AI – To infinity and beyond? Let's focus on wireless networks and cybersecurity first – Tech Check News


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is deemed to be one of the biggest technological innovations of this decade. However, like with all innovations, we must focus on fundamental applications first before we quite literally reach for the stars. AI has huge potential for wireless networks and for the people that must protect them, as well as those who try and attack them. So how will AI come into play this year and how will it shape the future? Let's focus on wireless networks and cybersecurity first

Welcome to the post-cloud era!


The rise of cloud computing has been one of the defining trends of the past ten years – and it is projected to keep growing rapidly in the next ten. But in the meantime, the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) will redefine the way data is created and processed – so much so that, by 2025, 80% of our data will actually be processed outside of the cloud and data centers, compared to 20% today. To understand this, we need to get back in time a little. In the past ten years, cloud computing has taken the IT world by storm. It has become a part of our daily lives, both personal and professional.

Extreme addresses networked-IoT security


Extreme Networks has taken the wraps off a new security application it says will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to help customers effectively monitor, detect and automatically remediate security issues with networked IoT devices. The application – ExtremeAI security--features machine-learning technology that can understand typical behavior of IoT devices and automatically trigger alerts when endpoints act in unusual or unexpected ways, Extreme said. Extreme said that the ExtremeAI Security application can tie into all leading threat intelligence feeds, and had close integration with its existing Extreme Workflow Composer to enable automatic threat mitigation and remediation. The application integrates the company's ExtremeAnalytics application which lets customers view threats by severity, category, high-risk endpoints and geography. An automated ticketing feature integrates with variety of popular IT tools such as Slack, Jira, and ServiceNow, and the application interoperates with many popular security tools, including existing network taps, the vendor stated.

Over 60% of people think connected devices are 'creepy,' survey reveals

Daily Mail - Science & tech

People care about their privacy, but not enough to quit buying gadgets that expose their personal data, says a new study on consumer habits. Consumers International and the Internet Society surveyed thousands of people across North America, Europe and Asia to better understand the relationship between consumers and'smart' devices -- a term they defined as'everyday device and products that can connect to the internet.' The study did not include phones and mobile apps, which present a vast and more complex array of privacy issues. What they found was that many respondents using products like Google Home or Amazon Echo, fitness wearables, gaming consoles and internet-connected home appliances shared concern over how those devices harvest and share their personal data. Consumers think that data collection of their smart devices is'creepy' according to a new study of consumers across the world.

Machine learning moves popular data elements into a bucket of their own


If you look under the hood of the internet, you'll find lots of gears churning along that make it all possible. For example, take a company like AT&T. They have to intimately understand what internet data are going where so that they can better accommodate different levels of usage. But it isn't practical to precisely monitor every packet of data, because companies simply don't have unlimited amounts of storage space. Because of this, tech companies use special algorithms to roughly estimate the amount of traffic heading to different IP addresses.

Floating Cell Towers Are the Next Step for 5G

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

As the world races to deploy speedy 5G mobile networks on the ground, some companies remain focused on floating cell towers in the sky. During the final session of the sixth annual Brooklyn 5G Summit on Thursday, Silicon Valley and telecom leaders discussed whether aerial drones and balloons could finally begin providing commercial mobile phone and Internet service from the air. That same day, Alphabet subsidiary Loon, a balloon-focused graduate of the Google X research lab, unveiled a strategic partnership with Softbank's HAPSMobile to leverage both solar-powered balloons and drones to expand mobile Internet coverage and aid in deploying 5G networks. No high-altitude network connectivity services have taken off commercially so far, but some Brooklyn 5G Summit speakers were optimistic that it would happen soon. "The opportunity is in our hands in terms of truly leveraging 5G in conjunction with the massive paradigm shift when it comes to UAS--drones--and also satellites," said Volker Ziegler, CTO at Nokia Bell Labs.

A new privacy-focused browser pays users for looking at ads by letting them share the revenue

Daily Mail

Ever wish that you could get compensated for perusing the internet? Turns out a new web browser is willing to make your dreams come true -- that is, if you're willing to look at a few ads in the process. The privacy-focused browser, Brave, which was designed to eliminate advertisements and allow users to peruse the web without other companies collecting their information, will now compensate users who allow some ads. Under the new feature, when a user decides to opt-in on the Brave supported ads, they will be paid 70 percent of the ad revenue through crypto tokens when they decide to interact (click). The tokens called Basic Attention Tokens will be given out once a month according to Gizmodo.

There's little evidence that a Huawei 5G ban is the right approach

New Scientist

The UK government is happy to allow Huawei equipment to form part of the UK's 5G network – just not any of the crucial parts, according to leaked discussions from the National Security Council. The United States and Australia have taken much more hardline approach, with complete bans on using Huawei equipment to form any part of their 5G network. What is all the worry about? According to telecoms firm Qualcomm, 5G mobile internet gives a massive speed boost – at least 10 or 20 times greater – over our current 4G networks. As devices start sharing more and more data, from phones streaming data-rich video to self-driving cars, it's vital to have a speedy connection.

Ready for 6G? How AI will shape the network of the future

MIT Technology Review

By any criteria, 5G is a significant advance on the previous 4G standards. The first 5G networks already offer download speeds of up to 600 megabits per second and have the potential to get significantly faster. By contrast, 4G generally operates at up to 28 Mbits/s--and most mobile-phone users will have experienced that rate grinding to zero from time to time, for reasons that aren't always clear.

16 smart home gadgets with a cult following that are actually good


There are hundreds of smart home devices available today, but some of them are more popular than others. In fact, there's a select group of smart gadgets that have near cult followings--we're talking thousands of users who swear by these devices. Here's why people are obsessed with them and whether they're worth the investment. The second-gen Echo is the best in its class. It should come as no surprise that the Amazon Echo makes this list.