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Intel buys Smart Edge platform from Canada-based Pivot Technology Solutions for $27M

In the latest move to expand its edge computing business, Intel Corp. has agreed to purchase Smart Edge computing platform, an indirect subsidiary of Pivot, for US$27 million on Oct. 15.

Smart Edge is a virtualized mobile smart edge (MEC) computing platform that provides services to enterprises and businesses at the edge. The technology enables services including personalized ads, digital signage, VR and AR, and product information. It can be linked with various IoT devices to provide data analytics.

The platform can also create caching points to quickly deliver information with lower latency. Decentralizing data delivery across many nodes across the network is faster than delivering data from large, centralized data centres.

By scooping up Pivot’s Smart Edge, Intel is looking to further expand into the 5G market, where IoT and edge computing is expected to boom. In its press release, the company said that it’s expecting the 5G silicon addressable market to reach $65 billion by 2023.

Intel exited the 5G smartphone modem business in April this year and transitioned its focus towards network infrastructure and data centres.

Reuters reported that Smart Edge did not generate much revenue in the first half of 2019.

The acquisition is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2019. Intel said around 25 Smart Edge employees will join Intel when the transaction closes.

Canadian consumers aren’t taking IoT security seriously enough, says ESET report

Despite rampant outbreak of cybersecurity incidents, consumers are still not taking proper steps to safeguard their internet-connected devices, concluded an ESET survey study with 4,000 participants. With a tally of 7 billion and counting, the number of IoT devices is expected to rise to 21 billion by 2025. According to IoT Analytics, the number of…

Hashtag Trending – Apple removes police tracker app; global PC shipment rising; Apple reactivates voice data collection

Apple removes app that tracks Hong Kong police movement, global PC shipment hits a seven-year high, Apple reinstates voice data collection. That’s all the tech news that’s trending today. It’s Friday, Oct. 11th, and I’m your host, Tom Li. Trending everywhere, Apple has approved, then immediately removed, an app that tracks Hong Kong Police. The…

Hashtag Trending- You need to install this Windows update; macOS upgrade woes; Twitter phone number mess

Microsoft asks users to install a critical patch once again, Apple macOS Catalina messes up music tools, Twitter uses authentication phone numbers to create ads. That’s all the tech news that’s trending today. It’s Thursday, Oct. 10th, and I’m your host, Tom Li. First, trending on Google, Microsoft is urging users to install a critical…

RCMP charges two in Montreal over Bell customer data theft

RCMP arrested two Montrealers on charges of stealing Bell customer data. Nana Koranteng and Jesiah Russel-Francis were arrested by RCMP on Oct. 8th, 2019, on charges of unauthorized use of a computer, fraud over $5000, conspiracy to commit fraud, laundering proceeds of crime, identity theft, and identity fraud. In 2018, RCMP initiated an investigation after…

Hashtag Trending – No Adobe for Venezuela; Apple buries iTunes; Instagram goes dark

Adobe deactivates all Adobe accounts in Venezuela, MacOS Catalina kills iTunes, Instagram gets a dark mode! That’s all the tech news that’s trending today. It’s Wednesday, Oct. 9th, and I’m your host, Tom Li. First, trending on Google, Adobe has deactivated all Adobe accounts in Venezuela. The company reached the decision following a U.S. sanction,…

What is the Microsoft SQ1 chip? Surface Pro X’s secret explained

Microsoft’s Surface Pro X, unveiled in New York at its Surface launch event last week and landing in stores on Nov. 5th, is powered by the Microsoft SQ1 system-on-chip (SoC). Its release marked the first time in seven years that an ARM processor has appeared in a Surface device. The SQ1 is the birthchild of…

5 tech job fairs to check out before the year is over

Exploring your career options in the Canadian technology sector? There are several places to start. Some of the biggest talent job fairs are being organized exclusively for tech candidates across Canada over the next two months. From application developers to analysts, these job fairs and hiring events will host multiple job openings across all tech…

Hashtag Trending – Ransomware cripples hospitals; new Amazon tablets; Sonos Speaker subscription?

Three Alabama hospitals fold to ransomware demands, Amazon releases new budget tablets, Sonos launches speaker subscription. That’s all the tech news that’s trending today. It’s Tuesday, Oct. 8th, and I’m your host, Tom Li. First, from my Feedly feed, three Alabama hospitals have paid their attackers to unlock their databases. According to Ars Technica, the…

Microsoft Surface Pro X uses a custom Qualcomm-made SQ1 processor

The last time Microsoft put an ARM processor in a Surface was in 2012 when the series first launched. Powered by an Nvidia Tegra chip, the Surface RT (Run Time) was ill-received due to the lack of native apps and the ultra-restrictive Windows 8 RT operating system. But ARM has resurfaced in the Surface Pro…