Siri whistleblower goes public following inaction against Apple

A whistleblower who revealed Apple contractors were listening in on Siri recordings has gone public following a lack of action against the company.

Thomas le Bonniec, a former Apple contractor at the firm's Cork office in Ireland, believes that the company should be held legally responsible for breaching users' privacy.

Le Bonniec was employed by Apple to transcribe recordings in both English and French but left the company over ethical concerns.

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Study: Americans believe driverless cars are ‘not ready for primetime’

A new study has found that Americans still distrust self-driving cars and believe they are “not ready for primetime”.

The research comes from Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), a coalition of self-driving car industry players and nonprofits which aim to boost the public’s sentiment towards autonomous vehicles.

Cars provide us with freedom and we often hold a sentimental attachment to them. Combine that with the general tendency of humans to resist...

NVIDIA DRIVE shifts to Ampere architecture, supports Level 5 self-driving

NVIDIA is shifting its autonomous car platform DRIVE over to its brand new Ampere architecture.

The capabilities of DRIVE are expanding significantly. DRIVE is no longer just an entry-level ADAS (Advanced driver-assistance systems) solution and can now support complete Level 5 autonomous driving like robotaxis.

DRIVE will now use NVIDIA’s Ampere GPUs which promise to be “the company’s largest leap in performance to date within its eight generations of GPUs,” and...

Uber is laying off 14% of staff due to COVID-19, Lyft says its biz is down 70%

COVID-19 is having an obvious negative impact on the ride-hailing industry, with Uber and Lyft reporting huge losses.

Uber has announced it's being forced to cut 3,700 employees amid the crisis, accounting for around 14 percent of its workforce. The redundancies will predominantly hit Uber's recruiting and CommOps teams. 

“With people taking fewer trips, the unfortunate reality is that there isn’t enough work for many of our front-line customer support...

Kaji malware targets IoT devices using SSH brute-force attacks

Security researchers have discovered a new malware called Kaji which is targeting IoT devices using SSH brute-force attacks.

Malware is increasingly targeting IoT devices, and it's little surprise why. Statista estimates there are around 20 billion IoT devices installed today, while IDC predicts 41.6 billion devices generating 79.4 zettabytes of data by 2025.

Kaji was uncovered last week by security researcher MalwareMustDie and the experts at Intezer Labs.

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Smart speaker usage increases substantially due to COVID-19 quarantines

Global quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the use of smart speakers substantially.

According to a study released by Edison Research and NPR, three-quarters of US adults over 18 report a change in their media habits due to the pandemic.

“With tens of millions of Americans no longer commuting, smart speakers are becoming even more important as a conduit for news and information,” said Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “This increased usage and...

Geespace’s IoT satellites enter final testing ahead of OmniCloud launch

Geespace, a subsidiary of the Chinese automotive giant behind Lotus and Volvo, says its first IoT satellites are entering final testing.

Many are looking to space to help power next-generation IoT services like self-driving vehicles. On the 50th anniversary of China’s first satellite launch, Geespace announced that its initial two satellites are entering final validation testing before they head to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for launch into low-orbit.

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How EarthSense believes in IoT technologies to improve air quality amid Covid-19 ‘intervention’

As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are becoming apparent, one area which has seen an understandable benefit in the global shutdown is air quality.  

Delhi, widely cited as one of the world's most polluted cities, has seen something of a transformation. So have other major hubs; Beijing, Bogota, Sao Paulo. The vista has changed from gloomy grey to beautiful blue. Delhi's air quality index (AQI) levels have dropped to below 20 - anything over 25 being...

FCC permits Ligado to use L-Band for IoT and 5G despite DoD criticism

Ligado Networks has been granted use of the L-Band for IoT and 5G purposes despite criticism from the Defense Department and others.

The company aims to use L-Band spectrum at 16GHz for a low-power terrestrial network supporting IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and 5G services.

Doug Smith, President & CEO of Ligardo Networks, says:

“Ligado thanks the Commissioners for moving promptly to approve the order regarding our applications. We greatly...

Uber turns its drivers into couriers to assist during the pandemic

Uber has launched two new services which turn the company's drivers into couriers to help ensure people get what they need during the pandemic.

The first of the services, Uber Direct, is essentially an expansion of Uber Eats and opens up the ability for drivers to deliver items that aren’t from restaurants including prescriptions, pet food, and more.

With Amazon now prioritising items considered more essential, Uber has the ability to help ensure people can get what...