Technology and Telecommunications

Taxi-hailing Smartphone App Now Available in Manila

Taxi-hailing Smartphone App Now Available in Manila

A taxi booking app similar to Uber and Grab has been launched last week for use in areas around Metro Manila. The app called “MiCab” was developed in Cebu by developer Eddie Ybanez, where it is already being used by around 600 accredited taxis. The Micab company says that the main advantage their app has over the competition is that it doesn’t have a surge pricing scheme. Micab also features a proprietary communication system that allows the passenger and driver to communicate in real time, in addition a customer support ticketing system, credit/debit payment options, and a rider reward system. […]

Blockstream Inc. to Launch Satellite for Better Bitcoin Proliferation

Blockstream Inc. to Launch Satellite for Better Bitcoin Proliferation

Blockchain technology company BlockStream Inc. is planning to launch a satellite that can broadcast bitcoin data, reaching areas of the world without Internet access or those where bandwidth costs discourage participation in bitcoin. The satellite will be able to provide free access to the Bitcoin blockchain, sending and recirculating blocks in real time. The company says that it is the first public satellite service that will allow anyone to manage Bitcoin nodes without being constrained by traditional network connectivity. Dr. Adam Back, CEO and co-founder of the company, additionally said that the permissionless nature of Bitcoin allows anyone to create […]

Amazon Web Services Launches Security Service That Uses Machine Learning

Amazon Web Services Launches Security Service That Uses Machine Learning

Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched a managed data security service called “Macie”. Amazon Macie uses machine learning to process sensitive data such as personally identifiable information and intellectual property. Since machine learning is the only way to secure rapidly increasing data across an enterprise, Macie should be able to provide a baseline that companies can configure settings from.      At present, Macie only supports S3, but more will be made available for other data stores in the following months. Autodesk, Netflix, and Edmunds are some of Macie’s first customers.   Source: ZDNet

Google Hires Legendary Programmer Chris Lattner to Boost AI Efforts

Google Hires Legendary Programmer Chris Lattner to Boost AI Efforts

Confirmed earlier this week is the hiring of Chris Lattner, known as a “legendary” programmer within the tech industry, by Google. Before coming to Google, Lattner had previously worked at two other Silicon Valley giants – Apple and Tesla. He developed the Swift programming language while at Apple, then moved on to Tesla where he worked on the carmaker’s autopilot technology. Sources from Bloomberg say that Lattner will be working on Google’s TensorFlow language used in the search giant’s AI projects. Lattner says that by joining Google’s “Brain Team”, he’s hoping to make AI accessible to everyone.   Source: Engadget

VMware Releases Patch for Denial-of-Service Vulnerability

VMware Releases Patch for Denial-of-Service Vulnerability

Earlier this week, VMware released an update that addresses the CVE-2017-4920 security flaw present in the OSPF protocol implementation of the NSX-V network virtualization solution. In an advisory, VMware says that by using a rogue LSA, it is possible to induce a continuous sending of LSAs between two routers that will eventually result in a loop or connectivity loss. However, they assure that it is extremely difficult to execute, as it requires the attacker to have local access to the target system. Cisco has also advised system administrators regarding the vulnerability, reminding them to allow access to local systems only […]

Google’s Cloud Speech API Gets Major Update

Google’s Cloud Speech API Gets Major Update

Google’s Cloud Speech API received an update last Monday that included support for 30 new languages and word-level timestamps. The service has been used by developers to transcribe spoken words to text since 2016, and the update gives it additional languages including Latvian, Bengali, and Swahili which is used by around a billion speakers. The addition of word-level timestamps also dramatically reduces the time needed for proofreading transcripts. Developers can now upload 3 hour long files and get a quota extension for longer ones. The service still offers free 60 minutes of audio processing, with every succeeding 15 seconds at […]

LockState Bricks Hundreds of Smart Doors with Update

LockState Bricks Hundreds of Smart Doors with Update

Reports revealed that botched over-the-air firmware update last Tuesday disconnected hundreds of smart doors from their manufacturer server, causing them not to open.   Only one product was affected – the LockState RemoteLock 6i. LockState, the smart locks manufacturer, gave a statement in a letter to their customers that included steps to resolve the issue. However, the only two options for addressing the problem involved shipping a replacement, or returning the unit back to the company, which will take a minimum of 5-7 days. Even though physical keys can still be used to open the doors, the incident posed a […]

Facebook Acquires Computer Vision Startup Fayteq

Facebook Acquires Computer Vision Startup Fayteq

Reports last Friday disclosed Facebook’s acquisition of a German computer vision company to help its efforts in the field of augmented reality technology. Fayteq, a startup that specializes in developing technology that enables virtual objects to be added or removed from videos, was confirmed to have been bought for an unknown amount by the social media giant. Industry observers believe that Facebook may be planning to use the company’s expertise and intellectual properties for its AR platform, which may include the creation of better video filters used for live streaming and Instagram Stories. Fayteq is known to be a maker […]

China Launches Quantum Satellite That Sends Potentially Hack-Proof Data

China Launches Quantum Satellite That Sends Potentially Hack-Proof Data

News last Thursday reports that China has successfully launched a satellite in space that transmits data to distant recipients on Earth. Chinese researchers from Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) used quantum key distribution (QKD), enabling users to send potentially “unhackable” information. It makes use of light or photons to carry data, also known as quantum cryptography. QKD can send messages from space to Earth up to 20 magnitude orders better than optic fiber of the same size, transmitting at 1,200km. The technology uses one-time encryption, and is the safest way to encrypt data. The information in photons can’t be […]

Microsoft Develops System That Accelerates Blockchain Speeds

Microsoft Develops System That Accelerates Blockchain Speeds

News last Thursday revealed a new system called “Coco Framework” by Microsoft that speeds up blockchain networks. Coco Framework stands for “Confidential Consortium,” and is slated to become an open source tool by 2018. Aside from accelerating blockchain speeds 100 times faster, it also addresses privacy issues. The system was created following the anticipation of industry growth around blockchain technology. In recent years, large enterprises and banks have invested in blockchain technology to revolutionize data-processing services. It is also the used as the main platform for cryptocurrency which shares a public ledger of data that can be accessed by all […]

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