Oreo released a mobile gaming app, "The Great Oreo Cookie Quest," that uses augmented reality to engage with users. The app uses object recognition to detect items in a scavenger hunt and transform them into Oreo cookies on users' screens.
Approximately 70% of the world's population will live in a city by 2050, and more cities are using smart technologies, which could put data at risk. Gil Press outlines six ways cities can get smarter while also focusing on security, reminding cities to be prepared for security breaches and utilize testing and training to learn how to combat potential issues.
A flaw in Skype has been discovered that would allow attackers who successfully use a malicious DLL file to gain system-level access to a computer. A Microsoft representative said that for such "issues of low risk, we remediate that risk via our Update Tuesday schedule."
Cisco is forecasting as much as a 5% increase in revenue from this time last year, projecting sales as high as $12.5 billion for the current quarter. Executives cite $5.5 billion in deferred revenue from software and subscriptions as the main reason for their prediction.
Hackers have released a search tool known as Buckhacker that allows users to search the Amazon Web Services cloud platform for sensitive data. The service was offline for maintenance Wednesday, but not before it was accessed by cybersecurity experts.
The Department of Energy on Wednesday announced that it will create an Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response. The office will be designed to bolster national security, including guarding against cyberattacks.
Federal Trade Commission nominees seeking confirmation vowed to focus on fighting back against data breaches. High-profile data breaches at Uber and Equifax have shed more light on the seriousness of breaches.
Dell EMC is encouraging its partners to be more proactive offering services during the sales process, as partner sales could accelerate IT transformation by 66%, noted Anna Le, vice president of the enterprise services product group. Partner groups are predicting up to a 20% growth for the industry due to service sales, a PartnerPath survey indicates.