[Solved] Steps to Install Exodus Redux On Kodi and Activate Lambda Scrapers Settings

A new Exodus fork that works called Exodus Redux has recently been released and is being actively developed, constantly maintained by the developer. Exodus Redux addon is running Lambda Scrapers which allows it to find online content faster. In this article, we will show you a simple step-by-step guide to install Exodus Redux for Kodi Version 18.2, 18.1 and 17.6 on Android TV, Amazon Firestick, Apple and Windows devices.

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Information and Cyber Security News Headline Updated on 11 December 2019

The headline on 11 December 2019

44 Million Compromised Credentials Used on Microsoft Accounts. Microsoft engineers recently analyzed over three billion credentials known to be compromised by criminals. Utilizing sources from law enforcement and public databases of breached accounts the Microsoft Team identified 44 million user accounts of Microsoft services were reusing known compromised credentials. These accounts ranged from Microsoft’s consumer services to credentials used by companies for Microsoft Azure.

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  • Credential reuse, and/or poor password choices by users necessitate the use of multi-factor authentication. IDPs can be configured for location and device awareness to raise the bar, or completely block authentication for unknown devices or untrusted environments. Disable, or highly restrict the use of legacy protocols that cannot be configured for MFA.
  • Reused passwords and fraudulent password reuse are known problems, but they are the result of the bind in which many users find themselves. Users should employ password managers and strong authentication, such as is offered by Microsoft and its peers. Enterprises should avoid overly complex password rules that make choosing a password difficult and should offer strong authentication options to their users.

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China Reportedly Orders State Offices To Remove Foreign Tech Which Could Hit US Firms Like Microsoft. China’s Communist Party has ordered all state offices to remove foreign hardware and software within three years. Systems and software are to be replaced with Chinese provided equivalents. The replacement encompasses 20-30 million pieces of equipment and commences in 2020. Organizations are required to meet milestones of 30%, 50% and 20% in 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively. China began building a Windows and iOS replacement in 2013, with the help of British company Canonical. This move affects US providers including HP, Dell, and Microsoft. China’s latest policy may be seen as one of the most direct moves against U.S. technology firms during the trade war.

Note: Unfortunately, the longer these types of trade war escalations continue, the likelihood of impact on buying and selling of security products and services continues to increase. Huawei and Kaspersky have seen the impact of US directives against buying their security products; large US security vendors could see similar impacts from large foreign markets. From an enterprise perspective, this dictates the need for backup planning in case your existing vendors are caught in the crossfire. [Neely] This is motivated by trade wars and threats of economic sanctions rather than increased security or locally produced products. Even Chinese vendors such as Lenovo or Huawei are heavily impacted by these sanctions. Businesses need to consider location when developing lists of alternate suppliers, particularly when suppliers are overseas and can be impacted such actions.

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New Zealand Releases Cybersecurity Governance Resource. New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has produced a resource for boards to help improve cybersecurity governance. The NCSC study interviewed cybersecurity professionals from 250 of New Zealand’s nationally significant organizations. The governance resource called Charting Your Course: Cyber Security Governance sets out six areas that will help focus engagement between an organization’s governance and its security practitioners.

Note: This initial publication is a good deal too buzzword-laden for me – anytime I see “resilient”, “security culture” and “holistic” on one page my eyes glaze over. Hopefully, the following on drill-down documents will focus more on bridging the realities of corporate governance and operations to the realities of effective cybersecurity as a critical and integral factor in the success of the corporation.

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Google Releases Open Source Tool for Finding File Access Vulnerabilities. Google on Monday has released the source code of a tool designed to help developers identify vulnerabilities related to file access. The tool, named PathAuditor, has been useful to Google and the company has now decided to release it as an open-source. The tech giant is still actively working on PathAuditor and pointed out that it’s not an officially supported Google product.

Note: Many vulnerability assessment/management tools will find similar vulnerabilities, check with your existing vendor. Google often throw spaghetti on the wall and then moves on – unless this gets broad support, better to see existing products incorporate such capabilities.

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New Phishing Campaign Uses Self-Contained Webpage to Steal Credentials. Researchers have spotted a new phishing campaign that attempts to steal credentials. However, this campaign is different from the commonly observed ones. The phishing attack does not redirect victims to another site for login like a lot of phishing campaigns usually do. Instead, it bundles the scam’s landing page in the HTML attachment, likely in an attempt to bypass security filters and analytics on web proxies.

Note: Scanners don’t typically inspect the attached HTML content sufficiently to discover malicious content embedded in these attachments. While we coach users to use caution with attachments, the prevalence of applications that attach content in HTML attachments encourages the opposite behavior. In addition to focusing on updated user awareness, consider endpoint protection strategies that include blocking access to non-categorized and known bad sites.

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US Government Website For Federal Rules Input Inaccessible Due To Expired SSL Certificate. Regulations.gov, the US Government’s portal for industry and the public to make comments in response to proposed regulations, suffered a self-inflicted denial of service attack when the digital certificate to enable secure HTTP expired. The website returned to service on Monday night after being out for much of the day. At least one government agency had to extend the deadline on public comment. [Neely] Current browser versions do a really good job of blocking access to sites with certificate problems, whether expired, untrusted issuer, name-mismatch, etc. raising the bar on the IT team to keep certificates updated. Consider using certificate issuers that support automated updates. Alternately, a script to scan and alert on certificates that are due to expire is not difficult to create, making sure the alerts trigger ITSM tickets, so it won’t be missed.

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New Jersey Shakespeare Theater Hit By Ransomware. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey was forced to cancel a performance of “A Christmas Carol” after their reservation and ticketing system were hit by ransomware. They are currently selling tickets, but not able to perform seat assignments until patrons arrive at the venue. Other businesses in their area were reportedly also affected at the same time.

Note: This underscores the value of reaching out to customers during an incident, being transparent about the incident and asking for their support. Patrons continue to make reservations and bear with the theater as they work to restore normal operations. Make sure your DR/Incident response plan includes customer notification and support.

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China fires “Great Cannon” Cyber-Weapon at the Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement. China’s “Great Cannon” – a massive DDOS tool, which is used sparingly due to negative publicity when used, captures traffic at the country perimeter and redirects it by use of JavaScript injection. The tool has been resurrected in response to the pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong.

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Apple Explains iPhone 11 Location Requests. Apple’s iPhone 11 USES Ultra-Wideband radio for short-range high bandwidth file exchange. UWB uses location services to find other UWB devices. These requests happen even when applications and services are set not to request location data. This is disabled in airplane mode. The checks for the location also verify the device is in a country where UWB is permitted.

Note: Future versions of iOS are supposed to contain a setting explicitly for toggling UWB. The wide spectrum, multi-channel use by UWB permits data transfer at up to 1.6Gbps for a few meters. UWB is currently used to improve the performance of Airdrop.

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US-CERT AA19-339A: Dridex Malware. A recent collaboration between the Department of Treasury’s FinCEN and CIG groups, in response to Dridex malware’s continued use in the financial sector, provides a consolidated reference on Dridex including an overview, related activities, IOCs, mitigations, and recommendations.

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T-Mobile Launches 600Mhz 5G. T-Mobile pushed out 5G services across the US but using its 600MHz LTE-like spectrum. This service doesn’t operate at the full 5G speeds. The fastest 5G requires millimeter wave (mmWave) which is easily obstructed and doesn’t go far.

Note: Mobile Operators are rolling out 5G in stages, leveraging their existing LTE resources and spectrum. Your device may report a 5G (or 5Ge) connection without delivering the increased speed promised by 5G. mmWave deployments, needed for those increased speeds, require a very dense deployment of radios and supporting fiber infrastructure, which some communities are challenging.

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Car Makers BMW and Hyundai Victims of Cyber Attack. The carmakers BMW and Hyundai are reported to have been hacked by a criminal group known as Ocean Lotus, also known as APT 32. The alleged compromise is reported to have happened in the spring of 2019 when BMW’s security team discovered an instance of a commercial hacking tool, Cobalt Strike, installed on a workstation. The reports also state the car manufacturer Hyundai were also a victim of this group. The Ocean Lotus group is alleged to be behind attacks against other car manufacturers such as Toyota Japan, Toyota Australia, and Toyota Vietnam.

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Amazon Buckets Leak over 750,000 Applicants’ Data for US Birth Certificates. A company that provides a service to allow customers to apply for copies of birth certificates from US States has allegedly exposed the personal details of those applicants. A UK based security research company identified the unsecured Amazon Bucket which contained the personal details of 750,000 people. The data includes their name, date of birth, email address, and home address, amongst other details.

