The US Secret Service has established a Cyber Fraud Task Force to address crimes such as ransomware attacks, credit card data thefts and phishing campaigns. The task force will coordinate data sharing and investigations into attacks against the US financial system.
Amazon is rescheduling its planned New World game unveiling from Aug. 25 to spring 2021, without committing to a definite date. Designers say the extended time will allow them to add more content and features, though the change may reflect the broader challenges the company is facing as it enters the gaming industry, writes tech columnist Jay Peters.
Tech expert Ori Mor explores how integrating wireless power into newer homes is advantageous to both homebuilders and buyers by offering long-range charging capabilities, as well as by bringing power to areas in homes where wires are otherwise impractical. Builders can highlight the efficiency of these smart homes as a selling point, while buyers can customize their home setups and direct wireless power to personal tech, such as mobile phones and gaming devices.
Researchers at a California university are using their campus Wi-Fi network to track coronavirus spread without sacrificing participants' privacy. The University of California, Irvine team is combining a network of sensors with middleware to track the locations of those exposed to the virus and observe whether or not people are adhering to social distance guidelines.
Docker is expanding its collaboration with Amazon Web Services to integrate its compose, desktop and hub developer tools with AWS Elastic Container Service and with ECS on AWS Fargate. The move aims help developers work from their local Docker environments and "take the same experience into a production-scale cloud service with Amazon ECS, reducing the span of knowledge needed and accelerating their time to production," said Docker CEO Scott Johnston.
California has reportedly started its own antitrust investigation into Google, which would mean the company is now under antitrust probes from every state except Alabama. It is still unknown which aspect of the company California's attorney general is investigating, but recent scrutiny has focused on its acquisitions and its search market dominance.
The US Secret Service is merging its electronic and financial crimes units into a single network called Cyber Fraud Task Forces, which aims to combat cyber-enabled financial crimes such as business email compromise schemes and ransomware attacks. The task force will focus on coordination and communication of best practices in investigations of financial cybercrimes.
Analog Devices agreed to acquire Maxim Integrated Products in a stock-swap valued at more than $20 billion; the transaction is expected to close a year from now, pending regulatory approval. Once the acquisition closes, Maxim shareholders will own about 31% of the combined company's shares.
Qualcomm Ventures is investing about $97 million for an equity stake of 0.15% in Jio Platforms, the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of India's Reliance Industries conglomerate. Meanwhile, Soitec completed an agreement with Qualcomm Technologies for the use of piezoelectric-on-insulator engineered substrates which will be targeted for use for 4G and 5G radio-frequency filters.
Machine learning technology can be used in analyzing the verification of low-power microchip designs, Himanshu Bhatt and Susantha Wijesekara of Synopsys write. "Machine learning-enabled root cause analysis is enabling both design and verification engineers to boost their verification productivity, ensuring a 'shift-left' in the verification turnaround time," they conclude.