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Interestingly Google Android is ‘free’ to Chinese smartphone makers, so it is safe at present. But any tech or components made in the US and exported to China will attract a tariff and any US company making in China will similarly attract a tariff on import to the US.

 Epson Australia joins Energy Efficiency Council

Epson Australia has joined the  Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Australia’s not-for-profit peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response. The move is part of Epson’s continued commitment to sustainability and energy efficient technologies. It is this commitment which led Epson to integrate the inherent efficiencies of its PrecisionCore inkjet technology across its range of printers, in particular, the WorkForce Enterprise series, which uses up to 87% less power than comparable laser printers

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Why is this important? Energy efficiency is the key to lowering consumer and business costs, and Epson has made a concerted effort in this area.

Lenovo folds on its PC

Lenovo has unveiled its foldable PC, the latest addition to its ThinkPad X1 family. The release date is 2020 for the foldable PC, which weighs less than 1kg and has a 13.3-inch folding 4:3, 2K OLED.

“When you think of the ThinkPad brand, you think of it as a business-oriented brand, but in reality, the X1 line transcends that, crossing small and medium businesses to the consumer,” said Thomas Butler, executive director, worldwide commercial portfolio, at Lenovo. “The beauty of this device is that it will truly adapt to you throughout your day.”

GadgetGuy will follow-up with more on this innovative format.

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Microsoft pioneers blockchain to enable decentralised ID (DID) – your digital fingerprint

Microsoft has succeeded in applying open source blockchain technology (unalterable) to digital identity. It could replace things like email addresses, passwords, usernames, phone numbers scams, and more. It would prove that we are who we say we are as well as assert copyright and more. You would get one ID for life.

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Alex Simons, vice president of program management for Microsoft’s Identity Division,

“We believe every person needs a decentralised, digital identity they own and control, backed by self-owned identifiers that enable secure, privacy-preserving interactions,”

It is early days, but Microsoft says it will allow everyone to own, control and edit their data and control every aspect of their digital identity.

One of the main issues is the huge server loads. This will create (just as bitcoin mining creates) to keep ledgers. The blog is an interesting read of where we could be heading in personal data and identity protection. It still has some way to go to full implementation.