According to multiple sources, Facebook is in talks to acquire a cybersecurity firm to help protect the data of its users, which top a billion worldwide. The move would come after a security breach allowed the information of 30 million users to be compromised.
The CMS said it has detected a breach in a government computer system used by agents and brokers to assist consumers with health plan enrollment through the Affordable Care Act exchange, and it potentially exposed the personal information of roughly 75,000 individuals. The agency said the system has been disabled to implement new security measures and could be restored within seven days.
Most consumers continue to use Alexa devices to manage basic tasks, but Amazon wants to change that by providing developers with financial incentives for expanding voice applications. Amazon reported more than 50,000 available Alexa skills and has sold an estimated 47 million Echo devices.
SteamVR Beta is working on a new feature similar to the Oculus Rift's Asynchronous SpaceWarp called Motion Smoothing. This feature forces games to render at 45 frames per second when they are not meeting or close to 90 FPS and inserts "synthetic" frames between each real one to improve video.
Samsung Display held an event in China to allow businesses to see new screen developments, including fingerprint-on-display and sound-on-display options for premium smartphones. The company also showed off its solution for conserving power while playing high-quality content.
Virtual reality hardware and software sales are expected to top $6.9 billion for 2019, indicating the technology has gone mainstream, per SuperData Research. It's expected that augmented reality will perform even more strongly over time, with the firm predicting it will generate more revenue than VR by 2021.
The market for cloud systems management grew 18% in 2017, and despite VMware owning 22% of the market, there's a number of viable alternatives, says IDC. The firm expects Microsoft -- capturing 14% of market share last year -- along with Cisco, to grow their presence.
A number of startups, and the venture capitalists funding them, are betting that blockchains can help disintermediate artificial intelligence -- hoping to prevent a few major technology companies from controlling the bulk of AI-related data. "It's important to have machine learning capabilities that are more under the user's control, rather than relying on these big companies to get access to these capabilities," says University of California professor Dawn Song.
Dialog Semiconductor, which recently reached a $600 million deal with Apple to bolster the iPhone company's internal chip development, is closely watching the escalating trade conflict between China and the US, CEO Jalal Bagherli says. "The current trends don't impact us so much, but just like any other international business, we have to watch carefully how those tariffs go up," he notes.
China's development of the domestic semiconductor industry is spreading beyond Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, exposing the lack of engineering talent outside the major metropolitan areas, industry sources say. This may lead to recruiting engineers from outside of China, those sources note.