Today’s Tech Sightings:
Given the bleak diversity numbers that keep coming out of Silicon Valley, Chip giant Intel has pledged $300 million over the next five years to increase diversity in its workforce to include more women and minorities. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that “It’s not good enough to say we value diversity and then underrepresent women and minorities,” and that Intel “wants to lead by example.”
After 2014 saw a surging wave of vicious cyberattacks, cybersecurity took center stage at this year’s CES, with several new products designed to keep users safe both in cyberspace and in the real world.
Wearable technology is taking off in a big way; and according to Intel’s CEO Krzanich, the latest is Curie, a wearable open source computer the size of a button. Curie is now a prototype and will be a game changer once it becomes available in the second half of this year, according to Krzanich.
The Internet of Things vision of an always-on, collaborative world of connected devices is already causing alarm. The Federal Trade Commission’s chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, voiced concern at CES that the 25 billion connected devices expected around the world this year, raise privacy and security risks, particularly with regards to ubiquitous data collection, personal data use and cyberthreats, among other issues.
Samsung is thinking big. And its CEO BK Yoon says his company is ready to lead in creating an ecosystem for the Internet of Things. In a speech at CES, Yoon said the technology needed to enable collaborative, always-connected everyday devices will be available this year and that Samsung is ready to stretch the IoT horizon.
As the battle to control the living room heats up, Google unveiled a slew of third-party TV sets for its Android TV platform at CES. The tech giant announced that several electronics manufacturers will launch Android-based TV sets in the spring.