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    Maxim Integrated collaborates with NVIDIA on infotainment and piloted driving solutions

    By Murray Slovick | July 31, 2015

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    The balance between the potentially distractive nature of automotive infotainment systems and safety requirements within these platforms that can be provided by advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is among the primary challenges facing today’s automotive designers.

    To meet this safety-in-entertainment challenge, NVIDIA has developed automotive system-on-chips (SoCs) which are digital “supercomputers” capable of driving multiple functions with parallel processing architecture and large computing power.

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      Technology investment riding global boom

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      As recently noted, U.S. venture capitalists have been pouring money into an expanding universes of tech startups at an unprecedented rate. VC tech investment in the last quarter alone reached $17.5 billion, the highest level in nearly 15 years. Around the globe it’s the same story; investment in new technologies and high-tech startups is booming.

      Global venture capital database CB Insights reports that worldwide, venture funding for the second quarter of 2015 totaled more than $32 billion across 1,819 deals.

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        The Big Bang in venture capital tech investment

        July 27, 2015

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        VCs invested $64.5 billion into the expanding tech universe – a 92% increase over levels two years ago.

        Venture capitalists are pouring money into tech startups of every size and shape, with investments during the last quarter rising to $17.5 billion, their highest level in nearly 15 years. Software and media/entertainment companies lead the pack, while ‘unicorns,’ a new breed of hot tech startups with a $1 billion or more valuation are proliferating. 

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          Mini-Metropolis Built to Test Autonomous Vehicles

          By Murray Slovick | July 20, 2015

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          Today the University of Michigan opened a 32-acre, $6.5 million site for testing driverless cars. Called M City the 32-acre simulated city (in terms of roadways it is the video game SimCity come to life) will attempt to replicate a wide-ranging driving environment complete with traffic jams, unpredictable pedestrians, residential areas typical of a U.S. suburb, superhighways and rural roads.

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            It’s time for Silicon Valley and Washington to stop fighting over cybersecurity

            By Richard Wallace | July 20, 2015

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            Arguing that the growing use of encryption is neutralizing its investigative capabilities, the U.S. government has reached for the biggest weapon at its disposal: mandated exceptional access. The government wants a back door to private, encrypted communications by requiring device, system and software makers to provide a set of soft or hard keys.

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              The mad scramble to find a pot of gold in cybersecurity

              By Richard Wallace | July 15, 2015

              Could last week’s massive hack of personal information on more than 22 million people at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management further swell the river of venture capital that has flowed into cybersecurity startups over the last two years?

              The influx of venture capital for cyber deals reached a peak of $1.77 billion this year, with no letup in sight. High-profile closings, funding and deals are hitting the newswires daily, like the recent closing of a $100 cyber VC fund by Capital deal for $100 million cybersecurity startups VC fund, Splunk’s acquisitioin of cybersecurity startup Caspida for $190M, Distil Networks close of a $21M VC round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Liberty Israel Venture lead $9M funding of TrapX Security, and Darktrace, raises Further $18M.

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                On the Road to the Autonomous Vehicle: New Self-Driving Features on 2016 Models

                By Murray Slovick | July 14, 2015

                Volvo's 2016 XC90 will prevent drivers from executing a left hand turn into an oncoming vehicle

                Volvo’s 2016 XC90 will prevent drivers from completing a left hand turn into an oncoming vehicle

                Vehicles with varying levels of self-driving capability are now becoming available to consumers. Beyond park-assist systems with autonomous steering for parallel and perpendicular parking maneuvers, which has been available on numerous models for several years, the 2016 model year cars and trucks will offer several new hands-free driving assistance features.

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                  The right content strategy: Why are B2B marketers shooting themselves in the foot?

                  By Girish Mhatre | July 14, 2015

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                  B2B marketers were early believers in the power of content to attract potential customers. But as their traditional content vehicles — trade media — struggled with digital realities, B2B marketers sought alternate channels for engaging their targets.

                  The obvious solution was to become part-time media companies themselves. How difficult could that be?