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TechCrunch > Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online

MashableAsia > Nearly 800,000 applications for birth certificate copies exposed online for anyone to access

The headline on 07 December 2019

Data Center Ransomware Infection. Data Center provider CyrusOne has confirmed that it suffered a ransomware attack earlier this week. The company says that the incident has affected “availability issues” for six of its managed services customers.

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  • This attack appears to be caused by a version of the REvil (Sokinokibi) ransomware, which also impacted 23 local governments across Texas earlier this year. Consider the impact/risks if one of your providers, such as your colocation service or your MSP, is impacted, and doesn’t plan to pay the ransom, as is indicated in this case; are you prepared with alternatives to continue operations for the duration of the incident?
  • The six customers are called “collateral damage.” The drug company, Merck, was such collateral damage when one of its service providers was compromised. It has caused them to re-think and restructure their relationship with the thousands of providers in their “supply chain.”

Read more in: ZDNet > Ransomware attack hits major US data center provider

Illinois School District Hit with Ransomware. The Sycamore Community School District 427 in Illinois has been hit with ransomware. The attack appears to be limited to the district’s “internal technology servers;” many other district systems, including email, phones, and student information systems are reportedly not infected.

Read more in edscoop > Yet another school district hit by ransomware, this time in Illinois

Evil Corp. Hacking Group Indictments. US federal prosecutors have indicted Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev, who are allegedly members of the hacking group known as Evil Corp. The pair allegedly “led one of the most sophisticated transnational cybercrime syndicates in the world,” according to a US Department of Justice press release.

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Man-in-the-Middle Attack Used to Steal Venture Capital Investment. Hackers used a complex man-in-the-middle attack to steal approximately US $1 million from a Chinese venture capital firm that was supposed to be going to a start-up company in Israel. The hackers set up phony domains and spoofed emails between the companies, even going so far as to cancel a scheduled in-person meeting.

Note: Verify the log retention period and access requirements for your email and related systems before an incident, making sure that there are not only at least six months of information but also that sufficient information is captured and your staff will be able to access it when needed. Always use an out-of-band verification process with wire transfers to ensure they are going to the intended recipient.

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Great Cannon DDoS Tool Reportedly Being Used on Hong Kong Protesters’ Online Forum. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) tool known as the Great Cannon has reportedly been used against the LIHKG social media platform used by protesters in Hong Kong. China’s Great Cannon was first described by Citizen Lab in April 2015.

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ZeroCleare Wiper Malware Used Against Energy, Industrial Organizations in the Middle East. IBM has detected new malware, dubbed ZeroCleare, that has been used to wipe data at energy and industrial sector organizations in the Middle East. The targeted attacks were likely the work of Iranian state-sponsored hackers.

Note: We must move away from the default access control rule of “read/write,” convenient but risky, to “read-only” for data and “execute only” for programs, marginally less convenient but you will get over it.

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US Senators Get Classified Ransomware Briefing. US legislators received a classified briefing about the threat of ransomware on Wednesday, December 5. Christopher Krebs, director of the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) spoke to the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus.

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  • Briefings like this are needed to ensure continued support of initiatives and resources to help state and local governments which may not have access to the needed tools and information to implement needed protections in the current threat environment. That said, with the current active exploitation environment, waiting for external help is ill-advised.
  • Ransomware is now the preferred way to monetize compromised systems and enterprises. We know that the vectors for attacks are e-mail and browsers, but we fail to isolate these from mission-critical data, applications, and systems. We know that the vulnerability includes the capability for the system user to modify it on the fly, but we fail to lock them down by denying the user admin privileges and by restricting “write” access. This is not mere negligence but borders on recklessness.

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Rich Communication Services Implementations Found to be Unsecure. Researchers have found that telecommunications carriers are implementing a new messaging standard in ways that could allow communications to be intercepted, modified, or spoofed. The Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard is fairly new and has a broader range of features than SMS.

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  • What’s being called into question are implementation flaws, rather than flaws in the protocol itself. RCS shows promise to provide a more secure alternative to SMS and avoid the pitfalls in SS7. RCS is one to keep an eye on, especially when a verified secure implementation is available.
  • It looks as if messaging may be going the route of the browsers: adding features until the product is porous, not to say broken.

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Siemens Provides Workaround for PLC Flaw. Siemens has released workarounds to address a vulnerability in its S7-1200 programmable logic controllers (PLCs) while is develops a fix for the problem. The issue lies in “an undocumented hardware-based special access feature,” and could be exploited to take control of vulnerable devices.

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NIST Draft Guidance on Hardware Supply Chain Security. The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft guidance on hardware supply chain security, Validating the Integrity of Servers and Client Devices. NIST will accept comments on the document through January 6, 2020.

Note: This is about building standards to support supply chain security, which has been a challenge of late. The document is a short, easy read, encapsulating information from some other NIST and external documents on OEM supply chain security. Despite the short timeline and the holiday season, it’s worth reading and contributing to.

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The headline on 04 December 2019

Great Plains Health Recovering From Ransomware. Great Plains Health (GPHealth) medical center is recovering from a ransomware attack. The attack occurred on Monday, November 25. The next day, GPHealth canceled a large number of non-emergency appointments and procedures. GPHealth is based in North Platte, Nebraska.

Note: Speaking of HHS notifications, in the Sentara Hospitals story below, the regulators want you to tell them all about your ransomware problems, even if you think it’s just an integrity issue and not confidentiality. HHS put out specific ransomware guidance a few years ago. Yes, it’s a breach: www.hhs.gov: FACT SHEET: Ransomware and HIPAA

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Common Weakness Enumeration List Updated. The MITRE Corp has updated the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) list. According to MITRE, the CWE Top 25 is “a demonstrative list of the most widespread and critical weaknesses that can lead to serious vulnerabilities in software.” Topping the revised list is “Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer.” Cross-site scripting errors are listed second. SQL injection vulnerabilities, which topped the previous version of the list, is now in sixth place. MITRE Corp. operates the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Systems Engineering and Development Institute.

Note: Sadly, we can enumerate our errors but not fix them. Part of the problem here is the von Neumann Architecture, part of the languages we use, part that the programmer does not, or cannot, know the environment in which his program will run, and only a small part that it is a hard problem. However, a good craftsman does not blame his tools. If we insist upon using flawed tools for hard problems, we must train to compensate for them. Our tolerance for shoddy continues to be an embarrassment.

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Google Warns Users of Nation-State Email Hacking. In three months earlier this year, Google notified more than 12,000 users that their accounts were being targeted in phishing attacks conducted by government-backed hackers. The majority of alerts were sent to users in South Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam, and the US.

Note: SANS instructor Heather Mahalik did a great talk at the SANS keynote threat panel at the RSA conference on how much information many users expose to cloud-based email providers such as Gmail, and common ways attackers use social media paths to trick users into exposing password reset info. Heather gave great advice to give to executives. You can see a summary with links in the white paper at www.sans.org: SANS Top New Attacks and Threat Report (PDF)

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Sentara Hospitals Fined for Failing to Properly Report Breach to HHS. Virginia-based Sentara Hospitals has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ACT (HIPAA). OCR launched its investigation after learning that Sentara had mailed nearly 600 patients’ personal health information to the wrong addresses. Sentara has also agreed to “a corrective action plan.”

Note: The fine works out to about $3,600 per record exposed, a really scary number that will be good ammunition for getting senior management attention. In 2019, HHS has issued 7 fines averaging just under $2M each – the size of the fines is more related to large process deficiencies than to the size of the breach. The average profit margin in healthcare is in the 5% range, meaning that a $2M fine essentially cancels out $40M in revenue! That is a better number to use when trying to justify the spending needed to reach basic security hygiene levels.

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Piracy Sites Shutdown. Europol, working with law enforcement teams from 18 countries, has shut down more than 30,000 Internet domain names for trafficking in pirated digital content and counterfeit products and pharmaceuticals. Officials have also seized physical property, frozen at least €150,000 (the US $165,000) in several bank accounts, and arrested three individuals in connection with the investigation.

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Imminent Monitor RAT Operation Shut Down. Law enforcement officials from multiple countries cooperated to take down the infrastructure supporting a malware operation known as Imminent Monitor, a remote access Trojan (RAT) that has been sold online since 2013. The investigation was led by the Australian Federal Police and aided by authorities in Belgium, New Zealand, the UK, the US, and other countries.

