china-us-cyber-croppedCybersecurity Battle with China Escalates - Ban Will Likely Impact Huawei's Business Interests in U.S.

The battle for global tech dominance escalated this week when the White House announced what amounts to a ban on Huawei's business activities in the U.S. 

President Trump “declared a national emergency over foreign threats to U.S. communications infrastructure and services, issuing an executive order that gave Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce, the ability to block companies deemed a national security threat,” writes Jason Abbruzzese of NBC News. “Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would be adding Huawei to its "Entity List," meaning any Huawei business in the U.S. will now require approval from the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security.”

The declaration ratchets up the tension between the U.S. and China over technology and telecommunications strategy, and it will almost certainly have an impact on the IT departments of many U.S.-based organizations.

As senior technology executives, we need to keep a sharp eye on this, and plan carefully to make sure our organizations are not facing threats from international technology companies. This represents a potentially serious cybersecurity and risk issue and we need to address it accordingly.

5G-network-croppedWill Apple Have 5G iPhone Chip Before 2025?

Apple might not have a 5G iPhone ready before 2025, according to one report. Apple is developing its own chips and other components for a 5G iPhone, but the effort will take years. 

“According to a report by The Information, Apple may not have a homegrown 5G modem ready for its iPhones for about six years. The company, which is expected to lag Android device makers when it comes to integrating superfast 5G connectivity into phones, has been designing more of the components inside its devices to reduce its reliance on suppliers,” writes Corinne Reichert of C-NET.

It’s difficult to predict how the lag will impact Apple sales. But any delays in rolling out a 5G iPhone would certainly benefit Apple’s competitors, especially when 5G becomes more widely available in major markets.

windows-10-croppedMicrosoft’s New Platform Helps Developers Create Advanced Robotics and Autonomous Systems for the IoT

Microsoft aims to make it easier for developers to create robots and other complex cyber-physical devices for the Internet of Things. 

“Microsoft announced a limited preview of an Azure-based platform that will enable developers to train models for powering autonomous physical systems. The platform combines Microsoft’s machine learning tools along with the company’s simulation tools like AirSim and open-source Robot Operating System,” writes Amit Chowdhry in Pulse 2.0.

Microsoft’s push in this area has been aided by its acquisition of Bonsai, a cutting-edge AI company that pioneers innovative techniques for teaching machines to “understand” the physical world.