Microsoft has removed the search function from Docs.com after users pointed out that anyone could search for personal documents through it if the user forgot to mark them as private. However, many of the files had already been cached by search engines and remain visible on the web.
A Senate bill that would require company boards to detail their cybersecurity knowledge and risks is drawing praise from tech providers whose products and services address the growing concern. "How many times have we purchased something online from a public company, put in all of our personal data and then have trust in their security measures only to find out later that they have been breached?" says Matt Johnson, CEO of Phalanx Secure Solutions
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas will be updated with new technology and sustainability features typically used in smart cities. The center currently has $21 million in projects underway, including a 10-gigabit network, a mobility services engine and data analytics for facility users.
Siemens is working with Atos to provide cybersecurity solutions for utilities and oil and gas companies in the US. "With our combined end-to-end suite of solutions and innovative approaches to security analytics and better detection and response capabilities, customers will see tangible advantages in cost and risk reductions, as well as enhanced performance and flexibility gains," says Atos executive Michel-Alain Proch.
Amendments to the Constitution similar to the Bill of Rights could be the solution to growing privacy challenges, writes Carl Herberger. Rights that could be addressed include the right to privacy, the right to interact socially while online and the freedom to code, Herberger writes.
Line-of-business expenditures are expected to grow more than twice as fast as IT spending in the next three years, with the two categories to be nearly equal by 2020, an IDC report said. "Companies' adaptation of innovation accelerators, such as internet of things, AI systems and 3D printing ... to both new product and service developments and day-to-day business operations has fundamentally increased line-of-business spending on IT," said IDC's Naoko Iwamoto.
Accenture is retraining its existing IT workers and making strategic acquisitions to ensure it has the talent necessary to provide its digital, cloud and security services, which make up 45% of company sales. The company is investing $900 million in emerging technology training programs for its 200,000 IT employees, while adding "deep skills" that are hard to develop internally with about $2.3 billion worth of acquisitions in this fiscal year.
The World Economic Forum opened San Francisco's Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. City planners, politicians, companies and individuals will meet at the center to discuss groundbreaking technologies, including drones, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
Totem Power has improved smart streetlights by adding battery storage and electric vehicle charging ports, in addition to 4G LTE connectivity and sensors, to each pole. The battery storage would allow first responders access to power in the event of a power grid outage.
Virtual reality has yet to fully be adopted by consumers, and it could be because of API fragmentation that leads to inconsistencies in how VR software reacts with hardware, writes Yuval Boger. Creating standards for device interface and the application interface could boost innovation and adoption of this technology, he says.
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