Note: Well done to all involved in this takedown. A timely reminder that international cooperation is key to tackling the scourge of online crime. It is also a good time to highlight again the No More Ransom website supported by Europol which distributes the known decryption keys for ransomware strains. You can access it for free at www.nomoreransom.org

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CISA Wants US Government Agencies to Establish Vulnerability Disclosure Programs. The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a draft binding operational directive (B20-01) that would require civilian agencies to establish vulnerability disclosure programs, as well as a plan for managing security issues that are reported. CISA is accepting comments on the draft document through December 27, 2019.

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  • Large technology companies in private industry went through this over a decade ago, and the results were overwhelmingly positive. It would be good to see CISA provide a strawman vulnerability disclosure policy as a starting point for all the departments and agencies.
  • The guidance on the BOD 20-01 web site includes all the aspects needed as well as timelines; providing a sample policy would help agencies meet the deliverables, as well as avoiding “wrong-rock” iterations. The directive includes additional FISMA reporting requirements associated with the disclosure program starting in FY21. While well-intended, not every agency has the resources or process maturity to meet the tracking, verification, response and reporting requirements.

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Facebook and Twitter Warn of Malicious SDKs. Twitter and Facebook have warned of certain malicious software development kits (SDKs) that could be used to steal users’ personal information. The SDKs in question are maintained by MobiBurn and oneAudience.

Note: These SDKs are being leveraged by data aggregators and have been seen on Android vs iOS. Use caution with granting excess permissions on Android applications.

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California DMV Makes Millions Selling Drivers’ Personally Identifiable Information. According to documents obtained through a public records act request, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been making millions of dollars a year selling drivers’ personal information. Customers paying for the information include data brokers, credit reporting agencies, and private investigators. The data include names, addresses, and car registration information, all of which drivers must provide to get a license. The practice of DMVs selling driver data is not unique to California.

Note: No, it is not unique to California but is usually governed by law. Where it is not, it is because the legislature chooses to look the other way.

Read more in: The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

Gaming News Headline Updated on 13 December 2019

The headline on 13 December 2019

Röki demo available for 48 hours from 6 pm GMT/10 am PT on Steam’s dedicated page.

Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs update released today by Resolution Games for Rovio Entertainment’s (ROVIO) feathered friends, players can now – for the first time in any Angry Birds game – design and play their very own levels.

 

Team17, SMG Studio, and DevM Games have announced that the Moving Out will launch in Q2 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A demo of Moving Out will be available on Steam for a limited 48 hour to play from 6 pm GMT today until 6 pm GMT Saturday 14th December, features four levels of 1-4 player, couch-co-op, madcap mayhem that gives players the chance to experience some of what the full game has in store next year.

 

The headline on 12 December 2019

Keybol Games and Drix Studios announce the release of Grand Guilds for Nintendo Switch and Steam in Q1 2020.

Atmosphere 0.10.1 released, bundled with hbl 2.3, and hbmenu 3.2.0. Source: GitHub > Atmosphère 0.10.1

JaffaJam releasing Slam Dunk Santa, utilizing its framework BubbleGum, a development toolset for the Unity platform.

Slam Dunk Santa for iOS
Slam Dunk Santa for Android

 

SOEDESCO and Tropical Puppy publish Fantasy Farming: Orange Season, available for Early Access on Steam with a 94% ‘very positive’ rating out of 110 total ratings.

 

The headline on 11 December 2019

Capcom unveiling a completely reimagined Resident Evil 3. Resident Evil 3 will be available on PlayStation4, Xbox One and Steam on April 3, 2020.

 

SQUARE ENIX unveiled a teaser trailer for BABYLONN’S FALL, gives viewers an early look at the game’s fluid, action gameplay and striking art style delivered by the original “Brushwork Filter”.

 

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries from Piranha Games is now available for download on the Epic Games Store ($49.99 standard, $59.99 collectors edition.)

 

The headline on 10 December 2019

Vertex Pop announced that Super Crush KO is coming to the eShop for Nintendo Switch and Steam on January 16th, 2020.

 

Gameforge introduces Act 7: The Orcs and the Celestial Spire, the biggest update for NosTale with new maps, monsters, and quests, as well as an enhanced game experience in the fantastic world, enriched with extensive features.

 

Gunlord X from developer NGDEV will be available digitally for PS4 on December 10th in North America and December 11th in Europe for US$9.99 and €9.99.

 

Portal Games announce the second expansion for Empires of the North: Roman Banners to be published in 1Q 2020, includes two brand new Roman decks and additional island cards. Source: Portal Games announces brand new expansion to Empires of the North: Roman Banners

Checkpoint 3.7.4 released with Atmosphere 0.10.0 compatibility and QoL fixes. Source: GitHub > Checkpoint 3.7.4

Bounty Rune Update which locked to 5-minute intervals in terms of their gold values (so getting a 6-minute bounty isn’t higher than a 5 minute one). Source: Steam > DOTA 2 UPDATE – DECEMBER 9TH 2019

New BioShock Announced, Being Developed by New Developer Cloud Chamber, but don’t expect this new game shortly. Source: IGN > New BioShock Game Announced, Being Developed by New 2K Studio Cloud Chamber

 

The headline on 9 December 2019

SX OS v2.9.3. Beta updated to support FW 9.1.0 and game titles that use newer encryption, available on the SX OS download page and as an OTA update using the SX OS builtin updater. Source: Team Xecuter > SX OS v2.9.3. Beta Announcement

SX OS v2.9.3. Beta updated to support FW 9.1.0 and game titles that use newer encryption
SX OS v2.9.3. Beta updated to support FW 9.1.0 and game titles that use newer encryption

Atmosphère 0.10.0 released which bundled with hbl 2.2, and hbmenu 3.1.1. Source: GitHub > Atmosphère 0.10.0

The headline on 7 December 2019

Warsaw, Poland | Space Pioneer released now on Nintendo Switch for 10 USD / 10 EUROS.

 

Skybound Games and Sheffield announced that Gang Beasts is now available in PlayStation4 and Xbox One at retail locations across North America on the 3rd December and all other territories on the 6th December for $29.99 / €24.99/ £19.99.

 

Private Division and Panache Digital Games launched Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey for PlayStation4 and Xbox One.

 

The headline on 5 December 2019

Goat of Duty is going free on Steam for one weekend only starts from today 6 pm GMT/7 pm CET/1 pm ET/10 am PT until the end of Sunday 8th.

 

Private Division and Squad announced that Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition: Breaking Ground Expansion is now available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, focused on increasing the objective possibilities once celestial bodies have been reached by adding more interesting scientific endeavors and expanding the toolset.

 

Raiser Games and Protocol Games reveal that Song of Horror will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q2 2020.

 

System Update version 9.1.0 for Switch released on December 4, 2019. General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including a solution for the following:

  • Resolved an issue where the color animation was not displaying correctly when attaching a Joy-Con controller to the Nintendo Switch console.
  • The titles’ .*info files are now available (title descriptions were also updated if needed/successful), see the report title-listing.
  • Started sysmodule SwIPC-generation task. The output will be available with the above .info files via the report title-listing page, this will take a while to finish for all sysmodules.
  • Security flaws fixed.


Source: Switch 9.1.0 report, SwitchBrew, and Nintendo Switch System Updates and Change History

The headline on 3 December 2019

Rebellion has brought three classic titles to Steam for the first time. The trio of golden oldies are Free Running, World War Zero, Gunlok, and all three games are available at a special 15% launch week discount.

SOEDESCO and Rain Games celebrate the release of the 2D puzzle platformer Teslagrad 5 years ago.

 

Skybound Games and Beamdog announced that the physical and digital enhanced edition of Neverwinter Nights can be purchased at major retailers globally for £39.00/€49.99/$49.99 on the PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The headline on 2 December 2019

uLaunch 0.2 released, with Quick Menu, Settings, controller menu applet, and uViewer. Source: GitHub > XorTroll/uLaunch

Reality Clash offers tokenized in-game weapons in the world’s first blockchain-based digital gaming vending machine. Reality Gaming Group has joined forces with Silica neXus to provide arcade gamers with in-game tokenized assets via the world’s first blockchain-based vending machines which will be available across family entertainment centers, arcades and theme parks globally in the US.

 

Farming Simulator 20 released on Nintendo Switch and for Android and iOS devices, features over 100 faithfully reproduced farming vehicles and tools from a wide range of industry-leading manufacturers.

