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BlackBerry Unveils a Cybersecurity Software Tool That Predicts Software Vulnerabilities in Autonomous Vehicles

Tuesday

Software major BlackBerry has unveiled a new cybersecurity tool called “BlackBerry Jarvis” for automakers that will scan in real-time all software components in an autonomous vehicle to predict and fix vulnerabilities. Jarvis aims to help automakers with safety backups as they develop software required for self-driving cars. In a keynote address at the North American International Automotive Show (NAIAS) here late on January 15, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen said “Jarvis” scans and delivers deep



14 Automakers List More Models in Takata Recall

Tuesday

By Tom Krisher, Associated Press U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. Documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration include many made by Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen. Toyota, Ford and Honda released some of their models last week. Earlier this month Takata recalled an additional 3.3



Automation Alley Creates Roadmap for Manufacturing Technologies

Tuesday

Automation Alley is creating a roadmap for where the automotive industry’s largest players are headed and how the entire supply chain can adopt tomorrow’s manufacturing technologies. The Troy-based business association plans to release a study on Industry 4.0, the idea that we are in a fourth industrial revolution in which the internet and automation transforms manufacturing, on April 30 at an event at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The Automation Alley study is being conducted by several



Artificial Intelligence Being Used to Detect Alzheimer’s Early

Tuesday

Wilfrid Laurier University researchers and two family health teams in Waterloo Region are part of an innovative study testing the use of artificial intelligence for early detection of Alzheimer’s. Early detection and intervention is key to helping seniors stay at home as long as possible, easing the load on caregivers and the healthcare system. “It’s a better quality of life for themselves, certainly less burden on family and caregivers and less cost to the system,” said Josephine



Germany Forces Recall of Audi Diesels in Emissions Cheating Scandal

Tuesday

Germany’s federal licensing authority, the KBA, has instructed Audi to recall its diesel-powered V6 cars after uncovering “inadmissible shut-off devices” in a range of models produced by the upmarket carmaker based in Bavaria. The KBA listed the models A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, SQ5 and Q7 with the EU’s Euro 6 emission standard, a Transport Ministry spokesman said in Berlin on Sunday. The ruling affects 77,600 vehicles in Germany and a total of 127,000 around the



Panasonic Recalls Flat Screen Televisions and Swivel Stands Due to Tip-Over Hazard

Monday

Name of product: Panasonic 55-inch flat screen LED/LCD televisions with tabletop swivel stands. Hazard: The mounting screws that connect the swivel stand to the television can come loose and cause the television to tip over and fall off the stand unexpectedly, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in injuries or death to children. Remedy: Repair. Recall date: January 19, 2018. Units: About 755 in the United States (in addition, 130 were sold in Canada). Consumer contact: Panasonic



Sam’s Club Closures Signal Walmart’s Giant Step Forward in E-Commerce

Monday

By Jacqueline Renfrow Walmart has announced that it will close 63 of its Sam’s Club locations, with plans to turn between 10 and 12 of them into e-commerce fulfillment centers. Like other competitors, Walmart is looking to better service its online consumers. A majority of the announced closings will happen in the next few weeks, and the first warehouse transformation will occur in Memphis. After the action, the company will have 597 clubs across the United



5 Ways Big Data Will Shake Up Supply Chain Systems

Monday

By Adelle Geronimo Big Data is the buzzword we can’t avoid, but for good reason: it’s changing the way a lot of businesses operate, and will continue to do so, especially within the supply chain world. Sixty-four percent of supply chain executives consider Big Data analytics a disruptive and important technology, according to SCM World, even though it’s still a relatively new application of the technology. “Most large Fortune 500 companies have been using Big Data for one



Jimmy John’s to Stop Serving Sprouts After Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

Monday

By Allen Cone Jimmy John’s announced it temporarily stopped selling sprouts at all of its sandwich shops after a salmonella outbreak was linked to restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin. The company, based in Champaign, Ill., said Friday it won’t serve the sprouts out of caution. Two Illinois residents became ill on Dec. 20 and 26, the state’s Department of Public Health said in a release Friday. And the Wisconsin Department of Health on Friday identified five people



New AI Computer Can Predict Deaths With 90% Accuracy

Monday

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer system that uses artificial intelligence to predict the death of hospital patients with an astonishing 90% accuracy rate, Express reports. The scientists hope the system could enable better end-of-life care for hospital patients with a terminal disease. The computer program uses AI to achieve its high-level of accuracy and after an analysis of electronic health records. The AI program looked at 160,000 adult and child patient files from Stanford and



Study Shows Doctors Record Better Notes After Using Best-Practices Program

Friday

Findings The quality and efficiency of notes doctors took about their patients improved when they received education and guidelines that emphasized best practices. In a study led by UCLA researchers, physicians were instructed to document only what was relevant for that day and were discouraged from using some common tools that are intended to make note-taking more efficient. During the study period, physicians produced shorter, higher quality notes and completed the notes earlier in the day.



