Daily Report: A Net Neutrality Setback for Facebook in India
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Top 10 Android app updates this week: Plex VR, Google Pay
Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the [...]
The Cat S61 is a rugged Android phone with a $999 price tag
Phones are getting more expensive, but luckily there are plenty of options out there if you don’t feel like forking over a grand to get a new daily driver. If you don’t mind spending a lot of cash, though, there’s a new Cat-branded device to consider.
The Cat S61 is now officially official. This is [...]
Android users can now receive multimedia texts from some businesses
Google has been working on adopting Rich Communication Services (RCS) for quite some time now, rolling out the feature in Android Messages and getting initial support from the likes of Sprint. Now a few more retail business can take advantage of the initiative, too.
Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any [...]
Huawei P20 prototype leaks out with pair of rear cameras and ‘virtual volume key’
For smartphone manufacturers, there was an easy trend to attach to throughout last year and leading into 2018: devices with minimized bezels. Huawei is no stranger to that initiative, and it looks like the P-series is going to get in on the fun, too.
Essential Phone owners can now join the Oreo beta with OTA update
Earlier this month, Essential officially started rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo beta. The ability to try out the pre-release software meant downloading and installing the software via sideloading. Now, though, Essential is opening things up and making it easier in general to try Android 8.1 Oreo on [...]
Smartphones unveiled at MWC to come with high specs
New smartphones to be unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 will feature high-end cameras and all-screen displays with strong artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
Integrated circuit technology advances continue to amaze, IC Insights finds
The success and proliferation of integrated circuits has largely hinged on the ability of IC manufacturers to continue offering more performance and functionality for the money, according to IC Insights. Driving down the cost of ICs (on a per-function or per-performance basis) is inescapably tied to a growing arsenal of technologies and wafer-fab manufacturing disciplines as mainstream CMOS processes reach their theoretical, practical, and economic limits.
Equipment supplier Nova posts record revenues and profits for 2017
Semiconductor and LCD equipment supplier Nova Technology has reported net profits of NT$447 million (US$15.3 million) on consolidated revenues of NT$3.34 billion for 2017. Both results hit record-high levels. EPS for the year reached NT$15.07.
AU Optronics (AUO) will begin to ship 8K TV panels in sizes ranging from 65- to 85-inch in the first half of 2018, while also ramping up shipments of all-screen displays for handset applications, according to Liao Wei-lun, president of AUO's video products business group.
Samsung and Qualcomm expand foundry cooperation on EUV process technology
Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Technologies have announced their intention to expand their decade-long foundry relationship into EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography process technology, including the manufacture of future Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets using Samsung's 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) EUV process technology.
AMD has introduced two new product families - the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor and AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor. AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 brings the power of "Zen" to a variety of new markets including networking, storage and edge computing devices, while AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 targets medical imaging, industrial systems, digital gaming and thin clients, according to the vendor.
Server DRAM revenues among top-3 suppliers increase 14% in 4Q17, says DRAMeXchange
Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology generated a combined US$6.32 billion in server DRAM revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017, up 13.9% from the about US$5.55 billion the top-3 suppliers collectively posted in the prior quarter, according to DRAMeXchange.
KARIYA, Japan, Feb. 21, 2018 -- DENSO, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, has announced a significant investment in Dellfer, an IoT and automotive cybersecurity startup company based in San Francisco, California. Dellfer is a young startup focusing on cybersecurity solutions against "zero day" attacks within connected networks such as deployed IoT devices, and in the future, connected vehicles. Dellfer will use the proceeds from this funding to build out its development team and begin discussions with early adopter customers, including DENSO.
"As cars become smarter, more connected, and autonomous, advanced safeguards to secure and protect the technology within those vehicles will be a key area of focus for DENSO, and the auto industry as a whole," said Tony Cannestra, Director of Corporate Ventures at DENSO. "DENSO will continue to strongly support technologies like Dellfer's to ensure that a safe and secure mobility future is delivered to our customers."
"This investment accelerates our mission for IoT device cyberspace protection against zero day attacks," said James Blaisdell, CEO of Dellfer. "We look forward to a deep and fruitful partnership with DENSO to deliver advance safeguards for protecting vehicles."
