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Homemation creates comfort through smart homes

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Home automation is more than just turning the lights on and off, Homemation’s Gedaliah Tobias tells BRYAN TURNER
'Theworld is taking interior design notes from the Danish, in a style of livingcalled hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). Its meaning varies from person to person:some see hygge as a warm fire on a cold winter’s night, others see it as a cupof hot coffee in the morning. The amount of “good feelings” one gets from theserelaxing activities depends on what one values as indulgent. Buthow does technology fit into this “art of feeling good”? Weasked Homemation marketing manager Gedaliah Tobias to take us through a fullyautomated home of the future and show us how automation creates comfort andgood feelings. “Thehouse is powered by Control4, which you can think of as the brain of the smarthome,” says Tobias. “It controls everything from the aircon to smartvacuum cleaners.” Thehome of the future is secured by a connected lock. It acts like other lockswith keypads and includes a key in the event of a power interruption. Thekeypad is especially useful to those who want to provide temporary access tovisitors, staff, or simply kids who might lose their parents’ house keys. “Thekeypad is especially useful for temporary access,” says Tobias. “Forexample, if you have a garden service that needs to use the home for the day,they can be given a code that only turns off the perimeter alarm beams in thegarden for the day and time. If that code is used outside of the day and timerange, users can set up alerts for their armed response to be alerted. Thistype of smart access boosts security.” Onceinside, one is greeted with a “scene” – a type of recipe for electronicsuccess. The scene starts by turning on the lights, then by alerting the userto disarm the alarm. After the alarm is disarmed, the user can start anothermore complicated scene. “Userscan request customised scene buttons,” says Tobias. “For example, ifI press the ‘Dinner call’ scene, the lights start to flash in the bedroom,there’s an announcement from the smart speakers, the blinds start to come down,the lighting is shifted to the dinner table. Shifting focus with lightingcreates a mood to bring the house together for dinner.” Homemationcreates these customised scene buttons to enable users to control their homeswithout having to use another device. In addition to scene buttons, there areseveral ways to control the smart home.  “Everythingin the smart home is controllable from your phone, the touchscreens around thehouse, the TV, and the dedicated remote control. Everyone is different, sohaving multiple ways to control the house is a huge value add.” Weask Tobias where Homemation recommends non-smart home users should start ontheir smart home journey. “Beforeanything, the Control4 infrastructure needs to be set up. This involves a lotof communications and electrical cabling to be run to different areas of thehome to enable connectivity throughout the home. After the infrastructure isset up, the system is ready for smart home devices, like lighting andsound.” “Fornew smart home users, the best bang for their buck would be to start withlighting once the infrastructure is set up. Taking it one step at a time iswise.” •   For more information, visit https://www.homemation.co.za/'

Samsung Galaxy S11 may have an expandable and retractable display [Photos]

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Industry experts describe the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S11 as the future of Samsung smartphones, and it may feature a flexible screen unlike anything you've seen.
'In June, talks of a screen that curved on all four sides had everyone excited. It was said that the screen will be innovative and will definitely put Samsung ahead of its competition. Here’s what we know so far. Oh, if only we knew. LetsGoDigital published a new patent which was filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office. It describes a phone with an extendable and retractable display. Rumour has it that phone is none other than the S11. Samsung files patents to protect future smartphone designs and technologies. Sometimes the designs are so futuristic that they may never even materialise, but Samsung would rather be safe than sorry. A screen unlike any other The phone manufacturer already showed with the Galaxy Fold that it has its heart set on flexible screens, and a retractable screen would definitely be pushing the boundaries, if LetsGoDigital’s images are anything to go by. The patent shows an extendable screen design which was initially filed at the end of 2018, and approved in May. The patent unfortunately doesn’t specify exactly how the screen would expand and retract. The images only show that the screen is enlarged to the right, while the border around the screen also partially slides, keeping the flexible display well protected against knocks and bumps. Possible camera specs Another striking feature of this design is the punch hole camera system on the front. Since the screen can only slide to the right, the remaining screen surface is presumably also stored on the right-hand side in the housing. Samsung S11 renders. Image via LetsGoDigital Also read – Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may have ‘borrowed’ features from Huawei’s flagship phone The only logical option is then for the rear camera to move to the top right corner as there won’t be enough space to place the camera in the middle. The patent doesn’t specify how many camera lenses the S11 will have. Of course, due to the amount of designs patented by mobile manufacturers, it’s possible that we may never even see this particular design, but we do hope it will be incorporated in the S11. If it does materialise, it might even rival Huawei P40 Pro. Huawei announced that it was so impressed with the success of the Huawei P30 Pro – which outsold the P20 and P20 Pro – that another phone will definitely be added to the P-Series. Samsung S11 renders. Image via LetsGoDigital 5G a possibility It’s safe to assume that the S11 will be 5G-enabled, especially since the S10 had the feature . And by the time the S11 releases, 5G will be available in most countries. What is 5G, and what does it mean for the future of mobile? I’m glad you ask.  Refer to my post about what makes 5G so special . Faster connectivity speeds, anyone? Yes, please. Also read – Samsung Galaxy Fold to launch end of July Note: The high-resolution 3D renders of the Samsung Galaxy S11 used in this article was created by  Let’s Go Digital. Samsung S11 renders. Image via LetsGoDigital'

