IBM has developed a tiny computer that is smaller than a grain of salt and as powerful as an x86 chip. The device costs less than 10 cents to manufacture, positioning it for widespread use as a blockchain data source, in shipment tracking and for other applications.
Magic Leap is providing a preview of its SDK and creator portal to enable developers to work on the spatial computing needed to create content for augmented reality. The company has raised about $2.3 billion in the development of its augmented reality glasses.
Apple and IBM are set to collaborate on an artificial intelligence service that will simplify the app-making process for corporate developers. Watson Services for Core ML combines IBM's Watson data processing capability with Apple's Core ML tools for developers to enable companies to build better smartphone apps.
Xilinx introduced what it calls the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform, a new product category meant to provide more capabilities than field-programmable gate arrays or programmable logic devices. The "Everest" ACAP product line, taping out this year with customer shipments in 2019, will be fabricated with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s 7-nanometer process technology.
Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, no longer has Broadcom's unsolicited takeover bid to concern him, yet there are multiple challenges that the chip design company must deal with now, including the proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors and legal disputes with Apple and other parties. There is also a long-shot proposal by Paul Jacobs, the former executive chairman of Qualcomm and son of the company's co-founder, to take the company private in a buyout.
Macy's shoppers will soon have the option of scanning items and paying for them by smartphone to avoid checkout lines. The brand's Mobile Checkout feature will eventually include augmented-reality and virtual-reality features to help consumers see how furniture would fit in their homes.
Cambridge Analytica gaining access to data from 50 million Facebook users raises questions about privacy and security on social media platforms. National Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director Russ Schrader offers six "common sense tips" for protecting social media accounts, including being careful about what you share and using two-step verification.
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday will hold an open hearing centered on securing upcoming elections. Likely topics during the meeting will include the security of state voting machines and the Homeland Security Department's efforts to secure election infrastructure.
IBM has launched the Watson Assistant, which will enable companies to add voice-activated virtual assistants to their own cars, smart home devices and other products. The Watson Assistant allows companies to train the assistant with their own data sets, enabling them to brand the experience for consumers.
Shopping Actions, a newly launched feature by Google, allows users to make purchases using both search results and the Google Assistant with instant checkout. Shoppers can save payment credentials and make purchases in one central location through retailers such as Walmart, Target, Costco, Home Depot, 1-800-FLOWERS and Ulta Beauty.
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