Qualcomm Introduces Speedy Snapdragon X24 LTE Modem for Mobile Devices

The new LTE chipset, expected to be available in some smartphones and other mobile devices by the end of 2018, will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, later in February.

The latest chipset offers twice the speed of Qualcomm's first-generation Gigabit LTE modem, while supporting up to seven times the carrier aggregation in the downlink.

With its faster performance, smartphone and other device makers will be able to offer consumers faster mobile experiences including immersive 360-degree video, connected cloud computing, rich entertainment and instant apps, according to Qualcomm.

Arm this week introduced Project Trillium, a platform that includes a processor specifically made to run machine learning and neural network workloads and another processor for object detection and software to leverage such neural network frameworks as Google’s TensorFlow, Caffe and Android.

The platform will enable mobile device users to run more than 4.6 trillion operations per second. With its low-power architecture and dominant presence in mobile devices, Arm is looking to become a key player at the network edge and in the internet of things.

With Project Trillium, the goal is to give these devices the compute power and energy efficiency to run machine learning operations, even if they’re not connected to the cloud.

Initially, the technologies in the platform will be optimized for mobile devices and smart IP cameras, but they will be able to scale up and down to handle such devices as sensors, smart speakers and home entertainment.

According to security firm Proofpoint in its Email Fraud Threat Report released Feb. 12, email fraud attacks in the fourth quarter of 2017 were pervasive, with nearly nine of 10 organizations targeted by at least one attack.

As part of the report, Proofpoint analyzed more than 160 billion emails, delivered to 2,400 companies around the world. The company found that 88.8 percent of organizations were impacted by email fraud in the fourth quarter of 2017, up from 75 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016.

More email identities were spoofed in the fourth quarter of 2017 as well, with 47 percent of organizations having more than five spoofed email identities.

Email is easily spoofed when organizations don't properly protect their domain name and email servers using means like the Domain-Based Message Authentication, or DMARC, policy and report protocol. According to Proofpoint, 52 percent of U.S. government agencies now have DMARC support for their email domains.

SAP unveiled on Feb. 13 its Business Integrity Screening offering, an application that scours massive volumes of data in real time to detect anomalies and ferret out evidence of fraud, waste and abuse.

Powered by SAP HANA, the software employs predictive analytics and predefined detection rules to notify users of issues concerning iffy business transactions with third-party organizations.

Jerome Pugnet, senior director of Governance, Risk, and Compliance Product Marketing at SAP, said SAP Business Integrity Screening “can be used to screen for any types of potential fraud, anomalous transactions (that are not necessarily fraud), compliance exceptions and more.”

The software can also screen for conflicts of interest in purchasing agreements and ensure compliance with laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits bribing foreign officials to earn their business.