More consumers are expected to experience hardship in paying their National Broadband Network (NBN) bills as Australia’s telcos look to eventually turn off the tap for financial support, a Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) representative told a Senate committee on Friday.
Standing before the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network on Friday, TIO Judi Jones said the financial support given by government and industry had stalled any potential uptick of complaints that the agency expected from consumers.
“We’ve waited to see an increase in complaints about hardship and problems paying a bill — we think that will come, but by the end of the year it wasn’t showing up as a particular issue. It was starting to rise but it actually dropped off as an important issue in the pandemic because of financial support,” Jones said.
“We are anticipating, as government and providers wind back support measures, we’ll see
Bitcoin has seen a rapid rise in the creation of addresses on the blockchain so far this month, with one industry executive saying itÃ¢ÂÂs likely due to traders moving funds off the legally troubled BitMEX exchange. Others point elsewhere.
The Ã¢ÂÂentities net growthÃ¢ÂÂ metric from analytics firm Glassnode, which measures the daily change in unique entities or clusters of addresses controlled by a single participant, rose sharply by 244% from 9,750 to 33,620 in the first six days of October.
TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs tally of 33,620 was the highest since Oct. 3, 2018.
The surge in new entities noticeably picked up the pace in the wake of U.S. authoritiesÃ¢ÂÂ recent decision to bring civil and criminal charges against cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform BitMEX and usersÃ¢ÂÂ resulting panicked migration of funds to other exchanges.
BitMEX has witnessed an outflow of at least 40,000 BTC (worth around $424 million at press time) since the
Wearables are primed to hit almost 400 million shipments in 2020, IDC said Friday. According to the analyst firm, the top-selling wearable category globally is now hearables like wireless headphones and earphones. The rise in wearables shipments comes despite most of the world stuck at home amid the spread of COVID-19 — around 60 million more wearables are forecast to be shipped in 2020 than were shipped in 2019.
IDC predicts 234 million shipments of hearables for 2020, compared with 91 million smartwatches and 68 million other smart wrist bands.
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“Even though vendors scaled down production and end users were quarantined, demand for wearables remained steady,” IDC said. “The market was propelled by near-record demand for hearables.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, researchers are working overtime to develop vaccines and therapies to thwart SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease Many efforts focus on the coronavirus spike protein, which binds the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) on human cells to allow viral entry. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have uncovered an active role for glycans—sugar molecules that can decorate proteins—in this process, suggesting targets for vaccines and therapies.
Before the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can interact with ACE2 on a human cell, it changes shape to expose its receptor binding domain (RBD), the part of the protein that interacts with ACE2. Like many viral proteins, the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein has a thick coat