Qualcomm has the strongest Internet of Things patent portfolio, research from LexInnova says, although Intel ranks up there with the company in terms of number of patents. LexInnova notes that the patents represent most of the innovation in this section and that ZTE, Nokia and LG round out the top five patent holders.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has visited India to discuss the company's future in the country, as well as cybersecurity and encryption, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Cook sees India as a potential market for app development and smartphone sales, while Modi shows interest in a deeper relationship with US tech companies.
US government agencies must be more collaborative to fend off advanced hacking threats, said experts at an International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium event. Being more collaborative also means bridging the gap between the private and public sectors, the experts said. "We need to get this the point where we react well, but we can also track well and anticipate well," said Chris Inglis, a former NSA deputy director.
Executives gathered at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium were largely at odds about whether cybersecurity is getting better or worse. Some argued that security professionals spend too much time on paperwork and not enough time on security systems, while others said cybercriminals are simply getting more sophisticated. Overall, keeping data secure from hackers seems to be an ever-evolving practice.
Netclearance is showing off a penny-sized Internet of Things device that measures light, temperature, acceleration, vibration and magnetic force. The beacon technology company expects the mBeaconSense sensor to be useful in a variety of connected products.
Advanced Micro Devices, ARM Holdings, Huawei Technologies, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Qualcomm and Xilinx are the founding companies behind the Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators group, which will develop a fabric for data centers to connect servers running on a variety of microprocessors and graphics processing unit accelerators. The interconnect fabric would serve as an alternative to PCI Express and proprietary interconnects.
Cybersecurity continues to be a pain point for the federal government even after serious breaches such as the Office of Personnel Management hack last year. A report by KPMG and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium revealed that 65% of federal workers said the government cannot identify a potential cyberattack.
IBM continued layoffs last week with an undisclosed number of jobs being cut, although a Sanford Bernstein analyst speculates that 14,000 positions could be affected. The company said it is restructuring its workforce to accommodate cloud services and data analysis, and it could hire new employees later in the year.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is working to streamline the protocols for protecting America's energy grid after a book by Ted Koppel painted a bleak picture of preparedness. A draft proposal would reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate into three branches aimed at better addressing cybersecurity threats.
Microsoft aims to use renewable energy to provide at least 50% of power required to run cloud data centers by 2018 and increase that to 60% in the early 2020s, President Brad Smith says. Communication technology could be responsible for 23% of greenhouse-gas emissions and 51% of electricity usage worldwide by 2030.
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