DENSO continues to evaluate technology investment opportunities for automotive solutions and innovative technologies with potentially significant implications for the future of transportation. The company focuses on advancing four core areas: connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electrification (CASE) technologies. DENSO opened a Silicon Valley office in 2011, and in 2014 created a dedicated Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) group to pursue early stage investment opportunities around the world with entrepreneurs and startup companies. The company also lends expertise and monetary support to two technology incubators – Prospect Silicon Valley and NextEnergy.
About DENSO in North America
DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 28 consolidated subsidiaries and 4 affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO's North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to www.denso.com/us-ca/en. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica.
About DENSO Corporation
DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/
SEC Commission Statement and Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures
In light of the increasing significance of cybersecurity incidents, the Commission believes it is necessary to provide further Commission guidance. This interpretive release outlines the Commission’s views with respect to cybersecurity disclosure requirements under the federal securities laws as they apply to public operating companies. While the Commission continues to consider other means of promoting appropriate disclosure of cyber incidents, we are reinforcing and expanding upon the staff’s 2011 guidance. In addition, we address two topics not developed in the staff’s 2011 guidance, namely the importance of cybersecurity policies and procedures and the application of insider trading prohibitions in the cybersecurity context.
First, this release stresses the importance of maintaining comprehensive policies and procedures related to cybersecurity risks and incidents. Companies are required to establish and maintain appropriate and effective disclosure controls and procedures that enable them to make accurate and timely disclosures of material events, including those related to cybersecurity. Such robust disclosure controls and procedures assist companies in satisfying their disclosure obligations under the federal securities laws.
Second, we also remind companies and their directors, officers, and other corporate insiders of the applicable insider trading prohibitions under the general antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws and also of their obligation to refrain from making selective disclosures of material nonpublic information about cybersecurity risks or incidents.
The Commission, and the staff through its filing review process, continues to monitor cybersecurity disclosures carefully.
Fighting Cybersecurity Threats to the Growing Economy
Information technology creates enormous value for the U.S. economy. However, it also exposes U.S. firms, the government sector, and private individuals to new risks that originate and are often effectuated entirely in cyberspace. Due to the difficulty of identifying and punishing malicious actors, and the ever-greater interconnectedness stemming from the intensified use of the Internet, malicious cyber activity is becoming more and more widespread. Malicious actors range from lone individuals to highly sophisticated nation-states, and they pose a potential threat to all Americans using any information and communications technologies.
Malicious cyber activity imposes considerable costs on the U.S. economy. Some costs are more immediate and include the value of sensitive information and intellectual property stolen by hackers, as well as the loss of revenues, data, and equipment due to disruptive cyberattacks and data breaches. Other costs are longer term, such as the slow rate of adoption of new, productivity-boosting information technologies and the underinvestment in research and development stemming from poor protection against cyber theft. The ongoing costs could escalate considerably in the event of an attack with large-scale consequences—for example, an attack on critical infrastructure sectors that are crucial for the smooth functioning of the U.S. economy.
Cybersecurity is a common good. A firm with weak cybersecurity imposes negative externalities on its customers, employees, and other firms tied to it through partnerships and supply chain relations. In the presence of externalities, firms would rationally underinvest in cybersecurity relative to the socially optimal level. Therefore, it often falls to regulators to devise a series of penalties and incentives to increase the level of investment to the desired level.
The marketplace is responding to the growing level of cyber threats. Firms are increasingly outsourcing cyber protection functions to the blossoming cybersecurity sector. The emergence of the cyber insurance market helps firms share the risk of cybersecurity compromises. However, these positive developments are hampered by firms’ reluctance to share information on past malicious cyber activity directed at them, along with the cyber threats they currently face. This resistance stems from a variety of concerns, such as the fact that investors will respond negatively, causing the stock price to plunge, that the firm will suffer reputational damage and be exposed to lawsuits and regulatory actions, or that the revelation of potential vulnerabilities could lead to additional cybersecurity exposure. Despite the regulatory requirement that material cybersecurity events be reported by publicly traded firms, there is a general agreement that underreporting is pervasive. As a result of this underreporting, the frequencies and costs of various types of malicious cyber activity directed at firms are largely unknown, and this lack of information hampers the ability of all actors to respond effectively and immediately.
