AWS Af...

Alibaba

Alibaba to invest $28 billion in cloud services after coronavirus boosted demand

Alibaba Group has said it will invest 200 billion yuan (approximately $28 billion) in its cloud infrastructure over three years, a plan that follows a boom in demand for business s...

Micosoft

Probe unable to rule out White House influence on JEDI contract awarded to Microsoft

The Pentagon’s inspector general has said it could not determine whether the Trump White House had influenced the award of a $10 billion contract to Microsoft over Amazon aft...