Bits + Bytes : A Miscellany of Technology

PEOPLE MOVEMENTS

•  Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, previously vice-president of the digital artistic content material division at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, has joined Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SIE WWS). As the top of SIE WWS Malaysia Studio, Hasnul is accountable for driving the expansion of the primary PlayStation studio in Southeast Asia. The studio will present artwork and animation companies in addition to develop international unique titles for PlayStation platforms.

PASSING ON

•  David Christopher Vincent Phillips, extra fondly often known as “Pokemon uncle”, handed away on Oct Four from a long-term sickness. He was fashionable for promoting inexpensive tender toys of the Pokemon franchise at Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya. Phillips needed to endure leukaemia remedy in 2016 however continued promoting tender toys to make ends meet.

NEWS 

• Bursa Malaysia Bhd launched its first-ever digital itemizing ceremony on Oct 15 for Samaiden Group Bhd on the ACE Market. This was as a result of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) imposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. 

The digital itemizing service permits flexibility for brand spanking new issuers in the course of the CMCO. This shall be useful as Bursa expects 4 new listings in October  that of Southern Cable Group Bhd, Aneka Jaringan Holdings Bhd, Mr DIY Group (M) Bhd and Econframe Bhd. 

•  TURN OFF YOUR BLUETOOTH

If you’ve a tool utilizing the Linux Bluetooth protocol stack BlueZ, beware. An unfriendly individual inside a brief distance can acquire entry to your cellphone with out your having to click on any hyperlinks, hook up with a rogue Bluetooth system or take some other motion, wanting having Bluetooth turned on.

This flaw was delivered to gentle by Google researcher Andy Nguyen, who mentioned in a tweet: “BleedingTooth (the name given to the bug by Nguyen) is a set of zero-click vulnerabilities in the Linux Bluetooth subsystem that can allow an unauthenticated remote attacker in short distance to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges on vulnerable devices.”

In addition to Linux laptops, BlueZ is utilized in many shopper and industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) gadgets and works with Linux model 2.4.6 and above. 

Intel, a serious contributor to the BlueZ open supply initiatives, mentioned the simplest solution to patch the vulnerability is to replace to the Linux kernel model 5.9, which was launched on Oct 11, failing which you’ll set up a set of kernel patches. 

Intel issued an advisory to categorise this flaw as an “elevation of privilege or disclosure vulnerability”. It assigned certainly one of three bugs that make up Bleeding Tooth, which has a severity rating of 8.three out of 10.

START-UP CHALLENGE 

NTT organising first digital start-up problem this yr

Japanese international expertise companies firm NTT Ltd will maintain the NTT Startup Challenge 2020 with the theme “Smart World through Digital Transformation”. The problem is into its fourth yr, however that is the primary time it will likely be executed nearly, the corporate says in a press launch.

The occasion, which can happen on Nov25,  presents start-ups from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam the prospect to entry funding alternatives and join with shoppers within the NTT Group. Some 20 start-ups from industries reminiscent of synthetic intelligence (AI), fintech, healthtech and edtech  shall be chosen to current their concepts to a panel, which incorporates enterprise capital companies in addition to start-up CEOs and executives from the NTT Group.

The start-ups with the highest three concepts will win a money award in addition to an unique invitation to the “Startup-Enterprise Matching Event”, which can give them entry to international buyers and corporates through NTT Group’s investor community, in addition to an opportunity to attach with NTT Group’s strategic companions.

NTT Startup Challenge founder Yasunori Kinebuchi says NTT is worked up about pivoting this yr’s occasion right into a digital format, which can open it as much as extra start-ups in Southeast Asia. He provides that greater than 500 start-ups from quite a lot of verticals – gaming, AI, fintech, cargo and supply, healthtech, biotech and medtech, e-fitness, salestech, CRM (buyer relationship administration) and work collaboration tech in addition to e-commerce – have signed up for the occasion since registration opened in September.

Apart from the principle occasion of pitch-offs, the problem will host keynote audio system from high international buyers and start-up figures who will share their data about innovation and the long run financial panorama – significantly in Asia- Pacific – all on the digital platform. 

Those can apply immediately on the NTT Startup Challenge 2020 web site, http://www.nttstartupchallenge.com.

TECH BOOKS

Janelle Shane created a preferred weblog “AI Weirdness” (https://aiweirdness.com), the place she would use AI to do foolish issues reminiscent of identify paint colors, create the most effective recipes and even flirt with people. The title comes from the most effective pick-up line the pc was capable of provide you with, after she had “trained” it. 

