Amazon announced today that it is partnering with Volvo and General Motors to deliver packages to the trunk of your car. The service will be available in 37 cities to Amazon Prime users who own Volvo or GM cars made after 2015.
The Internet Society is calling on internet exchange points to help stop routing outages or cyberattacks that spread bad routing information. So far, 10 IXPs have signed on to the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security Initiative, helping to make internet access securer.
Microsoft has released "Windows Defender Browser Protection," an add-on for Chrome browsers on Windows or macOS that improves phishing detection. The WDBP checks links against a list of known malicious URLs to help protect user data.
Intelisys announced that it will collaborate with Avaya in the company's cloud master agent program. Partners of Intelisys will sell Avaya's cloud services in exchange for management and support.
Chinese tech companies, including Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei, often discriminate against women by posting certain jobs that are only offered to men, or which require women to be attractive, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. Spokespersons from Alibaba and Baidu responded that they will crack down on sexist job postings.
Rising demand for internet of things microchips is locking up 8-inch wafer production capacity in China and Taiwan, a situation that is likely to continue through the end of this year, industry sources say. The demand for IoT chipsets is buoying the financial results of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., United Microelectronics and other foundries, those sources note.
The valuation of China's largest chipmaker, Shenzhen Huiding Technology, is dwarfed by the market values Intel, Broadcom and Qualcomm, Bloomberg data reveal. Catching up with those advanced semiconductor vendors may be a tall order for China, says Li Yi, chief fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, who adds, "Many of these entrepreneurs bail out on making huge long-term investments in industrial design and advanced manufacturing."
Gartner confirmed what other market research firm have said, reporting that Samsung Electronics outsold Intel in chips last year, $59.875 billion to Intel's $58.725 billion, dethroning the US company after 25 years of market dominance. The worldwide semiconductor industry set a record with 2017 sales of $420.4 billion, Gartner estimated.
STMicroelectronics brought out the STSPIN233 low-voltage motor driver IC, contained in a package measuring 3 millimeters by 3mm. The chip could be used to boost battery life in educational robots, medical syringe pumps, drone-camera gimbals, electric shavers and toothbrushes and small drives in internet of things devices.
Mobile developers are tantalized by the prospect of event-driven machine vision technology, and it is becoming easier for them to avail themselves of the advanced concept. Paris-based Prophesee has a reference design allowing vision system developers to try out neuromorphic vision.