Remothered: Tormented Fathers to scare Switch players

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The critically acclaimed psychological horror game Remothered: Tormented Fathers will launch for digital download on the Nintendo Switch on 26 July. Click below to watch the trailer and to read more about the game.
'Prepareto get caught in a psychological nightmare. Darril Arts and Stormind Games havepartnered up with Soedesco Games to publish a digital version of Remothered:Tormented Fathers for the Nintendo Switch. The survival horror game willmake its way to the Nintendo eShop for digital download. Players will be ableto get their hands on the physical edition on 31 October. The Remothered: Tormented Fathers  project began in 2009 as an indiegame from the ideas of Chris Darril, game designer, director, and artist. Atthe time, Darril was the only developer working on it. In its early stages, thethen 2D game gained its own global fan-base. After some years, Darril partneredwith three of his friends and founded Darril Arts. A partnership with StormindGames, a marketing-first Italian video game development studio, followed in2016, and the development of Remothered took off. After a decade, ChrisDarril’s project has grown into a highly respected survival horror game. Thegame lets players take on the role of Rosemary Reed, a 35-year-old woman whoreaches Richard Felton’s house in order to investigate the mysteriousdisappearance of a girl called Celeste. As she gets closer to the truth, shefinds herself fighting for her life. Face psychopaths and fanatics, and gettangled in a web of lies where murderers and obsessions come to life. The game is available for digital download now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will be available for digital download on 26 July for the Nintendo Switch. Physical versions for all three consoles will be released in-store on 31 October.'

