Opinion: Pixel Watch is more likely now a decent WearOS processor is available

Rumours of a Pixel Watch are now more believable following the release of a competent WearOS processor.

Unlike wearables from Apple and Samsung, Google relies heavily on third-parties. The main reason WearOS manufacturers have struggled is the inability to access hardware which can compete with the in-house chips used by Apple and Samsung for their wearables.

The main critiques of WearOS devices are they’re slow and have poor battery life. The OS didn’t help in the...

Gartner explores how connected car tech can help reduce Covid-19 spread

How can connected car technologies help against the spread of Covid-19? Analyst firm Gartner has argued in its latest note that vehicle manufacturers can focus their efforts on hygiene and maintaining social distancing.

CIOs at automotive companies 'should work with internal and external technology partners to incorporate technologies that help lessen the risk of the Covid-19 infection to car occupants,' the company said.

The four primary areas of focus are cabin...

Waymo and Volvo establish partnership to build electric robotaxis

Waymo has formed a partnership with automotive giant Volvo to build electric robotaxis.

The companies announced the "exclusive" collaboration on Thursday which will see Waymo's self-driving software being integrated with an electric vehicle by Volvo designed for taxi purposes.

"Through our strategic partnership, we will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle platform for ride hailing services," the companies...

Microsoft acquires CyberX to bolster Azure IoT security

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of IoT security specialist CyberX to beef up Azure IoT's capabilities and help customers assess their risk profile across industrial environments.

CyberX, which will complement existing Azure IoT security offerings, aims to solve two specific challenges, according to a blog post from Microsoft announcing the news. Customers need greater visibility into the IoT devices already connected to their networks, as well as manage security on...

HMS Networks: On enabling 5G for factories – and sorting the question of ownership

The promise of 5G technologies in factory settings, as well as other industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments, is significant.

For some at the front line of the industry, 5G is the missing piece of the jigsaw which unlocks Industry 4.0. From the original industrial revolution, to mass production, to automation, the next step requires something stronger. As a 2019 Gartner report puts it, 5G 'will transform the manufacturing industry through CSPs' advanced network-based...

Congressman requests specifics of Amazon’s facial recognition pledge

California Congressman Jimmy Gomez has joined those sceptical of Amazon’s recent facial recognition pledge and has penned a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos asking for specifics.

“Corporations have been quick to share expressions of support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the public outrage over the murders of Black Americans like George Floyd at the hands of police,” said Congressman Gomez. “Unfortunately, too many of these gestures have been performative at...

Data about self-driving car tests will be shared publicly through AV TEST initiative

A new initiative called AV TEST (Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing) will see data about self-driving car tests shared publicly.

AV TEST is being launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and pledges to give the public more insight into the ongoing tests of autonomous vehicles.

“Through this initiative, the Department is creating a formal platform for federal, state, and local government to coordinate and share...

The Parking App: Learn how to leverage IoT with low code tools

Sponsored Looking around the environment you currently live in, can you spot how common IoT is? You might own a smartwatch, a plant monitoring device, a smart bulb installed in your lamp, a smart air conditioning system or even a smart building. All these devices are usually connected online and provide various services. Unfortunately, the devices are equipped with a broad range of connectors, APIs, and interfaces that differ from one another, making them challenging to integrate. An...

IBM will no longer build facial recognition tech, sends letter to Congress

IBM has announced it will no longer build facial recognition amid growing concern over the technology’s implications.

In a letter to Congress, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna wrote:

“IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and...

IIHS: Self-driving cars would only prevent one-third of human crashes

Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that self-driving cars may not reduce crashes as much as hoped.

One of the touted benefits of autonomous vehicles is they do not suffer from the same issues as us humans. Tiredness, inebriation, or even a medical condition while at the wheel can often result in injury or fatalities for us mere mortals.

According to automotive safety experts, around 94 percent of crashes are caused by...