In an effort to expand in China, Google has agreed to license patents with Chinese firm Tencent. Google has struggled to expand in China's restrictive market, and working with Tencent, which boasts nearly 1 billion users on WeChat, could offer a way in.
Adoption of smart thermostats is rising, with 13% of all US broadband households equipped with the devices last year, per Parks Associates research. That's up from 11% in 2016, and a majority of broadband households say they plan to acquire smart home devices in the year ahead.
Although the technology is not there yet, companies should prepare to integrate augmented and virtual reality into their enterprise mobility management systems, writes Bob Violino. AR/VR technology can give employees a "hands-free workflow," by bringing data to the floor or to wearable devices, he writes.
Google has agreed to sign a patent licensing deal with Chinese firm Tencent to meet Chinese regulations for search engines and email services. The companies have not revealed which products the deal will cover, but Google has said that patent deals will help reduce the amount of litigation it faces over claims of patent infringement.
Texas Instruments President and CEO Rich Templeton plans to step down June 1, after 14 years in those posts; he will be succeeded by Brian Crutcher, the chip company's chief operating officer. Templeton will remain chairman of TI.
A hacking campaign launched through smartphone apps including WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram has been tracked to Lebanon's General Directorate of General Security, researchers say. Stolen passwords, text messages and other data were discovered on the open web from the spying campaign, which was launched across more than 21 countries.
Target's 2013 data breach was caused by a third-party vendor whose system was not compliant with Payment Card Industry standards. AZDS Interactive Group CEO Adam Deflorian highlights those compliance requirements and the importance of hiring an experienced auditor.
Communicating advice and information about information security means adapting to your audience in tone, topic and medium of communication, writes Dan Lohrmann, a former state chief security officer. "Flexibility is especially needed when meeting with new agency leaders who need to bone up on security concepts," he writes.
Rokid, a Chinese firm that develops artificial-intelligence-based smart devices, gained a reported $100 million in an extension round of Series B funding. Rokid is working on augmented reality glasses, dubbed Rokid Glass, along with a developer platform called the Rokid Full Stack Open Platform.
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