um for Asia, that China will grant 5G licenses this year, but didn’t disclose a specific date.
“5G, industrial internet and the internet of vehicles are among the country’s top development priorities in the teleco
mmunications industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, sa
id on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedite th
e commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.
Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has already unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G fol
dable smartphone, the Mate X, which is expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.
roject, including Russia, Egypt and Algeria, and 17 domestic research teams, including on
e from University of Science and Technology of China, have started research on the site, Zheng noted.
The site will “offer research teams with observation equipmen
t, support for outdoor observation and data sharing services”, he said.
Wu Zhongliang, director of the administra
tion’s Institute of Earthquake Forecasting, said the experimental site will help for
m a “united front” at the national and international level to work on earthquake forecasting.
Referring to earthquake forecasting as a hard nut to crack, Wu said the work can
not see marked progress just in a few days, but forecasting capability will be improved a
s technology develops. “If it’s a war between humans and earthquakes, it’s us that will finally win,” he said
e charge of the task, according to the decree signed by Premier Li Keqiang.
All government services, unless otherwise specified by laws and regulations or involving state secrets, shall
be processed online in line with the procedures determined by the State Council, the decree noted.
Government service providers must not require enterprises or ind
ividuals to submit information that is already acces
sible through information sharing. Neither are they allo
wed to put the submitted information to other uses.
The decree also confirms the legal validity of electronic signatures, seals, certificates and archives.
The decree came into effect the day it was made public.
Apple Inc on Friday said it is canceling the AirPower wireless charging mat that
the company announced in 2017 on t
he same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches.
The mat was intended to wirelessly charge up to three Apple products at
once, such as an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones.
While wireless charging has spread through the gadget industry, chargi
ng three devices at once with higher wattage “fast charging” has proved challengi
ng. Furniture seller Ikea, for example, sells a $60 matt that can handle three
phones but it only features slower 5-watt charging.
In a statement, Apple said that it had concluded that its AirPower mat “will
not achieve our high standards.”
“We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch,”
Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engin
eering, said in the statement. “We continue to believe that the future is
wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”