This week’s headline story: Top 100 Global Innovators
Thomson Reuters has released its Top 100 global innovators list for 2015. The list identifies innovators annually through an in-depth analysis based on a series of patent-related metrics that analyze what it means to be truly innovative. Amoung notable additions to the list is Amazon, which was added becasue of its innovations in data centers, devices, electronic methods and systems, according to its latest report. Other tech companies on the list are Apple, Blackberry, Cannon, Casio, Ericsson, Google, Intel, Micron, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Seagate, Sony, and Symantec, Of the 27 companies that were dropped from the list this year, are AT&T, IBM, Siemens, and Xerox. Japan and the United States are innovation hot spots and chemical, semiconductor and electronic components and autos are the top innovative industries, according to the report.
Other Headline News…
- Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your phone, TV, tablet, and PC [Ars Technica]
Privacy advocates are warning federal authorities of a new threat that uses inaudible, high-frequency sounds to secretly track a person’s online behavior across a range of devices, including phones, TVs, tablets, and computers. The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad on the web. While the sound can’t be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, they can map a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.
in Information Security News…
- 590K Comcast User Passwords Stolen, Company Blames Customers [NewsFactor]
Comcast is being forced to reset passwords for about 200,000 customers after revelations that account information was leaked and put up for sale on the black market. A list of 590,000 Comcast email addresses and passwords are currently being pedaled on the Dark Web. In published statements, Comcast insists its databases and apps were not hacked. The company, instead, pointed its finger back at its customers, claiming they may have compromised themselves by visiting sites hosting malware or were otherwise tricked into revealing their passwords.
and in Tech Industry news…
- Offline Search and Navigation Come to Google Maps [NewsFactor]
Have you ever been lost out in the middle of nowhere because of a lost cell phone signal, and navigation? Google plans to provide a solution: offline navigation and search. The new offline navigation and search features enable users to download areas on Google Maps to their devices when they do have connections, and then lets them access that information even when there’s no connection available or data access is prohibitively expensive.
- Google Seeks to Influence AI Research by Giving Software Away [Bloomberg]
Google wants to set the standard on artificial intelligence. The Web company, seeking to influence how people design, test, and run artificial-intelligence systems, is making its internal AI development software available for free. The software called TensorFlow is based on the same internal system Google has spent several years developing to support its AI software.
- Cops pull over Google driverless car — but not for speeding [Computerworld]
Finally, Google’s self-driving car had a run-in with the law this week. A Mountain View, Calif. motorcycle police officer pulled over a Google autonomous car for driving too slowly. The police department reported that the car was traveling at 24 mph in a 35 mph zone, holding up traffic and potentially causing a dangerous situation. Google responded that they “cap the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25 mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.