SA chooses most loved local businesses

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A new World Wide Worx research report identifies and names South Africa’s 12 Most Loved Local businesses, and places the spotlight on the vital role commercial businesses play in the South African economy. The country’s favourite local businesses
'A new World Wide Worx research report identifies and names South Africa’s 12  Most Loved Local  businesses, and places the spotlight on the vital role commercial businesses play in the South African economy. The country’s favourite local businesses include the Chapman’s Peak Hotel in Hout Bay – famed for its calamari, celebrity chef David Higgs’ Rosebank eatery  Marble  as well as  Rouge Day Spa  with branches in Kenilworth and Constantia in Cape Town run by a dynamic mother and daughter duo. The aim of the Most Loved Local report was to celebrate those businesses South Africans love the most and to investigate exactly what makes consumers big fans of these entities. It further offers these enterprises insights into what it takes to succeed in business, highlights the qualities that convert clients into fans and encourages more South Africans to ‘shop’ local. Report results Commissioned by  Santam , results were compiled using a combination of digital listening tools and traditional research. Social media listening using organic search analysis looked into which business categories were being searched for most. This was followed up with a trend analysis to assess whether a business category was growing in popularity, keyword volume analysis to refine the categories and finally social listening within the categories which businesses were being spoken about in the most positive terms. Thereafter, a poll was conducted among 2 489 respondents to find out what made them love a local business – or not. The sample was nationally representative and aligned to the economically active population per province. A respected independent research house World Wide Worx conducted the research. The full list of businesses that came top across 12 categories are: Place to Stay:  Chapmans Peak Hotel  (Cape Town) – the one with the perfect calamari Eatery:  Marble  (Johannesburg) – the one with the celebrity chef in the kitchen Butcher:  The Butcher Man  (Cape Town) – the one that people cross town for Bakery:  Fournos  (Johannesburg) – the one that is way more than a bakery Spa:  Rouge Day Spa  (Cape Town) – the one run by a dynamic mother-daughter team Entertainment Spot:  Gold Reef City  (Johannesburg)  – the one with the heart of gold Gym:  Dream Body Fitness  (Johannesburg) – the one that is completely unintimidating to work out at Interior Designer:  By Dezign Interiors  (Johannesburg) – the one that really, really gets its clients’ style Market:  Bryanston Organic & Natural Market  (Johannesburg) – the one that was an organic market before it was trendy to be an organic market Laundromat:  Exclusive Dry Cleaners  (Johannesburg) – the one that treats every single client like family Car Wash:  Tubbs’s Car Wash  (Johannesburg) – the one that cleans your car while you have a haircut Construction company:  Radon Projects  (Pretoria) – the one that is ready all day and all night Delving into what makes a consumer go from ‘client to fan’, the key factor standing out above all others was service.  Arthur Goldstuck , CEO of  World Wide Worx , says it seems South Africans will forgive a multitude of ‘sins’ if they are treated well. “Good service was the number one factor that makes 40% of those surveyed support a local business. This was followed by quality products at 18%. Third place went to value for money at 10%, proving the old adage that competing on price alone is not a sound business strategy,” said Goldstuck. When asked what makes them loyal to a local business, some interesting views across age groups emerged. “Younger clients are more swayed by quality, while older ones are impressed by service. This seems to fit with younger people wanting the status of nice things, and older people wanting to feel valued and respected,” said Goldstuck. Unsurprisingly, all 12 Most Loved Locals called out service as one of their guiding lights and core pillars when interviewed.  Theo and George Parpottas , owners of  Exclusive Dry Cleaners , the selected company in the laundromat category, believe when someone walks into their shop, they should be greeted with smiling faces and courteous people. “We don’t care if it’s the president or a beggar, from the moment they walk in, they are a client. We greet them, we are courteous, and we treat them with respect. It doesn’t matter what they bring.” For  Gary Karycou , who co-owns  Marble  in Rosebank with celebrity chef David Higgs, it is all about attitude. “You can teach someone anything if they want to do it, but we employ on attitude. You get the basic skills but if someone really wants to learn, you can transform them.” He continues, “Giving the best service to our clients, is our motto. It’s something that’s lacking in South Africa and even globally. Businesses just become a bit complacent.” Famed Green Point butchery and restaurant,  The Butcher Man , is owned by  Arie Fabiani . He says people will drive past other butcheries and come all the way to the Butcher Man because “we deliver a great service. Good service is critical, and our team knows it.” Another key finding was that people are more likely to recommend a business if there is a good deal or excellent value for money.  Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe , Chief Marketing Officer at  Santam , says this is an interesting finding. “Perhaps we are more likely to share a good deal with others and keen to help others find great nuggets of the positive trade-off between value and price. So, it is worth ensuring that, in addition to service and quality, your clients feel like they are getting value for the money they spend with you. That way, they are more likely to tell family and friends the good news!” Dilotsotlhe added that the report’s release has been well-timed as the need to stimulate sectors of the economy which can create jobs has never been more vital. Commercial enterprises are responsible for a significant percentage of the labour-force in South Africa, and the impact thereof is significant. Due to the fact that these enterprises remain a largely underinsured sector, the campaign also seeks to highlight the need for insurance as a vital aspect of business continuity. When they thrive, it benefits the whole nation, and from a Santam perspective, this translates into sustainable growth for our business. To download the full report, click  here .'

