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Why vehicle security may require a different approach

Embedded Technology - 10 hours 12 min ago
Vehicles are exposed to multiple attack surfaces that can enable hackers to take control of the vehicle. Mitigating these threats starts with better firmware protection.

Pipes: introduction and basic services

Embedded Technology - 10 hours 12 min ago
Pipes were introduced in an earlier article. They provide a more flexible means of passing simple messages between tasks than mailboxes or queues.

AI software development environment targets edge devices

Embedded Technology - 10 hours 12 min ago
There is the growing realization that AI at the edge will require even more processing than anticipated, observed Geoff Lees, NXP's senior vice president. He hinted, Don't be surprised that NXP is ready with a GHz MCU for a 2019 launch.

Toolset to adds AI support to SoC debugging

Embedded Technology - 10 hours 12 min ago
Designing a complex SoC is hard enough. The job gets tougher, with higher costs and arduous process of the validation and verification, after the SoC comes back from a fab, according to UltraSoC CEO.

Collaboration seeks to simplify large-scale IoT device onboarding

Embedded Technology - 10 hours 12 min ago
Semiconductor industry powerhouses aim to reduce the complexity associated with the onboarding process for IoT devices.

Trump’s coal rescue is getting more complicated

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:39

Enlarge / An eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. unit coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

According to four people who spoke to Politico on conditions of anonymity, the Trump administration's plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants has hit a speed bump within the White House itself.

The most recent plan from the Department of Energy (DOE) involved invoking the Defense Production Act of 1950, a wartime rule that allows the president to incentivize and prioritize purchases from American industries that are considered vital to national security.

Another potential plan involved invoking Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act to mandate that struggling coal and nuclear plants stay open either through compulsory purchases by grid managers or through subsidies. FirstEnergy, a power corporation whose coal and nuclear units are under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, petitioned the DOE to use this power in April.

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Ajit Pai slams carriers for slow restoration of cell service after hurricane

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:06

Enlarge / A Verizon logo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Wireless carriers' failure to fully restore cellular service in Florida after Hurricane Michael "is completely unacceptable," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said today in a rare rebuke of the industry that he regulates.

Verizon in particular has been under fire from Florida Governor Rick Scott, who says Verizon hasn't done enough to restore service. By contrast, Scott has praised AT&T for its disaster response.

The FCC will open an investigation into the post-hurricane restoration efforts, Pai said. Pai and Scott urged wireless carriers to immediately disclose plans for restoring service, waive the October bills of affected customers, and let customers switch providers without penalty.

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21-year-old who created powerful RAT software sentenced to 30 months

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 20:43

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A 21-year-old Kentucky man who previously admitted to creating and selling a "remote access trojan" (RAT) known as LuminosityLink has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

Colton Grubbs had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully accessing computers in the furtherance of a criminal act, among other crimes.

When Grubbs was first charged, he claimed LuminosityLink was a legitimate tool for system administrators, and he never intended for it to be used maliciously. He reversed course in a plea agreement he signed in July 2017. In that document, he admitted for the first time that he knew some customers were using the software to control computers without owners' knowledge or permission. Grubbs also admitted emphasizing a wealth of malicious features in marketing materials that promoted the software.

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For Great Customer Experiences, Design Great Employee Experiences

E-Commerce Times - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 20:25
"Customer experience" is the great watchword of 2018 -- and it was a great watchword in 2017 and 2016, too. Eighty-five percent of executives said that CX was important to their companies' strategic priorities, in an Accenture survey. Sixty-two percent of companies viewed CX delivered by contact centers as a competitive differentiator, Deloitte found. Four out of five CX professionals predicted their brand would compete with rivals completely -- or nearly completely -- on CX by late 2019, Gartner reported.

Comcast complains it will make less money under Calif. net neutrality law

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 19:52

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California's net neutrality law will cause "significant lost revenues" for Comcast, the nation's largest cable company said in a court filing this month.

Comcast described the net neutrality law's potential impact on its ability to charge online service providers and network operators for network interconnection.

