The WikiLeaks CIA dump is frightening because it has threatened peace of mind around the world, writes Eric O'Neill. Other concerns include attacks that may occur if details are released, as well as the risk of non-malware attacks, he writes.
Musicians are tapping into new technologies such as virtual reality, 360-degree video and vertical video to better interact with fans. The tools help musicians connect with a market of fans who receive their music mainly through smartphones and tablets.
The city of Miami was one of six winners of the $1.2 million John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant. The city will use its $200,000 to expand data sharing with community partners and will focus on designing a plan to find internet of things solutions that will benefit residents.
Password manager apps help users store and manage their passwords and PINs and keep them away from prying eyes through master passwords or biometric authentication. Denisse Moreno provides four options that can be used to help generate passwords and keep them safe.
The Federal Reserve should take a more active role to better protect private-sector financial institutions from cyberattacks, a report by the Office of Inspector General states. The report recommends increasing oversight, ensuring that regulators understand technologies used by financial firms, and improving areas including recruiting, tracking and planning.
Nuance's voice biometrics will be deployed on Australia's new payment system this year, per the Reserve Bank of Australia. The system will allow near real-time transfers through a platform that identifies and authenticates users to reduce the risk of fraud.
The White House cybersecurity executive order is expected to see the National Security Council play a supporting role to the new Office of American Innovation. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce said the executive order will be coming soon and added that the main goals are to protect government networks and technology.
STMicroelectronics has brought out the STM32L4 development board for internet of things applications, supporting Bluetooth low energy, sub-gigahertz radio frequencies and Wi-Fi. The board contains an ultra-low-power STM32L4 microcontroller, along with microelectromechanical system sensors.
Chinese firm Xiaomi is expected bring its smartphones to the US market within the next two years, per company global head Wang Xiang. The brand is expected to face challenges as it attempts to enter the market, given its lack of brand awareness in the US and its online direct-sales model.
South Korea is aligning itself with major tech companies, including Samsung, LG Electronics, MDS Technology, SK Telecom and Samyoung S&C, to build a support network for smart home technology. "We can make the world's leading smart home industry with the combination of our home electronics industry, information technology, infrastructure and semiconductors," Trade Minister Joo Hyung-hwan said.
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