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NEWS ANALYSIS: The U.S. and three other countries received emails claiming that bombs would be exploded if a ransom wasn’t paid, and while clearly a hoax, it still demands a plan.

Mozilla is patching its open-source Firefox web browser for 11 security vulnerabilities in the latest release update.

Fortune 1000 organizations, including T-Mobile, Nokia, HSBC, Adidas, Walgreens, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, use Adaptiva to eliminate the need for a vast IT infrastructure and automate countless endpoint management tasks.

DAILY VIDEO: Google is improving Kubernetes container security, and AT&T, Verizon and Samsung announce 5G smartphone plans for 2019.

At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon NA 2018, members of the Special Interest Group tasked with looking at authorization security issues outline what has been going on to help improve Kubernetes security.

NEWS ANALYSIS: The breach of the Starwood reservation database appears to have happened in concert with breaches of OPM and Anthem, also blamed on China.

DAILY VIDEO: Apple fixes passcode and remote code execution flaws in iOS and macOS, and Microsoft open sources WPF, Windows Forms and Windows UI XAML Library.

Google is doing more than just taking the upstream open-source Kubernetes project to enable its GKE service.

NEWS ANALYSIS: The breach of the Starwood reservation database appears to have happened in concert with breaches of OPM and Anthem, also blamed on China.

PREDICTIONS 2019: With the new year only weeks away, we present some ideas from various industry executives about what new impacts they believe AI and machine learning will be making on the IT business and our lives in general.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Feds put a large Mobility Fund grant on hold to investigate a rules violation by a major wireless carrier, which might not be telling the truth on how far its network reaches.

INDUSTRY RESEARCH: More than one-half of shoppers (51 percent) believe they are better connected with their smartphones than store associates. Two-thirds of retail store staff believe they can provide better customer service using tablets.

As 5G cellular networks plan to start service in 2019, carriers such as AT&T and Verizon are readying phones to work with the faster networks.

In a pilot program, bank employees in a multistory New York City branch are using Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches to coordinate service.

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The Snapdragon 855 will begin appearing in smartphones and other mobile devices as service providers roll out 5G networks next year.

PREDICTIONS 2019: The continued development of cloud and container-deployment adoption will maintain its fast pace in 2019, but you may need help analyzing some of the bigger-picture implications of that migration.

NEW-PRODUCT NEWS: Who’d have thought that one day we would have self-service data science software available? The day of “citizen data scientists” may actually be here.

PREDICTIONS 2019: With the new year only weeks away, we present some ideas from various industry executives about what new impacts they believe AI and machine learning will be making on the IT business and our lives in general.

eWEEK DATA POINTS: Multiple vendors and open-source projects announced new products and milestones at KubeCon NA 2018. Learn about them in this data points roundup.

FUTURE IT ANALYSIS: Let’s fast forward a couple of years and talk about what 2020+ with 5G likely will look like.

NEWS ANALYSIS: CEOs, looking to ride the economic wave for as long as it lasts, are much more willing to use whatever technology is at hand because growth has become a greater imperative than cost reduction.

Entegris' products purify, protect and transport critical materials within diverse industries such as semiconductor, data storage, chemical processing and fuel cell.

TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS: It’s unusual for a big tech company to ask for limits on its own technology, but that’s exactly what Microsoft is doing, and it should be a standard for the industry.

The country has struggled for decades to build a competitive semiconductor industry. In making specialized AI chips, though, it’s got a head start.

In 2015, an unknown Chinese scientist edited the DNA of human embryos. It was a step on an inexorable path to designer babies.

Yoshua Bengio wants to stop talk of an AI arms race and make the technology more accessible to the developing world.

A sensor that can spot the wind direction from miles away will let DARPA’s surveillance balloons hover at the very edge of space in one spot indefinitely.

Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone.

But can any company afford to manufacture one-off medical care?

A new wave of chatbots are replacing physicians and providing frontline medical advice—but are they as good as the real thing?

We’ve been using it to type for 144 years. Here’s why it works, and what it would take for us to give it up.