In addition, the scarcity of information may be slowing down the development of the cyber insurance market. Further, the use of common technologies among otherwise unrelated firms may impede the development of the cyber insurance market. Common vulnerabilities in these technologies cause cybersecurity risks to be correlated across firms in complicated and little-understood patterns, which makes it difficult for insurance companies to construct properly diversified portfolios of insured firms.
Continued cooperation between the public and private sectors is the key to effectively managing cybersecurity risks. The ongoing efforts by the private sector involve making information technology more secure, providing timely defenses to new threats, and further developing platforms for anonymous information sharing on cybersecurity threats. The government is likewise important in incentivizing cyber protection—for example, by disseminating new cybersecurity standards, sharing best practices, conducting basic research on cybersecurity, protecting critical infrastructures, preparing future employees for the cybersecurity workforce, and enforcing the rule of law in cyberspace.
Attorney General Sessions Announces New Cybersecurity Task Force
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of the Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force, which will canvass the many ways that the Department is combatting the global cyber threat, and will also identify how federal law enforcement can more effectively accomplish its mission in this vital and evolving area.
“The Internet has given us amazing new tools that help us work, communicate, and participate in our economy, but these tools can also be exploited by criminals, terrorists, and enemy governments,” Attorney General Sessions said. “At the Department of Justice, we take these threats seriously. That is why today I am ordering the creation of a Cyber-Digital Task Force to advise me on the most effective ways that this Department can confront these threats and keep the American people safe.”
The Task Force will be chaired by a senior Department official appointed by the Deputy Attorney General and will consist of representatives from the Department’s Criminal Division, the National Security Division, the United States Attorney’s Office community, the Office of Legal Policy, the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the ATF, FBI, DEA, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The Deputy Attorney General may invite representatives from other Department of Justice components and from other federal agencies to participate in the Task Force. He may also establish subcommittees to focus the Task Force’s efforts.
The Task Force will be responsible for issuing a report to the Attorney General by the end of June.
The Attorney General has asked the Task Force to prioritize its study of efforts to interfere with our elections; efforts to interfere with our critical infrastructure; the use of the Internet to spread violent ideologies and to recruit followers; the mass theft of corporate, governmental, and private information; the use of technology to avoid or frustrate law enforcement; and the mass exploitation of computers and other digital devices to attack American citizens and businesses. The scope of the Task Force’s report is not limited to these categories.
Google will begin certifying Android devices for business use
The big hurdle to overcome with Android for business is the sheer volume of devices in the wild. It's hard to ensure consistency and steady updates, which are crucial for security. Google will recommend specific devices that meet requirements for business.
More Than 40% of Global Log-in Attempts Are Malicious
More than 40% of global log-in attempts are malicious thanks to bot-driven credential stuffing attacks, according to the latest report from Akamai. From a report: The cloud delivery provider's latest State of the Internet/Security report for Q4 2017 comprised analysis from over 7.3 trillion bot requests per month. It claimed that such requests account for over 30% of all web traffic across its platform per day, excluding video streaming. However, malicious activity has seen a sharp increase, as cyber-criminals look to switch botnets from DDoS attacks to using stolen credentials to try to access online accounts. Of the 17 billion login requests Akamai tracked in November and December, over two-fifths (43%) were used for credential abuse. The figure rose to a staggering 82% for the hospitality industry.
Soderbergh's Thriller Shot on iPhone Premieres in Berlin
Director Steven Soderbergh said this week he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller "Unsane" on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking. From a report: "Unsane", which premieres at the Berlin film festival, was shot over just two weeks - way shorter than the months a movie usually takes. It tells the story of Sawyer Valentini, who moves to a new city to escape her stalker David but finds herself admitted to a mental health institution where he works.
OpenBSD's Meltdown patch has landed, in the form of a Version 11 code update that separates user memory pages from the kernel's -- pretty much the same approach as was taken in the Linux kernel. From a report: A few days after the Meltdown/Spectre bugs emerged in January, OpenBSD's Phillip Guenther responded to user concerns with a post saying the operating system's developers were working out what to do. Now he's revealed the approach used to fix the free OS: "When a syscall, trap, or interrupt takes a CPU from userspace to kernel the trampoline code switches page tables, switches stacks to the thread's real kernel stack, then copies over the necessary bits from the trampoline stack. On return to userspace the opposite occurs: recreate the iretq frame on the trampoline stack, switch stack, switch page tables, and return to userspace." That explanation is somewhat obscure to non-developers, but there's a more readable discussion of what the project's developers had in mind from January, here.
