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11/22/2017

Virginia Smart Communities has published recommendations for helping the state become a hub for smart communities. Interoperability, scalability, cybersecurity, equity, and public and private support are important factors for creating a "replicable model" for smart communities, the group said.

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StateScoop
11/22/2017

Car shoppers can now get a showroom-like experience of BMW's X2 model thanks to Snapchat's new "augmented trial" lens. The automaker said it's looking to engage a younger audience with the augmented reality option.

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11/22/2017

Apple's Swift programming language is catching on quickly with developers, and Google has updated its Fuchsia operating system in response to support Swift. Fuchsia already supports apps composed in Google's Dart and Go languages, as well as in C/C++.

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ZDNet
11/21/2017

House Democrats on the independent election security task force are floating the idea of using $400 million left over from the 2002 Help America Vote Act to help bolster election security. The funds could be used to replace outdated voting machines, the group wrote in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee.

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Nextgov
11/21/2017

Amazon will release a (RED)-branded Echo to raise money for the global fight against AIDS. The limited-edition version is expected to be available Dec. 6, and the company will donate $10 of the purchase price, $99.99, to the Global Fund for every device bought.

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TechCrunch
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Amazon, Global Fund, AIDS
11/21/2017

The release of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 led to Apple gaining 72% of smartphone profits in the third quarter, per data from Canaccord Genuity. The company also noted that Apple is doing well globally and should see 635 million installed devices by 2017's end.

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11/21/2017

Intel issued an advisory on Monday, saying the Management Engine feature in its chips could be compromised by attackers, after cybersecurity researchers reported the flaw to the company. The vulnerability may be present in many new internet of things devices, PCs and servers.

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Wired online
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Intel
11/21/2017

Amazon Web Services Secret Region has launched to handle classified information for US intelligence agencies. Access to the secure cloud feature is part of an existing contract worth $600 million with spy agencies.

11/21/2017

Augmented reality has the potential to change how people interact with everyday environments, particularly in urban settings. Three AR entrepreneurs share their thoughts on this future, including AR's ability to bring the 2D information available on the internet into a 3D setting that intersects with the real world.

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VentureBeat
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augmented reality, AR
11/21/2017

Drivers will be able to get live updates on a rider's location with a new feature on Uber's app. Another update is a gift option with which riders can order an Uber for a guest even if the guest has no smartphone.

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