Apple has acquired music analytics company Asaii after the company announced it planned to shut down in October. Asaii focuses on helping record labels find promising emerging artists before they make it big.
Verizon is offering customers the option to purchase the new Palm smartphone, an "ultra-mobile" device that features a 3.3-inch display and runs a full version of Android 8.1. The phone is envisioned as an "add-on" device that shares a number with a primary phone for users who want to spend less time on their smartphones without sacrificing the functionality that comes with apps.
Tampere, Finland, is sharing smart city best practices in the form of a 56-page, downloadable book, "Smart City Cookbook." The manual is based on Tampere's experiences adding and integrating various internet of things technologies and "hopefully it inspires people working with this theme both in Finland and cities internationally," Nick Cotton, the book's author and Tampere's smart city project manager, said.
Johns Creek, Ga., won an award in the Amazon Web Services City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge and is using the winnings to provide residents the ability to use virtual-assistant Alexa to find city information. Nick O'Day, Johns Creek head data officer, said residents can verbally issue more than 200 commands requesting city data that Alexa "understands" -- such as "Do I need a building permit?"
Google announced a plan to curb data sharing with outside developers whose apps do not provide email or productivity services. Effective next Jan. 9, the new rule will also restrict developers from selling data or using sensitive customer information for marketing research or targeted ads.
Apple users have been more receptive to the iOS 12 update than they were to iOS 11, with more than half of all Apple devices running the latest upgrade, according to ZDNet data. The iOS 12 update prioritized stability and improved performance over added features.
The California Consumer Privacy Act allows the state's 39.5 million residents to control whether their personal data can be used by businesses and enables them to sue over data breaches. In a report that surveyed 300 executives at high-revenue companies, PwC found that many respondents are "considering whether to extend CCPA's rights to all of their US employees and consumers for operational simplicity and long-term readiness for potential federal privacy legislation."
Widespread breaches of Social Security numbers make it necessary for the US to move beyond basic Social Security cards to cards with chip-and-PIN technology, McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies write in a newly released report. A digital smart card could provide better security by including two-factor authentication or other biometric technologies, the report adds.
The US Chamber of Commerce and FICO have developed a system to provide scores on the extent to which businesses and sectors have secured their networks. The Assessment of Business Cybersecurity score is based on a range of factors, such as the degree to which networks are exposed to the internet.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are highly convenient for many consumers looking to buy items for the coming holidays, but they are also prime times for hackers to reach those customers' data. Garry McCracken advises retailers to check where their shoppers are from, assess risk exposure, encrypt their data, streamline their data security and get their employees involved in the process.