Intel Did Not Tell US Cyber Officials About Chip Flaws Until Made Public
Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on Thursday. From a report: Current and former U.S. government officials have raised concerns that the government was not informed of the flaws before they became public because the flaws potentially held national security implications. Intel said it did not think the flaws needed to be shared with U.S. authorities as hackers had not exploited the vulnerabilities. Intel did not tell the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, better known as US-CERT, about Meltdown and Spectre until Jan. 3, after reports on them in online technology site The Register had begun to circulate.
Amazon May Open Up To Six More Automated Stores This Year
Amazon may have opened its automated convenience store a year late, but it looks like it's been a pretty big success. From a report: Recode learned that the company plans on opening six more of its Amazon Go stores in 2018. It's not clear where these stores will be located, though Recode reports that more locations are likely in Seattle, and Amazon is in talks with the developer of The Grove in Los Angeles. Amazon Go is billed as the convenience store of the future. There are no checkout lines; you can simply walk in, grab what you want, and leave. You scan in with a smartphone app, and then an AI tracks what you take from the shelves and automatically charges you for them.
The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules will be no more in two months, as the agency takes the final step in removing the regulation from its rule book. From a report: The date -- April 23 -- was revealed today after the Federal Communication Commission's order revoking net neutrality was published in the Federal Register. You can read the full order here. The publication means that a new fight around net neutrality is about to begin. States and other parties will be able to sue over the rules -- some have already gotten started -- and a battle in Congress will kick off over a vote to reverse the order entirely. While that fight likely won't get far in Congress since Republicans by and large oppose net neutrality and control both chambers, there will likely be a long and heated legal battle around the corner for the FCC's new policy. The FCC's new rules are really a lack of rules. Its "Restoring Internet Freedom" order entirely revokes the strong net neutrality regulations put in place back in 2015 and replaces them with basically nothing. Internet providers can now block, throttle, and prioritize content if they want to. The only real rule here is that they have to disclose if they're doing any of this.
Twitter Updates Developer Rules in the Wake of Bot Crackdown
Twitter is getting serious about its bot problem. From a report: Hours after a massive bot purge that prompted the #TwitterLockOut hashtag to trend, the company is announcing new rules for developers meant to prevent bots from using third-party apps to spread spam. According to the new rules, developers that use Twitter's API will no longer be able to let users: Simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts. Simultaneously perform actions such as Likes, Retweets, or follows from multiple accounts Use of any form of automation (including scheduling) to post identical or substantially similar content, or to perform actions such as Likes or Retweets, across many accounts that have authorized your app (whether or not you created or directly control those accounts) is not permitted.
SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 from SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base today, its first launch since its successful Falcon Heavy test earlier this month. The launch took off early Wednesday morning, after being rescheduled a couple of times from an initial target of this past weekend. From a report: The launch was primarily designed to bring the PAZ satellite to orbit (which was deployed as planned into a low Earth, sun-synchronous polar orbit), a satellite for a Spanish customer that's designed to provide geocommunications and radar imaging for both government and private commercial customers. This launch had a secondary purpose, however, and one that might ultimately be more important to SpaceX's long-term goals. SpaceX packed two demonstration micro satellites for its planned internet broadband service (which Elon Musk confided via tweet it will call 'Starlink'). These will perform tests required before it's certified to operate the service, which it hopes to use to generate revenue by signing up subscribers to its internet service, which will hopefully be globe-spanning once complete.
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
Starting today, Sprint customers can pre-order the unique LG G Flex smartphone for $299 online with a two year contract. By pre-ordering between now and January 31st, customers will receive a complimentary Quickwindow Folio Case, which is valued at $60. Sprint…
Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1
Certain European consumers interested in the Moto X smartphone from Motorola will soon have their chance to purchase the excellent handset. Expected to launch on February 1st, Motorola will sell its iconic Moto X device in Black or White in…
Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course
Church supports priests' professional development plans
The Vatican cannot be accused of lack of interest in the continued professional development of its staff. Just look at the dedicated exorcism training course it set out this week for clergy interested in advancing their skills.…