Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

The prevailing economic uncertainty will force smartphone prices globally down, with nearly three-quarters of the devices to be sold at prices below US$400 (A$546.9), the technology analyst firm IDC has forecast.

The US will need to invest between US$20 billion (A$27.3 billion) and US$50 billion in new semiconductor fabrication plants if it wants to reverse the trend of the last 30 years which has seen semiconductor manufacturing decline, a study claims.

Had Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies not been banned from tendering for Australia's 5G networks, there is no doubt that local operators — TPG, Vodafone and Optus — would have been among the most advanced 5G operators and competitors would be forced to keep up, the chief corporate affairs officer of the Chinese vendor's local operation claims.

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