House Democrats in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai criticized the delay in disclosing that the FCC's commenting system was affected by an overload and not a cyberattack. The lawmakers expressed concern over the FCC's "misrepresentations," and Pai is expected to face questions about the issue this week at a Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing.
Police body cameras can be accessed remotely by hackers, said Nuix's Josh Mitchell, who spoke at DefCon in Las Vegas. Flaws in the cameras, mobile apps, cloud services and software could allow hackers to delete or modify footage, Mitchell said.
Legislation surrounding privacy shouldn't be the only reason companies re-examine their privacy policies, writes Christine Runnegar. Companies should adopt a "privacy code of conduct" that includes giving users control of their privacy and being accountable.
Botnet attacks using internet of things devices, including water heaters and air conditioners, could overload the power grid and lead to cascading blackouts, Princeton University researchers say. The researchers will attend this week's Usenix Security to present their findings on what would happen if hackers targeted the demand side of the power grid.
Nvidia has announced its new Turing GPU hardware, which can render ray tracing 25 times faster than previous options, thanks to the assistance of advanced AI features. The graphics card will use Samsung's GDDR6 memory, which will allow it to process data faster while conserving energy.
Microsoft has struggled to gain ground for its digital assistant, Cortana, and is seeking out alternative venues to expand its popularity, per company vice president David Ku. In addition, the company hopes to increase Cortana use via a partnership with Amazon.
Nvidia released a generation of chip technology, called Turing, which is targeted for use in the graphics industry. The chips include a "ray tracing" feature, which allows designers to view how light rays would naturally fall in a scene and see changes in real time.
Microsoft has released Azure Stack for Azure Government, aiming to help federal agency customers address regulatory, connectivity and latency challenges. Experts say the offering could be part of a push to secure the Department of Defense's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract.
Shake Shack will revisit its plan to introduce self-ordering kiosks, tweaking the model from one it abandoned amid customer complaints last year. This time, the chain will add kiosks at select locations while also retaining cashiers, and customers will have the option to pay with cash.
YouTube is trying to highlight new features such as paid memberships and enhanced chats by paying major sums to its biggest stars for using them, according to sources. The new options come in response to complaints YouTube didn't offer any way other than advertising to make money.
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