 

Weakless is coming to Xbox One on December 13th. Weakless PC release is coming in the first quarter of 2020.

 

The latest update of Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker is now available in French, Italian, and German. Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker is available on Steam, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Android and Apple devices.

LABS Works announced that Castle in the Darkness 2 is now in development, offers a similar brand of high-speed, action-RPG exploration to the first game.

 

Good Luck 3, Inc. initiated a Crowdfunding campaign through “FUNDINNO” on November 27, 2019, the project received 10,000,000 JPY (USD 100,000) within 3 minutes after going live. The fund will be used towards further growth of existing projects, including Japan’s first blockchain game, Crypt-Oink, and blockchain content platform RAKUN.

Slitherine LTD in collaboration with Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced “Starship Troopers – Terran Command,” a real-time strategy game based on TriStar Pictures’ iconic 1997 movie to be released for PC in 2020.

 

Internet of Things News Headline Updated on 12 December 2019

The headline on 12 December 2019

AWS helps developers build machine-learning models. At last week’s AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services announced six Amazon SageMaker capabilities, including SageMaker Studio, the first fully integrated development environment for machine learning, that makes it easier for developers to build, debug, train, deploy, monitor and operate custom machine-learning models. Source: Venture Beat > AWS launches major SageMaker upgrades for machine learning model training and testing

AWS helps developers build machine-learning models.
AWS helps developers build machine-learning models.

Huawei and Skymind MoU to develop AI in ASEAN. Skymind AI Berhad, the south-east Asia arm of California-based Skymind, is working with Chinese ICT giant Huawei to develop a cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) hub to foster innovation and talent development in ASEAN, beginning with Malaysia and Indonesia. Source: Techsauce > Skymind and HUAWEI CLOUD sign MoU to develop the AI ecosystem in Southeast Asia

Huawei and Skymind MoU to develop AI in Asean.
Huawei and Skymind MoU to develop AI in ASEAN.

Juniper brings very big data handling to Cern. European nuclear research organization Cern has selected Juniper Networks to use artificial intelligence (AI) to increase network capacity for handling unprecedented volumes of data for its scientific projects and everyday tasks. Source: Juniper Newsroom > Juniper Networks Helps CERN Peer into the Origins of the Universe, Ready for the Next Wave of Scientific Discovery

Juniper brings very big data handling to Cern.
Juniper brings very big data handling to Cern.

Digi SoM based on NXP i.MX 8M Nano. IoT connectivity firm Digi has expanded its ConnectCore family of products with the introduction of the ConnectCore 8M Nanosystem on module (SoM) based on NXP’s i.MX 8M Nano. Source: EE World Online > SOM platform based on NXP i.MX 8M Nano optimized for IoT apps

Digi SoM based on NXP i.MX 8M Nano.
Digi SoM based on NXP i.MX 8M Nano.

Blockchain lands on International Space Station. Singapore-based SpaceChain has sent its blockchain hardware wallet technology to the International Space Station (ISS), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of last week’s CRS-19 commercial resupply service mission. Source: SpaceChain Sends Blockchain Technology to the International Space Station

Blockchain lands on International Space Station.
Blockchain lands on International Space Station.

Renesas board simplifies IoT endpoint prototyping. Renesas Electronics has introduced a low-power board to simplify IoT endpoint equipment prototyping. With its Bluetooth Low Energy expansion board, it includes interfaces supporting a wide range of functional expansion. Source: Renesas Press Centr > Renesas Electronics Introduces Low-Power RL78 Prototyping Board to Simplify IoT Endpoint Equipment Prototyping

Renesas board simplifies IoT endpoint prototyping.
Renesas board simplifies IoT endpoint prototyping.

SensiML provides a free trial version of the IoT analytics toolkit. SensiML, an Oregon-based developer of AI tools for building intelligent IoT endpoints, has announced a free trial version of its Analytics Toolkit and the introduction of its Data Depot sample dataset repository. Source: SensiML Adds Rapid Evaluation Capabilities to its Analytics Toolkit for Building Intelligent IoT Endpoints

Siemens expands Additive Manufacturing Portfolio. Siemens is acquiring direct metal laser sintering software specialist Atlas 3D. The company will join Siemens Digital Industries Software, where its solutions will expand additive manufacturing capabilities in the Xcelerator portfolio of software. Source: 3D Printing Media Network > Siemens expands the additive manufacturing portfolio through the acquisition of Atlas 3D

Siemens expands Additive Manufacturing Portfolio.
Siemens expands Additive Manufacturing Portfolio.

Abu Dhabi Oil IIoT and AI project. Abu Dhabi’s National Oil Company (ADNOC) is developing predictive maintenance for its oil infrastructure together with Honeywell. The project is one of the biggest implementations of industrial IoT analytics in the global oil and gas industry. The program will include machine learning and digital twin technologies and is expected to realize significant savings. Source: ZDNet > Honeywell lands Abu Dhabi National Oil Company industrial IoT win

Abu Dhabi Oil IIoT and AI project.
Abu Dhabi Oil IIoT and AI project.

Nokia, Hitachi partner on Private 5G for Industrial IoT. Finnish telecoms firms Nokia is working with Japan’s Hitachi to provide local 5G and private wireless LTE networks to Japanese industrial and government organizations. Spectrum for local 5G is due to be released at the end of 2019 for enterprise use. Source: Nokia Press Release > Nokia and Hitachi Kokusai Electric bring local 5G and private LTE networks to Japanese enterprises

Nokia, Hitachi partner on Private 5G for Industrial IoT.
Nokia, Hitachi partner on Private 5G for Industrial IoT.

AT&T 5G on Microsoft Cloud for Industrial Edge. AT&T is integrating 5G with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud to enable new 5G, Cloud and edge computing solutions for enterprise customers. NEC will initially be available for a limited set of select customers in Dallas. Next year, Los Angeles and Atlanta are targeted to select customer availability. Source: Microsoft News > AT&T integrating 5G with Microsoft cloud to enable next-generation solutions on the edge

Litmus ready analytics for Industrial Edge. Industrial edge intelligence developer Litmus Automation has launched an easy to implement an analytics system for the company’s edge computing platform for industrial IoT, LoopEdge. The new package, Ready Analytics, is designed to reduce manual setup and configuration time, accelerating time-to-value. Source: AiTHORITY > Litmus Automation Launches New Ready Analytics on Intelligent Edge Computing Platform

Hexagon adds Volume Graphics CT to Smart Factory. Swedish industrial sensor and automation specialist Hexagon AB is acquiring German industrial computed tomography (CT) software specialist Volume Graphics. Source: Hexagon Broadens its Smart Factory Solutions Portfolio With the Acquisition of Volume Graphics

Hexagon adds Volume Graphics CT to Smart Factory.
Hexagon adds Volume Graphics CT to Smart Factory.

ST, Maxon precision controls for Industrial Automation. European semiconductor maker ST Microelectronics is working with Swiss precision motor manufacturer Maxon Motor to develop precision motor control systems designed specifically for robotics and industrial automation. The two companies have developed a plug-and-play servo control development kit to support robotics and automation applications. Source: STMicroelectronics > STMicroelectronics and Maxon Collaborate on Precision Motor Control for Robotics and Automation

ST, Maxon precision controls for Industrial Automation.
ST, Maxon precision controls for Industrial Automation.

Siemens, Mocana to bolster IIoT security. Siemens is aiming to bring end-to-end security to industrial IoT devices through a partnership with OT security specialist Mocana. The new security features will protect devices connected to Siemens MindSphere IoT cloud platform. Source: Mocana Joins Forces With Siemens to Secure the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The headline on 11 December 2019

Cisco and Quantela help finance smart city projects. Quantela and Cisco have developed an outcome-based project financing model for smart city projects. It was unveiled at last month’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Source: siliconindia > Quantela Join Hands with Cisco to Introduce Outcome-Based Project Financing for Smart City Projects

Cisco and Quantela help finance smart city projects.
Cisco and Quantela help finance smart city projects.

Daimler and Geely launch upmarket ride-hailing service. German and Chinese carmakers Daimler and Geely, the parent company of Volvo, have launched their upmarket ride-hailing service in China. Called StarRides, its services start this month in Hangzhou, where Geely has its headquarters. Source: Daimler > StarRides launches in China. Joint venture between Daimler Mobility and Geely Group

Daimler and Geely launch upmarket ride-hailing service.
Daimler and Geely launch upmarket ride-hailing service.

