Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Refurbed: A second life for a smartphone by Mattia Tino

The theme of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is more current than ever. Every year around 50 million tons of cyber-garbage are thrown away, which, in terms of recoverable materials, would be worth approximately $62.5 billions. Of these, only 20% are disposed with legal methods: the remaining 80% is thrown into gigantic landfills on…

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Alibaba: en-route to greatness or disaster? By Devansh Sachdeva

Alibaba, Chinese e-commerce giant, has started showing recovery signs as stock prices increase steadily after the steep downfall in mid-December. With stock prices (NYSE: BABA) falling as low as US$ 130.60 in December 2018, the company has revived itself and beat analysts’ forecast to reach a healthy US$ 166.82. Despite revenues falling to a threw…

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Blockchain: How it works by Mattia Tino

Over the past two years, everyone has heard about the rise and fall of currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. Experts call them “Cryptocurrencies” and behind their operations, is an extremely complex engineering structure.  The software, blockchain, may rewrite the way which we manage transactions. Blockchain is a ledger, a register, which records transactions which…

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Pharma Meets Social Media: Untapped Potential by Estia Ryan

The pharmaceutical industry isn’t traditionally thought of as embracing social media for change. A recent study however shows the huge potential for the market: 80% of social media users also look for health information online. 90% of 18-24 year-olds rely on social media in some form to educate themselves on health. Social media however goes…

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Softbank’s Investments: Chaos or Clarity?

Estia Ryan My first phone in middle school was a pastel blue solar hybrid flip phone made by Softbank. That was in 2009, when the Japanese technology company’s stock price wavered around a mere 2,000 yen. From 2016, prices have shot upwards, peaking at 10,295 yen in October 2017 and stabilising at 8,485 yen after…

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Social Media Junkies

Estia Ryan Social media – we all take part in it, some way or another. Whether it’s the recurring ‘ping’ from Messenger, Snapchat, or Instagram, the social-validation feedback loop is ruining productivity and attention spans. 50% of parents and 70% of teenagers feel urged to respond to these notifications immediately. Social media executives themselves are…

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The digital Gold Standard?

Richard Holland Amongst the backdrop of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, a London-based FinTech company has teamed up with Lloyds Banking Group and MasterCard to bring the world’s oldest currency back into the digital age: gold. In November 2017, Glint launched its multi-currency account, app and card that allows customers to use gold to buy goods and…

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Macron’s Blooming Tech

Estia Ryan ‘Choose France’ was Macron’s memorable slogan at the World Economic Forum last week. ‘GAFAs’, the French name for FANGS, are looking to invest significantly in artificial intelligence with France making headway in becoming Europe’s next startup hub. It isn’t only the Web Giants that are responding to Macron’s policies; startups in Station F…

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