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The Week of January 11th, 2019:
- Blackberry announced their plan to move away from smartphone manufacturing to develop products for making IoT-powered devices more secure from hackers. Named Blackberry Secure, these upcoming products include malicious code-blocking software for servers, cryptography keys for smart home devices, and corporate device management systems. (CNET Security)
- In the next version of Windows 10, Microsoft is going to require a minimum of 7GB from your PC’s hard drive to utilize “reserved storage” for downloading and installing updates. This is made with the intent of dumping temporary files and resolving errors that occur from Windows not properly checking for available space. However, this may be trouble for Windows devices with minimal flash-drive disk space. (ZDNet)
- GPS company TomTom announced that they are shifting development into making end-to-end self-driving systems. They’re focus is through using Denso sensors for the “Level 2” side of autonomous driving, which is centered around highways and major urban roads, while collaborating with TomTom’s AutoStream navigation delivery systems. (Digital Trends)
- Comcast is preparing their own online security service called xFi Advanced Security, which will monitor not only your Wi-Fi activity through all connected devices but also utilize AI machine learning to automatically act against malicious activity. The new service will cost an additional $6/month to current Xfinity subscribers who have one of their xFi Gateway units. (CNET)
- After Motherboard, Vice’s technology sector, published an article about how 3 out of the big 4 cellular companies have been caught selling user data to third-parties and falling into malicious hands, AT&T announced that they are no longer going to sell location aggregation data to protect the privacy of their customers. (Digital Trends)