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The 2020 Deloitte predictions: from private 5G to e-bikes



Deloitte shared its annual technology, media and telecommunications predictions with customers and media through their online media.

The predictions are based on research undertaken by Deloitte Global-the Report on Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions 2020.

Delloite says the research aims to provide insight into the smart future – technology and trends that offer opportunities for growth and transformation across the corporate landscape, such as edge computing, private 5 G, AI, content delivery and consumer trends.

Paul Lee, global TMT head of research at Deloitte, talked the audience though the 2020 predictions, which range from the expected 5G and AI to somewhat surprising rise of cycling.

1. Edge AI chips come into their own

Over 750 million edge AI chips–chips or parts of chips that perform or accelerate on-device machine learning tasks, rather than in a remote data center–will be sold in 2020.

The demand for these chips is likely to grow twice as fast as the overall chip market, as they find their way into an increasing number of consumer devices and business devices, predicts Deloitte Global.

2. Expert service robots set for double-digit growth

Of the approximately 1 million robots projected to be sold for business use in 2020, Deloitte Global estimates that just over half will be professional service robots, generating revenue in excess for US$ 16 billion, or 30 percent more than in 2019.

3. Private 5G networks

Deloitte Global expects more than 100 businesses from around the world to start exploring private 5 G networks by the end of 2020.

Hundreds of thousands of companies will likely deploy private cellular networks over the next decade. Regulation is evolving to allow for the private use of certain bands, Lee said.

4. High speed from low orbit

Moving into orbit and producing satellites has become less costly, while in every part of the world demand for communication has been growing.

Deloitte Global estimates that by the end of 2020, there will be more than 700 low-earth orbit satellites seeking to deliver global broadband internet–up from about 200 by the end of 2019.

5. The smartphone multiplier

The sale of products and services that depend on smartphone ownership – the so-called smartphone multiplier – will be three times that of smartphone market itself.

Deloitte Global predicts that the smartphone multiplier will drive US$459 billion of revenue in 2020, and expects that market to grow between 5 and 10 % annually through 2023.

The three largest elements of the smartphone multiplier are: mobile advertising, apps and hardware accessories.

6. Antennae: terrestrial TV’s surprising staying power

At least 1.6 billion people worldwide will get some of their TV from an antenna, representing 450 million households.

TV may not expand at the pace it did 20 years ago, but it is not declining either, and according to Deloitte Global, both advertisers and broadcasters need to take note of that.

7. Networks for content delivery: Audio, games, and more

Content delivery networks (CDN)s) are designed to improve media quality, speed and reliability by bringing content physically closer to the user.

Deloitte predicts that the global CDN market will reach US$14 billion in 2020 and that the market will more than double by 2025, driven by increasing consumer hunger for streaming video over the Internet.

By 2022, CDNs are expected to carry 72% of all Internet traffic.

8. Ad-supported video

Revenue from ad-supported video services will reach an estimated US$32 billion in 2020, Deloitte predicts.

Asia will lead with US$15.5 billion revenue, nearly half of the global total. Over a billion people in Asia watch ad-supported video services, thanks to the advent of affordable 4G connectivity, low-cost smartphones and business models that offer free content in exchange for watching ads.

Ad-supported videos could be the latest Asian import to the US, Delloite predicts.

9. The rise of audiobooks, podcasts

According to the Deloitte report, the global audiobook market will grow by 25 per cent to US$ 3.5 billion, while the podcasting market will grow by 30 per cent and for the first time reach the US$ 1 billion mark.

10. Making cycling faster, easier and safer

More cyclists are taking to the road and tech innovations are making cycling more appealing: safer, faster, more convenient, and easier to track and measure.

E-bikes, which use batteries to assist pedalling, stand out for their potential to boost cycling growth, says Deloitte.

It predicts that by 2023 the number of e-bikes globally should reach 300m, a 50% increase over 2019.


Facebook is experimenting with prompts that ask users whether they are concerned that a friend is ‘becoming an extremist.’




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In the United States, some Facebook (FB) users are receiving a prompt asking if they are concerned that someone they know is becoming radical. Others are being alerted about the possibility of being exposed to extremist information.
It’s all part of a test that Facebook is conducting as part of its Redirect Initiative, which tries to tackle violent extremism.

This experiment is part of a wider project to see how we can provide tools and help to people on Facebook who have interacted with or been exposed to extremist content, or who know someone who is.

“Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist?” one of the notifications reads, a screen grab of which went viral on social media Thursday.

According to a screenshot shared on social media, the alert stated, “We care about avoiding extremism on Facebook.” “Others in your situation have gotten discreet help,” she says.
The user is then directed to a support page by the alert.

Another alert reads, “Violent groups try to use your anger and disillusionment.” “You have the ability to protect yourself and others right now.”
The user is also redirected to a help page as a result of the notice.

Facebook is sending users to a range of resources, including Life After Hate, an advocacy group that helps people quit violent far-right movements.

Over the last few years, Facebook has been blasted by detractors for failing to take sufficient steps to combat extremist content on its platform. For example, in 2020, the firm was chastised for failing to take down a militia group’s Facebook page, which encouraged armed residents to go to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The company has also committed to do a better job of preventing the spread of false information and conspiracy theories. In May, Facebook’s independent oversight board encouraged the corporation to look into the role of its platform in the January 6 uprising.

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YouTube Is Redesigning Its Descriptions for the Web, With a Greater Focus on Comments




YouTube is reportedly putting a new description section on the Web to the test. The revamp aims to make the comments, video view count, publish date, and video description more prominent. The video description, which presently appears beneath the YouTube channel name, will now appear directly beneath the video title. Other improvements are being tested as well, with the goal of putting a greater emphasis on user comments. When these modifications will be available to all Web users is unknown.

The view counts and published date are much bolder than previously, appearing just below the video title. The video description appears right after the publication date and requires more concise content than before. If the video description is too long, the new design makes it appear tight, and if it spills over to the second line, a “Show More” option emerges. With this makeover, the ability to create connections may be more challenging. Depending on the size of the window, buttons for like, unlike, share, and save show next to the video description. In a barely drawn area below the view count is the channel name. The number of comments and the top comment are both noted in different boxes next to it.

The option to add a new comment will be located just below the channel name, followed by other less popular comments located beneath the video. This redesigned description for YouTube Web users is still in beta and is only visible to a select users at a time. There is no guarantee that it will be commercially available, and Google may decide to scrap it during the development phase. The design is also a little confusing and cluttered, and Google may make some changes before deciding to give it out to everyone.

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Binance Faces Criminal Complaint From Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission for Operating Without Licence




The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Thailand has filed a criminal complaint against cryptocurrency exchange Binance for operating a digital asset business without a license, the latest in a series of crackdowns on the platform around the world.

The SEC said on Friday that “it was discovered that Binance has provided platform services for trading or exchanging digital assets via its website…” Only licensed organizations are authorized to provide services linked to digital asset trading in Thailand, according to the country’s regulator.

A request for comment from Binance was not immediately returned. Last Monday, the UK’s financial watchdog restricted Binance from engaging in regulated activities in the country.

The company has previously stated that it takes its regulatory commitments seriously and is dedicated to following them everywhere it operates.

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