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Nokia, Daimler talks over connected vehicle patent licensing dispute end, no resolution in sight

Nokia and Sendai test drone use cases for tsunamis The testers attempted to use a drone to lead people out of safety in a simulated tsunami situation. Nokia and Daimler’s attempts to thrash out a licensing agreement during recent talks to reach an acceptable licensing agreement for connected vehicle patents appear to have failed.  The companies, alongside various suppliers, have… Read more →

Obviously AI introduces natural language predictive analytics service

A few days back, Joe McKendrick wrote about an IBM study showing seven business areas that are ripe for AI. It’s just part of the onrush of developments that are making AI mainstream. And so it’s easy to get jaded when you hear an announcement of yet another AI-enhanced tool. So when we saw an announcement from the tiny startup… Read more →

Hackers exploit zero-day in WordPress plugin to create rogue admin accounts

Image: ZDNet, WordPress Hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in a WordPress plugin made by ThemeREX, a company that sells commercial WordPress themes. The attacks, detected by Wordfence, a company that provides a web application firewall (WAF) for WordPress sites, have begun yesterday, February 18. They target ThemeREX Addons, a WordPress plugin that ships pre-installed with all ThemeREX commercial themes…. Read more →

SoftBank will use telco shares as collateral to secure $4.5 billion in loans

Softbank to open a cafe run by Pepper robots It will sell waffles. SoftBank Group is seeking loans of $4.5 billion and is willing to offer collateral in the form of shares from its telco branch in return. The financing agreement will go up to 500 billion yen ($4.5bn), with shares pledged from SoftBank Corp. In total, 16 domestic and… Read more →

Google launches first cloud region in South Korea

Google has launched a new cloud region in Seoul, marking its first for the South Korean market and eighth in the Asia-Pacific. The latest addition comprises three zones and will look to tap into South Korea’s focus on robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and online games. The new site pushes Google’s cloud network to 21 regions and 64 zones across 16… Read more →

Chinese hackers have breached online betting and gambling sites

Image via Amanda Jones Special feature Cyberwar and the Future of Cybersecurity Today’s security threats have expanded in scope and seriousness. There can now be millions — or even billions — of dollars at risk when information security isn’t handled properly. Read More Since the summer of 2019, a group of professional Chinese hackers has been targeting and hacking into… Read more →

Microsoft has a subdomain hijacking problem

Image: ZDNet A security researcher has pointed out today that Microsoft has a problem in managing its thousands of subdomains, many of which can be hijacked and used for attacks against users, its employees, or for showing spammy content. The issue has been brought up today by Michel Gaschet, a security researcher and a developer for NIC.gp. In an interview… Read more →

Google extends Titan Security Key availability

Google on Tuesday announced it’s making its Titan Security Keys more widely available.  It’s extending availability of the USB-C version to Canada, France, Japan and the UK — all countries where customers can already purchase the Titan Security Key bundle with USB-A/NFC and Bluetooth/USB/NFC keys. Meanwhile, customers in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland can now get the bundle or… Read more →

Western Digital’s new embedded flash drive is "5G market-ready"

Western Digital on Tuesday announced the iNAND EU521 embedded flash drive, a storage device that should allow smartphone and tablet users take full advantage of 5G connectivity. The new Universal Flash Storage (UFS) device meets a new hardware interface standard that should help mobile device makers ensure that storage isn’t the bottleneck to performance on new devices.  executive guide What… Read more →

Western Digital’s new embedded flash drive is "5G market-ready"

Western Digital on Tuesday announced the iNAND EU521 embedded flash drive, a storage device that should allow smartphone and tablet users take full advantage of 5G connectivity. The new Universal Flash Storage (UFS) device meets a new hardware interface standard that should help mobile device makers ensure that storage isn’t the bottleneck to performance on new devices.  executive guide What… Read more →

The Linux Foundation identifies most important open-source software components and their problems

Why 2019 was the year of Linux and open-source software These five stories show why the future of technology belongs to Linux and open-source software. Red Hat recently reported open-source software now dominates the enterprise. Actually, it does more than that. Another older study found open-source software makes up 80% to 90% of all software. You may not know that,… Read more →

Microsoft is looking into reports of Surface Laptop 3 cracked screens

Credit: Microsoft For the past couple of months, a number of Surface Laptop 3 customers have been reporting the screens of their new devices were cracking, allegedly through no fault of their own. Microsoft has been advising the majority of those users that they will have to pay out of pocket to replace the devices, according to various forum posts…. Read more →