Petya ransomware cripples networks

Just like a scene out of a Hollywood movie, one computer after computer shut down without notice during a meeting. That’s what happened at one of the organisations hit by the Petya ransomware attack.

The strike is malicious and deadly with many affected organisations struggling to recover lost data — some, if not all, of which may never be restored.

IT security teams are still working to get their networks and computers up and running. Some have turned to Apple computers, which are relatively unscathed, to work on the recovery process.

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Volvo, Autoliv to roll out NVIDIA-based self-driving cars by 2021

Volvo Cars and Autoliv are teaming up with NVIDIA to develop advanced systems and software for AI self-driving cars. The three companies will work together along with Zenuity — a newly-formed automotive software development joint venture equally owned by Volvo Cars and Autoliv — to develop next-generation self-driving car technologies.

Production vehicles built on the NVIDIA DRIVE PX car computing platform are planned for sale by 2021.

“Artificial intelligence (AI) is the essential tool for solving the incredibly demanding challenge of autonomous driving. We are building on our earlier collaboration with Volvo to create production vehicles that will make driving safer, lead to greener cities and reduce congestion on our roads,” said  Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of NVIDIA, at a keynote address at  Automobil Elektronik Kongress.

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Bizagi and Fuji Xerox HK in strategic partnership

Digital process automation software provider Bizagi and Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) have formed a strategic partnership to help organisations in Hong Kong thrive in the digital era.

Bizagi’s Digital Business Platform connects people, applications, devices and information to deliver the foundations of a digital business. It is known for its ease-of-use, short time to deliver value, scalability, and wide integration capabilities.

“We are pleased to form our first strategic partnership in the region. By combining the deep expertise from Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) in business process services with the wide ranging capabilities of our leading digital business platform, we can offer the region’s most comprehensive solutions and services for digital transformation,” said Gustavo Gomez, CEO of Bizagi.

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NVIDIA receives DOE funding for HPC research

NVIDIA is among six technology companies to receive a total of US$258 funding from the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP).

The funding is to accelerate the development of next-generation supercomputers with the delivery of at least two exascale computing systems, one of which is targeted by 2021.

Such systems would be about 50 times  more powerful than the US’ fastest supercomputer, Titan, located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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OpenSynergy’s virtualisation platform now supports ARMv8-A architecture

OpenSynergy’s COQOS SDK v9.0 virtualisation platform now supports ARMv8-A architectures.

The 64-bit bus width of the ARMv8-A processors makes it possible to meet the high performance requirements of the next generation automotive ECU’s such as cockpit controllers or driver assistance systems.

“With COQOS SDK v9.0, we enable our customers to take full advantage of the newest automotive system-on-chips (SoCs),” said Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut, CEO of OpenSynergy.

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Security concern for wearable cameras in enterprises

As the enterprise wearable camera market continues to grow through law enforcement, field services and first responder applications due to their ability to collect evidence and record interactions, so do privacy and data protection concerns, according to ABI Research.

The research firm forecasts enterprise wearable camera shipment to reach nearly 24 million in 2022.

“Despite clear advantages to the usage of this technology, enterprises fear attacks from cybercriminals and data theft. With massive data leaks often reaching mainstream news, public concern is rising over the security of wearable camera recordings, including who has access to such footage and for how long,” said Stephanie Lawrence, Research Analyst of ABI Research.

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Singapore and Shanghai among top autonomous vehicle cities

Shanghai and Singapore are among the world’s top four cities that are ready for autonomous vehicles, according to Canalys.

San Francisco is out in front while London is also among the top four. These rise to the top of a group of cities that, due to their size and populations, have some of the most complex transport networks in the world. The top four have a high need for autonomous vehicles to revolutionise their transport systems, combined with the ability to make it happen.

“Naturally, San Francisco leads the way and is the city best able to implement autonomous vehicles. The Bay Area is renowned as the world’s AV testing capital,” said Chris Jones, Chief Analyst of Canalys.

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