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Apple Takes the Spotlight: The Week in Tech

By Andrea Villar | Wed, 09/15/2021 - 15:30

This week, Apple took the spotlight of the tech sector. After weeks of anticipation and guesswork, Apple unveiled the next generation of the iPhone, a version of the iPad tailored for remote work or school and the Apple Watch Series 7, which features a larger screen and blood oxygen measurement.

A day earlier, Apple released an update addressing a weakness in its operating system that security researchers say was exploited by Pegasus spyware and used to spy on the phones of human rights activists, journalists and leaders of state. Researchers at Citizen Lab, a cyber-surveillance organization in Canada, found the problem while analyzing the phone of a Saudi activist who had been infected with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware.

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  • Whether your startup is gaining traction, it is scaling up or even if it is just an idea, Rokk3r Labs, Algorand and Borderless Capital want you to participate in the Algorand Miami Accelerator program, which will select 10 startups that are already using the Algorand blockchain or are planning to do so in the near future. Those that are already using blockchain will have to prove with a real use case. While any startup at any stage is welcome, the preferred stage of development is seed. You can apply here.


  • Is Mexico prepared for secure, mass digital transactions? Martín Portillo, CISO of Huawei Technologies Mexico, shares his thoughts on this topic with Mexico Business this week. “When we talk about cybersecurity, it means not only the ability to have bullet-proof technological infrastructure, it implies a whole ecosystem that includes all players in our society,” he writes. “From the humble family business to a huge global corporation, protocols and standards of cybersecurity and privacy protection standards should be observed.” 


  • Virtual-reality cameras and sensors mounted on watch poles, known as Autonomous Surveillance Towers (ASTs), are being installed along the 2,000-mile-long US-Mexico border to form an intelligent and imperceivable border wall, reports the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). The move sets a concerning precedent in the digitalization of border security. Read the full article here.


  • What are the basic rules to consider if you want to finance one of your clients? Fernando Padilla, CEO of Pretmex, shares five rules to take into account if your company wants to make this move. In this article, he explains why all financing has a cost, why funding always has to be documented, the importance of knowing the cycle of your business, why you should never leave the collection of financing in the background and what to do if a customer starts to fall behind. 


  • The digital transformation has broken the cost paradigm of incorporating ICT, even for SMEs. So, why aren’t they using it? In this article, Joaquín Saldaña, Director of Strategy and Marketing for Latin America at Huawei Technologies Mexico, delves into the main concerns SMEs are facing right now, the reasons that are preventing them to use ICT extensively and how can this challenge be overcome. Read the full piece here.


  • Mexico will become the first country in the region to implement Nissan’s e-POWER technology to strengthen the automaker’s electrification strategy, announced Nissan Mexicana as it celebrated its 60-year anniversary in Mexico this week. Nissan’s e-POWER system will create a new driving experience in the country, said José Román, President of Nissan Mexicana and NIBU, “offering a 100 percent electric drive, combined with powerful acceleration, instant response and exciting handling, allowing the driver greater peace of mind regarding the range of autonomy of the vehicle.” Get the full picture here.


  • COVID-19 put the spotlight on airline’s sanitation methods as passengers feared catching the disease while flying. To address this matter, Collins Aerospace just introduced a new technology called Lilac-UV that “emits a slight violet light that disinfects surfaces in seconds to minutes, depending on lamp configuration and specific pathogen.” The technology can be used by flight crews to speedily sanitize airplane lavatories, galleys, cabins and decks. Read the complete article here.
Andrea Villar Andrea Villar Journalist and Industry Analyst