A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to bar agencies from using federal funding to purchase transit cars built by companies owned or subsidized by the Chinese government. The senators raised national security concerns with the purchases, with the potential for surveillance a key fear.
Epic Games reports that "Fortnite" is at nearly 250 million users, up from 200 million only four months ago. This is particularly promising as the company has been able to maintain steady growth despite the release of rival game "Apex Legends."
Power outages are a common culprit in unplanned data-center downtime, although network and information technology system failures have become the bigger problem, according to a study by the Uptime Institute.
Burger King is offering free Whoppers to its mobile app users in Brazil who take advantage of a new augmented reality feature promoting the company's preorder service, BK Express. Users can photograph ads for competing fast-food brands then launch the app to watch the ad burn on their screens, to be replaced by the Whopper offer.
AV-TEST, an independent security research institute, has evaluated anti-virus security apps for Android according to the degree of protection they offer, their usability and their features. Eleven received at least 5.5 points out of 6, with AhnLab V3 Mobile Security's version 3.1 topping the list.
More than half of reported breaches are caused by vendors and other third parties with inadequate security. Vendor risk management has become an integral part of risk management, not only for cybersecurity issues, but also for possible bankruptcies, reputational risk and process ownership.
The White House's proposed fiscal 2020 budget would allocate $17.4 billion -- 4.7% more than the 2019 budget allocated -- to cybersecurity, with the State Department and the Pentagon getting the biggest boosts. The White House pointed out that private-sector spending on cybersecurity was $124 billion last fiscal year, far outpacing federal government spending.
Amazon is introducing its first sub-$100 Kindle reader that incorporates a light and other premium features. The company is also giving current Kindle users the option of sending in their old devices for gift cards and 25% off the new $90 Kindles.
Fibaro has integrated Samsung's SmartThings Hub into many of the products in its line of smart home sensors. The devices now compatible with the hub include Fibaro's Motion Sensor, Dimmer 2, Flood Sensor and Wall Plug.
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