United Arab Emirates

RSAC 2019: Cybersecurity trends for the year ahead

Tahawul Tech | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:20 AM
  • Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic, Head of Solutions Architecture, Help AG Middle East, shares some of the key takeaways from the recently held RSA Conference in San Franciso and highlights the different trends organisations need to focus on in 2019.
  • RSAC 2019 featured 700+ exhibitors and was attended by more than 42,500 visitors.
  • On the topic of all things SOC – throughout the RSA conference, one could see plenty of discussions around automation (SOAR), SIEM (best-of-breed SIEM, next gen SIEM, and easy-to-do SIEM), threat hunting using AI, threat intelligence, EDR (endpoint detection and response), UBA (User Behaviour Analytics) and more.

United States

MIT researcher surprised by Amazon’s “hostile” reaction to her face-recognition work

Fast Company | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:10 AM
  • When MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini realized that facial recognition software didn’t work particularly well on darker-skinned women, she came up with a solution by creating a gender-balanced set of over a thousand politicians from Africa and Europe.
  • Buolamwini ran tests on software created by big tech firms, including Amazon, whose Rekognition facial recognition program is sold to law enforcement agencies, a move the ACLU has dubbed “dangerous”.
  • A group of AI scholars, including a winner of computer science’s top prize, defended her work and called on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to police.


Portugal bets on artificial intelligence to boost exports

Channel NewsAsia | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:06 AM
  • Called “Portugal Exporta”, it offers a range of services to clients, such as matching between companies and investors, information on potential partners and customised internationalisation plans for each firm.
  • Portugal has 44,000 companies with potential to export but only 23,000 do it regularly.

United States

Giant Eagle will bring robots into select stores

ZDNet | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:05 AM
  • Giant Eagle has announced a pilot program to bring shelf-scanning robots into select stores.
  • The pilot is being run in partnership  with inventory automation firm Simbe Robotics, maker of Tally, an autonomous shelf scanning and inventory analytics platform.
  • In the pilot, Tally units will scan around 35,000 products multiple times per day, performing accurate inventory-counts, out of stock and low stock detection, identifying misplaced or improperly oriented items, and performing third-party supplier compliance and vendor management tasks.

United Kingdom

Outlook and Hotmail users left exposed in Microsoft email breach

The Telegraph | Apr 15, 2019 at 11:02 AM
  • Email accounts across Microsoft’s Outlook, Hotmail and MSN services were left vulnerable for almost three months after it emerged that hackers had targeted them.
  • A “limited” number of people had their accounts compromised in a breach that took place between January 1st and March 28th.
  • Hackers broke into a customer support account, which then allowed them to gain unauthorised access to personal information, such as the subject lines of some emails, the identities of recipients of messages and the names of folders, which are used by many customers to organise emails.

United Kingdom

Three quarters of smartphones will have AI chip by 2022

techradar.pro | Apr 15, 2019 at 10:50 AM
  • As AI becomes increasingly integral to consumer technologies, manufacturers and developers believe on-board capabilities will enable a new breed of applications and reduce power consumption.
  • With the arrival of 5G networks and a desire for reduced latency, mobile phones will increasingly provide edge computing functions too.
  • The inclusion of AI capabilities in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range will foster growth in the high-end segment, while MediaTek’s efforts will see AI become a fixture at lower price points.


Inside SoftBank’s drive to rule the road

Japan News | Apr 15, 2019 at 10:34 AM
  • The agreement was followed by the launch of a joint venture dubbed Monet Technologies, designed to set up automated mobility services.
  • SoftBank and its affiliates have focused some of their biggest investments on self-driving firm Cruise, a unit of GM, and four global ride-services giants — Uber, Didi Chuxing, Ola and Grab.
  • ■ Zume Pizza, a U.S. developer of automated delivery vehicles.

United Kingdom

How to outsource software development successfully

techradar.pro | Apr 15, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  • The importance of technology to businesses across all economic sectors is at an all-time high.
  • This outsourcing arrangement involves filling key weaknesses in your in-house staff by bringing in skilled software engineers on an as-needed basis.
  • The best software outsourcing companies will have a set of processes in place to ensure that you stay updated on your team’s progress (if using an autonomous delivery team) or that your outsourced developers are properly integrating into your team and following internal procedures (if using staff augmentation services).


Govt should be more proactive in promoting electric vehicles

EJ Insight | Apr 15, 2019 at 10:24 AM
  • The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) announced recently that the sole supplier of Hong Kong’s LPG light buses will cease producing the vehicles in 2021, and as such, Euro VI diesel light buses will be introduced in their stead.
  • Apart from the fact that LPG light buses will no longer be produced from 2021, there are still 677 registered Euro IV diesel light buses in service across Hong Kong.
  • This raises the question of whether the government is sufficiently confident there will be enough supply of Euro VI light buses for the local industry so as to convince fleet owners to switch to the new Euro VI model.