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Mobile wallet use up in 2016

A recent survey commissioned by Capital One has found that nearly one quarter (24%) of respondents are using mobile wallets in some capacity, with 16% leveraging the technology to make purchases. Of the 24%, more than 63% confirmed the use of a mobile wallet for less than year. As Mobile Payments Today notes, the above-mentioned […]

November 30, 2016

Future smart buildings will adapt and learn

Tom Carroll of JLL property services recently penned an article for the UK-based publication Computing that explores the future of intelligent buildings. As Carroll explains, advanced sensors and the ubiquitous adoption of mobile devices, combined with the rapidly burgeoning IoT, will transform the services a building is capable of offering.

November 29, 2016

Saving power with HBM

Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering notes that power has always been a “global concern” in the design process because it affects every part of a chip. Nevertheless, partitioning for power rather than functionality or performance has not, historically, been seriously considered, although the status quo is beginning to change.

November 28, 2016

Rambus talks vehicle security at TU-Automotive

Joe Gullo, the senior director for Rambus automotive strategy and development, recently participated in a TU-Automotive panel that explored the importance of securing next-gen autonomous vehicles. Indeed, the number of threat vectors in the automotive sector have exponentially increased in recent years. This is due to a range of factors, such as more complex software […]

November 22, 2016

Solid State Circuits Magazine highlights lensless smart sensors

A Rambus VLSI Symposium paper on lensless smart sensor (LSS) technology has been cited in Solid State Circuits Magazine. “In an invited paper, Rambus presented an overview of lensless smart sensors that rely on phase-modulated diffraction gratings above a conventional imaging array. Compared to a lens, this More-than-Moore diffraction grating, seen in Figure 6, can […]

November 21, 2016

U.S. mobile payments ready to ramp

New research published by eMarketer confirms that 38.4 million Americans 14 and over will have used their mobile phones to pay at a point of sale at least once in the preceding six months during 2016. According to eMarketer analyst Bryan Yeager, the above-mentioned statistics represent 19.4% of U.S. smartphone users, although the figure is […]

November 16, 2016

Set-top boxes go cardless with hardware security cores

Embedded security cores are becoming an increasingly popular option for set-top box chipsets. To be sure, set-top boxes that eschew smart cards in favor of hardware security cores offer operators robust protection with embedded, integrated hardware that is capable of performing a range of functions, including the secure storage and protection of cryptographic keys against […]

November 15, 2016

Wearables eyed for mobile payments

According to Samsung, wearable vendors and banks have been piloting and launching a number of solutions that employ multiple types of near field communication (NFC)- enabled form factors, including fobs, rings and stickers in addition to smartwatches and wristbands. Although wearable payments are considered an early niche market, gradual growth is projected as the industry […]

November 14, 2016

Millennials want seamless and secure mobile payments

A recent survey commissioned by VocaLink found that more than a third of Dutch millennials (36%) and a quarter of UK millennials (25%) are now making mobile payments in-store, online and in-app. As Rian Boden of NFC World reports, the survey also found that 58% of UK respondents would prefer to use a mobile payment […]

November 10, 2016

The evolving requirements of IoT security

Ed Sperling and Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering recently penned an article about the future of IoT security. Specifically, the two journalists highlighted the distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) against Dyn which saw waves of attacks created by Mirai malware. “Connected devices of all sizes can [now] be amassed into an army of bots […]

November 9, 2016
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