While many technologists are troubled by the dwindling relevance of Moore's Law, quantum computing technology promises to offer a new code of conduct -- Neven's Law. That law notes that quantum computing is advancing at an exponential rate, outstripping the capabilities of typical computing.
The Tallahassee/Leon County Geographic Information System in Florida has modernized the coordination of emergency services, government agencies and law enforcement to save lives. Since last year's Hurricane Michael, the program has digitized all phases of disaster recovery, from damage assessments to debris collection.
McDonald's has begun testing a voice-activated drive-thru window at a restaurant in a Chicago suburb, which is also the test location for a robotic fryer. The technology innovations, which the chain plans to test at more locations soon, are aimed at providing speedier, more efficient service.
Darden Restaurants is monitoring a 400-restaurant delivery test and touting the growth of take-out programs at Olive Garden, but the company isn't rushing into third-party delivery, CEO Gene Lee said. The company is continuing to invest in digital technology, but the main focus is on creating a stellar dine-in experience, he said.
Infrastructure needs must be met before 5G-supported smart cities can fully take hold, according to a panel discussion at CE Week. Cities should be educated about 5G's benefits, said panelists, especially because they often see the investment as out of reach.
Nearly half of 2,005 people surveyed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety about five Level 2 driving automation systems available in vehicles said it would be safe to take their hands off the wheel while using the systems. The response indicated that drivers don't understand the function of autopilot systems, such as Level 2, which can perform two or more parts of driving under supervision of the driver.
Apple is recalling a 15-inch Macbook Pro 2015 model sold between September 2015 and February 2017; it contains a battery that might overheat and cause a safety risk. Apple recommends that anyone with that Macbook Pro stop using it, and the company is offering a free battery replacement.
A study of 205 security vendors by email security provider Agari found that most cybersecurity vendors have not adopted basic email security controls that protect customers from third-party risk. An alarming 78% of responding vendors have no domain-based message authentication, reporting and conformance policy; 10% have a DMARC policy correctly set at reject, and 11% are at quarantine level.
T-Mobile's Syncup Drive app now includes real-time tracking to help with roadside assistance, a feature for locating gas stations and a diagnostics dashboard. Users can also keep registration, insurance and maintenance records in a virtual glovebox.