Q&A: While in China, Protect Your Devices and Data
HONG KONG — China is one of the world’s most dangerous Internet environments, with risks including government-sponsored online attacks, piracy and malware. Thomas Parenty, a former National Security Agency official who runs a security consulting firm, offered his views on how to ensure that devices and personal information stay safe in China. Here are excerpts.
What’s the biggest threat for foreign firms in China?
The biggest danger for companies comes from insiders: local staff, suppliers or partners. What really makes the biggest impact on Western companies is they share key information with local partners with whom they cooperate without taking adequate precautions regarding digital control over that information.
New details of Chinese space weapons revealed
A forthcoming report by the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission provides new details of China’s space-weapons programs, dubbed counterspace arms, that are aimed at destroying or jamming U.S. satellites and limiting American combat operations around the world.
“China is pursuing a broad and robust array of counterspace capabilities, which includes direct-ascent anti-satellite missiles, co-orbital anti-satellite systems, computer network operations, ground-based satellite jammers and directed energy weapons,” a late draft of the commission’s annual report states. “China’s nuclear arsenal also provides an inherent anti-satellite capability.”
I Watched the Democratic Debate in Virtual Reality
(LAS VEGAS, NEV. SORT OF.) — It turns out I have exactly the same tolerance for virtual reality as I do for presidential debates: After about 30 minutes, I get vaguely nauseous and have to step away.
Tuesday’s Democratic Debate, sponsored by CNN and Facebook and hosted at Las Vegas’ Wynn hotel and casino, was available to viewers in several different forms: On TV, over the Internet, and, yes, in virtual reality (VR).
Are We Implementing Sufficient Internet of Things Security Measures?
Matt Loeb recently wrote for the Wall Street Journal, “The mass adoption of the Internet of Things may be coming at the expense of thorough safeguards. Connected devices introduced by employees to company networks pose some of the greatest risks. With barring IoT outright not an option, companies will need to roll out tailored best practices and standards. According to ISACA’s 2015 IT Risk/Reward Barometer, 73 percent of IT professionals consider it likely that a company will be hacked through a connected device and a similar number (72 percent) don’t believe that manufacturers are implementing sufficient security measures in IoT devices.”
I, Cringely It’s Michael Dell versus the world and Dell will win
In my last column I wrote that Dell buying EMC is a great idea (for Dell) and left it to this column to more fully explain why that is so. It takes two columns because there is so much going on here in terms of both business models and technologies. As the title suggests it comes down to Michael Dell against the world and in this case I predict Dell will win, Cisco, HP and IBM will lose, Apple will be relatively unaffected and I don’t really know what it will mean for Microsoft but I think the advantage still lies with Dell.
After $67 Billion Deal, Dell and EMC Tap Two Executives to Lead Integration
A day after announcing plans to undertake the $67 billion takeover of EMC and the biggest tech M&A deal of all time, Michael Dell, CEO of the computing company that bears his name, has announced two execs who will be in charge of putting the companies together.
Sources familiar with the matter confirm to Re/code that Rory Read, the former CEO of chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices who landed at Dell’s enterprise division earlier this year, will lead the effort from the Dell side. Howard Elias, the COO of EMC, will represent EMC.
New EU Law Will Tell U.S. What Can Be Said — And Built — On the Internet
Americans have long been ignoring European data protection law, but it has not been ignoring us. Last year’s so-called “right to be forgotten” case from the EU’s highest court let people remove links about themselves from Google’s search results — and regulators insist that the links must disappear from U.S. search results, too. A ruling last week from the same high court closes off one of the main legal channels for European data to flow to the U.S. Now a new EU-wide regulation is nearly final, and it will set the rules for these and other data protection questions for years to come. It’s time to pay attention.
Apple’s digital assistant has become much smarter
Siri’s getting smarter all the time.
Apple’s latest iPhone update, iOS 9, brought a bunch of new features to the voice-activated digital assistant. The biggie is that Siri is now more context-aware. For example, if you’re surfing a car dealership’s website, you can ask Siri “what time does it open?,” and Siri will understand “it” means the dealership.
Tesla’s Coolest Feature Isn’t the New Autopilot System
Thursday morning, many Tesla owners woke up to a treat: Their expensive all-electric rides can now change lanes, find a parking spot and handle stop-and-go traffic with minimal, if any, input from the driver.
Aside from the lane-changing feature, most of Tesla’s new features are found in other automakers’ high-end cars, too. But what’s most impressive about the Tesla update isn’t the autonomous features themselves. It’s how they were delivered: wirelessly, as if they were a new update for your iPhone.
Synergized Smart Devices
CES: Annual Defining Event for Consumer Electronics
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) unites 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry. Members tap into valuable and innovative members-only resources: unparalleled market research, networking opportunities with business advocates and leaders, up-to-date educational programs and technical training, exposure in extensive promotional programs, and representation from the voice of the industry.
Better Homes: Connected, Efficient, and Secured
Efficient energy management, maximizing your environment, and securing your home are some of Netatmo’s aim for every consumer.
Created in 2011, Netatmo is a dynamic and innovative company developing consumer electronics for a better and connected lifestyle.
Smart Washers: Connected from Anywhere
Washing can now be as simple as downloading a mobile app, and almost forgetting about your laundry, as you attend to more important events of your day. These new innovations takes consumers one step further into the game-changing technology.