Verizon is shifting the focus in its stores from phones to phone accessories, having overhauled 200 locations to make accessories more prominent. These Next Gen stores are designed to encourage handling of cases, which represent a higher profit margin for the carrier than phone sales do.
Samsung's competition could ramp up, as Apple may offer three new lower-cost phones and add Apple Pencil support, putting them in direct competition with the Galaxy Note 9. Apple may be receiving components from suppliers at a lower cost and may be using those lower prices to compete in price-conscious markets.
StarVR has rolled out a head-mounted virtual reality device designed for enterprise use; it offers a 210-degree horizontal field of view, allowing the device to work with the user's peripheral vision, which creates a more immersive and true-to-life experience.
Organizations using blockchain are working to scale the technology and improve performance speed, which is often slowed by proof of work consensus models. Companies could overcome this issue by using proof of stake algorithms or "sharding," which divides network nodes into more manageable partitions.
More than half of the top 25 highest-paying jobs in the country were in the tech industry, with enterprise architecture, software development management, software engineering management and software architecture at the top of the tech job list, according to a Glassdoor report. Other tech jobs on the list include IT program management, data science and cloud engineering.
Operators at the National Security Agency were 16% more fatigued and 12% more frustrated after a tactical cyberoperation than they were before, according to a study from the NSA, and higher frustration levels were associated with lower levels of performance self-assessment. The department recommends tech companies monitor employees' stress levels and offer more breaks and flexible scheduling to reduce frustration levels.
Semiconductor acquisitions valued at over $40 billion are less likely to be completed amid greater regulatory scrutiny and international trade tensions, predicts IC Insights. Announcements of semiconductor acquisitions totaled $28.3 billion last year.
Intel's Core and Xeon processors are among those that have three potential flaws that could put certain computer-stored data at risk. "We are not aware of reports that any of these methods have been used in real-world exploits, but this further underscores the need for everyone to adhere to security best practices," wrote Intel in a blog post.
An international team led by University of California at Berkeley chemists have discovered a method of creating schwarzites, which are carbon atoms with negative curvature. "These negatively-curved carbons have been very hard to synthesize on their own, but it turns out that you can grow the carbon film catalytically at the surface of a zeolite," said Efrem Braun, one of the authors of the study.