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In 2018, AWS delivered most of Amazon’s operating income

Amazon published its fourth quarter financial results on Thursday, beating market expectations. For the full fiscal year 2018, Amazon Web Services grew at a robust 47 percent and accounted for the bulk of the company’s profit. Amazon’s net income in Q4 came to $3 billion, or $6.04 per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.9 billion, or $3.75 per… Read more →

Company selling social media ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ settles with US authorities

Today, a company that sold social media ‘likes’ and ‘followers,’ settled its legal case with the New York’s Attorney General Office in the first-ever criminal investigation of its kind. The company, Devumi LLC, operated the now-defunct website, where it sold likes and views on YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud, endorsements on LinkedIn, pins on Pinterest, and likes, retweets, and Twitter… Read more →

Hey Apple. Why not ban all of Facebook’s apps?

Time for radical action? Higher powers tell me that trade wars work. They bring a little jolt to the status quo. They create a frisson of fear in at least one of the parties. They might even drag a little justice in their wake. Also: Severe vulnerability in Apple FaceTime found by Fortnite player  These trying thoughts come to me because… Read more →

Google’s Cloud Firestore is now generally available

Google on Thursday announced that Cloud Firestore, its cloud-native NoSQL database, is now out of beta and in General Availability. Google is also lowering prices for regional instances of Cloud Firestore and adding new locations to host Cloud Firestore data. Bringing the fully-managed database into GA should help organizations that want to embrace serverless application development. Amazon Web Services introduced… Read more →

Fear and loathing in India: BJP insists Amazon, Flipkart adopt new e-commerce rules by Feb. 1

Is it possible that a purportedly business-friendly government can, in the blink of an eye, destroy — or at least severely damage — its most celebrated industry in the tech-meets-commerce space? Also: Will Flipkart and Amazon kill India’s retail industry? This is what seems to be unraveling, as Flipkart and Amazon face an unyielding Feb. 1st deadline to alter their business… Read more →

New security flaw impacts 5G, 4G, and 3G telephony protocols

A new vulnerability has been discovered in the upcoming 5G cellular mobile communications protocol. Researchers have described this new flaw as more severe than any of the previous vulnerabilities that affected the 3G and 4G standards. Further, besides 5G, this new vulnerability also impacts the older 3G and 4G protocols, providing surveillance tech vendors with a new flaw they can… Read more →

Hands on with Auto Vox A1 dash cam: Rotating camera for in-car recording

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Singapore releases guidelines for deployment of autonomous vehicles

Singapore has released a set of national standards to guide the local industry in the “safe” development and rollout of autonomous vehicles, outlining guidelines related to vehicle behaviour, functional safety, cybersecurity, and data formats. Called Technical Reference 68 (TR 68), the standards were developed over the past year by various representatives from the autonomous vehicle sector, research and education institutions,… Read more →

Intel picks Robert Swan for chief executive

Intel’s new CEO Bob Swan. Intel on Thursday announced that interim chief executive Robert Swan is now the chipmaker’s permanent CEO, ending a more than six-month search following the abrupt resignation of former CEO Brian Krzanich last June. Just last week, Swan told analysts that the board was still evaluating candidates for what he considered “the biggest and best open job on… Read more →

Intel Xeon W-3175X: Monster performance with a monster price tag

Intel has finally released the Xeon W-3175X workstation processor that it first announced back in October 2018 at Computex. This is Intel’s first 28-core/56-thread processor and it is aimed squarely at those involved in professional content creation, architectural and industrial design running highly-threaded and computing-intensive workloads. But this performance comes at a price that makes AMD’s Threadripper processor look affordable…. Read more →

Almost all Americans are frustrated with voice AI to talk to companies

Companies want to use every channel possible to talk to their customers and interact more than before. Also: What is AI? Everything you need to know But what really matters to the customer when companies talk to them? Franklin, Mass.-based  IT service company Interactions, in conjunction with The Harris Poll, conducted a study to find out how customers perceive Voice AI…. Read more →

How much do we trust AI recommendations?

AI is used extensively and frictionlessly across much of our lives nowadays. Also: What is AI? Everything you need to know Google maps, Netflix, Spotify, Facebook news, dating apps, and job searching on LinkedIn all rely on AI for recommendations. But are users happy with the AI systems that we use every day? Do we get what we want from our… Read more →