"The paid interconnection provisions will harm Comcast's ability to enter into new, mutually beneficial interconnection agreements with edge providers that involve consideration, leading to a loss of existing and prospective interconnection partners and significant lost revenues," Comcast Senior VP Ken Klaer wrote in the filing in US District Court for the Eastern District of California. ("Edge provider" is the industry term for websites and other online platforms, such as Netflix and Google.)

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018): Specs, Price, Release Date

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:00
Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite e-reader gets an update. You get more storage, better lighting, and still no Alexa.

Tech firms to SEC: We want the option to pay non-employee workers in equity

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:46

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In recent weeks, both Uber and Airbnb have sent formal letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, asking the regulatory agency to expand efforts that would allow drivers and hosts to also be paid in company shares. Exactly how this would work in practice remains unclear.

The move comes nearly three months after the SEC asked for public comment in a proposed revision to "Rule 701," which currently requires that anyone paid in stock be an investor or an employee. Those directly involved in the "gig" or "sharing" economies are generally not considered to be employees and so, for now, are ineligible for this arrangement.

In fact, Uber told the SEC that it prefers the term "entrepreneurial economy"—odd, given that Uber drivers have no ability to set their own price. Uber also refers to its drivers as "driver partners," suggesting that those behind the wheel have more power than they do in actuality.

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Which Microsoft Surface Should I Buy? (2018)

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:00
We rounded up your options to help you decide which Microsoft PC suits your needs.

Top 3 E-Commerce Trends That Will Drive Sales in 2019

E-Commerce Times - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:00
When it comes to e-commerce, it seems like one day you are in and the next you are out. With online shopping now more accessible than ever, customers steadily are becoming harder to please, and they are considering it a given that their rising expectations be met every time. Just having an online version of a physical store isn't enough anymore, as consumers don't want to grab and go -- they want their shopping to be an experience in and of itself: interactive, immersive and enjoyable. So it's to be expected that trends will continue to shift.

Cellular IoT -- Comparison of CIoT technologies

Embedded Technology - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:15
This installment in this series describes the merits of the technologies discussed in earlier installments and provides a comparison of their performance and characteristics.

How to Avoid 10 Mobile E-Commerce Conversion Killers

E-Commerce Times - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:49
Just five years ago, mobile e-commerce was a minor part of the e-commerce landscape. Today, most online searches are carried out from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and 40 percent of all e-commerce is carried out from smartphones. This has forever changed the e-commerce industry. The smartphone is the most important lead channel. Smartphones are an extended part of our brains and social life. We check our phones approximately 80 times a day. They have become an integrated part of both our online and offline shopping experience.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Review: Software Is Eating Your Phone

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:00
Our favorite Android phone is back, and this time it’s loaded with even more AI smarts.

AI-based ADAS shifts down to Level 2+ cars

Embedded Technology - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:15
Nvidia is in Munich to declare war that it is coming after the ADAS market. It's now pushing its AI-based Xavier SoC - originally designed for Level 4 autonomous vehicles - down to Level 2+ cars.

New Jersey wants to know why Florida is exempt from Trump’s offshore drilling plans

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 17:00

Enlarge / Oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. There are nearly 5,000 functioning oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and 27,000 abandoned wells. (credit: Dave Walsh/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

This week, New Jersey's attorney general sued the US Department of the Interior (DOI) for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking more information about why the DOI exempted Florida from offshore oil drilling lease auctions but not any other state.

The drama started earlier this year when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke moved to open more than 90 percent of federal offshore land to lease by oil and gas companies for oil drilling. State waters extend three miles offshore, at which point federal control over the waters and sea bed underneath it begin. This means that states don't always have a lot of control over whether there's an offshore oil drilling rig 3.1 miles offshore and beyond.

But some states contend that they should have more say in whether the federal government leases out its waters to offshore oil drilling because the states bear the economic brunt of any oil spills that happen. (The Deepwater Horizon rig, for example, was 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana.) For that reason, Democratic and Republican governors alike, from 10 of the states near newly opened federal waters, have opposed the Trump administration's efforts to open up their offshore areas.

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