BlackBerry's encryption tools have been cleared by the National Security Agency for US government use, joining similar offerings from Apple and Samsung. No federal agencies have yet signed up for BlackBerry's suite, which works with iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices.
Intel has reportedly ended efforts in its Basis smartwatch business segment, dissolving it as of two weeks ago. The company's New Technologies Group, which was previously developing wearables, will now focus on augmented reality, a source said.
Part of India's plan to make 100 of its cities smart is to create high-rise housing in the island city of Bhendi Bazaar, replacing three- to five-story housing units with buildings up to 60 stories, writes Hugh Byrd. This redevelopment plan could have serious implications, including increases in population by 25%, waste water production and water consumption by 155%, residential energy by 30%, and 43% in carbon dioxide emissions, Byrd says.
New Hampshire has the highest malware infection rate of any state, with numbers in 2017 topping the national average by 201%, an Enigma Software Group report states. There is no clear link between geography and malware rates in the report, but it notes that malware infections have dropped 31% in the first six months of the year.
Security cameras using the open source code gSOAP are vulnerable to remote hacking that allows the hacker to send commands to the devices, per research from Senrio. The flaw was detected across cameras from 35 companies, including 249 models from Axis.
Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign manager, and Matt Rhoades, Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign manager, have joined Harvard's Defending Digital Democracy as co-leaders and fellows. The goal of the initiative is to protect future elections from cyberattacks.
A recent patent application submitted by Apple appears to indicate that the company is working on developing a Siri docking station for in-home use. While Apple has not confirmed this, its patent application describes the device as a "[s]mart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device."
Optional Echo features called "Alexa calling and messaging" and "Drop in" could be giving away user information, writes Kashmir Hill. However, the company added an optional blocking feature last month that helped to resolve this issue, Hill writes.
The burgeoning data center market in China will provide robust demand for chips in such applications as artificial intelligence, big data and cloud infrastructure, industry sources say. Apple will be investing $1 billion to build a new data center in China, striking a deal with the government of Guizhou province.
Silicon foundries are expanding their production of chips for automotive electronics as more fabless semiconductor companies aim for the assisted and autonomous driving markets, Mark LaPedus writes. "Because of artificial intelligence and the 'big brain' requirements for autonomous driving, there is now a scramble for new designs from companies such as Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm," says Jim Feldhan of Semico Research.
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