Computer-enabled eyeglasses will be an important platform, but "it will take many significant silicon breakthroughs to make them a [reality]," said Joe O'Keeffe of Oculus. James Faucette of Morgan Stanley warned against buying into the industry hype surrounding 5G cellular communications, saying the move to 5G will boost spending by 1%, unlike the 3.5% gains seen with 3G and 4G.
Intel said people should wait on downloading its firmware update for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its processors because of unpredictable rebooting that is occurring with its Haswell and Broadwell chips. "We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors, and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior," Intel's Navin Shenoy wrote in a security note.
Avocados From Mexico is supporting its Super Bowl spot with a social campaign in partnership with Inmoji that enables consumers to overlay their favorite selfies with avocado emojis. The feature is part of the brand's overall digital push, "Guacworld," from Wealthy Mind and Richards/Lerma.
Many smart home products recently unveiled at CES 2018 are designed to be versatile, helping to conserve space and outlets. Products include ADT's Video Doorbell, which also allows users to lock and unlock doors, and the Caseta lighting system, which incorporates security features.
Mounir Zok, biomedical engineer for the US Olympic Committee's technology and innovation products, is focused on using the internet of things to improve athletic performance. Zok created connected glasses for the US women's cycling team, which won silver in the 2016 Summer Games.
Intel is asking users to stop downloading patches it released for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities due to a flaw in the patch. The patch could cause computers to reboot more often and could cause other problems, said Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy.
Adobe has adjusted its earnings target upward for 2018 after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the income tax rate to 21% and is predicting a $2.04 billion revenue for the first quarter, with an expected $85 million charge for taxes on foreign earnings. Adobe also announced Mark Garrett plans to retire from his post as chief financial officer this year.
Anticipating the possible legalization of sports gambling in the US, Verizon is considering entering the multibillion-dollar industry, sources say. The New York-based carrier has reportedly met with consultants and legal experts on entering the market.
There are six factors behind why most of us don't focus effectively on our biggest security threats, writes Roger Grimes. An abundance of threats can feel overwhelming, and poor threat intelligence and prioritization compounds this problem, he argues.
Microsoft, Cisco and the FBI confirmed that a new variant of the SamSam ransomware was behind the ransomware attack Thursday against electronic health records vendor Allscripts; the attack affected the company's PRO EHR and Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances services. Allscripts officials said that the cyberattack did not specifically target the company and that the variant was a commodity malware.
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