Apple's next laptops may receive a boost from the company's self-designed chips, which are among the fastest mobile processors in the world. In September, Apple introduced the A10X processor, saying it was faster than 80% of Windows notebooks sold in the previous year, and the technology may be used in its future line of laptops.
Equifax on Thursday announced that it has appointed former IBM executive Bryson Koehler as its new chief technology officer. The leadership change comes as the company aims to overhaul its security after last year's data breach.
AT&T has announced that it has closed its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. A court filing states that AT&T reached an agreement with the Justice Department to waive the waiting period required before closing.
Microsoft says its Windows 10 1803 update is ready for enterprise use, only 45 days after its official release. Company executives say their use of artificial intelligence helped spot flaws in feature updates, and the update has already been added on more than 250 million devices.
Google has set about clearing up some confusion over its continuing rollout of mobile-first indexing. Posting on Twitter, Google clarified that separate mobile URLs will be shown on mobile devices and noted mobile-friendliness is not necessarily required for the indexing process.
It's important for K-12 institutions to have plans in place to prevent cyberattacks while also having plans for recovery in the event of an incident, writes Harold Reaves. He outlines five best practices for boosting school security, including training staff, setting up policies and backing up sensitive data.
Snapchat has unveiled a new app integration platform for developers called Snap Kit; it allows access to only a user's display name and Bitmoji and does not share any other personal information, such as demographic data or a user's friend list. "Snap Kit will help Snapchatters tap into the best parts of other apps they love -- and help those apps integrate some of Snapchat's experiences into their products, while ensuring users' account information is kept secure, and private," a company representative said.
The majority of consumers considering buying a smart device, 75%, report that the device's ability to connect seamlessly with other products in their network is critical, a Parks Associates study has found. It also noted that smart home penetration is spreading, as 32% of US broadband users have at least one connected device.
A new speech-recognition task for producing text is part of Apple's upgraded ResearchKit 2.0 for iOS 12. That's just one of the new features Apple is touting for the kit, which will also include a navigable PDF viewer and a task to assess background noise.
After a recent $5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Broadcom announced layoffs of about 1,100 employees in an effort to cut company costs. Broadcom leaders say the Brocade deal caused them to incur an additional $143 million in restructuring costs.
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