Apple may buy Intel’s 5G smartphone modem business

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According to Wall Street Journal sources, Apple is preparing to buy the remains of Intel’s 5G smartphone modem chip business for a reported $1 billion (The Verge).

Intel abandoned future 5G modem developments earlier this year after Apple – its key customer – opted to use Qualcomm, rather than Intel, as its modem chip supplier. However, Apple likes to have control of its supply chain and is already working on internal 5G hardware development: an acquisition of the Intel division would provide a major boost to that project.

Unprecedented wildfires are ravaging Arctic Greenland, Siberia and Alaska, due to warm, dry conditions prompted by a summer heatwave and earlier-than-anticipated seasonal icesheet melt (The Independent). The fires are consuming both forests and peat and, scientists warn, are releasing vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Drug-resistant malaria is on the rise in south east Asia, two studies published in The Lancet have shown (The Guardian). In areas of Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, as many as 80 per cent of Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites are now resistant to the two most common antimalarial drugs and, in half of cases, have also acquired resistance to one of the newest and most powerful drug combinations.

India has successfully launched its Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission in a bid to become the fourth nation to successfully land on the Moon – after the US, Russia and China – and the first to land at its south pole (BBC News). It’ll be a slow trip, including a seven-week plan to orbit the Earth before navigating into a lunar orbit and descend to the Moon’s surface in early September.

Jeremy Wright has announced that the government will again defer its decision on whether or not to ban equipment made by Huawei from the UK’s 5G infrastructure (The Register).

The Secretary of State at the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport highlighted issues including a lack of diversity in the telecoms infrastructure hardware market, the need for rigorous cybersecurity and the potential impact of the US campaign against Huawei on the future availability of hardware. Meanwhile, the UK’s 5G rollout is continuing with Huawei kit firmly in place.

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