Amazon is betting that Whole Foods Market shoppers will pick up Echo digital assistants and other gadgets along with the fixings for their holiday meals this season. The e-commerce giant is also promoting its electronics in other brick-and-mortar outlets, from its own 13 bookstores to select Kohl's locations, in its push to keep its lead in voice-activated tech.
It's anticipated that 1.43 billion smartphones will be shipped globally in 2017, resulting in 5% growth year-over-year, per Digitimes Research. In 2018, shipment growth is expected to be slightly lower, at 4.8%, with more than 1.5 billion units shipped, the report also notes.
Of the consumers who have Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, about 57% report using the virtual assistant option multiple times per day, based on a Dashbot study. Most individuals access the assistants for music, information, and weather updates, the survey also indicated.
Apple is reportedly paying $30 million to buy Vrvana, a Canadian company that created the Totem, an augmented reality headset, per TechCrunch. The purchase appears to support the rumor that Apple is working toward releasing an augmented reality headset in 2020, though the company has declined to comment.
The announcement that Meg Whitman has resigned as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise after six years led to a 6.2% drop in HPE shares in after-hours trading Tuesday. HPE's fiscal fourth-quarter revenue and earnings missed estimates, and HPE expects the current quarter to deliver adjusted profit of 20 to 24 cents a share
Many state and local leaders are working to make their communities smarter. Key areas of focus should be collaboration across sectors, overcoming regulatory hurdles and getting residents involved, Chelsea Collier writes.
Retailers this year are elongating their Black Friday discounts to as much as a week lasting through Cyber Monday, according to Shopify's Satish Kanwar. The trend of self-gifting appears to be picking up, with consumers grabbing November bargains for themselves and waiting until December to shop for friends and family.
Cybersecurity failures in recent years show that a new approach is needed -- one that includes focusing on security from the initial software development phase, Bain Capital Ventures Managing Director Enrique Salem writes. Developers must be able to take a view from the inside out and have updated tools and processes to bolster security from the start, Salem writes.
Cisco and Interpol on Tuesday announced an agreement to share threat intelligence. The goal of the partnership is to improve threat detection and find new opportunities for knowledge-sharing to bolster cybersecurity.
Millions of lives could be put at risk if hostile states or hackers hacked into connected vehicles, says Justin Cappos, professor in the computer science and engineering department at New York University, adding that these threats should be viewed as a national security issue. Some cyberexperts dispute Cappos' claims, saying they are sensationalized.
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