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Sophos and Qualcomm are teaming up to secure 5G PCs

AI-enabled protection against cyberattacks

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Sophos, a British cybersecurity company, has announced that it will provide its Intercept X software for 5G PCs powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon compute platforms. Called the Intercept X, it’s an endpoint protection suite that helps prevent malicious code deployment such as ransomware.

“The combination of Sophos Intercept X with Snapdragon compute platforms will provide users next-generation security through an always-on, always-connected PC environment,” the companies said in a statement.

The sophisticated software is capable of protecting advanced systems and endpoints via deep learning AI capabilities. The system can inspect and scrutinize files from hundreds of millions of samples to identify and neutralize threats that haven’t been seen before.

In case of a ransomware attack, Intercept X can detect and block foreign encryption processes to protect the device and data. It’ll also use Connected Standby technology to constantly communicate with other Snapdragon-powered devices so that unknown processes are limited and data won’t be compromised when the PC goes offline.

Since Qualcomm’s platform is designed for portable computing, Intercept X shall use AI acceleration through the Qualcomm AI Engine to optimize the device’s performance and ensure minimal battery loss.

Lastly, it’ll be able to harness hardware-level root of trust to ascertain device and cryptographic integrity. According to the firm, the Snapdragon processor series — used to power light, 5G PCs — will come in useful in combating security blackspots as the software will leverage connected standby functions.

“Now, in addition to enabling always on, always connected PC experiences, our 5G-enabled Snapdragon compute platforms bring next-generation security innovation rooted in our advanced AI and 5G connectivity capabilities,” said Miguel Nunes, senior director Product Management, Qualcomm.

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How Technology Helps Feed the World

Harnessing the power of AI

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Artificial Intelligence and self-driving vehicles are not trends we usually associate with farming. But John Deere is revolutionizing the industry and using tech to help feed the world.

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Microsoft plans to buy Discord for US$ 10 million

Still in early talks

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Throughout the pandemic and post-pandemic world, telecommuting and communications apps have risen in popularity throughout the online world. Though most workers have turned to Zoom or Google Meets, Discord has also gotten quite a boost between gamers and more casual users. Unfortunately, the boost might not be enough. According to a new source, Microsoft is planning to purchase Discord for US$ 10 billion.

Earlier today, VentureBeat reported that the communications platform is already exploring a sale to other companies. However, at the time, the report did not reveal who is in the lead to purchase the company. A frontrunner didn’t take long, though.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is the likeliest candidate for a purchase. The company will likely buy the platform out for over US$ 10 billion. The deal is still in its early stages, though.

Based on the same report, Discord can still choose to go public, rather than sell the company outright. Given how early the discussions still are, it might take time before we get a conclusion to the deal.

Despite how the world is starting to treat the pandemic, telecommuting will still be an essential part of the post-pandemic world.

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Nokia and Sony have pulled out from MWC 2021

Joining Ericsson

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This year, the world is trying to go back to normal. With an impending return to normalcy, formerly delayed tech events are testing the waters for an actual in-person event this year. For example, MWC 2021 has confirmed such an event his year. Unfortunately, the traditional exhibitors have doubts. Nokia and Sony have pulled out from MWC 2021.

Reported by CNet, both companies are participating in the event virtually, as opposed to their usual physical exhibitions. According to both statements, Sony and Nokia are prioritizing the health of both their employees and the event’s attendees.

Though the threat of COVID-19 is slowly waning as the vaccine rolls out all over the world, in-person events are still keeping things safe. For one, MWC 2021 is reportedly limiting attendance and maintaining proper social distancing rules. Of course, doing so isn’t enough to completely stave off the virus without full vaccination rates yet.

Further, tech companies are slowly realizing the economic brilliance of launching their products online. Last year, various brands have upped the ante on how to release products digitally. Apple, for example, created incredibly cinematic launch experiences throughout the year.

Sony and Nokia are joining Ericsson in the online-only party. As the months roll on, who can tell if other brands will follow suit? Last year, more and more tech companies eventually followed suit when a few brands initially pulled out of events.

SEE ALSO: MWC 2021 confirms an in-person event this year

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