Google is adding family sharing to the Google Play store, letting up to six people share apps, videos, books and games across devices, but Google's Family Library does not include music sharing. The move comes two years after Apple rolled out a similar program.
Oracle has acquired NetSuite for roughly $9.3 billion in a move to offer more cloud-based products, which its corporate customers are demanding more of, according to the company. New cloud services made up 8% of Oracle's total sales in the fiscal fourth quarter, and NetSuite will now add two services to that mix: customer relationship management and e-commerce tool.
Samsung Electronics signaled that it is focused on volume production of chips with 10-nanometer features, while working on prototypes of 7nm ICs. The company reported operating profit of $7.19 billion for the second quarter, an increase of slightly more than 18% from a year earlier, as revenue rose just under 5% on strong sales of the Galaxy S7 smartphone.
Apple is on pace to top last year's research and development spending after investing $7.5 billion on R&D so far this year amid slower iPhone sales. The total includes "quite a bit of investment in there for products and services that are not currently shifting or derivations of what is currently shipping," Apple CEO Tim Cook said.
Ninety-four percent of the 88% of ransomware attacks on health care organizations were tied to Cryptowall, a variant of malware, a Solutionary report states. Rob Kraus, director of research for Solutionary's Security Engineering Research Team, advised organizations to install a strong backup and recovery process, update security software and implement incident-response procedures to protect against cyberattacks.
Emisoft has launched a free decryptor that health care organizations may use against the Stampado ransomware. Cyberattack victims may regain their encrypted files without having to pay the ransom by downloading the decryptor from Emisoft's website, the company said.
Automakers should be promoting standardization as a means of closing problems in emerging connected cars that make them vulnerable to hacking. That's per a new set of guidelines released by the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Auto-ISAC, which also calls for greater disclosure of potential threats.
Bitfinder's Awair internet-connected air monitor now integrates with Amazon Echo, Nest and IFTTT, bringing more capabilities to the device, which measures things such as CO2 levels, dust and humidity.
China has outlined a list of rules for ride sharing to go into effect Nov. 1, making service from Uber and competitors such as Didi Chuxing legal nationally. Regional and local governments will still have to approve regulations, but ride-sharing companies call China's move a step in the right direction.
Avnet has created six business units -- data center, cloud, security and enterprise, data analytics, internet of things solutions and education -- consisting of 450 solution specialists to help drive growth of software-driven technologies.
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