The others included: “You must be a tringle? Cause you’re the only thing here.”; “Are you a candle? Because you’re so hot of the looks with you.”; and “You’re so beautiful that you say a bat on me and baby.”

Shane was naturally delighted with all of those. It confirmed that AI couldn’t do the whole lot; at the least not but. But it positively may research a bunch of knowledge units and be taught to flirt successfully.

So if you’re afraid of AI taking on the world or simply your job, that is the e-book it is best to learn. In it, she delivers the solutions to each AI query you’ve ever requested and a few you positively haven’t. Like, what does robot-generated Harry Potter fan-fiction appear like? And is the world’s finest Halloween costume actually the Vampire Hog Bride?

Shane spends high quality time with AI, asking machines to do quite a lot of human duties reminiscent of writing the primary traces of novels, naming kittens (Mr Tinkles and Retchion had been among the much less profitable ones), creating recipes (a few of them known as for peeled rosemary or handfuls of damaged glass) and figuring out sheep in uncommon places. She explains what AI is and what it isn’t, the place it really works and the place it’s doomed to fail. And most of all, why we must always care.

‘We’re all prisoners right here of our personal system.’

– tweeted by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney in response to a ruling that it was too early to go any important judgment on Epic’s argument that Apple’s removing of Fortnite from its App Store as a result of Epic had unveiled a direct fee choice, was “unreasonable and unlawful”

DIGITIONARY

Cloud-native

This phrase has been bandied about quite a bit just lately and most of the people appear to suppose it means taking one thing created for a knowledge centre and placing it on the cloud. It doesn’t. While it’s doable to deploy an answer within the cloud that was initially designed to run in a standard knowledge centre, it’s of restricted advantage as you’re merely transferring the answer off-premise and sure making it extra sophisticated within the course of. 

In making an attempt to outline it, Forbes Technology Council member Karthik Ramasamy factors out that one thing can not simply be within the cloud to be cloud-native; it should be of the cloud – designed, optimised and operated for the cloud. To illustrate his level additional, he mentioned that it’s the similar motive attaching a rocket engine to a automobile doesn’t make it a spaceship. You are both cloud-native or you aren’t. There isn’t any patch to make an answer not designed for the cloud, cloud-native.

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

4G ON THE MOON?

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) is seeking to construct a 4G mobile community on the moon. It has awarded the US$14.1 million contract — which is to facilitate communication between lunar landers, rovers in addition to habitats and astronauts — to Nokia’s US subsidiary. So, finally, there may very well be higher, extra dependable protection on the moon than in some elements of rural Malaysia.

A SMART BREAST PUMP

Technology is disrupting the standard child merchandise market to make new moms’ lives simpler. One innovation on this space is the Bluetooth-enabled good breast pump by Korean firm Haenim, which connects the breast pump to a cellphone app.

Basically, the Haenim Pump app acts as a wise diary for the person. It can document issues like feeding time and breast milk quantity so the person can preserve a daily schedule. It additionally has an alarm perform. In addition, the app can be utilized to regulate the pumping settings and therapeutic massage ranges. The breast pump itself may be charged, in keeping with a number of websites that carry the product.

Haenim has different tech-enabled child merchandise as nicely. According to its web site, it sells the primary Internet-of-Things ultraviolet gentle steriliser on this planet. The product permits testing and sterilisation of child bottles. It is related to the cellphone through Bluetooth. Again, through an app, customers can management capabilities of the steriliser and monitor the temperature or remaining time for the sterilising course of.

THIS JUST IN

APPLE UNVEILS IPHONE 12 

Apple has unveiled the long-awaited vary of iPhone 12 fashions, which can include 5G expertise. The fashions are geared up with A14 Bionic, which the corporate describes because the quickest chip in a smartphone. 

This time, the corporate will now not embrace the facility adapter and earphones within the system packaging in an try to cut back carbon emissions. Smaller and lighter bins enable for extra bins to be shipped on a pallet, explains the corporate. The chargers and different elements of the brand new MagSafe accent ecosystem shall be offered individually. 

In Malaysia, costs will vary from RM3,399 to RM6,699. The iPhone 12 shall be out there in chosen international locations from Nov 6, though there is no such thing as a additional details about its availability in Malaysia.

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