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34 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2018 Laser-Boron Fusion Now 'Leading Contender' for Energy E A laser-driven technique for creating fusion that dispenses with the need for radioactive fuel elements and leaves no toxic radioactive waste is now within reach, says a UNSW phys- icist. Worldwide Spending on the Internet of Things to Reach $772 Billion in 2018 E Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is forecast to reach $772.5 billion in 2018, an increase of 14.6% over the $674 billion that will be spent in 2017. U.S. Cellular Operators Success in M2M Markets May be Jeopardized by Distraction and IoT Hype E A new report by ABI Research forecasts that the U.S. cellular M2M market will grow beyond 300 million connections by 2022. As U.S. net- work operators rush to deploy the latest LTE technologies, new competition is emerging. IDC Canada Releases Its 2018 ICT Predictions E International Data Corporation (IDC) Cana- da just released its top information and com- munication technology predictions for 2018. Smart Hospitals to Invest over $11 billion in Cloud Computing and Data Analytics E By 2025, 10% of hospitals across the globe will become or will have started implementa- tions to become smart hospitals. Stable Quantum Bits E Milestone achieved on the path to the quan- tum computer: Scientists of the University of Konstanz, Princeton University, and the Uni- versity of Maryland develop a stable quan- tum gate for two-quantum bit systems made of silicon. GDPR will Cause Challenges for Connected Care Developers E According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the upcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018 will cause chal- lenges for companies in the telecare industry. Intelligent Transportation Systems Enable Growth and Innovation in Mobility Infrastructures E With increasing pressure on cities' mobil- ity infrastructures due to rising urbanisation, city governments all over the world are con- structing new roads, bridges and tunnels, and using intelligent transportation systems (ITS), to mitigate transportation-related challenges and requirements. Electronic Industry News and Market Highlights

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