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This Week in Technology: USPS, Xiaomi, and More


USPS To Use Nvidia’s AI Program

The USPS will use Nvidia’s new artificial intelligence technology to improve efficiency of package data processing. This new AI system helps process package data 10 times faster for USPS. Currently, USPS processes and delivers about 146 billion pieces of mail in a year.

The Postal Service purchased Nvidia’s system under a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprises. In addition, the partnership will be fully operational by the spring of 2020. Nvidia added that delivery and testing of the system will start this year.

Xiaomi Smartphone Has 108 Megapixel Camera

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi unveiled the world’s first mainstream smartphone with a 108-megapixel camera. Samsung developed the new sensor, and they have yet to feature it in its own products. However, one early test indicates that its images contain more digital distortions than those produced by lower-resolution smartphones.

Currently, the model is only available for purchase in Chinese markets. However, Xiaomi announced that it will use the same component in the Mi Note 10. They plan to launch this Wednesday to a wider market. In addition, Xiaomi has plans to expand into Japan. They also are the 4th biggest smartphone producer, with a market share of 9%.

Magyar Telekom Testing 5G

Magyar Telekom is currently testing high-speed 5G mobile network technology with several suppliers. They also added that it had not come to an agreement with Chinese firm Huawei to build up its entire local network. Recently, Hungarian telecoms regulator NMHH registered Magyar Telekom as a participant in a tender for 5G spectrum launched in June. However, the regulator scrapped the bidding dates and has not published new dates yet.

US and Taiwan Hold First Joint Cyber-War Exercise

Phishing emails and texts targeted Taiwanese officials as part of a week-long simulated cyber-war event. The local government is running the tests with the American Institute in Taiwan, which represents US interests in the country. AIT said the focus was threats posed by “North Korea and other actors”. “Dealing with such attacks is like fighting a battle every day,” a Taiwanese official said last month.

Cyber Attacks Hit Spanish Companies

A cyber attack hit several Spanish companies including Cadena SER radio. The virus affected Cadena SER’s local broadcasts. However, national output was not affected according to the broadcaster. “We have been recommended not to work on our computers in a network environment,” a source at the station also said.