What Is the ‘Location of Things’ and How Is It Minimizing Risk?

Friday

By Andy Berry “A place for everything, and everything in its place” is an expression dating back to the 18th century, in a Victorian England where cleanliness and tidiness were widely revered. In today’s dynamic world of commerce, “place” has never been more relevant as businesses collect data on digital and physical locations to drive decision-making, influence outcomes and get closer to their customers. As we move around, we generate data. Our devices capture, connect and communicate



Can McDonalds Make Our Food System More Sustainable?

Friday

http://www6.lexisnexis.com/publisher/EndUser?Action=UserDisplayFullDocument&orgId=2673&topicId=100018694&isPreview=true&docId=l:2833610565&Em=7&start=7&dateId=20180116§ionId=0 Can McDonalds Make Our Food System More Sustainable? Impact News Service At McDonalds, even incremental progress towards achieving sustainability goals can be significant. Today, the restaurant giant announced a new commitment to up its recycling game. Under the new goals, McDonalds says it will encourage and enable recycling in every one of its 37,000 restaurants around the world, while making its consumer-facing packaging more sustainable. Noting that recycling regulations and infrastructure vary from city to city and



Florida Driver Died Because of Faulty Air Bag, Report Says

Friday

By Terry Spencer A Florida woman died because a faulty air bag ruptured and fired shrapnel into her head during a crash she should have survived, a report released Wednesday by the state’s Highway Patrol said. Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, was struck by metal pieces that burst through the Takata airbag, causing a 6-inch by 3-inch gaping wound to her left temple, a fractured skull and bruising and bleeding on her brain, according to the



EpiPen Distributor Advises of Shortage in Canada

Friday

The Canadian distributor of the EpiPen says there is a shortage of one size of the emergency treatment for people at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions. Pfizer Canada says there is a shortage of the 0.3-milligram form of the EpiPen because of a manufacturing disruption. The 0.15-mg EpiPen Jr product for young children is not affected. The company anticipates the shortfall in supply will be resolved by March 2. It says additional limited inventory will be available at



Fujifilm Recalls Power Adapter Wall Plugs Sold with Digital Cameras Due to Shock Hazard

Thursday

Name of product: Power adapter wall plugs sold with Fujifilm digital cameras. Hazard: The power adapter wall plug can crack, break or detach and remain in the wall and expose live electrical contacts, posing a shock hazard. Remedy: Replace. Recall date: January 16, 2018. Units: About 270,000 (in addition, about 24,000 were sold in Canada). Description: This recall involves AC-5VF power adapter wall plugs sold with Fujifilm digital camera models XP90, XP95, XP120, XP125, X-A3 and X-A10. The digital



Analytics Will Revolutionize Supply Chains In 2018

Thursday

Louis Columbus, contributor While 94% of supply chain leaders say that digital transformation will fundamentally change supply chains in 2018, only 44% have a strategy ready.66% of supply chain leaders say advanced supply chain analytics are critically important to their supply chain operations in the next 2 to 3 years. Forecast accuracy, demand patterns, product tracking traceability, transportation performance and analysis of product returns are use cases where analytics can close knowledge gaps. These and other insights



3-D Printing: Adding a New Dimension to Auto Manufacturing

Thursday

Though automotive companies are using additive manufacturing (AM) to make limited products, its usage will increase with evolution in product and supply chain requirements. In this ever-evolving market, AM can become a potential game changer for future operations of automotive businesses. On June 5, 2017, ISRO created history by launching India’s heaviest rocket carrying communication satellite GSAT-19 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikot. The GSAT-19 has been credited for being a game changer communications



IBM and Shipping Giant Maersk Launch Blockchain Company for Global Logistics

Thursday

IBM and Danish transport conglomerate Maersk announced today they are launching a joint venture to redefine the global shipping industry for the blockchain age. The new company, which hasn’t yet been named, will focus on simplifying the complex process of moving goods across different trade zones. The company initially plans to market two capabilities built on IBM Blockchain: a shipping information pipeline that provides a real-time, transparent view of merchandise movement, and smart contracts to replace



