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Will World War III be fought in the cyber world?

October 11, 2017

Hacking has become a full-time career option, a weapon of mass disruption and a way of compromising privacy on a global scale. The billions of connected devices being bought by businesses and consumers every year is expanding the attack surface at a rapid rate. So, are individuals and industry dealing with the challenge of protecting their devices from cradle to grave? If not, what needs to change and how quickly? Do we now need a more human-centered approach to how we design and engage with technology that reduces our vulnerability to threats and makes us more empowered?

What to Consider When Starting a Services Company

October 11, 2017

It has nearly been 10 years since my business partner and I decided to start our product development professional services firm. By all measures, Intelligent Product Solutions Inc. (IPS) has succeeded well beyond our initial vision. With this milestone approaching, it is worth recounting how and why we came to start IPS and some of the important “lessons learned” along the way.

Eek! DNA-Born Malware at ESC Minneapolis 2017

October 11, 2017

As I've said on several occasions, things are beginning to move very, very quickly in Embedded Space (where no one can hear you scream).

Just a couple of years ago, things like machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) were topics that were primarily of academic interest only. Now these technologies are being deployed in all sorts of real-world embedded systems, and we're only just scratching the surface of what's possible.

Will an Act of Congress Elevate Cybersecurity?

October 10, 2017

Lawmakers in the US Senate have introduced a bill that would set baseline security standards for government-purchased connected devices, from computers and routers to security cameras and other IoT devices. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 comes in direct response to the constant stream of cyber-attacks amid a burgeoning market of connected devices.

2018 BMWs Will Bring Amazon Alexa on the Road

October 10, 2017

In 2016 BMW introduced BMW Connected into its vehicles, allowing for Amazon Alexa users to control their vehicle's climate control, lock and unlock doors, and even check fuel status from home. Now, Amazon has announced that beginning in mid-2018 owners of select BMW and MINI vehicles will have access to full Alexa functions in their vehicles.