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  • Silicon Valley's Corrupt Underbelly: It's Far Worse Than We Thought February 19, 2018
    After addressing the topic of sexual harassment and misconduct in Silicon Valley last month, I finally got my hands on a copy of Brotopia, an eye-opening new book, and a lot of executives should be happy I did not pursue my career in law enforcement. Otherwise I would be working my butt off to get […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Cleveland-Chicago Hyperloop Line Gets Feasibility Study February 16, 2018
    HTT has announced an agreement with an Ohio agency to launch a study on creating its first interstate hyperloop project in the U.S., connecting Chicago and Cleveland. The agreement with the Northern Ohio Area Coordinating Committee puts in motion a regional feasibility study, to be carried out in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    David Jones
  • Apple's HomePod Could Leave a Lasting Mark With Customers February 15, 2018
    Apple's new $350 HomePod could make an impact in several ways. In addition to providing listeners with highly praised sound quality, the smart speaker literally could make an impression on some of the wood surfaces it touches -- in the form of white rings. The HomePod can stream music to those who have an Apple […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Are Smart TV Designs Taking Home Security for Granted? February 15, 2018
    Millions of smart TVs from Samsung and some streaming devices from Roku recently were found to be vulnerable to cyberattacks, allowing intruders to take control and remotely change channels and volume settings, among other things, according to Consumer Reports research. Vulnerabilities were discovered not only in Samsung televisions, but also in TVs from TCL and […]
    David Jones
  • SentinelOne Debuts Unified OS Threat Protection February 15, 2018
    SentinelOne this week announced a partnership with Microsoft to bolster threat protection for mixed platform users, making computing safer for Linux machines in a multiplatform workplace. SentinelOne will integrate its Endpoint Protection Platform with Microsoft's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection service to cover Mac and Linux device platforms.
    Jack M. Germain
  • Google Offers New Mobile Story Tech to Publishers February 14, 2018
    Google has rolled out a developer preview of its new AMP story format, which is designed to give content publishers an easy way to deliver news and information on mobile devices with visually rich, tap-through stories. "On mobile devices, users browse lots of articles, but engage with few in-depth," noted Rudy Galfi, product manager for […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Intel's Fake 5G Olympic Hail Mary February 12, 2018
    If there ever were a time when perception Trumped reality, this would be it. So much of what we see these days that looks real just isn't. I can connect a lot of this back to Steve Jobs, who was the master at this in the tech world. However, I'm worried that too many people […]
    Rob Enderle
  • EHang Shows Off Passenger Drone's Flight Successes February 10, 2018
    EHang this week released footage of the latest test flights of its EHang 184 personal Autonomous Aerial Vehicle. The EHang 184 can transport a single person at up to 130kph in Force 7 typhoon conditions, the company said. EHang plans to further improve the passenger experience and add an optional manual control so passengers with […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Leak of Stale iOS Source Code Could Trigger Fresh Problems February 9, 2018
    Apple lawyers have sent a copyright violation notice to Github, following the publication of leaked iOS 9 source code on the site. Though iOS 9 is dated, it's possible that the leaked code could be used to jailbreak older devices or worse. Publication of the code violated Apple's rights under the DMCA, the attorneys wrote, […]
    David Jones
  • New MIT Project to Probe Mysteries of Human Intelligence February 8, 2018
    MIT last week launched the MIT Intelligence Quest, an initiative to find out how human intelligence works, in engineering terms, and how a deeper grasp of human intelligence can be applied to building wiser and more useful machines. Life scientists, computer scientists, social scientists and engineers will collaborate in the effort.
    Richard Adhikari
  • With 4K HDR, Olympics May Be More Colorful Than Ever February 8, 2018
    The parade of Olympic athletes entering Pyeongchang could be quite colorful for a few reasons. Athletes from North and South Korea will enter together for the first time in more than a decade, and viewers at home will be able to see the ceremony and some events like never before. NBCUniversal has decided to make […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Open Up the Source Code to Lock Down Your Data February 8, 2018
    Meaningful security is more than an app or an OS. It's a mindset. Linux security tools by themselves will not make you or anyone more secure. Security requires trade-offs in convenience, so the tools I'll highlight here are not recommended as "daily drivers." Only you can determine your ideal balance point. Perhaps the single greatest […]
    Jonathan Terrasi
  • Critics Love HomePod's Sound but Rap Its Smarts February 7, 2018
    Critics have begun weighing in on Apple's HomePod smart speaker, and they're loving the device's sound but don't have much affection for its smarts. The HomePod's sound outclassed top-shelf competitor SonosOne, according to Matthew Panzarino. "The HomePod was the 'best' sounding. It's nuanced and subtle with great separation and clarity across all kinds of music," […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Former Execs Team Up to Fight the Tech Addiction Monster February 7, 2018
    A group of former Facebook, Google and Mozilla executives have joined forces to establish the Center for Humane Technology, a new organization dedicated to combating the growing problem of addictive behavior among social media users. The new center, along with the children's advocacy group Common Sense, has announced a campaign to help change the social […]
    David Jones
  • WiFi Routers Riddled With Holes: Report February 6, 2018
    Most WiFi router vendors have not patched numerous firmware vulnerabilities discovered more than two years ago, according to a new report. OEM firmware built into WiFi routers use open source components that contain numerous known security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. Insignary conducted comprehensive binary code scans for known security vulnerabilities in WiFi […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Intel's Smart Peepers Look Smart, Too February 6, 2018
    Intel has designed a pair of smart glasses that won't make you look like a hopeless geek. Called "Vaunt," the peepers, which are still in the prototype phase, look like ordinary glasses, save for a faint, red glimmer that occasionally appears on the right lens. Information sent to the glasses appear to be displayed on […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Amazon's Soaring Healthcare Ambition: The Promise and the Problem February 5, 2018
    Healthcare is a mess in the United States. Consumers pay more and get less than in most other developed countries. Strong comprehensive healthcare is unaffordable for most without substantial help, which is why putting the burden on the government really does not work. If people cannot afford something, individually aggregating it under what amounts to […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Skype Comes to Linux in a Snap February 2, 2018
    Canonical has announced the availability of Skype as a Snap file, the universal Linux app packaging format. Skype now can deliver its communication service to a wider range of Linux users, not just those who run Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution. Skype, a Microsoft product, is an application that lets users make video and voice calls, […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • HighGround CEO Andee Harris: Find Your People February 2, 2018
    "Human capital management is the idea that your humans are your capital, and so you should be investing in them and managing them, making sure that you're giving your talent opportunities to grow, and that they have purpose in their work," said HighGround CEO Andee Harris. "Human resources is more about HR benefits and core […]
    Vivian Wagner
  • Facebook Is Gobbling Less of Users' Time February 1, 2018
    The social media industry may have to struggle to rehydrate in light of some surprising and troubling metrics Facebook released on Wednesday. In addition to a pause in user growth, there have been signs that user engagement may have reversed course. The decline may have something to do with Facebook's efforts to recover from accusations […]
    David Jones