Microsoft revealed plans to add more internet of things updates to the Azure cloud computing platform, including the release of Azure IoT Central to the general public. Companies can also create digital models of physical spaces with the Azure Digital Twins solution, while the Azure Sphere brings security to small connected microcontrollers.
Samples of Intel's silicon photonics transceivers for 5G infrastructure are now available, and the company plans to begin mass producing the technology by 2019. Intel predicts global data center IP traffic to reach about 20 zettabytes by 2021, three times the amount produced in 2016.
Apple and Salesforce have launched a partnership to add Apple features to Salesforce mobile apps. As an exchange, Salesforce will produce software tools for big businesses to build better iPhone and iPad products.
Three Square Chip is developing a microchip implant that will monitor a user's vital signs, alerting doctors to potentially life-threatening problems, writes Haley Weiss. The chips will be powered by body heat, the company says.
While remaining incognito was once vital for hackers, many are now going public, per outed hackers who spoke at the recent Defcon, a hacking convention. Aliases are still important, but revealing themselves helps hackers use their experience to land high-level cybersecurity gigs.
Smart city technology should be implemented to address citizen needs, whether that be access to reliable transportation or building trust in the government, Philadelphia Chief Information Officer Mark Wheeler says. "In communities that have problems getting licenses, or accessing 911, we can be intentional about the fact that we're trying to respond to their needs as best we can," he adds.
5G networking is expected to make waves in the industry, but 62% of executives say uncertain benefits of the technology pose a barrier to widespread adoption in enterprises, according to an Ericsson survey. Companies preparing for 5G should have plans for short- and long-term development that be adapted as new devices and equipment become available, says Accenture Strategy's Jefferson Wang.
London, Singapore, New York and Boston are among the best cities to make the switch to become smart cities, according to a report from the Eden Strategy Institute, but smaller US cities also plan to introduce artificial intelligence. These cities all must consider the policies, logistics and infrastructure that come with such innovation, Llewellyn King writes.
Politicians and national infrastructure systems are being targeted more with distributed-denial-of-service attacks. In a new survey, IT departments reported 7.5 million DDoS attacks in 2017, a result of more sophisticated tools that are better able to bypass detection.
A team of Berkeley-area Department of Energy researchers is using low-cost security sensors to help track electric grid activity. The monitoring system augments more expensive sensors used on main grids to better detect potential cyberattacks.