Mastercard and Meridian help cities finance mobility. Mastercard and Meridiam are collaborating to mobilize financing to help upgrade transit systems. As a part of Mastercard’s City Possible initiative, this global program unlocks capital to introduce more efficient ways for residents and visitors to access public transport through technologies such as contactless payments. Source: PYMNTS.com > Mastercard, Meridiam Partner To Help Cities Fund Transit Pay Innovation

Mastercard and Meridian help cities finance mobility.
Mastercard and Meridian help cities finance mobility.

Paradox enhances the smart city platform with blockchain. Swiss technology company Paradox Engineering is enhancing its PE Smart Urban Network platform for interoperable open cities by integrating blockchain technology to increase cybersecurity and enable the monetization of urban device-generated data. Source: Paradox Engineering > Learn more about PE Smart Urban Network!

Paradox enhances smart city platform with blockchain.
Paradox enhances the smart city platform with blockchain.

Dashboard maps technology across London boroughs. The recently formed London Office of Technology & Innovation (Loti) and Bloomberg Associates, a pro-bono municipal consulting service, are releasing City Tools: London, a report and interactive dashboard that maps technologies, contracts, and skills across London’s boroughs. Source: techUK > Driving improved collaboration and innovation across London boroughs

Dashboard maps technology across London boroughs.
Dashboard maps technology across London boroughs.

Bikeep unveils smart e-scooter parking. A public smart scooter parking lot, which lets users lock and load all e-scooters, was unveiled last month at Smart City World Congress in Barcelona by Bikeep. Source: New Mobility > Estonian startup opens first Smart Scooter Parking Lot

Bikeep unveils smart e-scooter parking.
Bikeep unveils smart e-scooter parking.

IDT partners One Tech to integrate IoT for cities. Integrated Device Technology (IDT) is working with industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company One Tech to deliver end-to-end, integrated IoT and edge analytics to optimise the performance and use of city assets. Source: IDT and ONE Tech Partner to Provide an End-to-End Smart City Solution

IDT partners One Tech to integrate IoT for cities.
IDT partners One Tech to integrate IoT for cities.

The headline on 5 December 2019

AWS announces five AI services at Re:Invent. At this week’s AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced five artificial intelligence (AI) services designed to put machine learning in the hands of more application developers and end-users with no machine learning experience required. Source: AWS Announces Five New Machine Learning Services That Reinvent and Improve every day Enterprise Tasks – With No Machine Learning Experience Required

AWS announces five AI services at Re:Invent.
AWS announces five AI services at Re:Invent.

KORE picks NetNumber to expand as-a-service. KORE Wireless has selected Massachusetts-based NetNumber to expand its as-a-service infrastructure. Source: KORE Wireless Selects NetNumber to Expand As-a-Service Infrastructure

Ericsson sees cellular IoT hitting 5bn connections by 2025. Ericsson predicts that the total number of cellular IoT connections will be five billion by the end of 2025, up from 1.3 billion by the end of this year. The Swedish tech giant also expects the global number of 5G subscriptions to top 2.6 billion within the next six years. Source: Ericsson Mobility Report: 5G subscriptions to top 2.6 billion by end of 2025

SoftBank brings AI and IoT to Indonesian real estate. Japan’s SoftBank is working with Jakarta-based PT Lippo Karawaci to develop and disseminate AI and IoT powered products and services in the real estate and mobility ecosystems in Indonesia. Source: The Jakarta Post > Lippo Karawaci inks partnership with Softbank to integrate AI, IoT in real estate

Eurotech partners Microsoft to speed IoT deployment. Italian hardware, software, and services company Eurotech is collaborating with Microsoft to accelerate IoT development. Source: Eurotech collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate the Internet of Things solutions

Eurotech partners Microsoft to speed IoT deployment.
Eurotech partners Microsoft to speed IoT deployment.

UCSD wake-up chip saves power for IoT devices. A chip developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego could reduce or eliminate the need to replace batteries in IoT devices and wearables. Source: UC San Diego News Center > New Chip for Waking Up Small Wireless Devices Could Extend Battery Life

UCSD wake-up chip saves power for IoT devices.
UCSD wake-up chip saves power for IoT devices.

Wisekey, Tatwah, and OnSemi secure IoT beacon. Swiss companies Wisekey and Tatwah worked with Arizona chip company On Semiconductor to develop what they claim is the world’s first secure IoT beacon. Source: All About Circuits > WISeKey, ON Semi, and Tatwah Team Up for “World’s First Secure IoT Beacon Device”

Wisekey, Tatwah and OnSemi secure IoT beacon.
Wisekey, Tatwah, and OnSemi secure IoT beacon.

Panasonic Bluetooth LE module targets IoT use. Panasonic has introduced a Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy module with fast boot time for industrial IoT and smart home applications as well as remote controls. Source: Smartcitieselectronics.com > Panasonic shrinks Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy Module for IoT

Panasonic Bluetooth LE module targets IoT use.
Panasonic Bluetooth LE module targets IoT use.

GUTERMANN launches NB-IoT leak detector. At this week’s North America Water Loss exhibition in Nashville, Swiss firm Gutermann launched what it claims is the world’s first NB-IoT-based water leak detection technology. Source: GUTERMANN Launches the World’s First NB-IoT-based Water Leak Detection Technology

GUTERMANN launches NB-IoT leak detector.
GUTERMANN launches NB-IoT leak detector.

The headline on 2 December 2019

IBM AI monitor tracks high-value assets. IBM has announced the Maximo Asset Monitor, an AI-powered monitor designed to help maintenance and operations companies better understand and improve the performance of their high-value physical assets. Source: IBM Launches Maximo Asset Monitor, Embeds AI Into Monitoring Solution to Expand Market-Leading Asset Management Capabilities

Digital Matter supplies GPS trackers for the Malaysia Sigfox network. Australian connected device firm Digital Matter is supplying more than 11,000 battery-powered GPS tracking devices so Xperanti IoT can deliver affordable asset tracking in Malaysia on the Sigfox LPWAN. Source: Digital Matter Secures Order for 11,000 GPS Tracking Devices to Malaysian Sigfox IoT Provider Xperanti

UPS deploys HerdX blockchain to track meat products. UPS is using blockchain technology from Texas-based HerdX to track meat products. The companies announced at a dinner in Tokyo eating beef that had been tracked from the USA to Japan. Source: UPS And HerdX Deliver Blockchain-Verified Beef From U.S. To Japan

KPMG blockchain platform enables global trade. Professional services network KPMG in China, Australia, and Japan has launched Origins, a blockchain-based track-and-trace platform to support industries including agriculture, resources, manufacturing, and financial services. Source: Ledger Insights > KPMG launches blockchain supply chain solution

CalAmp integrates IoT into wooden pallets. Californian technology company CalAmp is working with Pallet Alliance to provide an IoT-enabled wooden pallet system to improve supply chain and logistics visibility. Source: CalAmp and Pallet Alliance Partner to Provide the Industry’s First IoT-Enabled Wooden Pallet System for Greater Supply Chain and Logistics Visibility

MIT algorithm helps delivery robots navigate. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a navigation system to help delivery robots find their way to someone’s house and front door without mapping the area in advance. Source: Industry Dive > MIT showcases new navigation tech to improve robot deliveries

MIT algorithm helps delivery robots navigate.
MIT algorithm helps delivery robots navigate.

SpotSee RFID tag monitors impact damage. Texas-based IoT supply chain damage monitoring firm SpotSee has launched a device that combines impact-damage monitoring with RFID technology. Source: SpotSee Launches ShockWatch RFID for Tracking Damage Through Supply Chain

SpotSee RFID tag monitors impact damage.
SpotSee RFID tag monitors impact damage.

Asset tracker iBasis joins IMC as a sustaining member. IBasis, a Massachusetts-based specialist in shipping and asset tracking, has joined the IoT M2M Council (IMC) as a sustaining member to support its global operating footprint and take advantage of the IMC’s marketing and research platforms. Source: iBASIS Joins IMC as Enterprise Demand for Global Connectivity Spikes

Sigfox gives a smart makeover to Japanese gas meters. The Sigfox network is helping 850,000 Nippon Gas (Nicigas) gas meters across Japan get a smart makeover by the end of 2020, thanks to a retrofitted gas meter reader developed by UnaBiz and Soracom. Source: sigfox > NICIGAS CONNECTS 850,000 GAS METERS IN JAPAN WITH SORACOM AND UNABIZ

Sigfox gives smart makeover to Japanese gas meters.
Sigfox gives a smart makeover to Japanese gas meters.

