Chinese researchers have developed an app to identify wild giant pandas using facial recognition, building the database from at least 10,000 videos and 120,000 photos. The wild population of pandas is under 2,000, and they are difficult to track because they live in secluded areas.
Researchers from eHealth Initiative and Foundation polled 53 health information exchanges in 35 US states and found that 92% cited trends concerning value-based care as the driving force behind adopting technology, while 58% cited the need to manage value-based contract delivery and risk as the key factor. Interoperability was 47% of respondents' priority for the upcoming two years, followed closely by value-based care and integrating workflows.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai gave his blessing to T-Mobile's proposed $26 billion merger with Sprint after the carriers agreed to wire rural areas, bring high-speed wireless service to most of the US within a few years and sell off Sprint's Boost prepaid service. Pai said the merger, which still needs full FCC and Justice Department approval, will close the rural-urban divide and hasten 5G development.
Publicly declared cyberattacks by activists have nearly disappeared since 2015, with only two occurring last year, research by IBM X-Force has found. The decline of the group Anonymous and legal action taken against such hackers has helped, although it's likely "we are experiencing a lull in hacktivist activity rather than a conclusion," writes Camille Singleton.
Recent penalties handed to large utilities for violating the North American Electric Reliability Corp.'s critical infrastructure protection rules suggest that self-regulation is insufficient for preventing cybersecurity breaches, experts say. Executives such as Southwest Power Pool CEO and President Nick Brown suggest that the level of fines being issued doesn't reflect the industry's efforts.
Countries can't afford to fight cybercrime alone, especially when it comes to attacks on domain name system infrastructure, writes Michael Chertoff, who led the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. Countries can cooperate in a number of ways, but the important thing is that they cooperate at all, Chertoff writes.
Broadcom, Google, Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx are among the American companies shutting off their supply of products and services to Huawei Technologies in the wake of the Trump administration instituting a US shutdown of the Chinese company's supply chain. Infineon Technologies, a chipmaker based in Germany, also is blacklisting Huawei.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology estimates the country's semiconductor industry output was worth $231 billion in 2018, a sign of strength amid trade uncertainty with the US. The China Semiconductor Industry Association says China's 2018 IC industry revenue increased by 20.7% from 2017.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise agreed to acquire Cray for about $1.4 billion, taking over a supercomputing pioneer company that will bolster HPE's profile in high-performance computing technology. Seattle-based Cray currently has 49 supercomputing systems installed, just ahead of HPE's 46 systems.
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich came up with a highly efficient water-splitting catalyst, a double-helix semiconductor structure with carbon nitride that improves efficiencies in producing hydrogen. "From this, we can manufacture flexible semiconductor components in a further technical step," TUM Professor Tom Nilges says.
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