Slow iPhone X and iPhone 8 Demand Will Hurt Apple’s Suppliers, New Report Claims

Thursday

Apple’s three new iPhones, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8, aren’t as hot as expected, a new report says, and Apple is expected to reduce orders to iPhone parts suppliers for the first quarter of the year. The iPhone maker is yet to share any insights about iPhone X sales, as the handset has been available in stores for less than a quarter. After a terrific response, demand has apparently lost momentum going



4 Universities Receive NIST Funding to Develop Standards Curricula

Wednesday

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has made four awards totaling approximately $266,000 to support standards education in undergraduate and graduate-level curricula. Since 2012, NIST’s Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program has made 31 awards totaling more than $1.8 million. “I am very happy to announce this year’s award recipients,” said Warren Merkel, chief of Standards Services in NIST’s Standards Coordination Office. “We are investing in the next generation of



Chief Culture Officer and Chief Customer Officer: A Winning Combination

Wednesday

By Blake Morgan, contributor There’s a new member of the C-Suite showing up with increasing frequency: the chief culture officer. Instead of spreading the responsibility of creating and maintaining the corporate culture over multiple executives, the chief culture officer takes nearly full responsibility. Their job is to cultivate a strong culture, especially as business and employee needs cause the culture to evolve. It’s no coincidence that the chief culture officer position is growing in popularity now—more



NY Empire State Manufacturing Index Unexpectedly Drops in January

Wednesday

The New York Federal Reserve’s index of manufacturing conditions kicked off 2018 with a worse-than-expected expansion, official data showed on Tuesday. In a report, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said that its general business conditions index fell to 17.70 this month from a reading of 19.60 in December which was revised from an initial reading of 18.00. Analysts had expected the index to hold steady at 18.00 in January. On the index, a reading above



Automakers, U.S. Lawmakers Hope for Progress on Self-Driving Car Bill

Wednesday

Automakers and lawmakers expressed hope on Tuesday that U.S. Congress would soon pass a stalled bill aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market, even as safety advocates argued for more performance requirements. The U.S. House of Representatives in September unanimously approved a bill to quickly allow self-driving cars without human controls on roads. A Senate committee approved similar legislation in October, but did not act before the end of 2017 after some Democrats raised concerns. At



The Fix Is In: AI Is Solving the Riddle of Smarter, Faster Maintenance

Wednesday

It might seem like a cushy job to be the man or woman who works out of the carpeted offices of a power plant, coordinating field service crews who traipse out into the elements to fix, say, an idled wind turbine. But it’s far from elementary. “It’s still a judgment call,” says Scott Berg, chief operating officer of ServiceMax from GE Digital. “Dispatchers probably can’t consider all the historic factors and track record of the



IBM Platform to Support Blockchain Food Safety Alliance in China

Tuesday

Walmart, IBM, JD.com, and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies have announced that they will work together in a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance. The project will kick off with a collaboration on food tracking, traceability and safety across the food supply chain in China, a press release said. The four companies will work together to create a standards-based method of collecting data about the origin, safety and authenticity of food, using blockchain technology to



Another Password Flaw Hits macOS as Apple Breaks a New Year’s Resolution Already

Tuesday

Another password bug has been uncovered in macOS High Sierra, and while it’s not nearly as serious as the one which cropped up late last year, it’s still highly embarrassing for Apple as the new year kicks off. As the Register reports, developer Eric Holtam found the flaw which lies in the App Store settings under System Preferences—assuming the owner of the Mac has instigated a password requirement here. If you attempt to make changes here,



Discovery May Lead to Batteries Charging Faster and Lasting Longer

Tuesday

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries, the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars, creating possibilities to develop batteries that “charge faster and last longer.” The discovery, published in the newly released journal Science Advances , shows that as a model battery generates electric current, the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverses at a certain point, instead of



Is Your Customer Support Killing Your Business?

Tuesday

By Shep Hyken, contributor For the past several years I’ve noticed a trend. Customers are smarter than ever before. They know what it’s like to have a good customer service experience. They have learned it from companies like Apple, Amazon and American Express to mention a few CX rock stars—and that’s just a few of the A’s! Even if you don’t compete with them, your customers still expect you to deliver a comparable experience. That’s right, your



Some iPhone X Owners Are Having Issues With Overheating

Tuesday

Apple has been quite busy juggling its PR image with the controversy over throttled iPhones. As if that was not enough, it is now being reported that its flagship iPhone X is having issues with overheating and excessive data consumption. As far back as November, websites like Tenorshare and TechoBezz have been offering advice to iPhone X owners on how to keep their devices from overheating. Their recommendations range from forcing a hard reset to disabling