Adnoc adopts Honeywell AI and machine learning. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has selected Honeywell’s asset monitoring and predictive analytics to drive improved asset and machinery management across its upstream and downstream operations. Source: Gulf News > Adnoc signs 10-year partnership with Honeywell

ABB and Verdigris machine learning predicts power peaks. Swiss engineering firm ABB and Silicon Valley-based Verdigris Technologies have developed machine-learning algorithms to predict unplanned peaks in power consumption and identify strategies to prevent them. Source: ABB News > ABB uses AI to revolutionize energy management

Adesto aids smart meter pilot in North Africa. Tunisian energy metering company Société Industrielle d’Appareillage et de Matériels Electriques (Siame) is piloting powerline smart meters in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries using technology from Adesto Technologies. Source: Adesto Technologies > New Smart Meter using Adesto’s Memory and Communications Technologies Begins Pilot Program in Africa and the Middle East

Analog Devices help Elgama improve smart meters. Lithuanian electricity meter maker Elgama-Elektronika is using diagnostic technology from Massachusetts-based chipmaker Analog Devices to improve remote accuracy monitoring and tamper detection. Source: Analog Devices > Elgama-Elektronika to Design Electricity Meters with Analog Devices’ mSure® Technology for Remote Accuracy Monitoring and Enhanced Tamper Detection

STM adds wireless to the powerline chipset. Swiss semiconductor firm ST Microelectronics is combining powerline and wireless communications in its market-proven smart-meter chipset. Source: GlobeNewswire > STMicroelectronics Adds Wireless Support to Proven Smart-Meter Chipset for More Flexible, Scalable Smart Infrastructures

STM adds wireless to powerline chipset.
STM adds wireless to the powerline chipset.

Worley and Arundo establish a machine learning hub. Worley and Arundo, a Californian software company, have launched Data Refinery, a hub for applied data science and machine learning in the energy, chemicals and resources industry. Source: Financial Post > Worley and Arundo Launch The Data Refinery as a Global Hub for Advanced Analytics in Energy and Resources; Initial Product, DataSeer, Brings Unprecedented Speed and Accuracy to Engineering Diagram Information Extraction

IMC welcomes iBasis as a sustaining member. Massachusetts-based communications provider iBasis has joined the IoT M2M Council (IMC) as a sustaining member to support its global operating footprint and take advantage of the IMC’s marketing and research platforms. Source: iBASIS Joins IMC as Enterprise Demand for Global Connectivity Spikes

Media and Video News Headline Updated on 12 December 2019

The headline on 12 December 2019

Sony is reportedly looking into deals with other virtual MVPDs about transitioning over its 500,000 PlayStation Vue subscribers. Source: Multichannel News > Sony Playstation Vue’s 500K Subscriber Base Still in Play

The headline on 11 December 2019

AT&T’s Xandr ad-tech unit has begun selling a new version of what has been called a “pause ad.” Source: Variety > Pausing Your Show? New AT&T Ads Will Start to Roll (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix is testing a new feature that lets users skip browsing and automatically start watching. Source: Variety > Netflix Tests TV-Like ‘Watch Now’ Experience to Start Streaming Without Browsing the App (EXCLUSIVE)

TiVo signed a new partnership with SpotX for monetization on TiVo+. Source: TiVo Chooses SpotX for Monetization of Ad-Supported CTV Inventory on TiVo+ and Beyond

The headline on 10 December 2019

FandangoNow has launched the first-ever on-demand movies and TV store on Facebook’s home video calling device, Portal TV. Source: FANDANGONOW LAUNCHES ON-DEMAND MOVIE & TV STORE ON PORTAL TV

Ericsson announced late Friday afternoon that it had agreed to pay $1.06 billion in fines to U.S. regulators after pleading guilty to bribery charges. Source: ZDNet > Ericsson hit with over $1 billion in fines for bribing government officials

The headline on 9 December 2019

The New York Times took a closer look at Quibi’s strategy. Source: The New York Times > Release the Influencers! Quibi’s Plan for Streaming Success

Netflix lead with 17 Golden Globes nominations. Source: Hollywood Reporter > Golden Globes: Full List of Nominations

The headline on 6 December 2019

Netflix is working on new audience metrics for its films. Source: Variety > Netflix Film Chief Scott Stuber Says Streamer Planning to Release More Audience Numbers

Vizio said it sold more than half a million smart TVs from the week of Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Source: VIZIO Exceeds Retailer Expectations, Sells Over Half A Million Smart TVs Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The headline on 5 December 2019

The ViacomCBS merger has officially closed. Source: ViacomCBS Announces Completion of the Merger of CBS and Viacom

Atlantic Broadband is partnering with TiVo to offer the Amazon Prime Video app to its cable customers. Source: Atlantic Broadband Announces Amazon Prime Video App on Select TiVo Devices

The headline on 4 December 2019

Amazon will reportedly stream New York Yankees baseball games next season. Source: New York Post > Yankees teaming up with Amazon to stream games

Fastly expanded adoption of its edge offerings and services across European media and entertainment brands. Source: Fastly Empowers Media & Entertainment Brands Across Europe With High-Performance Content at the Edge

The headline on 3 December 2019

ONE Media 3.0, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, promoted Sesh Simha to vice president of advanced technologies. source: Sesh Simha Promoted to Vice President, Advanced Technology-ONE Media 3.0

The Country Network launched its streaming app, TCN. Source: The Country Network Launches TCN Streaming App

 

The headline on 2 December 2019

The Washington Post took a deeper look at NBCUniversal’s plans for ShoppableTV advertising. Source: WSJ > NBC’s latest gamble depends on the idea that you’ll want to shop while you watch TV

Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, has hired Keri Reisbeck to lead human resources for the newly rebranded company. Source: Comcast’s Effectv Appoints Keri Reisbeck As Its First Human Resources Lead

Mobile Technology and Wireless Communication News Headline Updated on 12 December 2019

The headline on 12 December 2019

Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service is now live at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Newport News, Virginia. Source: Verizon lights up first 5G shipyard with Newport News Shipbuilding

Telefonica Deutschland picked Nokia of Finland and China’s Huawei to build its 5G network. Source: Reuters > Telefonica Deutschland picks Nokia and Huawei for 5G network

Enea unveiled its end-to-end 5G data management suite that enables interoperability between network functions in a software-defined 5G core. Source: Enea Unveils Complete 5G Data Management Suite

Nokia has won a tender to test and deliver a Standalone (SA) 5G system for automated rail operation in Hamburg, Germany. Source: Nokia wins Deutsche Bahn tender to deliver and test the world’s first 5G-based network for automated rail operation

The headline on 11 December 2019

Lawyers for Huawei’s chief financial officer won a court battle after a judge asked Canada’s attorney general to hand over more evidence and documents relating to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. Source: Reuters > Huawei’s CFO wins Canada court fight to see more documents on her arrest

To simplify cybersecurity management for managed service providers, Netsurion announced a new integration between its EventTracker SOC-as-a-service and documentation platform provider IT Glue. Source: Netsurion Simplifies Cybersecurity Management for MSPs with IT Glue Integration

The European Union on Tuesday agreed its member states should adopt a comprehensive and risk-based approach to the security of 5G. Source: Bloomberg > Europe Edges Toward 5G Restrictions After Blast of U.S. Lobbying

Ericsson supplied 5G equipment for a new pilot network in Denmark, with partner TDC. Source: Ericsson and TDC drive 5G commercialization in Denmark with a new pilot network

Nokia said it’s building out a strategic partnership ecosystem to bring private LTE and 5G networks to industrial and government customers in Japan. Source: Nokia builds strategic ecosystem partnership to bring 5G and IoT to enterprises in Japan

The headline on 10 December 2019

Aryaka Networks announced on Tuesday that World Fuel Services, a global fuel logistics company, picked it to assist with the company’s digital transformation. Source: World Fuel Services Selects Aryaka for Digital Transformation, Network Simplification, and Managed Services

Alphabet’s Loon has signed an access airspace agreement with Uganda to provide floating balloon-enabled internet services in neighboring Kenya. Source: Reuters > Alphabet’s Loon agrees airspace deal with Uganda for internet balloon service

The FCC’s third high-band millimeter-wave 5G spectrum auction kicks off today. Source: FCC’S NEXT 5G SPECTRUM AUCTION IS UNDERWAY

