Google Turns to AI, Machine Learning to Improve Cloud Security

Today’s topics include Google improving its cloud platform security and introducing new IoT options, and Apple issuing a software update to fix a throttling glitch in its new MacBook Pros.

At its Google Cloud Next conference on July 25, Google declared security as the top concern of enterprise customers.

To that end, Garrick Toubassi, Google’s vice president of engineering for G Suite, said his company is using machine learning and artificial intelligence to block so-called “bad messages” and display a warning for suspicious messages. Google is also adding a confidential mode that lets users add restrictions to email.

Also at the conference, Google announced an enterprise version of Google Voice to be integrated with G Suite, which lets administrators manage users, provision and port phone numbers, access detailed reports and set up call routing functionality.

In IoT hardware, Google announced a new surprise Edge Tensor Processing Unit, which is an AI ASIC developed specifically for neural network machine learning.

Apple is issuing a software update for its brand new MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch models after receiving customer complaints about slow performance and processor throttling since they began shipping on July 17.

Apple acknowledged the problem and explained, "Following extensive performance testing under numerous workloads, we've identified that there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro. A bug fix is included in today's macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update and is recommended."

The update is available for all 2018 MacBook Pro models and can be installed using the machine's software update service or directly downloaded from Apple's support website.