Twitter is expanding its Amplify Publisher initiative from big publishers such as BuzzFeed and Time Inc. to all video creators. As a result, the platform will share a slice of profits generated by pre-roll video ads with approved creators.
IDC predicts that tablet sales will dip 11.5% this year, then bounce back in 2018 and grow through 2020. Demand will be driven by business users shifting away from laptops and computers and looking for detachable options they can work with outside the office.
Amazon is rolling out its one-touch Dash buttons in the UK, allowing users to reorder staples such as toilet paper and laundry detergent by clicking physical internet-connected buttons in their homes. Forty brands have signed on for the first round of Dash buttons.
Mophie is expanding its lineup of wireless charging accessories and lowering their prices to be more competitive. The company is introducing four new Powerstation models, including a high-capacity charger with USB-C and USB-A ports.
Dell is focused on "making private clouds easy," said CEO Michael Dell, a goal that will be boosted by the finalization of its $60 billion purchase of EMC Corp. Dell aims to provide hardware for enterprise clouds, while boosting software offerings with EMC's VMware, which is utilized by 99% of Fortune 500 companies.
Security concerns are keeping some businesses from adopting the internet of things now into next year, a Microsoft study has found. More than a quarter of all hacking attempts will be on IoT in four years, Microsoft estimates, adding that 10% of security budgets will focus on IoT security.
Herjavec Group's Cybersecurity Ventures report predicts that global cybercrime costs will reach more than $6 trillion annually in five years, while cyberdefense costs will exceed $1 trillion cumulatively from 2017 to 2021. The industries that had the most cyberattacks last year were health care, financial services, government, manufacturing and transportation agencies, the report states.
Roman Valerevich Seleznev, known as "Track2," installed malware in point-of-sale devices and transmitted the data back to Russian servers, a court in Washington state has found. Seleznev then sold the card data to others, court documents state, using 2 million cards to steal at least $169 million from US financial institutions.
Intel has launched its line of Core mobile processors with the "Kaby Lake" microarchitecture, fabricated with its 14-nanometer process. The chips are meant for 4K video editing, gaming, virtual reality and other compute-intensive applications.
Research firm Forrester has ranked public cloud providers according to how they serve developers, listing Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure at the top, followed by Google and IBM. The study shows AWS and Microsoft "are very close" in their offerings, with Microsoft edging AWS out in developer experience and services, while AWS touts a larger customer base and stronger enterprise strategy.
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