The headline on 9 December 2019

Sequans Communications announced that Cambium Networks has adopted Sequans’ LTE-Advanced chipset platform, Cassiopeia, for two customer premises equipment (CPE) designs for global markets. Source: Cambium Networks Selects Sequans for Advanced LTE Equipment

The Netherlands aims to bring in at least $992 million from its first 5G spectrum auction. Source: Reuters > Netherlands to raise at least 900 million euros in first 5G auction

A federal judge told lawyers arguing in the T-Mobile/Sprint merger trial to skip opening arguments and trim witness lists. Source: WSJ > Judge Puts T-Mobile Merger Trial on Fast Track

 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed Francisco Salguero as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Source: FCC > CHAIRMAN PAI ANNOUNCES FRANCISCO SALGUERO AS FCC CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Orange has reached terms on a $775 million loan with the European Investment Bank to build a new broadband network in France. Source: Orange Press Release > The EIB supports Orange’s network deployment in AMII areas with a 700-million euro loan

Intel announced on Monday that it has created a new chip to control quantum computing. Source: Reuters > Intel creates a chip to control quantum computers

The headline on 6 December 2019

Verizon, Sony Imaging Products & Solutions and Sony Mobile Communications joined forces with NBC Sports to test how 5G can change the way live sports broadcasts are captured and produced. Source: Verizon and Sony demonstrate how 5G stands to transform live sports production

Adva announced that Polish operator Play has deployed its Oscilloquartz timing solution to provide LTE Advanced services throughout Poland while also preparing its network for 5G. Source: Play harnesses ADVA timing solution for 5G-ready mobile network

T-Mobile is mulling a cut to its multi-billion merger with Sprint, according to a story by CNBC. Source: CNBC > T-Mobile is eyeing a price cut in its merger with Sprint, sources say

The headline on 5 December 2019

AlefEdge announced its participation in the Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Program. Source: AlefEdge Continues Edge Internet Expansion with Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Program

Martello Technologies announced it has completed the first phase of testing its SD-WAN solution with 5G as part of a project with ENCQOR5G. Source: Yahoo Finance > Martello Completes First Phase of Testing its SD-WAN Solution on ENCQOR 5G

Juniper Networks announced it provided a major infrastructure upgrade to Rostelecom, which is Russia’s largest digital services provider. Source: Juniper Networks > Rostelecom Partners with Juniper Networks to Build IP Transport Backbone for Next-Generation Services

As ongoing U.S investigations into corruption violations by Ericsson are reportedly nearing conclusion, the Swedish vendor confirmed it still estimates $1.2 billion will be enough to cover related fines and costs. Source: Ericsson comments on press coverage about the resolution of ongoing U.S. FCPA investigations

Nokia and Telia Finland delivered 2 Gbps speeds during tests on a live network in downtown Helskinki. Source: Nokia and Telia Finland fire up innovation hub offering blistering 5G speeds to spark creativity

The headline on 4 December 2019

Cloud-native vendor Aviatrix announced Aviatrix CloudWAN, which is a new service that embraces native cloud services from Amazon Web Services (AWS), including the new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager. Source: Aviatrix Cloud-Native Networking Software Extends to Enterprise Branch Offices with CloudWAN Service

Hughes Network Systems announced that SES will use its Jupiter system on the new SES-17 satellite, which is slated to launch in 2021. Source: Hughes JUPITER System to Power Ground Network for SES-17 Satellite, Integrated with Flexible Satellite Design

Deutsche Telekom has put a hold on all deals related to 5G networks while it awaits Germany’s final stance on Chinese supplier Huawei. Source: Reuters > Exclusive: Deutsche Telekom freezes 5G deals pending Huawei ban decision

Deutsche Telekom has put a hold on all deals related to 5G networks
Deutsche Telekom has put a hold on all deals related to 5G networks

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from executive roles at Alphabet. Source: NYT > Era Ends for Google as Founders Step Aside From a Pillar of Tech

The headline on 3 December 2019

Nokia announced that it has been selected by Fingrid, Finland’s national transmission system operator, to build an IP/MPLS network to support the digital transformation of its national electrical grid. Source: Nokia to transform Finland’s nationwide smart grid for better support of renewable energy

T-Mobile launched a “nationwide” 5G network that doesn’t include about 40% of the U.S. population. Source: Ars Technica > T-Mobile touts “nationwide 5G” that fails to cover 130 million Americans

AT&T’s FirstNet public safety platform now counts more than 1 million connections. Source: Yahoo Finance > FirstNet Momentum: Platform Soars with Over 1 Million Connections and Launch of “FirstNet One” – a Deployable Blimp – for Public Safety

Nokia announced its former networks chief Sari Baldauf will succeed Risto Siilasmaa as chairman. Source: Yahoo Finance > Nokia names veteran Sari Baldauf as group boss to take on 5G challenge

Huawei plans to shift its U.S. research center to Canada, according to an interview with the tech vendor’s founder Ren Zhengfei. Source: Reuters > Huawei plans to shift research center to Canada from the U.S.: Globe and Mail

The headline on 2 December 2019

After India’s Supreme Court last month levied $13 billion against carriers in fees, the country’s telecom sector hinges on government aid. Source: Reuters article > After $13 billion levy ruling, future of India’s tattered telecom sector hinges on government aid

Intel in a court filing said it sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple at a “multi-billion dollar loss,” blaming Qualcomm for forcing it out of the market. Source: Business Insider > Intel says it sold its modem business to Apple at a ‘multi-billion dollar loss’ because of Qualcomm ‘strangled competition’

Huawei’s latest smartphone contains no U.S. parts, according to an analysis by UBS and Fomalhaut Techno Solutions. Source: WSJ > Huawei Manages to Make Smartphones Without American Chips

SK Telecom selected Ericsson to deliver Cloud Packet Core, which helps service providers migrate to 5G Core (5GC) stand-alone architecture. Source: Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core to strengthen SK Telecom’s 5G network

Healthcare and Insurance News Headline Updated on 12 December 2019

The headline on 12 December 2019

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will integrate PillPack’s services into its member app, marking the online pharmacy’s first such arrangement with a health plan. Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts Simplifies Pharmacy Experience With PillPack

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has named a new CEO following the sudden passing of industry titan Bernard Tyson. Source: Kaiser Permanente > Greg Adams named Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Take a look at which physician specialties have the highest salaries and which saw the biggest pay increases in 2019. Source: Doximit > U.S. Physician Employment Report 2019

Female medical students have hit a milestone: They now comprise the majority of enrolled U.S. medical students. Source: AAMC > The Majority of U.S. Medical Students Are Women, New Data Show

At the same time, female doctors are still earning less than their male colleagues. In a survey, the women said why they think that is the case. Source: Merritt Hawkins > 2019 Survey of Women in Medicine

A new study looked at how primary care in the U.S. stacks up with 11 other high-income countries. While ahead in IT, doctors still struggle to coordinate care. Source: Health Affairs > Primary Care Physicians’ Role In Coordinating Medical And Health-Related Social Needs In Eleven Countries

The headline on 11 December 2019

White House officials have called HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Verma into a meeting Thursday to see if they can resolve their differences, Source: The New York Times > White House Summons Feuding Health Officials for Counseling Session

OneFifteen, the high tech clinic Verily launched in Dayton, Ohio earlier this year with a focus on opioid addiction, begins seeing its first patients. Source: Dayton Business Journal > Google’s Verily begins seeing first patients in Dayton

The headline on 10 December 2019

A new Gallup poll found more Americans are delaying medical treatments due to costs. Source: Gallup > More Americans Delaying Medical Treatment Due to Cost

Tensions are still running high between HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma to the point that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have intervened. Source: Axios > Scoop: Trump and Pence intervene in a clash between top health officials

UnitedHealth Group announced that it would purchase specialty pharmacy Diplomat in a $300 million deal, with plans to fold it into OptumRx. Source: UnitedHealth Group > Diplomat, OptumRx Combining to Advance Access to Specialty Pharmacy Care and Infusion Services, Improve Health Outcomes

Banner Health has agreed to pay up to $6 million to victims of a massive 2016 data breach as part of a proposed settlement, according to court documents filed last week. Source: ISMG > Banner Health Breach Lawsuit Settled

Take a look at which physician specialties have the highest salaries and which saw the biggest pay increases in 2019. Source: U.S. Physician Employment Report 2019

Certain political events, including the election of President Donald Trump, caused a mood decline among young U.S. doctors, according to a new BMJ study. Source: thebmj > Political events and mood among young physicians: a prospective cohort study

