Dutch research advances secure quantum internet | Are voice commands poised to replace remote controls? | Microsoft tests waters for checkout-free shopping
June 19, 2018
How technology is changing business and lives
Dutch research advances secure quantum internet
An unhackable, fully secure internet may be possible, thanks to researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology, who have overcome a key obstacle to establishing quantum entanglement for separate nodes. That type of connection is instant and cannot be compromised but lasts only a fraction of a second, a limit the Dutch researchers have solved by using diamond chips to create distinct entanglements at a rate of 40 per second, making practical use more feasible.
New Atlas (6/14) 
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Are voice commands poised to replace remote controls?
Smart devices such as artificial intelligence assistants and Amazon's upcoming Fire TV Cube are challenging the relevance of traditional remote controls, though many consumers are still wary of voice command devices and don't trust those that are constantly listening. Scientists at the UK's Lancaster University are experimenting with ways to use gestures instead of voice commands to offer viewers a new way to control what they watch.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/15) 
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Microsoft tests waters for checkout-free shopping
Microsoft tests waters for checkout-free shopping
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Microsoft is testing technology within select brick-and-mortar retailers globally that keeps track of what shoppers put in their shopping carts. The goal is elimination of conventional checkouts, putting Microsoft in competition with Amazon's recent efforts.
Reuters (6/14) 
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Current and future cybersecurity issues
Researchers identify experimental Android malware
Researchers identify experimental Android malware
Security researchers from ThreatFabric have uncovered a new type of ransomware for Android dubbed MysteryBot. The experimental malware is thought to still be in development and could infect victims with a keylogger, a banking trojan and ransomware, researchers warn.
ZDNet (6/15) 
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Official warns Americans about potential World Cup cyberattacks
FBI agent and National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina is warning Americans traveling to Russia for the World Cup about potential hacks by criminals or the government. Evanina warns travelers to not use their electronic devices if possible or to use a different device and remove that device's battery when the device is not being used.
Reuters (6/13) 
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Law, Regulation and Governance
Intellectual property, lawsuit, legislation, privacy, regulatory and security news
Consumer privacy measure may be on Calif. ballot in Nov.
Some observers say the California Consumer Privacy Act, which could appear on the state's ballot in November, is similar to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and that other states might pursue such measures if California's is successful. Penalties under the California proposal would be less severe than those under GDPR, although Max Perkins of Lockton said "the most striking thing about the proposition is they are giving serious rights to private action for consumers where there's been a violation."
JD Supra/Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (6/7),  Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (6/12) 
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Survey shows increase in boards' interest in cybersecurity improvement
Forty-nine percent of almost 4,000 CIOs and technology leaders in 84 countries ranked improving cybersecurity as the top key business issue their company boards are looking to address with IT initiatives, an increase of 23% from 2017, according to the 2018 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. Respondents also cited managing operational risk and compliance and improving business processes among the top issues being considered by their boards.
Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (6/11) 
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Litigation Trends
Developments in litigation
Equifax names new technology head amid security overhaul
Equifax names new technology head amid security overhaul
Equifax on Thursday announced that it has appointed former IBM executive Bryson Koehler as its new chief technology officer. The leadership change comes as the company aims to overhaul its security after last year's data breach.
ZDNet (6/14) 
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Pay it Forward
How technology companies are improving the lives of others
Data technology can improve emergency response
Governments can use data and analytics to improve decision-making during emergency response. Artificial intelligence, internet of things and blockchain technologies are evolving in ways that cities and nations can use to gather and evaluate data.
Data-Smart City Solutions (6/14) 
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Aon News
Aon signs up to UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance
Aon is pleased to announce that it has signed up to the United Nations' Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI). The first business operating in the insurance broking community to adopt the Principles, Aon is proud of its commitment to supporting the UN's goal of leveraging the insurance industry's role across risk management, insurance and investment to help build resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities and economies. Learn more.
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Longevity Risk: Living longer and the increasing retirement burden
Around the world, life expectancy rates have been steadily increasing for decades. As people are living longer, both governments and the private sector are challenged with health care spending and managing pension liabilities. There's already a massive "retirement gap" -- the difference between pension fund obligations and the assets available to fulfill them -- of some $1 trillion. Understanding longevity expectations from year to year has never been more important for the C-suite, as these forecasts enable organizations to work out the full extent of their liabilities -- and how to pay for them. Read more.
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