Chernobyl – Now on Showmax

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Chernobyl, the acclaimed five-part miniseries about the world’s most catastrophic nuclear disaster, is now available to stream on Showmax. Click below to watch the trailer and read about the show.
'The five-part HBO series dramatises the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save not just the Soviet Union, but the whole of Europe, from unimaginable disaster. Directed by Johan Renck ( Breaking Bad, The WalkingDead ), Chernobyl stars Emmy nominee Jared Harris ( The Crown, MadMen ) as nuclear physicist Valery Legasov; People’s Choice nominee StellanSkarsgård ( Mamma Mia, Good Will Hunting ) as deputy prime minister BorisShcherbina; Oscar nominee Emily Watson ( Hilary and Jackie, Breaking theWaves ) as nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk, and 2019 British Actress of theYear Jessie Buckley ( Taboo , The Last Post ) as LyudmillaIgnatenko, the wife of one of the first firefighters to respond.   Rotten Tomatoes recently hailed Chernobyl as “TV’s most scary offering in years… where history and reality are moreterrifying than zombies.” The Chernobyl explosion was the result of a routinesafety test gone wrong, but the series makes it clear the catastrophe wascaused less by individual human error and more by the broader culture of fearwithin the Soviet Union at the time, where a culture of denialism andblame-shifting had become entrenched, and where, as executive producer JaneFeatherstone ( Broadchurch ) puts it, “Everyone was afraid of thesystem.”  “When you start to look at all the different causes ofthis accident to happen, it’s an accumulation of that kind of a mentality,which is that it’s more convenient to believe comfortable truths andcomfortable facts, than it is to face difficult choices and difficultrealities,” says Jared Harris.  Or as his character Valery Legasov says in a keyscene, “That is how a RBMK reactor core explodes – lies.” But while South Africans may find some chillingparallels watching Chernobyl, they’ll also be inspired by the story ofits heroic clean-up.  “The Soviets and particularly the people of Ukraineand Russia and Belarus threw themselves at this task in a way that is shockingand beautiful and terrifying and heart-breaking,” says writer and executiveproducer Craig Mazin, Chernobyl ’s writer/executive producer. “We’retalking about 700 000 people sent to clean up this impossibly contaminatedarea.” Many of these heroes did not receive a hero’s welcome.“These were scientists trying to solve a mystery within a system that did notwant them to solve the mystery,” says Mazin of his lead characters. “They wereput on trial. Scientists involved in this were threatened. Their families werethreatened. But yet they did it anyway, because they understood as scientiststhat the truth was something that could no longer be hidden away.” As he says about some of the other heroes at Chernobyl, “There was no expectation that they would survive. But they did itnonetheless.”  Theshow is now available to stream on Showmax.'