Since the devices became popular in 2006, head and neck injuries related to cell phone use have increased steadily, according to a study led by a facial plastic surgeon. Source: JAMA Network > Head and Neck Injuries Associated With Cell Phone Use

The headline on 9 December 2019

Google continues to face Congressional scrutiny about its collection and use of sensitive health data in a project with Ascension as Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash, wrote a letter to company executives pressing for more details. Source: JAYAPAL PRESSES GOOGLE ON HEALTH DATA COLLECTION

Genomics startup Veritas Genetics is ceasing U.S. operations because it has struggled to raise new funds. Proteus Digital Health also is struggling to stay afloat. Source: CNBC > Digital health start-up once worth $1.5 billion is racing to keep lights on as investors flee

As Millennials continue to gain influence in the workplace, they’ll likely be pushing insurers for some changes, according to a new survey. Source: HealthEdge > 2019 Voice of the Market Survey Series

The headline on 6 December 2019

CMS released its annual look at health expenditures on Thursday, and the report shows that health spending growth did increase slightly from 2017, due in large part to the impacts of the ACA’s hated health insurance tax. Source: CMS.gov > CMS Office of the Actuary Releases 2018 National Health Expenditures

The House is set to vote next week on a sweeping drug price bill championed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Source: THE HILL > House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices

The headline on 5 December 2019

Health IT pioneer John Halamka, M.D. is leaving Massachusetts after 23 years to lead Mayo Clinic’s digital health and artificial intelligence projects. Heather Landi has more. Source: Dr. John Halamka named the president of Mayo Clinic Platform

Regulators found a former NFL quarterback was not qualified to run a hospital. Source: Tampa Bay Times reports > Former NFL player not qualified to run hospital, feds find

Startups with solutions for migraines, kidney stones, clinical trial recruitment, and endoscopic medical care were among the latest health VC deals. Heather Landi offers a look. Source: MedCityNews > Japanese firm’s AI algorithm for gastric cancer gets FDA’s Breakthrough Device designation

TV hospital dramas often get a bad rap for how they portray healthcare. But a new study is giving “Grey’s Anatomy” some credit for increasing awareness for a sexual assault hotline. Source: JAMA Network > Public Awareness for a Sexual Assault Hotline Following a Grey’s Anatomy Episode

Two Democratic senators are pushing big name payers and CMS to respond to concerns about racial bias in data algorithms used to assess patients’ healthcare needs. Source: Booker Wyden Health Care Letters

41% of Americans say they do not intend to get a flu shot this season, a new survey shows. Source: NORC > 41 Percent of Americans Do Not Intend to Get a Flu Shot this Season

Physician compensation increased this year but productivity remained flat or even declined, according to a new survey. Source: SullivanCotter > Physician Compensation Evolving to Address Complex Operating Environment

A factor that could worsen the country’s rural health crisis: The number of medical students from rural backgrounds declined 28% over 15 years. Source: Health Affairs > The Decline In Rural Medical Students: A Growing Gap In Geographic Diversity Threatens The Rural Physician Workforce

In what’s an angry, stressed-out time, you can learn to become a kinder person, research finds. Source: The Washington Post > In this angry and stressed-out time, research says we can learn to be kinder

The headline on 4 December 2019

The Trump administration is launching a program to provide free access to doses of Truvada, a drug that prevents HIV, to people who are uninsured and at risk of being infected. Source: Ending the HIV Epidemic: Ready, Set, PrEP

Stephen Hahn, the radiation oncologist from MD Anderson Cancer Center nominated by the Trump administration to be FDA Commissioner, got passed a key hurdle toward getting the job on Tuesday. Source: The Washington Post > Senate panel approves Hahn as FDA head

Humana and Philips announced this morning that they were joining forces for two remote monitoring programs targeting select Medicare Advantage members. Source: Philips and Humana team up to improve care for at-risk Medicare Advantage members

Texas health officials have sued the Trump administration over $25 million in Medicaid payments. Source: Bloomberg Law > Texas Sues HHS to Hold on to $25 Million in Medicaid Payments (1)

Health IT company Cerner is deepening its partnership with Amazon Web Services to build new prediction tools and a virtual medical scribe for healthcare providers. Source: Cerner, AWS Work to Reduce Patient Re-Admissions and Time Spent Documenting Patient Visits

Cerner is deepening its partnership with AWS
Cerner is deepening its partnership with AWS

Humana and Philips announced this morning that they were joining forces for two remote monitoring programs targeting select Medicare Advantage members. Source: Philips and Humana team up to improve care for at-risk Medicare Advantage members

The headline on 3 December 2019

UnitedHealth Group projected it will generate $242 billion in revenue in 2019 and expects to report another 7% to 8% increase in top-line growth in 2020. Robert King has more. Source: Forbes > UnitedHealth Group: 2020 Revenues To Eclipse $260B

It will take nearly 100 years to reach gender parity among healthcare venture capital partners—and that’s if 50% of new hires are women starting today, according to a Rock Health report. Source: Rock Health > The state of gender equity at healthcare startups and VCs in 2019

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This site offers resources to find a cause or organization to give your time or a donation.

A package originally intended for a medical clinic was delivered to the wrong address and resulted in a Washington state movie theater being evacuated over the ‘highly contagious’ box of urine. Source: Fox News > Washington movie theater evacuated after ‘highly contagious’ package of urine sent to the wrong address

Centene agreed to sell its Medicaid and Medicare Advantage business in Illinois to CVS Health to help its $15 billion mergers with insurer WellCare. Source: Centene and CVS Health Announce Agreement for CVS Health to Acquire IlliniCare Health

Some life insurance underwriters are beginning to charge certain vapers higher rates than smokers. Source: Reuters reports > Could life insurance go up in smoke for some vapers?

The headline on 2 December 2019

Politico reports that tensions are running high within HHS between Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Source: Clashes among top HHS officials undermine Trump agenda

Partners Healthcare System — which is Massachusett’s largest health system — will be now known as Mass General Brigham. Source: Partners HealthCare Announces Five-year Strategic Plan and Launch of System Rebranding

As Joanne Finnegan reports, a new study found doctors with depression are at a greater risk of making medical errors. Source: JAMA Network Open > Association Between Physician Depressive Symptoms and Medical Errors

Amazon launched Transcribe Medical, a new speech recognition service for clinical documentation to rival virtual medical scribe services from Microsoft and Google. Source: Amazon Transcribe Medical

A Japanese startup focused on using AI for early detection of gastrointestinal cancers scored $42.9 million in funding backed by big-name investors like Sony. Source: AI Medical Service

The Wall Street Journal reports that blood-sugar monitors for patients with diabetes stopped sending important information over the weekend, the result of a technological problem. Source: Diabetes Patients’ Blood-Sugar Data Aren’t Being Shared

GTT Communications announced on Monday that it has completed its $56 million deal to buy Dutch carrier KP International. Source: GTT Completes Acquisition of KPN International

[Solved] How to Fix “No Stream Available” Error in Kodi Addon Exodus, Covenant and SportsDevil

There are many reasons why the “No Stream Available” error shows up including episode or movie does not contain any source links, and deleted or outdated add-on that does not have updated source links or Kodi unable to resolve URL of source link. Below are a few tested quick guides that will help you to resolve the “No Stream Available” error shown in Kodi streaming.

Steps to fix No Stream Available in Kodi Streaming
Steps to fix No Stream Available in Kodi Streaming

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[Solved] How To Remove Padlock Icon From Hard Drives In Windows 10

A padlock icon on hard drives in the Windows 10 File Explorer indicates that the hard drive has been encrypted with BitLocker or Device Encryption program.

How To Remove Padlock Icon From Hard Drives In Windows 10
How To Remove Padlock Icon From Hard Drives In Windows 10

BitLocker, present in Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10, allows users to encrypt drives to secure the data. The built-in encryption program adds a padlock icon on hard drives in the File Explorer so that users can easily identify the hard drives that are protected by BitLocker.
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Most Powerful Consumer Robotics Innovations of 2019

2019 has been characterized by a mix match of different consumer robotic innovations that have played a key role in shaping the technological world. You may be wondering where to start or what exactly to purchase to suit your needs at home/ in the building where you work. Well, you do not have to be confused anymore. Here we will talk about the most powerful consumer robotics innovation developed in 2019. We will also go ahead and describe them a little further and highlight the exceptional advantages/features that come with them.
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