The arrests of researchers hired to test the cyber and physical defenses of an Iowa courthouse have raised alarms in the cybersecurity community. State officials said they were unaware of the tactics that Coalfire employees would be using; the employees have been charged with burglary, and although charges have since been reduced, they have not been dropped.
Google's Mark Spates speaks candidly about how the company is moving away from a purely device-focused marketing strategy for its smart devices and is instead focusing on how such devices can help users solve household challenges. Smart devices aren't being used to their fullest extent, says Spates, who also addresses the importance of consumer privacy.
Startups Grabango and AiFi are creating autonomous checkout systems that will let smaller players compete with Amazon Go stores. Also, Walmart has been testing cashierless checkout systems, and its scan-and-go technology is operational at Sam's Club stores.
Israeli startup Cylus focuses on cybersecurity for the railroad industry, a niche expected to reach $12 billion in 2027. The company makes products to improve the security of traffic-control devices and signaling systems, many of which were designed long before cyberthreats were an issue.
Spotify has rolled out an app on the Magic Leap augmented reality headset that enables users to stream music on the device via a 3-D location-aware overlay. Users can also pin different playlists in different rooms, with the music automatically changing as the user travels throughout the home.
Years of investigation by the FBI culminated in the arrests of 11 people allegedly involved in an underground ring that exchanged counterfeit devices for authentic iPhones and iPads at Apple stores. The scheme, which involved shipping the real devices overseas at marked-up prices, is said to have cost Apple more than $6 million.
Motorola is going retro with the design of its new Razr, which folds similarly to a flip phone from circa 2004. The front display is tailor-made for selfies, notifications and music-skipping, and the device is compatible with Google Assistant.
Facebook has removed 5.4 billion fake accounts on its main platform this year -- up considerably from last year's roughly 3.3 billion -- and says up to 5% of the platform's 2.5 billion monthly active users might be fake accounts. The company is attempting to avert an expected surge of fake and misleading content as the 2020 presidential election approaches.
Amazon Web Services has launched AWS Data Exchange, which grants customers access to more than 1,000 data-based products from providers such as Reuters, Foursquare, Change Healthcare, Deloitte, Dun & Bradstreet and Pitney Bowes. In turn, the service will allow data providers to reach AWS customers more easily by removing the need to develop and maintain infrastructure for data storage, delivery and billing.
Foxconn Technology Group, one of the world's largest contract electronics manufacturers, is changing into more of a technology services provider to address market requirements for electric vehicles, digital health and robotics, using 5G/6G mobile communications, artificial intelligence and advanced semiconductors, says Young Liu, Foxconn's chairman. Speaking at an investors conference, Liu noted that Foxconn will not produce EVs, but it will provide chassis and other modules as part of an EV technology platform.
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