Think like a hacker

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Ethical hackers play a key role in keeping a company secure.
'Relevant cybersecurity isn’tperpetuated exclusively through investment and systems; it is reliant on peopleand their understanding of the cyber threat.  A leading ethical technology hackerin Europe, Jamie Woodruff, gained access to a well-known financial institutionby simply posing as a pizza delivery man. He was quoted as saying that it is the mistakes thatpeople make that are the true threat to the business. That said, it is peoplelike Woodruff who can provide the organisation with the insight required topre-empt attacks, find hidden loopholes and educate employees.  These ethical hackers know how toplay the game of cybersecurity thrones. They understand the methodologies andthe mindsets of those who make a living from penetrating business defencesunlawfully and use this understanding to reshape security infrastructure andinvestment. “The role of the ethical hacker hasevolved considerably over the past few years,” says Karien Bornheim, CEO ofFootprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS). “In the past, they would be hiredby organisations to ensure that their security was capable of withstanding aconcerted attack and, in some cases, find out if they had already beenbreached. Many organisations only discover that they’ve had a breach yearsafter it has taken place. Today, the ethical hacker has added to their arsenal– their skills have evolved and so have the methods they use. Not only are theypenetrating the front lines of defence, they are also launching attacks fromthe inside of the organisation.” There has been a subtle shift from the slide in and out pen testing of the past when ethical hackers would attack organisations over a period of a few days or weeks. Now, many undertake long-term undercover assignments that embed them into the company. These are the ethical hackers that become part of the culture so they can identify the insider threats that are affecting the organisation, and even identify the source of ongoing security challenges. Many ethical hacker training courses specialise in undercover training into very specific technology skill sets that allow them to find the bigger threats to the organisation, particularly those perpetrated by employees. The insider threat is a very realproblem. According to CA’s InsiderThreat 2018 Report , 90% of organisations feel that they are vulnerable toan insider attack, 53% have had confirmed insider attacks, and 27% have seen anincrease in frequency. This has sparked significant internal investment intoinsider threat programmes that focus on deterrence, forensics and userbehaviour monitoring. “Ethical hackers are capable ofimmersing themselves into the culture of the business. They use this to detectbehaviour that could potentially indicate if someone is an insider threat,”says Bornheim. “Their skills allow them to find digital proof of misdeeds andrapidly detect certain system issues or behaviours. Those who take on theseroles can spend months or even years at an organisation protecting it both fromwithin and without.” That said, in spite of theirsecurity expertise and experience, many organisations remain reluctant to hireexternal ethical hackers and grant them access to their information. It’s anunderstandable concern. Many ethical hackers have moved from the so-calledblack hat (criminal) side of hacking to the white hat (legal) side and bringwith them a suitcase of smart skills that few companies want to see thrown attheir cybersecurity walls. However, this discomfort is the precise reason whythe business should be paying attention and the bill. “These individuals do command highsalaries but what they offer the organisation in terms of reputational andcost-saving benefits, cannot be understated,” says Bornheim. “Should theydiscover a bug, a loophole, an existing piece of dangerous code, or any otherthreat to the company, they can save it millions.” The average cost to the company, according to IBM’s study – Costs of Data Breaches Increase Expenses for Businesses, is around $US3.86 million for a data breach.  This cost has risen since 2016 by 6.4% and will likely increase again over the next 12-24 months. Any company facing that reckoning at the end of a cybersecurity hack from a black hat will suddenly see the bill that comes from a certified white hat like a missed opportunity. “Certified ethical hackers operateunder very strict ethical controls,” concludes Bornheim. “They report any issuesor information they find and help the organisation to put more stringent orrelevant controls in place. The ethical hacker is ultimately a weapon, one thatcan be safely wielded by the untrained to defend the organisation againstfuture attacks, to rebuild systems and security platforms, and to uncoverinsider threats. Their role is as critical to the development of a robustcybersecurity stance as the software, solutions and training that are embeddedinto the human, machine, server, and system.”'

