Philadelphia held a SmartCityPHL Readiness Workshop to focus on smart city strategies that would foster innovation, investment and inclusion. Cybersecurity and privacy, as well as funding for initiatives, were key topics addressed.
A database breach in South Africa potentially exposed personal data of 60 million people, affecting a "significant portion" of the country's residents, reports security researcher Troy Hunt. Exposed data includes names, ID numbers and employment information, and the incident is under investigation by the country's Department of Home Affairs.
Image-bookmarking site We Heart It has confirmed a hacking incident that compromised data associated with more than 8 million accounts. The breach affects accounts created between 2008 and November 2013, which were encrypted with algorithms that "are no longer secure due to advancements in computer hardware," the company said.
Premium ultramobile devices, such as lightweight computers, are expected to see increased shipments in 2018, with 70 million units to be shipped, Gartner said. Meanwhile, shipments of traditional desktop computers and tables are expected to decline by about 1 million over the same period.
Cisco is building out its data-driven corporate strategy and plans to expand AppDynamics with the addition of Perspica, an analytics startup. The Perspica purchase, slated to finalize in the second quarter, will "help AppDynamics add a real-time intelligence layer to surface more data, more quickly," Ron Miller writes.
Shifting operations to the cloud provides critical cybersecurity, and selling cloud services has become extremely good business for Oracle, CEO Mark Hurd said. Oracle's cloud revenue, which accounts for 16% of total revenue, increased 51% year over year in the latest quarter to $1.47 billion.
Smart initiatives in Amaravati, India, will transform the city into a "highly futuristic city," says development agency Commissioner Sreedhar Cherukuri. The biggest initiatives will include deploying drones to identify new slums that can be cleared, plus mobile apps and payment systems to prevent residents from avoiding property tax and utility payments.
Many smart cities today are focusing their sights on autonomous and connected vehicles, but opportunities are also available through other forms of transportation, such as connected bikes, analyst Jack Gold writes. GPS and analytics used by companies such as Mobike let the company track bikes and usage while providing a convenient mode of transportation for city residents.
An augmented reality test using Apple's ARKit last month turned up problems with the device and viewing, issues that will be addressed with Parle Innovation's introduction of eyeQ. These binoculars -- which were made available this week for preorder -- are designed to use AR to enhance viewing, provide stats and improve the sports experience.
Ohio's turnpike commission has voted to move forward with a $1.46 million contract with Logicalis to enhance the Ohio Turnpike with Cisco equipment and software. Alerts will be made available on connected vehicles, and if the project is a success, it may be expanded to encompass the 241 miles of roadway.
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