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IoT is short for Internet of Things. The concept/trend has been around for several years now, to the point where it has become ubiquitous. We don't think of ourselves as IoT users or that we own IoT gadgets. We just think of them as smart devices and enjoy how they help automate our lives or automate our homes. Nevertheless, IoT is a thing. And if you want to know more about it, keep reading.

According to everything we’ve heard, 2018 will be the year that 5G stops being a distantly-whispered myth and starts becoming reality. The standards for 5G have been agreed by the telecoms industry, chip manufacturers have announced when their modems will become available, and the networks are bickering about whose ad campaign is working the best. In short, everything’s going just as we expected.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Women in STEM: 2017 Update report, 24 percent of women hold jobs in STEM fields and 14 percent of engineers are women.

Denny Law’s telecommunications company connects phone lines through the plains of western South Dakota and he’s all-in for ending the rural digital divide. He said President Donald Trump’s promise to level the playing field with a “great, great broadband,” made during a Jan. 8 speech in Nashville, Tennessee, has energized local providers like himself. And, he added, John Thune, the South Dakota Republican who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, had better take note.

Mattel wants to help 10 million kids learn to code by 2020, and the toy giant is enlisting one of its most career-focused assets: Barbie. According to Engadget, Mattel is working with the coding education company Tynker to make seven Barbie-themed computer programming lessons.

Some of the fiercest advocates for internet freedom spend their working life surrounded by books. Librarians around the country and here in Alabama are sounding the alarm about the potential danger of rolling back net neutrality protections.

Today, Danilo Campos is a successful programmer in New York City. His story began in New York City at 2 years old. He grew up in public housing with a single immigrant mother. So how did he go from living in public housing to working at some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent companies? He cites one life-changing reason: When he was 8 years old, his mother scrimped and saved so that they could have internet in their apartment. With that, he taught himself to code and got himself to where he is today

The idea of teaching coding to children is not new. Back in the late 1960s, my mentor at MIT, Seymour Papert, developed the first programming language for children, called LOGO. Although computers were big, expensive machines that occupied full rooms, Seymour anticipated that the technology would get smaller and the thinking bigger. That is to say, children could learn how to think in new ways by programming these devices. At the time, this was a novel idea. Today, few people would disagree with this statement.

When a mobile user calls 911, location information is normally sent to the operator by the carrier, but in Google's system the data is sent by Google (presumably using precise data from the actual Android device making the call). Companies involved in the testing say that the data sent by Google was more accurate with a radius of 121-feet around the caller, rather than the 522-feet typical of data sent by the carrier.

Bitcoin, the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe and the Internet of Things (IoT) are just three recent developments that will present security professionals with new challenges in 2018. That’s in addition to the usual raft of malware, DDoS attacks and database thefts that have dominated the headlines for some time.


Printed from the website on February 25, 2018 at 10:03am.