New Solasta RPG comes to Steam

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Solasta: Crown of the Magister , a Dungeons and Dragons-like experience where players of the role-playing game are steered by the choices they make and the luck of rolling dice, will be available to back on Kickstarter later this year, and will be
'Frenchindependent developer Tactical Adventures has announced that its new project, Solasta:Crown of the Magister , is coming to Steam. The game embraces the ruleset ofDungeons and Dragons, the world’s greatest role-playing game, where a player’schoice dynamically changes the adventure. The journey begins with creating ateam of four explorers, selecting their race, class, background story, rollingfor abilities, and personal stats. Players journey through the mystical realmsof Solasta, unravelling a story that spans multiple worlds. Thedynamic and mysterious world of Solasta features new elements of verticality,allowing players to use their surroundings as an element of strategy. Playerscan position ranged characters on high vantage points or send their thievesdown into shafts and caverns to scope out what’s ahead. Utilise light as a toolto explore the depths and hollows of dungeons or use it as a weapon against thecreatures of the dark. Solasta is a team-based adventure where each characterplays a critical role in the campaign and can be a hero. Players must takeadvantage of each character’s strengths and weaknesses if they are to succeed. Playerswill have the opportunity to get in on the adventure before it even starts whenTactical Adventures launches its Kickstarter campaign at the end of summer.Players will be able to back Solasta: Crown of the Magister on Kickstarter andlink arms with the developers, joining the Solasta community and being rewardedfor doing so! “TacticalAdventures is a small team comprised of Tabletop gamers, many of whom have beenplaying pen and paper games as well as D&D videogames for over 30 years,”says Mathieu Girard, founder of Tactical Adventures and Creative Director ofthe game. “We have always dreamed of creating our own game, so we set out tocreate Solasta, taking the best elements of our favourite games and enhancingand building upon them. Additionally, we have added new features such as light,verticality, team-based adventure, dice rolls, etc. We are using the actualrulesets from Tabletop games to finally bridge the gap between Pen and Paperand videogames.” TacticalAdventures provided the following information on features: Verticality: Solasta is a three-dimensional world rather than a series of flat maps. Locations can be explored by climbing walls, flying, teleporting, crawling through tunnels, finding secret passages, or falling through the unstable ground, and allow the player to use the environment to take on encounters in multiple different ways. Team-Based Adventure: Players will have many options to choose races, classes, backgrounds, and can even roll for stats as they create their party. All members are essential – together players will adventure through Solasta as a group, where they must work together in pursuit of the quest. Tactical CRPG: Each encounter can be handled in multiple ways. Will you use the high ground to strike your enemies from above as a Darkweaver Rogue, or shove your enemies into deep chasms as a Mountaineer Fighter? Players choices determine the destiny of your party. Created by Tabletop Players: Tactical Adventures is a team of highly experienced Tabletop players and veteran game developers who are passionate about the genre, striving to create the best Tactical RPG videogame Kickstarter: Tactical Adventures is giving players the opportunity to be heard by joining the community and backing Solasta on Kickstarter.  The campaign will feature a tiered reward system and the team is already working on a demo of the game.'

