Technology and Telecommunications

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 […]

Sony Now Ready to Use Blockchain Technology for Storing Digitized Education Records

Sony Now Ready to Use Blockchain Technology for Storing Digitized Education Records

Education records can now be arranged and stored on the blockchain as Sony announced Tuesday that it has designed a digital system for storing educational information. Sony first came up with the concept 18 months ago to use blockchains as a central ledger to store education records to produce a digital transcript. The database will include everything from diplomas and exams taken to degrees obtained by an individual. To address security issues, Sony created the system to avoid fraud. The information will be available to schools and companies for assessment while safeguarding people’s identity. It will greatly improve how universities […]

Singapore CFTE and MAS To Boost ASEAN FinTech Skills for Finance Professionals

Singapore CFTE and MAS To Boost ASEAN FinTech Skills for Finance Professionals

Singapore — The Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) is collaborating closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to develop a financial technology (fintech) education hub for finance professionals. The CFTE was established in May to provide an education program for professionals in the ever-changing field of digital finance. Working with MAS also enables them to extend the platform to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), where professionals can share more information and strategies. MAS chief fintech officer Sopnendu Mohanty stated that people are a vital resource for success in fintech. The initiative came following the increasing […]

Cisco Meraki Announced Loss of Customer Data, Clients to Reconfigure Accounts

Cisco Meraki Announced Loss of Customer Data, Clients to Reconfigure Accounts

News last week reported that Cisco lost customer data in its Meraki service, a cloud-based program designed to centrally manage network settings. Cisco owned up to the engineering mishap, stating engineers mistakenly uploaded an erroneous configuration file that dictated incorrect commands to its North American system. This resulted in files being deleted, removing all data uploaded before 11:20am PST in August 3. Some of the files that got deleted in the engineering snafu included telephony server details, summary reports, Wi-Fi floor plans, and general system configurations. To address the incident, Cisco’s engineers are now working to recover the lost data […]

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