Emerging technologies such as facial recognition and robotics can help streamline operations and enhance the guest experience, panelists said during a session at The National Restaurant Association Show. Global trends expert Daniel Burrus moderated the panel discussion that included the chief executives of Bear Robotics and Cali Group, who showcased new technologies being tested in restaurants.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released version 1.1 of its Cybersecurity Framework. Northramp LLC's Ryan Tappis highlights the primary updates in the new version and gives reasons public- and private-sector organizations should adopt the new framework.
Comcast has rolled out an insurance pilot program in Houston that offers discounts to consumers using Xfinity Home services. Customers of insurance broker Hippo will be able to receive additional savings when they add smart safety devices such as smoke detectors to their networks.
Preorders for Sony's 10.3-inch Digital Paper E Ink slate are open, though the company has not announced a ship date for the anticipated device. The 10.3-inch E Ink slate is a smaller, cheaper version of the 13.3-inch Digital Paper E Ink tablet and retails for $600.
Boost mobile founder Peter Adderton has spoken out against the $26.5 billion proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger, arguing that Boost and MetroPCS should be spun off from parent companies Sprint and T-Mobile, respectively. Adderton argues that the merger would be bad for the prepaid market and that the combined company would have a "significant incentive" to restrict network access to MVNOs.
Consumer electronics retailers doubled collective sales and have seen a 3.3% increase over 2017, per TWICE's latest Top 100 CE Retailers Report, as strong employment and consumer spending fueled growth despite uncertainties surrounding a new administration. On top of that, sell-through figures for both CE hardware and software hit $140 billion.
Cloudera released three machine learning products aimed at facilitating data team collaboration. CEO Tom Reilly said the product enhancements were designed to enable enterprises to "securely transform complex data into clear and actionable insights to propel their digital transformation."
Dell Technologies is scheduled to release to partners next month its Dell Wyse Thin Client 5070, which can run Wyse ThinLinux software and will be compatible with Windows 10 IoT. The product also includes the VDI Complete hardware design, which can be customized according to 1,600 configuration options.
Integrated circuit designers are seeing their short-term profit margins reduced by higher 8-inch fab quotes, industry sources say, noting that the increase could actually help stabilize the sector over the long haul. IC designers are working to innovate in an effort to provide cost-effective products, while some designers are considering whether to raise their own chip prices to compensate for higher manufacturing costs.
Mobile dynamic random access memory chip sales reached $8.43 billion worldwide in the first quarter, registering year-over-year growth of 5.3% in the process. Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix were responsible for roughly 80% of the chips sold, DRAMeXchange reports.