Why your first self-driving car ride will be in a robotaxi

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Autonomous driving will take longer than we expect, and involve less ownership than the industry would like, writes Intel's AMNON SHASHUA
'As we all watch automakers and autonomous tech companies team up in various alliances, it’s natural to wonder about their significance and what the future will bring. Are we realizing that autonomous driving technology and its acceptance by society could take longer than expected? Is the cost of investing in such technology proving more than any single organization can sustain? Are these alliances driven by a need for regulation that will be accepted by governments and the public or for developing standards on which manufacturers can agree? The answers are likely a bit of each, which makes it a timely opportunity to review the big picture and share our view of where Intel and Mobileye stand in this landscape. Three Aspects to Auto-Tech-AI There are three aspects to automotive-technology-artificial intelligence (auto-tech-AI) that are unfolding: Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) Robotaxi ride-hailing as the future of mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) Series-production passenger car autonomy With ADAS technologies, the driver remains in control while the system intervenes when necessary to prevent accidents. This is especially important as distracted driving grows unabated. Known as Levels 0-2 as defined by the  Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE),  ADAS promises to reduce the probability of an accident to infinitesimal levels. This critical phase of auto-tech-AI is well underway, with today’s penetration around 22%, a number expected to climb sharply to 75% by 2025. 1 Meanwhile, the autonomous driving aspect of auto-tech-AI is coming in two phases: robotaxi MaaS and series-production passenger car autonomy. What has changed in the mindset of many companies, including much of the auto industry, is the realization that those two phases cannot proceed in parallel. Series-production passenger car autonomy (SAE Levels 4-5) must wait until the robotaxi industry deploys and matures. This is due to three factors: cost, regulation and geographic scale. Getting all factors optimized simultaneously has proven too difficult to achieve in a single leap, and it is why many in the industry are contemplating the best path to achieve volume production. Many industry leaders are realizing it is possible to stagger the challenges if the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles (AVs) aims first at the robotaxi opportunity. Cost:  The cost of a self-driving system (SDS) with its cameras, radars, lidars and high-performance computing is in the tens of thousands of dollars and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This cost level is acceptable for a driverless ride-hailing service, but is simply too expensive for series-production passenger cars. The cost of SDS should be no more than a few thousand dollars – an order of magnitude lower than today’s costs – before such capability can find its way to series-production passenger cars. Regulation:  Regulation is an area that receives too little attention. Companies deep in the making of SDSs know that it is the stickiest issue. Beside the fact that laws for granting a license to drive are geared toward human drivers, there is the serious issue of how to balance safety and usefulness in a manner that is acceptable to society. It will be easier to develop laws and regulations governing a fleet of robotaxis than for privately-owned vehicles. A fleet operator will receive a limited license per use case and per geographic region and will be subject to extensive reporting and back-office remote operation. In contrast, licensing such cars to private citizens will require a complete overhaul of the complex laws and regulations that currently govern vehicles and drivers. The auto industry is gradually realising that autonomy must wait until regulation and technology reach equilibrium, and the best place to get this done is through the robotaxi phase. Scale:  The third factor, geographic scale, is mostly a challenge of creating high-definition maps with great detail and accuracy, and of keeping those maps continuously updated. The geographic scale is crucial for series-production driverless cars because they must necessarily operate “everywhere” to fulfil the promise of the self-driving revolution. Robotaxis can be confined to geofenced areas, which makes it possible to postpone the issue of scale until the maturity of the robotaxi industry. When the factors of cost, regulation and scale are taken together, it is understandable why series-production passenger cars will not become possible until after the robotaxi phase. As is increasingly apparent, the auto industry is gravitating towards greater emphasis on their Level 2 offerings. Enhanced ADAS – with drivers still in charge of the vehicle at all times – helps achieve many of the expected safety benefits of AVs without bumping into the regulatory, cost and scale challenges. At the same time, automakers are solving for the regulatory, cost and scale challenges by embracing the emerging robotaxi MaaS industry. Once MaaS via robotaxi achieves traction and maturity, automakers will be ready for the next (and most transformative) phase of passenger car autonomy. The Strategy for Autonomy With all of this in mind, Intel and Mobileye are focused on the most efficient path to reach passenger car autonomy. It requires long-term planning, and for those who can sustain the large investments ahead, the rewards will be great. Our path forward relies on four focus areas: Continue at the forefront of ADAS development. Beyond the fact that ADAS is the core of life-saving technology, it allows us to validate the technological building blocks of autonomous vehicles via tens of new production programs a year with automakers that submit our technology to the most stringent safety testing. Our ADAS programs – more than 34 million vehicles on roads today – provide the financial “fuel” to sustain autonomous development activity for the long run. Design an SDS with a backbone of a camera-centric configuration. Building a robust system that can drive solely based on cameras allows us to pinpoint the critical safety segments for which we truly need redundancy from radars and lidars. This effort to avoid unnecessary over-engineering or “sensor overload” is key to keeping the cost low. Build on our  Road Experience Management  (REM) crowdsourced automatic high-definition map-making to address the scale issue. Through existing contracts with automakers, we at Mobileye expect to have more than 25 million cars sending road data by 2022. Tackle the regulatory issue through our  Responsibility-Sensitive Safety  (RSS) formal model of safe driving, which balances the usefulness and agility of the robotic driver with a safety model that complies with societal norms of careful driving. At Intel and Mobileye, we are all-in on the global robotaxi opportunity. We are developing technology for the entire robotaxi experience – from hailing the ride on your phone, through powering the vehicle and monitoring the fleet. Our hands-on approach with as much of the process as possible enables us to maximize learnings from the robotaxi phase and be ready with the right solutions for automakers when the time is right for series-production passenger cars. On the way, we will help our partners deliver on the life-saving safety revolution of ADAS. We are convinced this will be a powerful and historic example of the greatest value being realized on the journey. Professor Amnon Shashua  is senior vice president at Intel Corporation and president and chief executive officer of Mobileye, an Intel company. 1 Wolfe Research 2019 .'

