Facebook's Reality Labs is developing Tasbi, a wrist-worn haptic bangle intended to enable users of virtual reality to "feel" objects they see on-screen. The device creates sensations when users are picking up virtual objects, pushing buttons or touching a surface.
IBM's enhancements to its data storage offerings are geared to simplifying how channel partners can assist customers operating in hybrid multicloud environments. Among the improvements are updated Cloud Object Storage offerings and support for competing hardware in the Spectrum Discover application.
A recent report by Forrester Research offers tips for how companies can reverse cybersecurity staffing shortages. Among the suggestions are redefining what makes a strong security candidate, developing different compensation structures for security professionals, and expanding the backgrounds considered when recruiting military veterans.
IT professionals should be prepared for workforce shifts that will include expanded partnerships between IT and artificial intelligence staff; an increased need for independent, ad-hoc teams; and trims to middle management staffing, writes Paul Heltzel.
Some experts are questioning the Defense Department's decision to go with a single cloud provider and a complete migration to the cloud for the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan. "Research shows that the use case for most companies ... is a hybrid strategy," says Chris Smith, vice president of cloud architecture for Unitas Global.
Semiconductor manufacturers are turbocharging their transition to 96-layer 3D NAND flash process technology, seeking to improve yield rates as the tech barrels along to the chipmaking mainstream next year, industry sources say. The industry output with 96-layer 3D NAND is expected to overtake the 64-layer output in 2020, those sources note.
The emerging priorities of artificial intelligence and big data analytics are driving significant changes in memory technology, this analysis notes. Steven Woo of Rambus says, "The energy efficiency of AI systems is extremely important, so you want to arrange your models and training data in a way that you can retrieve large amounts of data each time you need to go to memory -- in effect, amortizing the high energy required to open and close the vault door."