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4/28/2017

Businesses focus too much on being defensive and need to take a more proactive approach to cybersecurity to find and mitigate risks, a CompTIA report states. Most businesses also focus too much on vulnerabilities they are familiar with, while they should also be keeping an eye out for emerging threats, the report notes.

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4/28/2017

SiriusXM, in a deal valued at more than $100 million, has acquired maker of connected car port accessories Automatic. The acquisition signals a recognition that users are more frequently turning to smartphones for in-car entertainment.

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4/28/2017

Sony sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the end of the fiscal year ended March 31, which helped the company recover from a poor profit period. The company's mobile division declined 32.7%, while overall revenue dropped by 6.2%, per company data.

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4/28/2017

Sanjay Mehrotra, a former CEO of SanDisk and a co-inventor of NAND flash memory technology, was appointed president and CEO of Micron Technology as of May 8, succeeding the retiring Mark Durcan. "I expect he'll put stronger focus on the Crucial consumer brand," Jim Handy of Objective Analysis said about Mehrotra.

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EE Times
4/28/2017

Mayor Jim Kenney recognizes the potential for Philadelphia to become a leading US smart city, and his support of technology and fostering of the city's "brotherly love" philosophy could turn potential into reality. The city recently received a Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant and Readiness Workshop to push innovation and investment in its smart city initiatives.

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4/28/2017

General Motors is teaming up with Lyft to bring self-driving vehicles to the streets through a series of tests in 2018. Thousands of autonomous vehicles will be deployed through Lyft and GM's Maven car-sharing service and may potentially pick up members of the public.

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4/28/2017

WhatsApp has updated its iOS app, allowing Apple's Siri assistant to read received messages out loud. Replies by voice are also possible.

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4/28/2017

Using a "lessons learned" approach to recognizing and correcting errors is a common but flawed approach, writes Adriano Pianesi. Instead, meet before a project to forecast potential issues, or use recurring meetings during the project to address problems as they occur.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
4/28/2017

The average ransomware demand tripled in 2016 to surpass $1,000, and it has continued to increase this year, Symantec reports. The increase is attributed to victims paying attackers in 64% of the cases in the US, while inexpensive ransomware kits make it easier for hackers to launch attacks.

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4/28/2017

The executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance said cybersecurity education needs to be a more important part of workplace culture. Michael Kaiser made his comments after the release last week of a Dell End-User Security Survey, which found that 72% of workers are willing to share confidential information from their company without regard for data security protocols.

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Computerworld