Global Mobile Anti-Malware Market: Current Trends and Future Aspect Analysis

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Malware represents different types of intrusive software, including computer viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, scareware, adware, ransomware, worms, and other malicious programs. Malware attacks are highly sophisticated challenges faced by cyber
'Malware represents different types of intrusive software, including computer viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, scareware, adware, ransomware, worms, and other malicious programs. Malware attacks are highly sophisticated challenges faced by cyber security. These attacks identify and exploit vulnerabilities and use them to further strike an organization’s mobile network. The mobile anti-malware market is involved with the detection, prevention, and modification of such sophisticated attacks. Mobile anti-malware solutions offer protection to mobile devices against unwanted applications, short message services, viruses, push messages, malware, Trojans, and other access data without the users’ knowledge. It provides security against phishing and zero-day threats for a full life cycle, with a comprehensive defense network. Organizations are swiftly adopting mobile anti-malware to protect their business data, because advanced threats evade network security, leaving enterprise networks at huge risks to the theft of valuable intellectual property. Free Sample Copy of this report @  https://www.marketresearchreports.biz/sample/sample/7219 The mobile anti-malware market has been expanding massively in the recent years owing to the rising number of malware attacks on smartphones and the increasing adoption of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) concept among organizations. Enterprises are also rapidly implementing multi-layered advanced threat protection for their business information and data, contributing to the market’s development. Moreover, there has been a surge in cyber-attacks due to the immense infiltration of the internet into the lives of the masses and the increasing dependency on this medium for communication, which adds to the deployment of anti-malware software. The ever-evolving smartphones market is offering new opportunities for industry participants or manufacturers as well. However, the high levels of encryption in new mobile applications and lack of awareness and training regarding mobile anti-malware is obstructing this market. The global mobile anti-malware market is segmented based on operating systems into the Android, Apple, Windows, and Blackberry categories. In terms of size of organization, the market is classified into small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises. SMBs are expected to witness sustainable growth during the forecast period due to the increasing need for a deep understanding of potential targeted attacks. Mobile anti-malware solutions are being gradually accepted in various industry verticals such as health care, media & entertainment, telecom & IT, banking, financial services & insurance (BFSI), retail, public & government sector, and utilities. 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Rostec presented new civil radio stations designed by Art. Lebedev Studio

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Ruselectronica holding, part of Rostec State Corporation, presented the prototypes of its digital civil DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) stations for the first time at the Innoprom-2019 show.The devices are compatible with all existing domestic and
'Ruselectronica holding, part of Rostec State Corporation, presented the prototypes of its digital civil DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) stations for the first time at the Innoprom-2019 show.The devices are compatible with all existing domestic and foreign civil systems of professional mobile radio communications.The first production batch is scheduled for 2020.New radio stations developed by Sozvezdie concern (part of Ruselectronica) were presented in three versions: portable, vehicular and repeater.Their technical characteristics allow these models to be used in railway transport, in the agricultural sector, by industrial enterprises, law enforcement agencies, by EMERCOM, ambulance and logistics companies.The portable radio station provides high-quality digital connection at a distance of up to 10 km, and the base station covers up to 30 km with the connection speed of only 30 milliseconds.The new communication devices are resistant to vibration, extreme temperatures and moisture ingress.The devices also feature an improved noise suppression and data encryption system.This allows them to be used for quick deployment of a secure communication system in locations where cellular network coverage is poor.The radio stations are run by locally developed software and technical solutions by Sozvezdie concern protected by Russian patents.The case was designed by Artemy Lebedev Studio. ‘The new line of radio stations is distinguished by its high performance and quality industrial design, combining usability with contemporary appearance.All this is intended to ensure demand for these products in the professional radio communications market not only in the b2b, but also in the b2c segment, where an attractive appearance and ergonomics play as important a role as the quality of connection.The first production batch will be released in 2020, and in the coming years we plan to reach the production capacity of over 100,000 devices per year’, – Rostec executive director Oleg Evtushenko noted.The new radio stations have been certified by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which permits Sozvezdie concern to sell these devices in the EU member states and protects the used technological and design solutions from illegal copying. . The post Rostec presented new civil radio stations designed by Art.Lebedev Studio appeared first on defenceWeb .'

Satan & Adam – Documentary on Netflix

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In 1986, harmonica player Adam Gussow asked if he could jam with one-man band Sterling 'Mister Satan' Magee. Amidst the racial tension in New York City, the Jewish Ivy League graduate and black Mississippi blues man made an unlikely pair, but their
'FrankMarshall, Ryan Suffern, and Jeff Pollack have announced their most recent musicdocumentary,  Satan & Adam , is now available on Netflix. Thecritically acclaimed film follows unlikely musical duo Sterling “MisterSatan” Magee and Adam Gussow during their time on Harlem’s sidewalks inthe late 1980s and early 1990s. Aftera chance encounter with members of U2 and a celebrated debut record, the duorose to international acclaim from their Harlem street corner. But as quicklyas they were discovered, their meteoric rise was cut short when Mister Satanmysteriously disappeared. The result is an odyssey 23 years in the making thatcaptures a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformativepower of music. NewYork Times writes that “the filmmakers don’t shy away from more complexissues — racial tensions, gentrification, art and anger. Like the blues,there’s real pain here, mixed with real beauty”. The documentary is available on Netflix here .'