The following are some of the tech topics we are tracking:
Google Updates File Signature Checks for Android Apps
APKs from private websites have long been the threat vectors for Android smartphones. Google has taken an initiative to stop such APKs from spreading malware or remotely taking over the smartphone by adding a file signature to the header of Android app metadata. By adding this file, Android users can determine the authenticity of an App if it is not from Google Play Store. Read more about Google’s new initiative for Android smartphone users on Bleeping Computer.
Amid ‘idiotic blockchain phase,’ EY and Microsoft tout smart contracts
Microsoft and Ernst & Young are betting big on Blockchain tech. They have announced a blockchain-based content rights and royalties management network. The new blockchain based system is designed to serve any industry that deals with intellectual property licensing and royalty payments. Microsoft is testing the new tool for its gaming partner, Ubisoft. Source: The Register.
CIO advice: Disrupting the enterprise innovation strategy model
Enterprise innovation is good but following the footsteps of the peers is not. This is the message Harmeen Mehta, CIO of Bharti Airtel Ltd has for enterprises. She says that disruption is the key to enterprise innovation. Her advise to enterprises to thrive in today’s competitive business world is to continuously innovate and have an innovation strategy in place to guide them. Read more about Harmeen Mehta’s thoughts on Tech Target.
Tackling The Constraints That Are Keeping Data Innovation In Check
While companies know that data innovation is key to success, internal and external constraints keep them from innovating. Eric Schrock tells two stories being told about companies can overcome constraints to enterprise data innovation. She gives examples of Google and Amazon (a Delphix partner). It’s a futuristic story about unlimited potential, massive stores of perfectly labeled data, sophisticated analytics and the successful application of emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). It’s an incredible narrative and inspiring to see today’s tech giants forge the way towards a data-driven future. Read her full article on Forbes.
How Tech Companies Conquered America’s Cities
Nasdaq is at a lifetime high and the reason for that is tech companies are increasingly shaping the future of US cities through investments, a promise of jobs, and more, as cities strain under a multitude of challenges. For example, the Seattle City Council decided last week to undo its plan to impose a $275-per-employee tax on local businesses, a measure it had approved unanimously last month as a way to address the city’s homelessness and housing-affordability crisis. Why the retreat? Many of the city’s businesses balked at the tax, including Amazon — and no one needed to remind Seattleites that Amazon is very publicly looking for a second city to plant its glass balls. So, the Council caved. Source: New York Times.