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Toyota selects Renesas chips for self-driving cars

Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas announced Tuesday that Toyota has selected two of its chips to power the autonomous features in the self-driving cars it plans to commercially launch in 2020. The combination of chips will provide Toyota’s “Highway Teammate” feature with capabilities like peripheral recognition, driving judgments, and body control, Renesas said. Specifically, Renesas will provide Toyota with its R-Car… Read more →

Tech vendors including Fiverr, Etsy and DoorDash team up to drive healthcare enrollment

A group of technology companies serving the so-called gig economy are teaming up to push enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The coordinated effort is formally called Tech United for Independent Access to Healthcare, and it’s led by Fiverr, Etsy, Postmates, Care.com and DoorDash, in partnership with California-based health insurance startup Stride Health. The aim is to… Read more →

Apple: We screwed up your iPhone X order, please come back

Video: iPhone X review: Face ID, the notch and a new screen Apple is not a company that acknowledges fault in anything it does. At least, I cannot remember a single instance in which something has happened related to a product launch in which it had apologized or attempted to rectify anything related to product availability. For the most part,… Read more →

Long-time Microsoft exec Julie Larson-Green leaves Microsoft

Julie Larson-Green is leaving Microsoft after 25 years with the company, as of Oct. 31. Larson-Green said in a post on Facebook that she is “leaving Microsoft to pursue new adventures in building great teams and customer-first products.” Larson-Green held a variety of positions at the company during her tenure. She is credited with playing a key role in bringing… Read more →

Microsoft says 40 percent of all VMs in Azure now are running Linux

Forty percent of all virtual machines in Microsoft’s Azure cloud are now running Linux. (Credit: @BrianLinuxing) That stat is courtesy of a tweet on Oct. 31 from the Microsoft Developer UK account. The tweet, hashtagged as #FutureDecoded, seemingly is connected to information that Microsoft officials shared at the company’s conference in London today. Community Manager Brian Byrne (@BrianLinuxing) retweeted the… Read more →

Apple iPhone X reviews note ‘journey’ of Face ID, user experience, may preview a longer upgrade cycle

Don’t count out Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus just yet. Apple’s iPhone X is being described as a journey not a impulse buy as a bevy of reviewers weigh in on facial recognition, the lack of a home button, an OLED screen and animojis. If these initial takes are correct, it’s will be worth watching how this iPhone… Read more →

Customer service done right: How a United Airlines crew rose above an imperfect storm

(Image: United Airlines) I just experienced the weirdest problem chain I ever encountered flying, and I thought it would be important to document it for all history because it was so bizarre and indicative of… something that I can’t even put my head around. It all begins when we have already boarded the plane. My wife and I had a… Read more →

Nvidia expands partnership, courses for Deep Learning Institute

Nvidia said it has expanded partnerships and added industry-specific courses to teach deep learning and artificial intelligence under its Deep Learning Institute effort. special feature How to Implement AI and Machine Learning The next wave of IT innovation will be powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. We look at the ways companies can take advantage of it and how… Read more →

Qualcomm, with AT&T, Ford, and Nokia, to test connected car tech in San Diego

Qualcomm Qualcomm on Tuesday announced that it’s partnering with AT&T, Ford and Nokia to test its new Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology on the roads of San Diego later this year. Back in September, Qualcomm unveiled its 9150 C-V2X chipset and reference design. The tests are the first announced V2X trials in the US, Qualcomm says. C-V2X technology encompasses two transmission… Read more →

Tableau, GE Aviation partner on data analytics for airline industry

GE Aviation is expanding its partnership with the business intelligence firm Tableau, the companies announced Tuesday, to provide visual analytics services that can help the airline industry improve fuel efficiency, aircraft safety, and customer experiences. Targeting both commercial and military airline customers, the new agreement combines Predix, GE’s industrial cloud platform, with Tableau’s visual analytics capabilities. The new deal makes… Read more →

Malaysia data breach comprises 46.2M mobile numbers

A massive cybersecurity breach is reported to have compromised personal data of 46.2 million mobile numbers in Malaysia, exposing details such as home addresses and SIM card information. The breach affected both postpaid and prepaid numbers as well as subscribers from all major mobile carriers in the country, including Maxis, Altel, Digi, and Celcom, according to Lowyat.net. The local website… Read more →

Malaysia data breach comprises 46.2M mobile numbers

A massive cybersecurity breach is reported to have compromised personal data of 46.2 million mobile numbers in Malaysia, exposing details such as home addresses and SIM card information. The breach affected both postpaid and prepaid numbers as well as subscribers from all major mobile carriers in the country, including Maxis, Altel, Digi, and Celcom, according to Lowyat.net. The local website… Read more →