South Korean conglomerate Samsung is hoping that its new look Galaxy Note 9 smartphone will help address the recent flagging sales of its mobile technology - and offset the pressure being applied to the smartphone incumbent by Chinese company Huawei.

Read more: Samsung hopeful new Galaxy Note 9 will address flagging sales

The BMW Group continues to drive the expansion of electro-mobility as part of its Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT. To achieve this, the company is adapting its production structures to growing demand for fully and partially electrified vehicles. Just seven months after opening its battery factory in China, the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture today laid the foundation for a comprehensive expansion of the plant. At the “High-Voltage Battery Centre Phase II”, BBA will produce the new, more powerful batteries of the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology for the fully-electric BMW iX3. Starting in 2020, the BMW iX3 will be built at the neighboring BBA plant Dadong.

Read more: German car manufacturer expands its battery factory in China

A Japanese conglomerate has announced that it will make an investment of $2.25bn in US car manufacturing colossus General Motors. Telecommunications giant SoftBank will invest the capital in GM's autonomous car program in exchange for a stake in the ambitious mobility venture.

Read more: Japanese conglomerate invests $2.25bn in US self-driving project

The Philippines Government has officially announced its detailed plans to construct a new $14bn 'pollution-free' super city - that would be bigger than Manhattan in an effort to address the chronic air pollution and traffic problems in its capital city of Manila.

Read more: Plans to construct a $14bn 'pollution-free' city in Philippines unveiled

Japanese conglomerate NEC Corporation has officially announced that NEC Iberica, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Europe Ltd., and Murcia City, Spain, have signed an agreement to develop an "innovation center" in collaboration with the University of Murcia.

Read more: NEC partners with Spanish city on innovation center to develop smart city solutions

China Mobile, Tencent, and Huawei jointly announced the completion of the verification of 5G network slices which designed for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services requiring stable network latency in augmented reality (AR) games during the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018.

Read more: Chinese giants collaborate on verification of 5G eMBB Slice with stable latency in AR Games

Leading Australian satellite telecommunications company Pivotel has announced the launch of the world's first satellite device that combines the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress Network Service Device (NSD) with the RedPort Optimizer Enterprise satellite router and VoIP gateway to deliver an all-in-one communications solution for maritime and satellite providers.

Read more: Pivotel and Inmarsat team up to launch game changing device

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