Lawsuit Raises Questions About The Right To Tinker With Tech
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit to overturn a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which limits the modification of technology. For anyone managing information technology, the law in question has the potential to limit access to data, to weaken security, and to impose unnecessary burdens, costs, and liabilities.
Facebook's Aquila Internet Drone Completes First Flight
WiFi takes to the skies in the form of Aquila, a self-piloting Facebook drone with a wingspan greater than that of a Boeing 737. It's another move by companies such as Facebook and Google to deliver internet services through unconventional means.
Google Cloud Platform Adds Machine Learning APIs
Developers interested in creating apps that understand text or speech can look to Google's cloud for tools -- the Cloud Natural Language API and the Cloud Speech API. The two offerings have now advanced into open beta status.
White House Offers $400 Million For 5G Developments
The White House has announced a $400 million advanced wireless research initiative to build on Obama's broadband policy. The goal is to help pave the way for 5G technology that can benefit advances such as the internet of things.
Robotics Gone Wild: 8 Animal-Inspired Machines
If you want a glimpse of the future of robotics, start by looking at our biological past and present. Here are eight robots that borrow aspects of animal physiology, which has been honed through eons of Darwinian user testing.
Facebook CIO Likes Microsoft Office 365
Facebook and Microsoft have inked a deal to migrate the social media giant's 13,000 employees to Office 365. Facebook will continue to use its own collaborative tools instead of Skype for Business and Yammer.
Lenovo, HP Lead PC Market As Shipment Declines Continue
The global PC market continues to face the aspect of declining shipments, but the US market for computers shows signs of resilience during the second quarter of 2016, according to new numbers. Lenovo and HP are leading the market.
Google's Machine Learning Buy, Alteryx Updates: Big Data Roundup
Google accelerates its machine learning efforts with acquisition, Alteryx and H2O.ai both enhance their platforms, and EHR growth continues to be driven by predictive analytics and wearables. All that and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending July 10, 2016.
HummingBad Malware Infects 85 Million Android Devices
A group of Chinese hackers dubbed Yingmob is using a sophisticated malware campaign called HummingBad to access and sell the info stored on Android devices. The malware may have already infected 85 million devices.
Gartner: Brexit Will Hurt IT Spending Worldwide
Gartner's updated IT spending forecast for 2016 is slightly improved, but the research firm warned that it doesn't account for the recent UK vote to leave the European Union. The Brexit vote will dampen IT spending worldwide.
iOS 10 Makes It Easier To Be An Organ Donor
Inspired by the difficulty Apple's late founder Steve Jobs endured in securing a donated liver when he was ill, the company says iOS 10 will allow iPhone users to directly connect to the National Donate Life Registry.
Microsoft's $1 Billion-Plus Acquisitions: 9 Big Bets
Microsoft's recent $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn is not the first time Redmond has spent big bucks to snap up a company. Here's a closer look at 9 of the software giant's acquisitions that topped $1 billion.