BlackBerry Stock Jumps 50% on Deal With Amazon Web Services for Connected Car Software

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BlackBerry shares were surging 53.5%, at $9.01, in recent trading.


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shares have spiked more than 50% on Tuesday amid surging investor optimism about the company’s automobile sensor software platform, known as Ivy.

Having long ago moved on from its once-iconic mobile phones, BlackBerry (ticker: BB) Tuesday morning announced a deal with

Amazon.com’s

(AMZN) Amazon Web Services to jointly develop and market Ivy, which BlackBerry describes as “a scalable, cloud-connected software platform that will allow automakers to provide a consistent and secure way to read vehicle sensor data, normalize it, and create actionable insights from that data both locally in the vehicle and in the cloud.” The company said auto makers can use Ivy “to create responsive in-vehicle services that enhance driver and passenger experiences.”

The companies didn’t provide any financial details of the arrangement, but the announcement has had the effect of turning

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The connected car will be the new gaming console

Some 2.5 billion people around the world play video games, with tens of millions more joining their ranks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gaming’s growing popularity isn’t only affecting how people spend their time cooped up at home. Indeed, its impact is even poised to extend to driving.

Struggling to see the nexus between the automotive and gaming industries? Take that up with Elon Musk, whose Tesla has already rolled out the Tesla Arcade — an in-car gaming console platform — in four models, with plans to expand hiring and potentially develop games exclusively for Tesla drivers. For its part, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a gaming console-equipped CLA Coupé last year.

Other manufacturers are all but certain to follow in the two luxury automakers’ paths. Indeed, among drivers younger than 30, 77% are interested in owning vehicles equipped with VR technology, which can allow in-car gaming, a recent Accenture survey found.

Amid an

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Cape Coral Computer Club keeps members connected

Prior to the pandemic, if the word virus came up, it probably involved a computer’s health.



a man sitting at a table using a laptop computer: Cape Coral resident Gary Eidson participates in a video chat from his home with fellow computer club members Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020.


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Cape Coral resident Gary Eidson participates in a video chat from his home with fellow computer club members Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020.

And while the term often references COVID-19 these days, relying on a computer to connect with friends and family, work from home, stream entertainment and conduct a variety of other online activities is even more important than ever. 

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It’s in this environment the not-for-profit Cape Coral Computer Club relaunched its weekly meetings in a virtual manner last month. Wednesday afternoon sessions during busy season include social time, presentations by members on key topics and Q&As. Member benefits include being able to access resources and archived

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Cape Coral Computer Club keeps members connected along as virtual meetings resume

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Published 9:00 a.m. ET Nov. 19, 2020

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Cape Coral resident Gary Eidson participates in a video chat from his home with fellow computer club members. (Photo: Ricardo Rolon/The News-Press USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA)

Prior to the pandemic, if the word virus came up, it probably involved a computer’s health.

And while the term often references COVID-19 these days, relying on a computer to connect with friends and family, work from home, stream entertainment and conduct a variety of other online activities is even more important than ever. 

More: New book helps boaters navigate Cape Coral’s waterways

More: Cape Coral artist puts unique spin on surfboards

It’s in this environment the not-for-profit Cape Coral Computer Club relaunched its weekly meetings in a virtual manner last month. Wednesday afternoon sessions during busy season include social time, presentations by members on key topics and

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Researchers warn of internet security risks connected to Tesla Backup Gateway

Researchers have outlined weak security points in Tesla Backup Gateway and the ways in which they can be exploited. 

On Tuesday, Rapid7 described the security risks associated with connecting Tesla Backup Gateway to the internet; in particular, ways that open connections can be used to violate user privacy and security. 

Tesla Backup Gateway (.PDF) is a platform designed by the automaker for managing solar and battery/Powerwall installations. The system is able to connect directly to the grid, monitor outages, and gives users the option to watch and control energy reserves via a connected mobile application. Connections can be established via wifi, Ethernet cable, or mobile. 

In order to access the gateway, users connect to the software’s wifi network, enter its serial number — which acts as a password — and access Tesla Backup Gateway from an internet browser. Each gateway uses a self-signed SSL certificate.

The first time a user

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NXP Collaborates with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Extend Connected Vehicle Opportunities

NXP Collaborates with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Extend Connected Vehicle Opportunities

New collaboration aims to deliver a secure, edge-to-cloud compute solution for next-generation vehicles that can enable new cloud-powered services to benefit carmakers, their business partners and consumers alike.
New collaboration aims to deliver a secure, edge-to-cloud compute solution for next-generation vehicles that can enable new cloud-powered services to benefit carmakers, their business partners and consumers alike.
New collaboration aims to deliver a secure, edge-to-cloud compute solution for next-generation vehicles that can enable new cloud-powered services to benefit carmakers, their business partners and consumers alike.
  • Vehicle edge-to-cloud compute solution aims to enable new automotive industry revenue opportunities

  • Sets foundation for data-driven services and enhancements that offer differentiation and cost reduction such as predictive maintenance

  • Expands access to vehicle Big Data and streamlines machine learning life cycle to accelerate vehicle development and post-sale vehicle enhancements

EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NXP Semiconductors has announced a strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) focused on extending the opportunities of connected vehicles. The collaboration aims to

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Trump bans US investments in Chinese firms connected to China’s military

President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Americans from investing in Chinese firms that the administration says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump leads a meeting with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and pharmaceutical executives in Cabinet Room of the White House on March 2, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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U.S. President Donald Trump leads a meeting with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and pharmaceutical executives in Cabinet Room of the White House on March 2, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The order applies to 31 Chinese companies that it says “enable the development and modernization” of China’s military and “directly threaten” US security.

Smartphone maker Huawei and Hikivision, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of video surveillance equipment, are among the blacklisted companies. Some of the other companies listed, including China Telecom and China Mobile, trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Trump’s order also

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