Japanese Startup Positions Itself for Automotive Security

Having just completed its Series A financing round, Tokyo-based startup Trillium Inc is pre-emptively positioning itself as the provider of security solutions for autonomous cars.

The company designs and provides custom, multi-layer adaptive cyber-security systems, focused in the near-term on automotive needs, but which are also applicable to the entire IoT spectrum.

“With funding now in place, we are set to move quickly to market with a robust and urgently needed solution,” said David Uze, Trillium’s CEO. “Hundreds of articles on autonomous driving appear in the media every day, but almost none mention the elephant in the room: automakers do not yet have a reliable defense against cyber-threats. Period. One serious hack could immediately halt progress in automated driving. But we have the remedy,” he claims in a company statement.

Trillium’s claims its robust, comprehensive and cost-effective solution secures all three key “cyber-threat domains” in the car with a software-based approach compatible with any architecture or operating system. The company adds its solution can be implemented for as little as on tenth the cost of competing solutions — most of which are still under development.

“We have moved into the real-world testing phase via partnerships with a legendary Japanese Super GT racing team and a leading maker of automotive semiconductors. We are now having in-depth discussions with several major automakers and tier-one suppliers. We’re ready to implement whenever they are,” said the CEO.

The new investment will help the company accelerate the development and deployment of its automotive IoT cyber-security platforms: ‘SecureCAR’ and ‘SecureIoT’ and expand in-vehicle implementation and testing of cyber-security retrofits on current-model connected vehicles. The funds will also serve the expansion of business operations in the Silicon Valley while establishing a satellite penetration testing and engineering hub in Michigan, USA.

To circumvent continually evolving threats, the company plans to deliver Security as a…
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IMAX Creates the First Virtual Reality Arcade

With the Play Station VR headset and the lesser quality Oculus Rift headset slowly making its way to consumers, 2016 was supposedly the year for virtual reality, which never happened. With mainstream VR not working out for now, 2017 now seems to be the year focused on location-based virtual reality. Whether for movie theaters or […]
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Hybrid Asian Elephant x Woolly Mammoth to be called – Mammophant

Have you watched the phenomenal 3D movie from 20th Century Fox Animation entitled Ice Age? If you’re familiar with the film, it starred quite a hefty bunch, but the main man of the story is Manny, a mighty woolly Mammoth. The setting is during the pre-historic, where extinct animals exist at its peak. They roamed […]
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Bond is Made to Rule Your Smart Home

Bond isn’t just your run-of-the-mill smart home accessory. It’s actually meant to add some Internet of Things utility to older devices that have no access to the internet. Is that even possible? It can do this by learning the signals from the different remotes and rebroadcasting them when prompted through Alexa or any other smart […]
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Verizon Adds 2 GB Option to Prepaid Plans for $40

Verizon Wireless today announced a new service plan for its prepaid business, offering 2 GB of data for $40 per month. The plan includes unlimited texting and, for customers who make on-time payments, carry-over data from month to month. Customers who exceed the 2 GB limit will see speeds reduced to 128 Kbps for the remainder of the billing period. Verizon also offers a $30 prepaid service plan for feature phones, as well as a 5 GB plan for $50 and a 10 GB plan for $70. The new $40 plan will be available starting Feb. 21.

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread Officially No Longer Supported

Google has put Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to pasture. The update this month follows an announcement Google first made in November regarding Play Services 10.2, which severs backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 and older. Google Play Services is the core code behind app compatibility across Android platforms. The Play Services 10.2 update jumps from API level 9 to API level 14. This means Play Services 10.2.0 only supports Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich and up. Gingerbread is nearly six years old and Google says the number of devices impacted by the change is fairly small. Google Play Services is updated automatically across Android devices once every couple of months. The 10.2 update to Play Services introduces a handful of new tools that developers can use to improve their apps. For example, it supports the latest version of Google’s Firebase developer toolset, custom styling within Google Maps, more health data points in Google Fit, and additional behaviors of ID tokens with Smart Lock. Play Services 10.2 also lets developers use some updated and/or new APIs, including the Fence API for geofencing, the Google Sign-in API for authentication, and the Nearby API for ultrasonic audio location. Most Android devices can expect to see Play Services 10.2 installed on their devices shortly, if it hasn’t been already.

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LG's G6 to Carry Dual 13MP Rear Cameras

LG today said its forthcoming G6 flagship smartphone will include two rear-mounted cameras and a single front-facing camera in much the same vein as last year’s V20. The rear cameras will each capture 13 megapixels, says LG, with one taking standard field-of-view shots and the other taking 125-degree, wide-angle shots. LG says users will be able to switch between the two cameras seamlessly with no delay, and the wide-angle lens reduces optical distortion around the outer edges for cleaner pictures. LG said the cameras have equal resolution sensors due to consumer feedback wishing for higher quality images from the secondary camera. LG didn’t specify the resolution of the user-facing camera on front, but did indicate it, too, takes wide-angle pictures with a field of view measuring 100 degrees. Moreover, LG has added a handful of new tools to the user-facing camera for self portraits, including the ability to combine between 2 and 100 images to create GIFs. Other features headed to the G6 camera include an enhanced food mode, and 360-degree panoramas for virtual reality apps captured via the wide-angle camera on the rear. LG has already shared lots of the G6’s features ahead of the phone’s expected Feb. 26 debut.

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Uber To Investigate Sexual Harassment Claim by Engineer

Uber’s chief executive ordered an urgent investigation Monday into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleged her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss.

Travis Kalanick responded on Twitter to an open statement by Susan Fowler Rigetti about her year at the ride-hailing app. In a blog post titled “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber,” Rigetti says the company’s human resources department ignored her complaints because her boss was a high performer.

“What’s described here is abhorrent & against everything we believe in,” Kalanick tweeted Monday. “Anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.”

In her blog, Rigetti said she joined Uber as a site reliability engineer in November 2015 in San Francisco. On her first official day with the company, Rigetti says her boss propositioned her in a string of messages on the company chat. As it was “clearly out of line,” she took screen shots of the remarks.

“Upper management told me that he “was a high performer” (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part,” she wrote.

Rigetti, who did not name the manager, left the team. But she said as she tried to progress in the company, she found her way blocked. She alleged sexism was rampant in the company, and that when she pointed that out at a company meeting, she was rebuffed.

In a particularly comical moment, she said the director of engineering ordered leather jackets for the site’s reliability engineers, but later decided it would only give the jackets to male engineers because there were too few women in the company to qualify for a bulk purchase discount.

“The director replied back, saying that…
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